It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. Now hosted by The Book Date.

It’s been a while, the thesis is kicking my ass. Here’s a quick reading update, though I haven’t been reading that much. So it goes. Also, it’s still Sci-Fi Month, yay!

Last Week


I finished my second book by Nnedi Okorafor and I loved. Definitely one of my new favorite authors. Lagoon is weird and wonderful, highly recommended!


I also finally read the first issue of the Princeless comics and let me tell you it’s utter perfection. The princess is a smart and snarky Black girl questioning the role of stereotypical fairy tale princess she’s been cast in. With a dragon protector sidekick she’s off on a quest to save her sisters.



I’m listening to the Radiance audiobook and this one was quite hard to get into. I love the content, but the story is told through film trailers, news articles etc and I found it difficult to keep up with the various texts. Also, the chapters are very long, not that great for bedtime. I think I finally got into it, by spending my weekend listening to long chapters uninterrupted while walking around the village and baking and doing the laundry. I’ll definitely want to read this one in book format at some point, Valente’s take on an alternate film history is just too amazing.

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I was super excited for Ancillary Justice, but also a bit hesitant to pick it up since the protagonist is basically a space ship and was unsure if I would be able to relate or even find my way through the worldbuilding. But then I just went ahead and the pages are flying by. It’s not at all difficult to get into and the Radch perspective on gender was an added bonus!

Reading Plans

My plans for the next week mostly consist of finishing my current reads for Sci-Fi Month. Probably not next week, but soon, I really want to give these a try:


This one is a story about a man and his dog, a road trip and isolation. I got this one as a gift, and it looks amazing!


I’ve been seeing the cover of this one everywhere, so I want to see what the fuss is about. It’s been touted as Doctor Who meets Sherlock, so yeah I’m in!

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I’ve been following the Facebook page and it’s awesome, so now I want to read more. Bisexuality erasure sucks, and from what I’ve read Eisner is hitting all the issues I’m concerned with, so must-read.

What have you been reading? Anyone reading all the Sci-Fi this month, too?

Thoughts: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


In Dr. Nnedi Okorafor’s short novella, the eponymous Binti is only 16 years old, when she leaves her family to be the first of the Himba people to go to Oomza University. Managing to get onto the ship to Oomza, Binti starts settling into her new reality, only to find herself in the middle of the ongoing war with the Meduse (I won’t go into the details here, don’t want to spoil anyone!). In this spin on the classic coming-of-age story, Okorafor takes on racism, colonialism and imperialism, and most importantly envisions a fantastic future that isn’t white-washed.

Okorafor takes the Himba people of the Namib desert and aspects of their culture with her into her future. Having to manage water carefully, they use otjize to clean their bodies to protect hair and skin from drying out. The mixture of ochre and butter fat is also a great part of aesthetics and beauty standards and shows their connection to the land. Google to see images of Himba covered in otjize and look at that gorgeous cover of the book.

The Himba people in the novella do not leave their land and prefer to look inwards, they are extremely innovative and knowledgeable about technology and mathematics. Binti’s father passed down this knowledge to his daughter, who became a masterful harmonizer at the young age of 12. It is this skill that has landed Binti a place at Oomza. Binti is determined to take her place Oomza University even though she knows she will have to give up her family and never be accepted home again. And so, when Binti leaves, she takes a big pot of otjize with her.

Otjize comes to play an important part in how Binti manages to navigate both her identity and her encounter with the Meduse. But before that, she is confronted with the gaze of the Khoush (this group remains vague, but it is clear that they are lighter-skinned and used to being the dominant group among humans), who find her otjize repellant, smelly and try to touch her hair. For some of you this might sounds familiar.

With such a short work, I think each plot point goes a long way, so I won’t talk more about what happens once the Meduse take over the ship. But I can only encourage you take join Binti on her journey! I absolutely loved Binti, so I’m glad there are a lot more books by Okorafor waiting for me. Happily, my copy of Lagoon arrived yesterday, so I don’t even have to wait!

Have you reviewed this book? Let me know and I’ll add a link!

November is Sci-Fi Month! #RRSciFiMonth


Turns out I do have November reading plans after all! Sci-Fi November is the yearly excuse to completely binge on all things science fiction with official stamp of the internets. This year, Sci-Fi Month is hosted by Rinn @rinn reads and Lisa @Over the Effing Rainbow and let’s you run wild, books, games, tv, comics, it’s all sci-fi all the time.

As always one of my favorite things to do is make a list of books I want to read. Usually what I end up reading is maybe half of what was on my list, but TBRs are more like guidelines anyway! I’m not big on artificial genre distinctions, so maybe some of these are more speculative, fantasy or dystopian. On with it:

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I’m currently reading this brilliant book, I guess I would put this somewhere along sci-fi/fantasy. The Fifth Season is as wonderful as Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy, and I’ve been basically reading this one in slowmo, just because I don’t want to finish it. But, I guess I will do it for Sci-Fi Month.


I also want to go through Nnedi’s backlist as slowly as possible, she’s become a fast favorite of mine with Binti. But, I’ll just have to read Lagoon for Sci-Fi Month (can you tell I’m making big sacrifices here ;) ), because Lagos and aliens.


I’m nearly done with Carry On, so I think Radiance will be my next audiobook. It features a solar system Hollywood, a girl protagonist, and alternate history!

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This one was on my November tbr anyway and I don’t wanna fall for the hype, but it does sound so good I cannot resist. Singing spaceship protagonist, gender, cool cultures, evil empire, yay!

Also, I’ve been wanting to watch Advantageous, and it’ll fit nicely with Sci-Fi Month. Here’s the trailer:

Are You a Science Fiction reader? Who Else is Participating in Sci-Fi Month?

October in Books

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October was a great reading month for me, I managed 10 books (counting 5 Lumberjanes issues as one book). Mostly this success is due to the readathon, my first one and which was a lot of fun.  Sadly, with the end of October also comes the end of two reading events: Diversiverse and R.I.P. X.

For Diversiverse, I read Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season and Also by Mail by Olumide Popoola. But I read more works by authors of color: The Good House by Tananarive Due, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Of course I won’t stop reading non-white authors now that the event is over and luckily there are tons of amazing recommendations to be found in the #Diversiverse tab on Aarti’s blog, take a look at this wonderful growing archive!

For me the creepy reading season basically goes till February, so I’m sad that R.I.P. X is over already. But I’ll continue with the suspenseful, eerie, creepy and terrifying…mwuahaha :D My creepy R.I.P. X reads in October were The Cutting Season (overlap with Diversiverse) and The Good House by Tananarive Due, and also the first Zombillenium comic. And I guess my Halloween reads The Walls Around Us and Halloween Party count as well. I’m only sad I didn’t manage to write up all the reviews, but hopefully that’ll get done in the next few weeks.

Looking at my list of books read, I just cannot pick a favorite. I enjoyed them all, and loved quite a lot of them. I knew I would love The Cutting Season and Also by Mail, but Aristotle and Dante really surprised me. Turns out I can do YA romance after all when it’s amazingly written LGBTIQ+ of color and about friendship. I also fell hard for Lumberjanes.

I don’t really have grand reading plans for November. I’m still pacing myself with The Fifth Season, which I fell for at the dedication page already. And then my birthday is on Sunday, so maybe there’ll be some new books for me to enjoy :)

Hope everyone had a great October! Any reading plans for November?

Scary Stuff: 10 Books to Read on Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween and I love that it’s on a weekend, so I get lots of guilt-free themed reading time. I have lots of books in mind for Halloween, but also the creepy season in general. Not sure what I will actually read this weekend, but until then, half the fun is in making lists. If you’re still looking for a good Halloween read, let me make a few suggestions:


1.) For awesome Black lesbian vampire lit try The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez.


2.) For a great heroine try The Girl with All the Gifts. Nope, no spoilers.


3.) For atmospheric psychological thriller, try We Have Always Lived in the Castle.


4.) Haunted House meets Southern Gothic: The Good House. Do not read this before bed!


5.) For classic German horror, try Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Obligatory snack: Lebkuchen.


6.) For Victorian occultism, try Affinity by Sarah Waters.


7.) For funny horror, try Zombillenium by Arthur de Pins.

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8.) For the faint-er of heart: Halloween Party, British cozy crime by the Queen of Crime herself.

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9.) Already read Coraline? Try Claire Legrand’s The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls next.


10.) For Halloween reading with the kids: The Best Worst Halloween Ever. Almost as funny as the Christmas book.

Do you enjoy themed reading? What’s on your Halloween reading list?

Happy Halloween!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingThe meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. Now hosted by The Book Date.

Since I haven’t really posted since the readathon, I thought it was time for this meme, to get everything up to date!

Last Week


I needed to catch up on some sleep after the readathon and since I read a lot during that weekend, last week was of course much slower.  But I read through Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe between dinner and bedtime, it’s one of the best books I read this year, utterly amazing and I’ll definitely try more of Sáenz’ works.


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My copy of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season finally arrived last week and so I’ve been reading that, but I love it so much I’m trying not to finish it too quickly since I know I have to wait for the release of the sequel.

I recently finished two audiobooks and so I’ve been browsing audible, wondering what to listen to next. I finally settled on Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

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Since I haven’t read Fangirl yet, the beginning was a bit “what is going on!?” for me, but at least I’ve read all of Harry Potter, so it wasn’t too bad. I’m really enjoying the sense of humor, the narrator Eun Morton and I adore! Penny! I’ve been listening to it before bed and in the bath and have to force myself to do other stuff in-between.

Reading Plans

My tbr is insane, but some books I want to read in the next few weeks:

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And perhaps Bird Box and/or Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party for Halloween. I need to start stacking some creepy Halloween reading.

What have you been reading? Any good Halloween book recommendations?

Readathon Closing Survey


I’m done! It’s hour 24 (9 books, incl. 5 Lumberjane comics and ca. 650 pages read. 1 unfinished, but that’s dense nonfiction and I want to tale copious notes) and I think my poor eyes need a rest from reading. I finished Annihilation and can see what all the fuss is about, can’t decide if I should read the sequel soon or keep it for a rainy weekend.


Closing Survey:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Sometime around hours 16/17/18 I just went to bed for a bit :)

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Comics definitely, for example Lumberjanes. And Annihilation was very interesting and woke me right up.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope it was so amazingly organized!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

My first time, so I can’t really compare.

How many books did you read?

Technically 9, but I think I should count the 5 Lumberjane comics as 1 book.

What were the names of the books you read?

Lumberjanes issue 1-5


Also by Mail



Which book did you enjoy most?

All Lumberjane comics, Binti, Also by Mail,…pretty much all of them.

Which did you enjoy least?

None. I didn’t manage to finish I Mix What I Like, but it’s academic decolonial nonfiction and I was taking ages because of copious note-taking.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Definitely. And probably cheerleader, too, since I spent lots of time cheering on instagram this time.

I’m so glad I participated and I’m sure I’ll join in next fall again. I’ll post revoews of the books I read over the couple of weeks. Thanks everyone for being awesome, I spent most of my time on instagram and it was amazing. Also, big love to my cheerleaders, you really kept me going, thank you!!!

Readathon Updates


It’s hour 5 in the readathon and I’ve just read through the first 5 Lumberjanes comics. I’m so glad I finally started on them, the hype is absolutely true and there’s a shout-out to basically everything I adore. No 5 has dinosaurs, DINOSAURS!!! I love dinosaurs!

So that makes this pages read: 201. On to my next read, this time some nonfiction:


It’s getting dark here now, so I’ve lit some candles and I’ve also made myself an Avocado bagel, yum!

Update: Hour 10


It’s 11:30 pm over. I’ve had pizza for dinner, yay, and read 25% of I Mix What I Like. Everyone wanting a really radical decolonial text, go grab a copy, it’s fantastic! Since my eyes were a bit tired I switched over to my audiobook version of Binti. Halfway through now, and I love it. I know I’ll read more Okorafor very soon. After that I’ll get some sleep :D

Update: Hour 12: Books read:

Also by Mail, Lumberjanes 1-5, Binti

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

I just finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (so good) and wanted to get some sleep. But thanks to the party people outside I’ve just started the comic Zombillenium 1. I’ll wait them out and get some sleep then.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Hmm, 3? I read 5 Lumberjane comics, but they’re only 24 pages each, so I’m counting them as one book.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Haha…sleeeeep. It’s 2 am over here. We’ll see what I’m in the mood for in the morning.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Hmm a few. But good ones, took care of the cats, spent some quality time with the family and also lots of time on the blogs and instagram. It’s all good.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How utterly normal it is for me to spent the weekend on the couch, reading ;) The enthusiasm of everyone is fantastic.

Update: Hour 22


Last night I read the first Zombillenium, so much fun, and I’m currently in the last pages of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation and this’ll be my last read for readathon. It went by so quickly!

I also participates in the shelfie mini-challenge:


Next up will be my wrap-up post, oy!

Also, shout out to my cheerleaders, you’re awesome!!!

Readathon Update and Thoughts on Also by Mail

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Two hours into readathon, I’ve made a pot of tea, spent some time visiting other read-a-thoners and finished my first short book (hours read: um, 80 minutes/ pages read: 81), which counts as my second diversiverse read:


Also by Mail is a short play about family, grief and racism. It follows Black German siblings Funke and Wale as they travel to Nigeria for the funeral of their deceased father. Once there, they have to deal with fights about the will and frustrations and misunderstandings with uncles, aunts and step-brothers.

The play explores the Nigerian diaspora, being mixed-race and racial profiling, but also family dynamics and different ways of dealing with loss. Wale is dissapointed over lost opportunities to connect to his father and his family and flies back to Germany only to become the victim of racial profiling. This incident is based on a true case, where a court decided that discrimination based on skin color in Germany was okay for police to do near border the border. This was later overthrown, but I have been frisked quite a few times in Germany, being to only person of color in a train car I was asked about my luggage and which station I was getting off etc. When I confronted them with the charge of racial profiling they were always highly entertained and always denied it. I’m glad that I don’t have to take that route anymore, but that’s Germany for you. Only Whiteness is recognized as German, all the rest of us are foreigners or people with a “migratory background.” As Wale says: “Because if you’re not a pale potato you can definitely not belong here legally?” Never let yourself be convinced Germany does not have a giant problem with racism, and not just ant-immigration extremists, idiotic liberals will also constantly spread micro-aggressions, asking you where you are really from etc, but when confronted with being racist they will break into tears.

So I chose this book to highlight the diversity of Germany, Olumide Popoola is Nigerian German now based in London. The story of Funke and Wale and growing up Black in Germany without the support of their father to face the casual and overt racism will stay with me for quite sometime and likely made me cite anti-discriminatory laws next time I get frisked. But it is also a hopeful story in that there is reconciliation for the family in Nigeria, but I’ll let you discover that yourself.

This will not be my last book by Popoola, but since this is actually my life it cut quite close and I will now gladly escape into my next read.

Have you reviewed this book? Let me know and I’ll add a link!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Introductory Meme

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Germany, a small city near Cologne. Staying with my family this weekend, so they can watch me read-a-thon! :D
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’ve put eight books on my reading stacks, and I’m excited about them all, but right now it’s Also by Mail.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Heh, pizza! Also, winter chocolate.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m a gender studies student and this read-a-thon is my bookish big bang before thesis writing will put a lid on too much fun reading.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
First one! Getting started, watching the bookish corner of the internet explode, all the book!