I can’t believe it’s November. Less than two months and this year is over. So weird. I picked up a few nonfic reads this week, FINALLY. I have read more nonfic than usual this year, but I’ve been craving more lately and I’m glad to get some off my list. The weather is quite awful and everything is closed now due to light lockdown, so I had plenty of opportunity to read this week.
From Netgalley and Edelweiss I received:
I’m a bit nervous because I saw mixed reviews for The Sanatorium and also because the translator of Permafrost is the same as for Eartheater, which had a writing style I did not like (and might have been the translation’s fault). We will see! I’m excited to finally read Ali Smith, though. And The Animals in That Country is giving me I Hold a Wolf by the Ears and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead vibes.
Weekly Wrap Up
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
I had mixed feelings about this, but mostly this was an uncomfortable read and I ended up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
I actually loved this – somehow I did not expect to. It’s sweet, tender, heartbreaking, has Greek gods and actually talks about white supremacy during WWI and how Black troops were treated, the horrible things that also happened in Belgium… it’s such a layered book, I was impressed.
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
I actually picked this up because it was mentioned in one of the books I’ve read recently, although I can’t remember which. I really enjoyed this – it’s Styron’s account on his depression, eventual hospitalization and recovery. It’s incredibly well-written and I saw myself in so much of that. A very good memoir!
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
This is still ongoing, and I’m enjoying it! It’s fun to read an adventure book, so different from my usual reads.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
I’m still 10% in but I’m highly, highly enjoying this! I love Akwaeke Emezi’s writing.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This book broke my heart, a sober and sad letter from Ta-Nehisi Coates to his son, describing his lack of faith in the US, about racism and his growing up as a Black man and what he had had to learn so early on, his struggle to show love and be softer to his son later in life. Such a powerful and beautiful book.