Due to deadlines, it’s a miracle that I managed to read more than one book.
The library was open, unending, free.
– Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between The World and Me was a solemn and powerful open letter to the writer’s son. Check out Jesse Williams’ recent humanitarian speech as it delves into the reality of systemic racism in a poetic way too.
I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.
– The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
On The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian – Junior was a riot to listen to. A Spokane Indian teen who handles all the wonderful and horrible bits of life between a small town and the reservation with humour and sincerity.
Nimona‘s sarcasm was on point. I adore shapeshifters and the archetype of the dragon was used really well. There is a lovely best friends-to-lovers-to-enemies (and back again) dynamic between the two male knights.
A History of Glitter and Blood was so strange, unsettling and wonderful. I loved the sexually fluid relationships, the unreliable narrator, the confusing narrative, the exploration of PTSD and the subtle commentary on race relations through this unlikely group of part-fae creatures. These two books may have given me a reason to make a list of the SFF books I’ve read with fantastical/futuristic societies wherein LGBTQUIA are the norm and the prejudices that we know don’t exist.
Onto more fantasy worlds: All the characters carry so much power & presence (even when they move into the background of the series) in A Conspiracy of Kings. Though this one did make me reflect upon how many Ancient Greece inspired books I read where Ancient Persians only briefly appear. I would love to read more historical fantasy stories from the perspective of Persian characters.
I carried Who Fears Death across three countries but finished it when my laptop died on the train. It was a fantastic and confronting subversion of the chosen one story in post-apocalyptic Africa.
I went into reading Me Before You with zero expectations but it delves into perceptions around disability.
*Note: Though I never took Will’s experience to be representative of the whole disabled community. In the book (which isn’t shown as much in the film), Lou talks to other members of the disabled community through online forums and many of these individuals have different experiences and outlooks on life, which differ greatly from Will’s fatalistic one.
This month, I also reviewed The Many Selves of Katherine North. I’m trying to request less ARCs so that I can try to get back into writing and reading more books.