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

It’s been a busy week, I had lots of paperwork stuff on my list and I’m starting to prepare for my defense and oral exam. So you might soon find my reading following some themes not part of a challenge 🙂

I got some baking done and found the perfect mix of glutenfree flour. So yay bread is back on for breakfast (I’m German so bread is life! 🙂 ) and nope I’m not gluten intolerant just have to watch what I eat. It doesn’t look as pretty as normal bread loaves, but it tastes pretty awesome:

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On the reading front, I managed to finish two books and that means my book juggling is slowly getting more manageable:

Gut was a quick and easy read, despite it being non-fiction. Enders presents a quick informative overview of the gut and its importance to our health in general but also with regard to bacteria influencing mental health. Who knew! It’s written in an accessible style and accompanied by charming illustrations made by the author’s sister.

Brown Girl Dreaming was a tougher read with regard to the subject matter but I absolutely love it. It’s written in verse but I dare say it will appeal to non-poetry people as well. I listend to the audiobook narrated by the author and it was such a cool ‘reading’ experience. Highly recommended!

I also got some blogging done though I dropped the ball on my schedule. Oh well, so many of you were nice enough to drop in anyways! I posted a list of books that make for perfect uninterrupted weekend reading, so if you have a free weekend soon take a look at my post. And then I also recommended lots of novellas for Saturday’s readathon or in case you want to get some quick reading in.

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So this morning I realized my only fiction read was the Issa Rae memoir as audiobook but I only listen to it before bed. That means I can finally get to my Once Upon a Time book list and it’s about time as I’ve only read 1 out of 5! I started with Somatar’s book and so far I’m really enjoying it.

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Soon

So soon, in fact next Saturday: It’s readathon time, yay!

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Hope lots of you are joining in, it’s such a fun event! You can still sign up here.

Also, I will soon (probably in May) start with my uni reading and one of my topics is Chicana lit. So anyone wanting to drop some recommendations or join me in my prep reading, let me know in the comments. I fear I’ll have to stick to the classics but we’ll see.

Hope you’re all having a great start to the week! We actually had a nice sunny but not too warm day over here and I spent some time reading in the garden. What are you all reading?

10 Novellas for Readathons

10 novellas for readathons

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is next Saturday! Who’s excited!? I’m still fiddling with my readathon stack, I never manage to read that much, but I like to have a good selection. It’s always motivating if you manage to finish a few things and so comics and novellas are really ideal reading material if like me, you are not one of those amazing speed readers. So, if you’re still looking for readthon books or you just love shorter works, here are 10 novellas you should put on your tbr:

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1.Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

I read this last readathon and fell utterly in love with Okorafor’s imaginative writing. Binti is the first of her people to attend Oomza University, but to go there she has to leave behind her community and be among strangers with different customs and an ongoing war with the Meduse.

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2.The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

More TOR, I’m a huge fan of their novellas. This one is on my readathon stack even if it’s apparently tragic and a romance. Caravan brothers, Black demigod love story, lots of play on language

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3.Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

McGuire’s newest work just so happens to be a novella and deals with a home for children who have been returned from magical lands and only wish to return. Which is just such a cool turn on the usual entering other worlds things.

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4.On A Red Station Drifting by Aliette De Bodard

Okay, half of this list is fro my tbr 🙂 Prosper Space Station is at a crossroads with its AI’s mind ravaged by disease and many of its people called to the long war against the Dai Viet Empire.

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5.Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Leaving her fool of  husband, Paama is given the Chaos stick by the djombi. Unfortunately one djombi with indigo skin wants the stick for himself. A trickster tale, a modern fairy tale, a Senegalese folk story. This promises to be epic and sounds like a great Once Upon a Time read, too.

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6.The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Cisneros’ story of Esperanza and growing up poor Mexican in Chicago is always good for a reread. This is basically a collection of vignettes but oh so readable.

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7.We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

No list without one of my favorites 🙂 Creepy thriller, plot twist included, you won’t be sorry to try Jackson’s story about sisters Merricat and Constance Blackwood after the deaths of most of their family.

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8.The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Shai the forger is the empire’s only hope. Sentenced to death for trying to steal the emperor’s sceptor, she is given the chance to redeem herself by copying the emperor’s soul. Sanderson has been on my list for ages, a novella seems like a great way to start.

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9.Gost Summer by Tananarive Due

Yes, this is a short story collection, but the titular story Ghost Summer is actually a novella. Don’t read this late at night, Due is brilliant at scary horror, I learned this the hard way!

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10.The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Hamid’s now probably classic story of the young Pakistani-American Muslim Changez, identity, belonging and fundamentalism in the wake of 9/11. Always good for a reread, too, to evaluate how far things have gone since then.

What are your favorite novellas? And are joining the readathon next Saturday?

Readathon Updates

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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:

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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

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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 😀

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

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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:

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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:

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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! 😀
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.
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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!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

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Ahhh, I signed up for the readathon this Saturday! In all my years of book blogging I’ve never participated in the readathon, either the timing didn’t work or it just seemed too daunting. But I’ve always loved the tbr stacks participants posted and then I read Sharlene’s readathon post and was inspired to just jump in.

The best thing is that the readathon is from 2pm till 2pm in my time zone, which works great for me. I want it to be pretty relaxed, so I’ll definitely want to get some sleep and just curl up after brunch with the last book for some quick reading. Also, might actually get some laundry and work done before the readathon starts. I’m with my family over the weekend, so will need to be a bit social in-between obsessive reading bouts, but they’ll be readying the garden for winter anyway.

The prep stage appeals to me so much, I’m gonna swing by the market for snacks and such, perhaps even the small library (no hopes whatsoever) and the bookstore (only top 50 bestsellers in English), but that way I can remind myself why I chose the Scribd e-book flat. I also need more candles and not-really-but-always more tea. What? That’s completely normal reading prep!

Of course, I spent most of the day thinking of books to read during readathon. I’ve heard that lighter reads and shorter books as well as comics go a long way and while I’m not a slow reader, I hate to rush through and still want to feel accomplished, so that seems like a good idea. Since I don’t have access to all the books, my tbr consists mainly of Scribd ebooks. Well, drumroll, here it is:

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Nope that is not what I think I’ll manage to read! My personal goal is to finish two books 😀 But I want a good selection from which to choose, depending on my mood. I chose Salsa Nocturna (which I’m a couple of pages in, but will just start again Saturday), because it’s the only Daniel José Older I have access to and it’s on Scribd till the end of October 17th only, so I’ll definitely be reading this one. Also by Mail is my second Diversiverse read and the event ends on Saturday, so my plan is to read and review it during readathon (sometimes you just got to be efficient).

I’ve also chosen two comics, that I’ve heard lots of great things about, Lumberjanes and Zombillenium, and since each part is very short I want to have them on hand to change things up. I was so disappointed that Binti was only available as audiobook, but then I checked the length and it’s only 2 and something hours and when my eyes get sore I’ll put on Binti and take a walk to get some air. In case I want some nonfiction, I’ve added I Mix What I Like to my stack, it’s about the decolonial and revolutionary potential of hip hop and mixtapes and that’s right up my alley. And two other books that I’ve been wanting to read, Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Zahrah the Windseeker are there waiting for me to get bored or restless with the other books. But I think I might want to take my time with them. That’s the plan anyway, Saturday might go very differently though (wish me luck that I don’t end up with a migraine). But I’m super exciting!

Have you read these books? Are you joining the readathon? If so, what’s on your reading stack?