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:

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What have you been reading? Any special reading plans?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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 Monday again, phew time flies! I have my thesis deadline coming up at the beginning of March, so the next few weeks will be quite stressful and sadly not filled with much fun reading. We’ll see how we’ll I’ll do with blogging until then. I can’t wait for having guilt-free reading time again!

Last Week

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I finished Indexing by Seanan McGuire, a sort of procedural urban fantasy about a law enforcement agency for fairy tales. I really enjoyed McGuire’s October Daye and the premise sounded fantastic, so I read Indexing looking for fun escapism. And that’s what I got. Sadly the characters were a bit unrelatable, I wasn’t really invested in any of them and the execution of the story didn’t live up the brilliant premise. But it was still an enjoyable read and I will definitely give the sequel a chance.

Currently

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We’re in the middle of our The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo readalong, so I’m still reading that one. It’s gotten very suspenseful now and it’s a tough read with all that’s going on, but I’m very curious about the ending now.

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I’m currently rereading Harry Potter on audiobook, it’s so nice to start again with the first book. The wide-eyed wonder, the magic, Hogwarts, Hermione! I love listening to this one before bed, it helps me calm down after a stressful day.

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My current non-fiction read is a fascinating account of the decolonization of Nigerian psychiatry and the globalization of psychiatry. If you’re interested in colonialism, the history of medicine and social sciences, you’ll find this one worth the read. I’m an academic, so maybe I’m biased but I think Heaton’s writing is clear and accessible.

Reading Plans

I have so many plans, but that’s for after graduation. For the next few weeks I hope I get to read period. I’m eyeing shorter works, comics and comfort reads, maybe along the lines of:

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Murder Most Unladylike is the first Wells & Wong mystery. Set in the 1930s, the two girls Hazel and Daisy set up their very own secret detective agency.

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Continuing with the brilliant Lumberjanes, they always cheer me up!

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Started Jackaby in December I think, but right at the beginning we got to learn about the brilliant brilliant genius dude and turned me off real quick. Have been assured it’ll get better and the female character will not be starstruck sidekick throughout the novel.

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!

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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!