This week I read some beautiful fluff, some incredibly serious and gut-wrenching nonfiction, and a historical mystery. I finished a truly awe-inspiring book of poetry, started a romance novel I’ve been looking forward to for a while, and managed to return one library book each time I went to pick up a hold that came in. In other words: a fantastic week of reading!
BOOKS I FINISHED
The books I finished reading this week. Links go to my full reviews.
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (audio)
5/5: I recommend it with abandon! If I could shove it into your hands right now, I would.
A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom
5/5: I recommend it with abandon!
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (February 6th, Ecco)
2/5: I’d skip it. I found it problematic in several ways (and did not enjoy it) but after thinking about it for a few days, I also don’t want to entirely write it off. Maybe it will speak to you in a way it couldn’t speak to me.
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding (April 3, Sky Pony Press)
3/5: I highly recommend it you’re looking for a fun, light, YA romance.
This book is a sweet and fun YA romance about a fat, queer fashion-obsessed seventeen year old girl, and her co-worker at a fashion internship at a clothing store in LA. It’s breezy and light but touches on important subjects. I loved that it was all about a fat girl who celebrated fashion and, though she sometimes feared how the world saw her, was never down on herself. It made perfect bedtime reading for when my brain was too tired for anything more serious. I laughed out loud more than once.
The Fact of A Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (audio)
5/5: I reccomend it with abandon. It’s not for the faint of heart, but this book is absolutely stunning.
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
3/5: I highly reccomend it, even if you’re not a big fan of mysteries.
BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDST OF
The books I’m reading right at this very moment.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens and Mai’a Williams
WHAT I’M READING NEXT
Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.
Salad Anniversary by Machi Tamara
Why I’m reading it: This year, I am trying to read one book of poetry and one book in translation every month. This one is both! Originally published in Japan in 1989, where it was hugely successful, it’s a collection of tanka and haiku. I’m excited to savor this one throughout February.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Why I’m reading it: Because I didn’t get to it last year and I’ve heard nothing but brilliance about it.
Books published this week that I cannot wait to get my hands on.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
Why I’m excited about it: I’ve read some really incredible YA in recent years that deals with important issues: immigration, reproductive rights, police brutality. So now I’m always on the lookout for YA novels about these things. This book is about a teenage boy and his family, who travel from Syria to Turkey to Greece as refugees.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Why I’m excited about it: I’ve heard all sorts of marvelous about this novel. It’s a YA novel staring a queer asexual black woman and I am always here for YA love stories that get representation right–which, from everything I’ve heard, this novel does. Also: THE COVER!
Brass by Xhenet Aliu
Why I’m excited about it: This was one of the many books that caught my eye when I was browsing through this totally awesome and overwhelming list of books coming in 2018 over at Book Riot. (Don’t look! Don’t look! I’m kidding: look!) It’s a family drama (mothers and daughters) told in alternating POVs. If you’ve been paying any attention at all around here you know THAT’S MY THING!
OVER AT BOOK RIOT…
I wrote about standalone comics featuring queer women and happy endings, and I tried my hand at one of Book Riot’s regular features, Inbox/Outbox, where contributors share the books they’ve read and acquired over the week.
MEANWHILE, THE OCEAN:
That’s it for me! How was your week of reading?