I didn’t do my monthly wrap-up for August, so the above image combines both my August and September books. In August, I caught up on reading books by a few of my favourite writers: Helen Oyeyemi, Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Ursula K. Le Guin and Melina Marchetta. As always, I find myself in awe of a book/series, which leads to an indefinite delay in sharing those thoughts in a blog post but I’ll get there. In September, I reviewed Kindred, Monstress and Sun Dragon’s Song. I also participated in DiverseAThon and managed to review:
1) Bread and Butter – a graphic novel about working while pursuing dreams feat. a Latin American heroine. 2) Honor Girl – a nostalgic YA graphic novel memoir with a lesbian protagonist. 3) Iris and the Tiger – a MG mystery novel with an Aussie biracial heroine.
I also loved reading these Australian books during the readathon:
1) The Hate Race – an amazing memoir about Clarke’s experiences of racism while growing up in a homogeneous town. I went to the book launch, which was fantastic. Clarke’s opening speech for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival was electric too.
2) Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – a feminist YA collaborative scifi and fantasy anthology between Australian and Indian writers and artists. I’ve been trying to read more local books and it has been both inspiring and fun.
In October, I’ll attempt to marathon the last leg of uni and possibly participate in #OwnVoicesOctober on Twitter or Instagram. I’m also thinking of joining another online book club, since I enjoy the DSFF Book Cub. (Being a member of 3 book clubs makes sense, right?) There’s been a lot of re-occurring discussions around this topic lately but I thought this article was worth sharing again: 5 Diversity Myths Debunked via Diary of a Reading Addict.
What have you enjoyed reading this month?