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

I’ve had so much fun getting back into reading for pleasure, I started tons of books and hardly finished any at all. But I finished issues #1 and #2 of the comic Faith, which I enjoyed immensely, I can’t wait to find out what’s gonna happen next.

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And I also listened to the audiobook of Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. I chose the book for a funny, light diversion and it was funny at times and I did enjoy following Kaling’s stories, but I think I would’ve enjoyed the book better had I not listened to large chunks of it at a time. Also, maybe this comedian memoir thing isn’t really for me. But objectively, it’s a good book and I still enjoy her show.

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And I also finally managed to post a review of The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendi Huchu.

 

Currently

Yup, I’m definitely reading too many books right now! But they are all so good, I might just be so excited to have time for fun reading! The first two books are my #weirdathon reads, which you can still sign up for till March 15th by the way!

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Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

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I’m making good progress with both of them and I really like that they fit different moods. Three Bags Full is a cozy mystery and the weirdness of sheep as detectives still amuses me. The Liminal People is a gritty X-Men type of story and things are going down! I’ll definitely read the sequel.

Meanwhile I’ve also started And Coffee Will Make You Black, a coming-of-age tale of young Stevie, who grows up Black during the Civil Rights era. So far the book is in turns moving and hilariously funny, highly recommended!

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Then, I also started a new audiobook: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson. It’s Woodson’s memoir of her growing up between South Carolina and Ohio during the 60s (yup can you see a theme emerging? 🙂 ), written in free verse. Don’t let this scare you off and I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by the athor, because it is one of the most gorgeous pieces of writings I’ve ever read/listened to!

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Reading Plans

Still the same, since I haven’t gotten through my current reads:

dirty river

unnecessary woman

itch planet

What have you been reading? Any special reading plans?

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

lagoon

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!

princeless

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.

Currently

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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:

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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!

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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?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Its Monday BJThe meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. Hosted by Book Journey.

It’s Monday and another week has passed too quickly. Despite eyeing the growing pile of word reading more nervously every day, I have been continuing with the fun reads, because it’s fall and R.I.P. X. This week there’s also Diversiverse, and though I have one book set aside for this event specifically, my current reads fit both challenges nicely.

Blog posts

I posted about my September reads in a round-up post last week. Lots of creepy R.I.P. X reads, ’tis the season!

Last Week

Since then, I read Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season over the weekend.

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Locke’s works have been on my tbr for quite some time and then I found them available on Scribd and I couldn’t resist any longer. Black Water Rising seems to be the one to start with, but The Cutting Season just beckoned me. Taking place on a former slave plantation turned museum, the book links a murder with the disappearance of a former slave during the 19th century, and it’s one suspenseful thriller while also taking on racism, slavery and forms of labor. Highly recommended!

Currently reading

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Following The Cutting Season, I wanted something else that’s creepy and atmospheric, but also takes on race relations, family and place. I found just what I was looking for in my R.I.P. read The Good House by Tananarive Due. I enjoyed her shorter works and wanted to try this more chunkster-like kinda haunted house-but not story. I’m halfway through and the worst is yet to come it seems. Cannot recommend this one before bed 😉

For some bedtime reading and cheering up, I’ve also started the second Tiffany Aching book, A Hat Full of Sky.

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In this one, Tiffany steps out of her body and something um horrible is glad to take over. Can’t go wrong with Tiffany Aching and the wee free men.

Reading Plans

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My copy of Also by Mail should arrive tomorrow and I’ll get right on that for this week is Diversiverse. The book is a comedy-drama by London-based Nigerian-German author, speaker and performer Olumide Popoola. It’s about two Nigerian-German siblings traveling to Nigeria to bury their dead father, fitting in with their Nigerian family and their grief and loss as well as being racialized in Germany.

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And hopefully some time soon my copy of N.K. Jemisin’s new book The Fifth Season will finally arrive from The Book Depository, it’s been ages!

What is everybody else reading? Have a great week!

5 on my TBR

Although I don’t quite manage to read as much as I used to, this has in no way influenced my tbr list. So I thought I might make the “5 on my TBR” posts a regular thing (is there a meme for this? I’ve been out of the game too long). That way we all get to look at pretty book covers and book lists! 🙂 Here we go:

 1) Emma Pérez: The Decolonial Imaginary

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Emma Perez discusses the historical methodology which has created Chicano history and argues that the historical narrative has often omitted gender. She poses a theory which rejects the colonizer’s methodological assumptions and examines new tools for uncovering the hidden voices of Chicanas who have been relegated to silence. (goodreads)

Absolute must-read for anyone interested in Chicana history, the borderlands and the intersection of queer theory and decoloniality. I’ve read bits and pieces as you do with secondary lit, but read the intro if you read nothing else.

2) Haruki Murakami: The Strange Library

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A boy’s routine day at the public library becomes a trip down the rabbit hole in Murakami’s short novel. The boy meets a demanding old man, who forces him to read the books he’s requested in a hidden reading room in the basement. After following the labyrinthine corridors, the boy is led by the old man into a cell, where he must memorize the history of tax collection in the Ottoman Empire. In the bowels of the library, the boy meets a beautiful, mute girl who brings him meals, as well as a subservient sheepman who fixes the boy crispy doughnuts and clues him in to the old man’s sadistic plans.

(publishersweekly)

Murakami, I’ve been meaning read more of your works. This seemed like a pretty amazing one to try, bookish Japanese wonderland-esque. Please, someone tell me the “beautiful, mute girl” part is better than it sounds.

3) Jewelle L. Gomez: The Gilda Stories

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Escaping from slavery in the 1850s Gilda’s longing for kinship and community grows over two hundred years. Her induction into a family of benevolent vampires takes her on an adventurous and dangerous journey full of loud laughter and subtle terror.

(goodreads)

Black lesbian vampire saga ftw! Gomez and Buffy are pretty much the only ones who don’t make me run at the mere mention of vampire these days. Now, if only my library could get a copy.

4) E. Lockhart: We Were Liars

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A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

(goodreads)

Because, intrigue, twists and unreliable narrators! Also, Ana’s review.

5) Rokhaya Diallo: Pari(s) d’Amies

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“a story about a diverse group of friends in Paris and the joys, pains, heartbreak, and racism, that they encounter. Created by activist Rokhaya Diallo (co-founder of Les Indivisibles), and with illustrations by Kim Consigny, the series centers on lead character Cassandre who returns to Paris after two years spent in the US; and with a comedic tone, this comic book is giving representation to minorities too often ignored in France”

(afropunk)

Diallo is an amazing activist, so I can’t wait to see how her anti-racist, social justice work is reflected in the comic. Perhaps also interesting for US-Americans, to get an idea of race relations and racism in Europe. Follow the link to get a preview.

Have you read any of these works? And what have you added to your tbr list recently?

Mailbox Monday, September 24

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.” It is hosted by BookNAround this month.

I’m currently staying with my parents and so got to visit all my old bookish haunts 😉 There’s a wonderful second-hand bookshop, which was closed for a while because a water pipe or something broke. Luckily it re-opened last week and everything seems to have survived.

Travel Light (Naomi Mitchinson)

A magical quest story with bears, dragons and more.

Angel (Elizabeth Taylor)

Born to a shopkeeper mother, Angel thinks she is destined for much more. Retreating into romance, she begins writing fanciful stories.

Bad Company (Liza Cody)

The second Anna Lee book, in which she is herself kidnapped while investigating a case.

Under Contract (Liza Cody)

Another Anna Lee book, in which she has to mind a rock-star on tour.

And then I couldn’t resist the big bookstore and also got:

The Thief (Fuminori Nakamura)

The thief is offered a job he can’t refuse, and he is tangled-up in a web of political intrigue as a result.

What books came into your house last week?

Library Loot: August 15-21

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I’m trying to read more literature that isn’t British or US-American again, I used to read a lot but then majoring in American Studies I got so caught up in reading lists and research, I hardly read anything else. Partly this goal seems to go hand in hand with reading more chunksters, at the moment I’m reading Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and started Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy to join Jo’s readalong. On my visit to the library yesterday I found a couple of great books that have at the most 320 pages, so hopefully I won’t feel too intimidated by chunksters to abandon the whole thing immediately.

Eine Zeit ohne Tod (José Saramago)

Has been translated into English as Death with Interruptions. What if no one dies? One day, Death goes on strike. My first Saramago, please tell me I didn’t loot the most difficult of his works!

Das geheime Leben der Bücher (Régis de sá Moreira)

Translated from the French Le Libraire, but I haven’t been able to find an English translation. It’s a small novel about a bookseller who never leaves his shop, who treats his books like children and his interactions with the few customers who find their way to him.

A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth)

The epic work of terrifying length, at least for me. Also, a sprawling family story set in post-partition India. I’m giving this a go because Jo made me, err…suggested it 😉 I think a readalong is the only thing that’ll make me stick with such a huge book.

Die blaue Stunde (Alonso Cueto)

La hora Azul, translated into English as The Blue Hour. After reading Stu’s review, I knew I had to read this one. It’s about the aftermath of the Peruvian civil war and a successful lawyer is confronted with his father’s sins.

Stille Wut (Sergio Bizzio)

Rabia, translated into English as Rage. The cover looked suitably creepy. A thriller about obsession, voyeurism, and class privilege.

What did you loot from the library this week?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.” It is hosted by 5 Minutes For Books this month.

Last week, I took a trip to Utrecht with a friend and what is a city trip without stopping at  a couple of bookstores!? I actually found a few not too expensive, used books which I’ve been wanting to read for a while:

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The Ministry of Pain (Dubravka Ugresic)

A novel about the experience of living in excile, my first Ugresic I think!

My Turn to Make the Tea (Monica Dickens)

Yes, it ws the title that made me pick up the book 😀 But reading about the daily life of a young reporter in the newsroom packed in a cosy and witty story made me buy this copy.

Little Boy Lost (Marghanita Laski)

Laski’s Victorian Chaise-Longue was amazing so I was happy to find a copy of this book about the search for a young boy in post-war France.

Blandings Castle (P. G. Wodehouse)

Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle series is just as amazing as his Bertie and Jeeves stories and I think I’ll have to pace myself soon.

I also went to the library and picked up:

Image 2666 (Roberto Bolano)

I’ve never read anything by Bolano and this might not be the best place to start but I’m determined to read more literature that is not British or U.S. American. The book’s size and its reputation are quite intimidating but we’ll see how I’ll get on.

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

I read Neverwhere ages ago and enjoyed the story but the writing wasn’t too impressive. Since so many people told me how much they liked American Gods, I want to give Gaiman another try.

What books did you acquire or loot from the library recently?

Library Loot: September 21-27

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader. Marg has the Mr Linky this week.

Here’s my library loot (the fun one) for this week:

The City & The City (China Miéville)

This has never not been checked put from the library, I was beginning to think the library catalogue was lying to me. But lo and behold it looks like it’s finally my turn!

Lost (Gregory Maguire)

I loved Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Wicked, but was too devastated by the ending of the latter to read more of his works. I thought I might just be about ready to forgive Maguire (and Baum) and try Lost. Also, couldn’t resist the cover.

Little Hands Clapping (Dan Rhodes)

I simply can’t resist “morbidly funny” and “disturbing and delightful”, blurbs don’t you dare toy with me! But then I’m the idiot who falls for every supposed “black comedy”.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (G. W. Dahlquist)

I’ve been eyeing this one for ages but never actually read it, I thought it couldn’t possibly be as great as it sounded. I hope you’ll all tell me whether it’s worth trying, I don’t want to torture myself with this chunkster hoping it’ll get better.

Skippy Dies (Paul Murray)

I’m always reading everything at least a year after everyone else. I remember seeing it in London but wasn’t convinced enough to actually buy the book, so thank you library for acquiring a copy.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Tarquin Hall)

I really enjoyed the first Vish Puri book and can always do with another mystery.

What did you loot from the library?

Library Loot: June 1-8

I might possibly gone a little mad and accumulated an insane number of library books in my place. But I love to have a lot of books to choose from and they make my room look much more cosy! And it’s not like the library has a limit, not that I’m aware of at least …

Here’s most of it:

Consuming Passion:Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (Judith Flanders)

Still unhealthily fascinated with the consumer revolution of the 19th century.

The Island of the Colorblind (Oliver Sacks)

Everything Sacks writes about is fascinating and my library had the English edition of this one so I thought I’d give it a go.

The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire and Phosphorus (John Emsley)

I’m reading this at them moment and it’s fantastic so far. How could I have survived without in-depth knowledge about phosphorus? 😉

Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present Day (Joanna Bourke)

I’m so not reading that one on my commute, I’ve learned from the whole American Psycho thing. Anyway, this looks like a great if disturbing look. It’s focused on the rapists not the victims, but as she says in her introduction, that title would have gone over even less well.

Citizen Vince (Jess Walter)

Less than Zero had a great first half and so much potential, so I thought I’d see what else Walter has written.

The Fahrenheit Twins (Michael Faber)

A short story collection and my first ever Faber read. I’ve read two stories so far and they are deliciously creepy and unsettling.

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans (Luis Fernando Verissimo)

A detective story, an anti-detective story, a parody of a detective story, Borges as a kind of armchair detective, academic feuds and a Poe conference. I loved it!

Meierhoffs Verschwörung / O Opositor (Luis Fernando Verissimo)

Loved the other book so much, I got another Verissimo. I couldn’t find the title of the English translation, if it exists. The German title roughly translates as Meierhoff’s conspiracy.

Nervous Conditions (Tsitsi Dangarembga)

The book on postcolonialism and black women.

Comedy in a Minor Key (Hans Keilson)

Re-loot, Iris motivated me to read more Dutch lit.

The Doubtful Guest (Edward Gorey)

I love Gorey’s stuff, whatever that says about my sense of humor.

Detection Unlimited (Georgette Heyer)

Obligatory cosy mysteries!

Messenger of Truth (Jaqueline Winspear)

Still wrestling with the Maisie Dobbs series.

Rattling the Bones (Ann Granger)

A Fran Varady book, a series I hadn’t tried before, but Fran is very likeable and the mystery quite cosy.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (P.D. James)

HAve to give James a chance at some point, hope this one is a good introduction to her works.

 The Pumpkin Eater (Penelope Mortimer)

Can’t remember where I read about it, but it was on my tbr list.

The Matchmaker (Stella Gibbons)

Curious about her other works.

Tea with Mr. Rochester (Frances Tower)

Cosy, without the crime (I think).

The Tortoise and the Hare (Elizabeth Jenkins)

Praised by everyone it seems, hope I’ll enjoy it as well. Love the cover art!

To the North (Elizabeth Bowen)

Have been wanting to read Bowen for a while.

Mariana (Monica Dickens)

Reading this one at the moment, it’s nice so far.

The Blessing (Nancy Mitford)

One should always have a Mitford around 😉

Love’s Shadow (Ada Leverson)

Finally I get to try one of those Bloomsbury books!

What have you recently looted from the library?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page; this month it is hosted by I’m Booking It.

 

A Vocation and A Voice (Kate Chopin)

This is Chopin’s last short story collection, written during the 1890s. I really wanted to read more of her work.

Diary of  a Provincial Lady (E.M. Delafield)

Everyone’s made this one sound so perfect, I couldn’t resist. I only hope it’s more funny than The Way Things Are, which is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read!

The Professor and the Madman (Simon Winchester)

Another mooch. I’m very interested in Victorian attitudes to insanity, and I thought it was time to read more about the male experience 🙂

 

What books arrived in your house?