You Choose, I Read: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

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Rubyfruit Jungle
By Rita Mae Brown
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 9780553146967
Pages: 246
Genre: Fiction/LGTBQ+

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Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America–and living happily ever after.


My Thoughts

Rubyfruit Jungle was selected by Ceri from Bookmarks and Postcards as part of my running feature, You Choose, I Read. As soon as I read the short, sweet synopsis and skimmed a few reviews, I knew this was kismet. I cannot honestly say how this book has flown under my radar for so long. I am almost ashamed of this fact. But thanks to Ceri, we have been rightfully united. I love this book!

The skinny..

This is a fictional biography of sorts following the life of Molly Bolt from young adolescence into adulthood. Molly realizes at a young age that she is attracted to women and is brilliantly unapologetic for this. Determined to pave her way and set her own rules in a world “run” by men with very narrow views on sexuality, she sets out on a driven but often hard path of self-discovery to obtain her own goals and desires.

“All this overt heterosexuality amused me. If only they knew.”

What I appreciated..

  • Molly is beautifully, shamelessly unapologetic about who she is, all that she feels and her own desires. She embodies the traits I love and seek out not only in protagonists but in humans. She simply is and embraces herself.
  • Rubyfruit Jungle presents multiple, often still (sadly) relevant themes addressing misconceptions, challenges, and the labeling that the LGBTQ+ community faces as well as being a woman and/or queer in a misogynistic & racist society and even explores adoption. This book covers so much!
  • Rita Mae Brown’s writing is colorful, bold and raw. She creates a story that while entertaining is significantly something much more. She intelligently explores the uncomfortable with a sense of wit and humor that will make her story more accessible to audiences.
  • The linear narrative provides a steady, solid character development that facilitates an effortless reading experience.
  • Rubyfruit Jungle offers a sense of relatability and hope that I admired and benefited from on a personal level. I felt stronger and better for having completed its pages.

“I wished I could get up in the morning and look at the day the way I used to when I was a child. I wished I could walk down the streets and not hear those constant, abrasive sounds from the mouths of the opposite sex. Damn, I wished the world would let me be myself.”

Challenges some may enounter..

  • There is one particular relationship I found to be problematic and I feel other readers will as well.
  • There are moments Rita Mae’s writing can easily be described as vulgar and graphic. Please expect to encounter sexual content, derogatory language and other possibly uncomfortable topics pertinent to the themes contained within. (As always, if you have any questions before approaching it feel free to message or email me.)

“The most revolutionary thing you can do is to be yourself, to speak your truth, to open your arms to life including the pain. Passion. Find your passions.

Rubyfruit Jungle is brazen and bold. Written during the 70s, it surely should have taken the world by storm! It is a charming and daring coming of age story with a rewarding and spirited protagonist that I am not likely to forget. It has effortlessly earned a spot among my favorites.

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Pair Molly’s energetic, feisty attitude with your favorite chai or spiced blend.

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Meet The Blogger Who Selected This Book

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Ceri & Bookmarks and Postcards

I’m Ceri. I’m a bookworm, an English teacher, and a tea addict. I’ve recently moved back to Wales after spending 6 years living abroad in Mexico, South Korea, and Singapore. I used to blog about my adventures overseas and expat life. Now I blog about what I’m reading, which is usually a lot of literary fiction, classics, and non-fiction.

I picked Rubyfruit Jungle because it was the first LGBT-themed book written from a woman’s point of view that I truly connected with. I wish I’d read this book while I was growing up. It explores ideas of gender, sexuality, social expectations, and adoption, and I love Molly’s hilarious & unapologetic narrative voice. This really is a favourite of mine and a perfectly-timed read for Pride month!

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Sunday Sum~Up

 

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

I am currently semi-drafting this as I find myself engrossed in the 1982 animated film, The Last Unicorn. I am a sucker for the animation and musical score. I will never outgrow it. Aside from that, it has been quiet. My x-ray results were not “A” okay, so they have kept on me on restrictions and are sending me for MRIs. Although, I am sure it will be worked out soon. It is just difficult spending so much downtime. On the plus side, I have read some great books! But my hair has seen better days and I am beginning to think it is time to further expand my pajama collection 😉

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Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

What are you reading this weekend? Drop me a line with your current reads or recent favorites!

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Birthday Book Haul & Giveaway Winner!

I am terrible with posting book hauls (I don’t actually share them if being honest), but the last two weeks of being trapped in bed with limited mobility have me lying here doing exactly that! And I also want to announce the winner of my Books, Vertigo and Tea Turns 2! giveaway as the blog and I share a birthday week.

🎁The Haul🎁

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The Hobbit (Illustrated by Jemima Catlin) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel) by Neil Gaiman
InkMistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson

*The Hobbit illustrated edition was the highlight of my day, gifted to me by my daughter. I recently read Reign of the Fallen and immediately had to add a physical copy to my shelves. And for those of you who read my review, yes that is Caraval. I know, I know.. my first encounter was less than stellar. I have an interesting re-read planned.


🎉Giveaway Winner🎉

Congratulations to Evelina at Avalinah’s Books for winning the drawing for a book of choice from Book Depository. I have contacted her already and made arrangements.

Thank you to everyone for making these past two years incredibly rewarding and giving me so much more to look forward to!

Have you read any of the books from my haul?

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