February Mini-Review Recap

Alright, I guess February wasn’t a COMPLETE fail. I read some… just not as much as I wanted to. Work got really busy, and between that and missing the honeyman all the time, I needed bigger distractions than books. Like Friends, The Flash, and Borderlands 2. And sleep. So let’s see what I read… I didn’t do reviews for most of these yet, because I’ve been busy and lazy, but I may do them sometime this month if I feel so compelled.

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PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt – Basically a wonderful reminder that hey! Abortion is NOT a bad word, or a bad thing. Love it, recommend it.

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Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older – First book in the Bone Street Rumba series, and I am already excited for whenever the next one comes out. If you’ve read Salsa Nocturna, this is a book series focusing on the main character of those short stories, Carlos. It takes place before the events in Salsa Nocturna, and I kind of loved seeing characters I was already familiar with popping up and being introduced to Carlos. Mr. Older is going to be a favorite fantasy author.

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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay – Alright, so this has been a very popular book, and I just finished a few nights ago at like midnight. I can’t say I loved it – it’s about a woman being kidnapped and horribly raped, so it’d be weird to say I really liked it. And besides that – something about it didn’t really click for me. It was sad, and outrageous, and tragic, and ultimately hopeful – but I didn’t feel really sucked into the story. It was a good book, and I’m looking forward to more from Gay.

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Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit – Another one I have mixed feelings about. This is a collection of essays, all surrounding the topic of how women have been silenced by men, in various ways. Some essays were really great and packed a punch – others fell a little flat. Overall, it was a good read and made me slightly more aware of the discreet, underhanded ways in which men undermine women.

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March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – This is kind of a graphic memoir, of which there will be more (I think Book Two is already out). It’s written by Congressman John Lewis, and recounts his personal life and growing up during the civil rights movement – taking part in sit-ins, listening to MLK Jr. give speeches. I found Book One really captivating and heartbreaking, and I’m looking forward to reading the next books. For the sake of the stats below, I’m counting this one in the comics part.

 

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 4

Female authors: 3 (75%)

Non-white authors: 2 (50%)

Format breakdown: 2 print, 2 e-book, and 0 audiobooks

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 33

Female authors/illustrators: 9

Non-white authors/illustrators: 12

Format breakdown: 27 print, 5 e-book

 

Still not doing too bad on the stats front! I’m surprised I didn’t finish my audiobook, because it was only 6 hours long, but I still have 2 hours left of it so I’ll finish it this month. It’s a good audiobook, but I listen to podcasts too, and music, and I only drive to and from work so many times during the month…

Anyways, those are some tiny blurbs about the things I read. Most of them were good, and hopefully I’ll get around to doing more in-depth reviews… we’ll see. Thoughts? Suggestions?

~Sarah

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    1. I bought the Kindle ebook originally, but returned it after like 6 pages because it was just too hard to read on a screen. I ordered the paper copy and I’m SO glad I did – I think this is a collection that I’ll be encouraging my niece and nephews to read as they start learning about civil rights in school.

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  1. I’ve been interested in Men Explain Things To Me but also worried it would be sort of…exactly as you described. Le sigh.

    Good luck with your March reading. Though really isn’t every month “man, I wish I could have red more”

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    1. YES, it is. And I did read a lot of really good comics. Kind of sad that I didn’t even finish a 6-hour long audiobook.

      Men Explain Things to Me is probably still worth the read? I think. There were some really good parts to it. And if you have Oyster, it’s on there, so no dollars lost trying it out.

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