It’s Wednesday & 2021 Reading Is Off to a Good Start

You know, I was beating myself because I hadn’t posted yet this week, and I realized it’s because I have been struggling with how to (and whether or not I wanted to) address current events. All I’ll say is this: Living in this country is exhausting.

My reading deprivation is officially over, so I watched some TV and read some books. More specifically, I finally finished Living Single (Hulu), which is super fun because the characters really do feel like they’re my friends. I was trying to decide on my next throwback comfort watch and remembered that when I was watching The Bernie Mac Show, I started X-Men: The Animated Series (Disney+), so I think I need to go ahead and get back to that. Not to mention, seeing the good guys win over and over again might just be what I need to feed my soul right now.

A note on the wrap-up: I’m going to try something new with my book reviews this week since WordPress has stepped up its game with these blocks. I’ll see if I have the patience for it in the coming weeks.

Last week I posted:

It’s Monday & I’m doing a reading deprivation

Last week I read:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is beautifully written, and I was immediately drawn into the world of the book as well as the world of the story. If, like me, you are very into character-driven narratives, then learning about all the different pieces of these characters’ lives and how they’re connected will fascinate you enough to keep you reading. I am finding that I like stories written this way (another one–besides Station Eleven, obviously–written in a similar way is The Vanishing Half), stories that loop back and forth through time and show connections between characters.

I caught most of the Station Eleven references, I think. I gasped at the first one (who doesn’t love a parallel universe) and was astonished at the bigger one that comes later in the story because I truly wasn’t expecting it.

My favorite character might be Suzanne, Jonathan’s first wife, just because she was absolutely unexpected and wholly memorable.

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

So, the thing about this collection is that on a soul level I really enjoyed it. The emotionality of it does not miss, and that’s what makes it enjoyable.

However, as someone who teaches poetry, at some point I found myself thinking, “Yes, yes, these are some nice pithy bon mots, but where is the imagery?”

As a collection, this is pretty powerful, but so many of these poems–especially in the healing section–would not stand on their own. I mean, they make fine stand alone quotes and are empowering (e.g., “you must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first” [190]), but I wouldn’t call them poetry.

Also, I like that Kaur explains the formatting choice because it also helped me understand a lot of the choices Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni made in The Mistress of Spices as well.

As I said, my reading is off to a good start so far. I’m currently reading a book that I really like so there’s a good chance there could be more four-star (or more!) reads in my future. And that, my friends, is a very good thing.

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