My reading this week was a bit…meh. I’m not sure why, but I kept picking up books I wasn’t super into, and finishing them. I’m usually good about DNFing books when I’m not feeling them, but for some reason, this year, I’ve been reverting to old habits and making myself finish books I’m only lukewarm about.
There were two standouts: All Out, an anthology of YA queer historical fiction, which I abostluely fell in love with, and Call Me By Your Name, which I reread a mere two weeks after reading it for the first time. It was, if possible, better the second time around.
BOOKS I FINISHED
The books I finished reading this week. Links go to my full reviews.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (audio, reread)
5/5: I read it twice in two weeks and even wrote a second (and very long) review. It’s fair to say I am in awe of this novel.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (audio)
2/5: I was totally bored and unimpressed with this book, but the world loves it! So, you decide.
What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson
3/5: If you’re interested in religion and/or Puritan history, I highly recommend this book. It was a bit dense for me, but even so, I still got something out of it.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
3/5: Personally, I’d skip this one.
The Mountain by Paul Yoon (audio)
3/5: I didn’t love this, but I think that has more to do with my lukewarm feelings about short stories than the quality of the book. I definitely recommend it, especially if you like short fiction.
Heat Wave by Elyse Springer
3/5: Eh. This romance did not do it for me, and had some problematic elements that makes me loathe to recommend it, but it wasn’t terrible.
The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian
3/5: This was a delightful queer historical romance, and perfect example of why I can’t stand the star rating system. (Why am I still using it?!) I definitely recommend it, but I’m not going to go into why I gave it the same star rating as Heat Wave, which I did not really enjoy. That’s a conversation for another time.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
4/5: I highly recommend it! This collection was an absolute joy to read.
BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDST OF
The books I’m reading right at this very moment.
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Both library books I’ve had for a while and I’m finally getting around to reading!
WHAT I’M READING NEXT
Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Why I’m reading it: People have been raving about it for a while, and my audio hold just came it. I love fantasy novels based on fairytales and that play around with the idea of fairy tales, so I’m pretty excited about this one.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
Why I’m reading it: I adored the first book in this series and this one’s due at the library next week, so it’s time.
Books published this week that I cannot wait to get my hands on.
Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems by Julayne Lee
Why I’m excited about it: Julayne Lee was born in South Korean and adopted by a white family in Minnesota. This collection of poetry is a memoir that explores what it means to be an international adoptee, and all the traumas and hurts, so rarely talked about, that such adoptions often engender.
Go Home! edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Why I’m excited about it: To continue my 2018 trend of reading anthologies, I can’t wait to get my hand on this collection of work by writers from the Asian diaspora. A mix of fiction, poetry, memoir, these writers explore the idea of home, and what it means, personally, culturally, politically. Issues of identity and race in America are always on the forefront of my mind, and I’m constantly seeking out books to deepen and expand my perspective.
OVER AT BOOK RIOT…
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MEANWHILE, THE OCEAN:
That’s it for me this week. How was your week of reading?