It hasn’t been the easiest week in the world, and my heart broke reading the news about George Floyd. If you would like to help, there are lots of people sharing how you can do that:
It’s important not to “stay neutral” in times like these. Staying neutral means you passively let things happen, therefore by default siding with the oppressors. You of course don’t have to donate or anything, but please make an effort to educate yourself regardless. There’s a lot of books and articles you can look for (I saw this list on Buzzfeed just yesterday – also please feel free to share in the comments if you have suggestions!). This kind of stuff happens everywhere, so please don’t just brush it off if you’re not American and think racism “doesn’t exist in your country” because it does. Educate yourself, make a difference.
Okay, back to bookish stuff! I can’t believe it’s June! The year is going by so fast, and so slow at the same time. It is the weirdest thing.
From Scribd I downloaded:
Weekly Wrap Up
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater / Goodreads 3 stars
I am quite sorry that I didn’t enjoy this book more, but honestly, it was quite expected. I liked TRC but didn’t love it and had no interest in continuing with the sequel, and I especially didn’t love the dream plot from book 2, so the fact that this series expands on that storyline made it the kind of book I was not going to love anyway. Also the narration was exhausting. However, I think if you loved Book 2 of TRC, you’ll love this!
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson / Goodreads 3 stars
I had mixed feelings about this book. It’s brilliant, ingenious and so exciting a read – I love sci-fi, and this is quite a great one. However, the treatment of Ry, a trans non-binary character, was so transphobic, quite unnecessarily so, that it become more and more exhausting to read.
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken / Goodreads 4 stars
This at times lovely and warm, at times sad and heartbreaking, and then it punches you in the gut. It was the such a great read. It’s a bit of a pity that I listened to it instead of reading in paper, I think it would have been a better experience altogether. Not that the audio is bad, it’s not, but I concentrate better on paper. A coming-of-age queer story about love, horses, loss and with a bit of mystery thrown in. I think for readers who love horses this will be a GREAT read.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine / Goodreads Ongoing
This was the last book I picked up for the Asian Readathon this month! Unfortunately I could not finish it because I went on a bit of a slump the past couple days, but I’m LOVING it.
June Reading Plans
I don’t plan too much regarding my monthly TBR, but I do have some reading objectives for the year, like reading the longlist for the Women’s Prize Squad, the shortlist of the Women’s Prize (original), reading some Latin American books in English for a post I’m working on, read at least one Brazilian history (non-fiction) books my father lent me… and work on my backlisted books, of course. That’s a LOT of book in the end.
Like I’ve said a bunch of times, I’m quite the mood reader and it’s difficult to plan too many books. At least two of the books below are quite short and I hope this will encourage me to pick them up, but I doubt I will read them all.