The blog has been relatively quiet but pages are still being turned offline.
Books read in February –
- The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus
This is a strong collection of Afro-futuristic stories. Review soon.
- A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Loved this verse novel. This blog should be dedicated to Nafiza’s book recommendations.
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Re-read for #DSFFBookClub. Revisiting Lauren’s state of mind alongside her fears and hopes felt just as powerful this time round.
- When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
So beautiful. Check out an own voices review.
- The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
A favourite quote here.
- Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap
Need more new adult magical girl stories with diverse casts (f/f relationship & POC). Happy to read more work from Filipinx writers. Thanks Aentee for the rec!
- The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Ken Liu’s writing is always inspiring. My favourites from this collection can be found here.
Books reviewed in February –
- Octavia E. Butler by Gerry Canavan
Loved this look at her work. Feel free to recommend me anything related to Octavia Butler.
- The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
It took me a long time to review this one but it’s so important. Also, it’s Face Up To Racism Week in Australia.
What I’ve been listening to –
Charles Tan and Kat Mayo on speculative fiction and the importance of oral storytelling in the Philippines. On a related note, an article with so much truth: Blood of the Revolution: On Filipina Writers and Aswang by Angel Cruz. Respect own voices perspectives on mythology.
Thoughts on Philippine literature, history and education from Honey de Peralta and Kat Mayo. Will check out the show notes and the listed books on Martial Law someday too.
A bookish lens on March –
I’ve found that taking a relaxed approach to book blogging is helpful as I juggle life. Will try to catch up on the review back log for both local and international titles. Also, it’s Women’s History Month.