Hello out there! I’m back briefly! I’m in the midst of final projects and job hunting, so I’m not sure how regular I’ll be still, but I wanted to pop back in here to catch up with my reading.
So, 16 books in 2 months. Most of them were for school, on multicultural children’s literature, but I’ve had a couple of good ones that I read just for me.
3 cups of tea. An interesting idea about a character who wakes up in a new body everyday so is not male or female, or any of the other things we think of as defining a person. Interesting idea, but I seriously don’t want to read about high school.
3 cups of tea. A good book, an important read, but not my taste. I did like the ambiguous ending.
3 cups of tea. Fine, meh. I can see the appeal, I can see how Bardugo grew as a writer to create the Six of Crows books. But, I find these ones a little predictable, a little slow, and I don’t particularly like Alina. But I do like Sturmhond. However, I will read the 3rd book at some point to finish off the story, and I’ve heard that it’s the strongest of this trilogy. (audiobook)
5 cups of tea. Lovely. The story of a boy whose family has been homeless before, and they are now again facing the prospect of becoming homeless. He starts seeing his imaginary friend again, a giant fluffy talking cat with attitude, as he processes the impending instability and reflects on their previous homeless experience. It was heartbreaking, but in a good way. I cried a couple of times, but I loved it. Will get my own copy for sure. Katherine Applegate, I remember you when you were K.A., and I’m glad you’re back on my radar.
3.5 cups of tea. This was ok. The post-apocalyptic setting isn’t my favorite (especially now that she’s said it’s supposed to be American Southwest, which I find a little bit iffy for some reason. Maybe it’s the magic talismans from a shaman that feels too indigenous tropey). The characters were fine, the plot was fine. It had all the elements of a romance novel, motorcycles, bartending women, rapey bad guys. It was very middle of the road for me, and I don’t think I’ll buy it in physical copy, but I will buy the next book in the series when it comes out.
2 cups of tea. DNF. Just too slow and a little too dull. The dialog was very good, but the in-betweens just weren’t holding my attention.
5 cups of tea. The story of three sisters going to stay with their estranged mother in Oakland in the 1960’s and her connections with the Black Panthers. I really liked this story, the way the characters were built, and Delphine’s very conflicted feelings about being the mother-figure of her two little sisters, even though she’s only 11. And, I enjoyed learning about the Black Panthers from a perspective that wasn’t essentially ‘scary black people with guns.’ We had an interesting conversation in class about if Delphine’s mother should be described as mentally ill because she wasn’t a maternal mother. I maintain no, that she is merely not a maternal person, and that describing women who don’t fit expectation as mentally ill is a pretty dangerous direction to go.
5 cups of tea. This was a fun audiobook talking about the upsides and downsides of life and culture in the South. I love these guys for their work tearing down stereotypes about what people with Southern accents are like, and what liberal-minded people are like. Bought it for my brother. 🙂 (audiobook)
5 cups of tea. AMAZING. My work is doing a campus-wide read for this book, which has been really cool. I loved listening to Coates read the audiobook, and I feel like my eyes are being opened, over and over about the realities of black lives in America. (audiobook)
4 cups of tea. This book has been on my Kindle for 2 1/2 years, so it was time to read. A friend was reading Carry On, which gave me the push I needed to get started with Attachments. I liked it. Rowell is a good writer. The characters were relatable, the romance was sweet though it could have been creepy. I’m not sure how realistic Lincoln is as a man (like I’m actually not sure, is he overly ideal, aka written by a woman?), and I was a pre-teen when this book was set, so I couldn’t directly relate to the cultural references, but it was a nice read.
4 cups of tea. I didn’t realize this was a parallel to The Wizard of Oz in some ways before reading it, but I totally loved it. I definitely want my own copy. (audiobook)
3.5 cups of tea. A picture book about a young boy dealing with the loss of his brother to drug addiction and overdose. An important story, if a little bit thin for me. I do think that kids need to see their own lives and struggles in books, even if their struggles are serious and their reading level is young.
3.5 cups of tea. A fun return to the Lunar Chronicles world. It felt a little incomplete, partly because of the medium, so I’ll have to see how it really stacks up once we get going a little more.
2 cups of tea. Basically all of my least favorite parts of being a teenager in a graphic novel. The art was good, this just wasn’t my kind of story.
2 cups of tea. DNF. The writing is good, but I am not up for rapey, abusive, mean people stories about desperation and struggle. Just not up for it right now. Maybe I’ll return to it someday.
3.5 cups of tea. A prose poetry novel about the experiences being a refugee to America after fleeing the Vietnam War. There is some wonderful insight here into the feelings and struggles of refugees resettling in a new country, and I definitely think it is worth a read.