What are you currently reading? #SOL24 #IMWAYR

March 25, 2024

It’s Monday, y’all, and time to talk about books and what I’m currently reading but instead of my usual blah blah cut and paste job, I’m using prompts from kristasjots by way of Elisabeth.

I just started reading: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum, narrated by Ariana Delawari, Dahlia Salem & Susan Nezami. This book is about two (three, really) generations of Palestinian women. I was wary to start this book because it was a book club pick and NOT one of the books I voted to read, so you know how that goes. (The way our book club works is that you can nominate a book for the month’s theme and then everyone votes for their top three choices of what they want to read. The one that gets the most votes is the winner. It’s a very fair and democratic process and better than the selection process for other book clubs I’ve belonged to, but I still hate when the book I want to read doesn’t win.) That said, I was hooked from the beginning, so what do I know? The story, so far, is gripping, and the narration is excellent.

I’m also currently in progress on F the Fairy Tale: Rewrite the Dating Myths and Live Your Own Love Story by Damona Hoffman because the dating struggle is real, so I was interested in her take on the matter.

I just finished reading: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty. If you are a Jaclyn Moriarty fan (which I am), this is THE book that started it all. And by all, I mean all of her books about the penpal program between a private and public school in whatever town of Australia the characters live in. I’m revising a novel draft so have been rereading books that I know I love to look at craft moves the authors make as inspiration to fix the many things that need fixing in mine. The fun part about rereading this (and most of the other books I’ve reread so far) is looking at my old reviews and seeing how much, if any, my opinions have changed. For this one, my opinion did not change from the last time I read the book, so that’s good.

I also finished Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up by Cristela Alonzo on audiobook, read by the author. Cristela is a comedian, but the book is not comedy since it’s a memoir of her actual life. It was fascinating but heavy at times, especially when she detailed some of her experiences living in poverty and being bullied.

phenomenal aocMy favorite books so far this year: Dawn by Octavia Butler; What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir by E. Lynn Harris; In Search of a Salve: Memoir of a Sex Addict by K.E. Garland (who also has an excellent blog!); Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Loris Lora; and To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights by Angela Dalton, illustrated by Lauren Semmer.

Something that I’ve learned about myself as a reader this past year is: I’m still a big mood reader. However, because I’m a mood reader, I can be hard on books if they don’t quite match the ~vibe~ I want. For example, I reread The Hunger Games and when I looked back at my first review, I was horrified to see that I had only given it three stars because (and this is from my updated review) “I actually said that the things that were the point bugged me.” Girl, what?

ida b wells voice of truthSome titles on deck are: So, I asked for picture book biography recs on Instagram for the class I’m planning, and my friend Melissa gave me a ton, most of which I’ve already put on hold. (If you want to see everything she recommended, you can see them here.) The only one I’ve picked up from the library so far is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick. I also checked out Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader by Michelle Duster; illustrated by Laura Freeman.

My next reread will be The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, which I’ll be discussing on an Instagram Live with Kenya (Reviews May Vary) next month. And I am very much looking forward to Sara Zarr’s new book Kyra, Just for Today.

My reading goal for this year is: 75 books. I read 77 books last year, and though I usually set my Goodreads reading goal +2 of the books I read the year before, I figured I should aim a little lower since I’ll actually be back at work in the fall so may have less time to read. We shall see.

What are you currently reading?

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