Here I am again, twelve reviews behind… and about to finish another two books. When school ramps up, I procrastinate and calm down by reading, but then of course actually writing reviews goes to the bottom of my priorities since I have writing that I actually get graded on. Oh well. Hopefully soon I will be able to write them all up. Also I’m working on a new way of interacting with and reviewing books, so stay tuned… 🙂
✧ Conversations with Claude Lévi-Strauss
Slim volume of CLS in conversation with Georges Charbonnier, some of it is fascinating (some less so). I got it in my head to do a Library of Congress challenge which is why I picked it up from the library…
✧ The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Still reading this one to Peter and we’re in the home stretch… getting exciting!
✧ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Got a book club meeting for this one later today, which I am definitely looking forward to. I felt like there were a lot of problems with the book, although I will say that it was entertaining in parts and went quickly.
✧ Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Great graphic novel, wonderful writing. Highly recommended!
✧ Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
This book was sooo good. It’s like paranoid sci-fi, creepy, and I just liked basically everything about it. It’s also really short and I think works well as a standalone, so if you want to give the Southern Reach series a try without commitment… do it! 🙂
✧ Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield
A book of photographs and interviews (along with a couple essays) on the titular “girl culture” in the US.
✧ Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
Last month’s book club read, it’s unmemorable and shallow historical fiction.
✧ They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak
First person accounts from three Lost Boys of Sudan. It was assigned for school.
✧ Separate and Dominate by Christine Delphy
Feminist theory from France, the essays in here are from 10-15 years ago, but there are some really good ones.
✧ Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Second book in the Southern Reach trilogy. Not quite as thrilling as the first, but then it wasn’t trying to be. Still some very creepy moments!
✧ Soppy by Philippa Rice
Such a cute little book! Adorable little graphic “novel”–you can flip through in about ten minutes if you don’t want to savor any of it–with great art.
✧ Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
A black Southern lawyer goes over some of his cases, heavily featuring the exoneration of death row prisoner Walter McMillan. Highly readable account of racial inequality in the justice system, with a focus on death row cases and juveniles.
✧ Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World by Stephen Cornell & Douglas Hartmann
A textbook for one of my classes this semester, it’s a pretty solid introduction to some theories and global perspectives on ethnicity (and race and nationality, but ethnicity is definitely the main concern here).
✧ Answering Questions with Statistics by Robert Szafran
Okay, this is a statistics textbook, but I did read the whole thing for class and it was surprisingly good.
✧ Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Just finished this one today, it’s the final book in the Southern Reach series, which I’ve been tearing through! So good!
Recently Reviewed (well, reviewed since I did my last WWW Wednesday…)
✧ Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
✧ Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling by Sabrina Jones & Marc Mauer
✧ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
✧ Not My Turn to Die by Savo Heleta
✧ Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich
✧ Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at Its Best
✧ Evicted by Matthew Desmond
✧ The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
✧ The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
✧ Perfume by Patrick Suskind
✧ The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Group read for the Seasonal Reading Challenge and I’ve just picked it up from the library today!
✧ Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Trying to read more essays, and this collection looked good.
✧ …and more, I have nine or ten books checked out from my university library right now, it’s kind of ridiculous.
WWW Wednesday is a book meme hosted at Taking On a World of Words