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.


Last Week

race for citizenship

Last week, there was no fun reading going on as I had to finish my thesis. So here’s one of my research reads Race for Citizenship by Helen Jun! Recommended, if you’re interested in inter-minority relations in the US and how Black/Asian Americans are played off against each other in support of state hegemony.


Now this is where the fun starts! I’m finally back to blogging, and just in time for #Weirdathon, hosted by Outlandish Lit.

liminal people

I’m currently reading two books for #weirdathon: One is The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett, it’s a sort superhero story written in a noir style, featuring a Black main character. I’m just getting to the meat of the story and it’s already quite brutal with gangs and warlords and such, but the writing is amazing and the main charater, Taggert, intriguing.


The second one is The Book of Phoenix, by one of my new favorite authors, Nnedi Okorafor. Phoenix is an accelerated woman, with a young mind but grown body and skills. She stays in Tower 7 with other superhumans until she starts asking questions. I’m loving this, Okorafor writes the best female characters!

Reading Plans

So many! I got some lovely gifts and treated myself to books I want to read soon:

dirty river

itch planet

unnecessary woman

What have you been reading? Any special reading plans?

21 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. So you’re done with the thesis? Congratulations! You deserve some fun reading now! I listened to the audio version of An Unnecessary Woman last year. It may be the only book I’ve ever read set in Lebanon… enjoy.

    1. Thanks so much! Yes I’ve turned it in and have only an oral exam before I graduate 🙂 Oh that sounds great, I think I haven’t really read anything set in Lebanon, hve to remedy that 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! Will definitely enjoy some fun reading time now 🙂 Hope you’re reading something good!

  2. I hope you continue to enjoy your #weirdathon reading; it sounds fun. I am currently reading The Book of Life, the final book in Deborah Harkness’ fantasy All Souls trilogy.

    1. Thanks, Jessica, definitely enjoying my weird reads 🙂 I am still fascinated by the All Souls trilogy, hope the ending is satisfying 🙂

  3. I am so glad to see your Monday post again. 🙂

    Thank you for the gift. ❤ I cannot wait to start 'The Book of Phoenix'. And, I look forward to reading your thoughts on 'Dirty River'. Sounds like a powerful book.

    And, and, and, 'An Unnecessary Woman'. That book was something. I am curious to know your thoughts. It's one of the best books I read last year.

    Happy reading, Bina. And, have a great week ahead! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Deepika! 🙂 I’m so curious about An Unnecessary Woman!!! 🙂 So glad to hear it’s one of your favorites. Yay, hope you’ll enjoy Book of Phoenix! I’m loving it so far!
      Hope you’re having an amazing week! 🙂

  4. All your books are unknown to me but the ones you plan to read look interesting. Love your little sentence about reviews at the top right of your blog!

  5. Ooo, Race for Citizenship sounds really good! I have been reading a lot lately (because of #OscarsSoWhite and some of the responses to that) about race relations among minority groups, so I am just in the mood to read a book like this. You always recommend good things! Social justice-y sorts of things!

    1. Heh, thanks Jenny! I decided to stop hiding my activist side 😉 Race for Citizenship shows the system by which Black/Asians are divided in the US, for more uplifting reading after that I’d recommend Laura Pullido’s Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left. Radical Activism in Los Angeles (only read excerpts so far, but really like what I’ve read).
      Ugh yes #oscarssowhite, yet again, don’t get me started on this. I have to calm myself after by enjoying my webshows etc.

  6. Well, look who’s back. You’ve been missed. 🙂
    I just finished “Angels and Demons” and really liked it. I stayed up until 1 am last night to finish because I couldn’t possibly go to bed and leave the most exciting part for the next day.

    1. Aw thanks, Delia, I missed you too 🙂
      Oooh I had that Dan Brown phase and read most of his stuff one after the other, stopping was too hard 🙂

  7. Wonderful reading list, Bina! I was predicting a Nnedi Okorafor book to be there, and it was 🙂 I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Hope you also like ‘An Unnecessary Woman’ – it is such a beautiful book. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks, Vishy! Haha yes my love for Okorafor books is still going strong 🙂 I am very excited for an Unnecessary Woman! 🙂

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