Well guys, it’s 2017 and we made it through January and February. While I probably don’t need to tell you how derailed I was from reading, blogging, and generally being motivated to give my 100% to celebrating books, now that I’m back from Italy and my activism has settled to a happy medium, I’m diving back into blogging again (huzzah!)
Get ready for some great posts coming up, including (hopefully) a giveaway or two!! Also, April is shaping up to be a FANTASTIC month of literary events, so get ready to hear about a bunch of those too.
So, what am I reading right now? Well, being in a bit of a funk, I’ve had to pick up many books that I’ve only made it a few pages into…
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books)
This book came out this month and I was NOT prepared. Having not brought any print galleys with me to Italy, I picked this up the day before it was released and fell in loooooooove. (But then promptly lost my motivation to read but we won’t speak of the why). About a man and woman in an undisclosed Middle Eastern country/city, they fall in love and are transported to other places across the world through portals, though I haven’t gotten to that part yet. The sentences are gorgeous and the prose is so poetic it doesn’t feel like I’m even reading a novel. Pick this one up, guys. It’s also very short at only 240 pages!
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
I’ve been slowly making my way through this one for a few months, ever since I saw Roxanne speak at an event here in Minneapolis! She’s an amazing person and it was moving to hear her talk amidst so much turmoil happening at Standing Rock. This is an excellent read to give you context if you’re involved at all in the peaceful protests or want to show your support beyond donating. Education is important! I’ve already learned so much in just the first chapter.
The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo (Graywolf Press)
This is a book by one of my favorite independent presses that came out last week! It’s the story of a nameless Child and another little girl and I really can’t say much before spoilers become an issue. It’s creepy, beautiful, but not for everyone. I haven’t finished it yet since I started reading it before leaving for Italy!
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
This is the book for my bookclub coming up soon! (If you’re interested in coming, let me know!) I can’t believe it’s my first Erdrich. Unfortunately though, I haven’t gotten very far in it, so wish me luck!
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Grove Press)
Roxane Gay will always be one of my favorite writers after I read Bad Feminist, but this collection of short stories about women is a treat. I started reading this in Italy and realized how much I love short story collections. These stories about women are raw, moving, and visceral, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone a fan of Roxane Gay and others like her.
What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values in Trump’s America by Dennis Johnson (Melville House)
I’ve been reading this smart book of essays one by one. It’s different from the Trump Survival Guide that I read right around Inauguration Day because this is not written by one author but many. I’ve been hearing a lot of great feedback about this one, and it’s excellent so far.
The Passage (The Passage, #1) by Justin Cronin (Ballantine Books)
I started reading this thriller/horror apocalyptic novel about VAMPIRES (never thought I’d be reading another one of those) while in Italy because it was on my Kindle for $2 and because I can’t stand looking at that beautiful cover and not reading it. But it’s soooo loooong. I read maybe 1/6th of it before I had to quit because it was too depressing to be reading while on vacation. I’ll return to it soon!
Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessica Crispin (Melville House)
This is a difficult read for me, and one I may not finish. I’m all about reading the other POV to gain knowledge and learn criticism, but I can’t help but think that feminists and women don’t need more flack than they already get. I do understand why she has qualms with mainstream feminism though, which is why I wanted to read it. Perhaps I’ll return, perhaps not, but know it’s going to be a controversial one for every feminist or woman who wishes she could call herself so.
That it’s for now… though knowing my reading habits, I’ll probably pick up a new book tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!
What are you reading right now? Leave me a note in the comments!