New book posts:
- Some Strange Book Pet Peeves (Fantasy & YA)
- Strange Pet Peeves: Physical Books (Part 2)
- Exciting New Book Releases Summer/Autumn 2020
- The Eleven Books I Never Seem to Finish (Part One)
- The Eleven Books I Never Seem to Finish (Part Two)
Other books I’ve been reading:
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (it was so awesome)
Added to TBR:
- Starlight by Richard Wagamese (ownvoices for indigenous)
- The end of everything (astrophysically speaking) by Katie Mack (science, physics): I’ve followed Mack on twitter for a while and she’s this great astrophysicist, so I’ve been truly looking forward to this book
- The winter duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett (YA fantasy, lgbt; f/f & nonbinary characters)
- Spellbooks of the lost and found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (magical realism, lgbt; bi): I do truly love good trios, especially if they’re witches
- Mexican gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (horror, historical fiction, gothic, set in Mexico)
- The city we became by N. K. Jemisin (urban fantasy, lgbt)
- Burn by Patrick Ness (dragons!!!, fantasy)
- Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas (fantasy): because I should give up on her by now, but everyone seem to like this (finally) adult book and I can’t help being interested/hopeful
- Kingdom of souls by Rena Barron (fantasy, set in West Africa)
- A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini (historical fiction, Afghanistan)
- Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji (historical fiction): I’ve actually wanted to read this for a long time, but never added it to my TBR somehow?? I’ve seen some amazing quotes/paragraphs from here out of context.
- Earth and ashes by Atiq Rahimi (historical fiction, war, Afghanistan)
- PET by Awaeke Emezi (YA fantasy, trans mc, Nigerian author)
- Passenger to Tehran by V. Sackville-West (travel, memoir-like, set in 1926): I fell down a rabbit hole reading about her life dating both men and women and this book written as a diplomat’s wife seems very interesting
- Honeybee by Trista Mateer (poetry, lgbt, smalltown)
- SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson (poetry, sexual abuse)
- Rosewater by Tade Thompson (sci-fi, fantasy, set in Nigeria)
- Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (sci-fi, fantasy)
Three things on my mind:
- I read too little of non-bookblog articles about books I guess, but a lot of the new books I wanted to read above came from an article from Tor publishing on 25 most anticipated sci-fi & fantasy books of 2020
- It was another quote from an article that set me out on a deep rabbit hole; Esquire’s “The Secret Oral History of Bennington”. It’s about the college in the 80’s, producing a group of famous artists, including Donna Tartt (the author of two of my favourite books; The Secret History & The Goldfinch) and American Psycho’s Bret Easton Ellis. There’s so many good quotes in that article, and I’ve rarely trusted a group of people less to say the truth accurately and not have a skewed perspective because of their heightened sense of self-worth. Doesn’t make it any less fascinating to look into, though.
TODD O’NEAL: The Secret History isn’t so much a work of fiction. It’s a work of thinly veiled reality—a roman à clef. When it came out, Claude and Matt and I got endless calls. Everybody was saying, “Oh, did you know Donna just wrote a book about Claude and you all? And Claude is Julian and Matt is Bunny and you’re Henry.”Todd O’Neal was another student at the college Tartt attended
- I booked my tickets back to university, finally. I knew more people would travel by train because of corona making planes more unsafe, but I didn’t realize 95% of the tickets would be sold out for the next week and a half during what’s still summer! We don’t start up school again truly for another three weeks guys! Seems like everyone is like me and have decided that five months away from my dorm is already too long. The fact that it’s still summer also means that they’re working on the tracks, so instead of eight hours, it’s a twelve hour train trip. And I’m truly sick from an sinus infection (I tested negative for corona, no worries), so that will be hell on earth, no matter how much I love train-rides. I went on a hunch that the earlier train at the end of the week was the right one, and a minute afterwards my new roommate (and friend) texts me, turns out we’re on the same one train by accident.
If there’s something I’ve learned in my personal life this week is the reinforcement of this idea – find your support anywhere you can, trust those people even if it will hurt if they break that trust, create your own family through friends. It goes with the story that I’m leaving earlier than expected because shit went down, that I’m lucky to have a mom that loves me, and that I’ve experienced a lot of rejections from family in the last five months. I miss my uni family, so deeply. Soon I will again use my insomniac nights sending my rants on literature, in this case it would be Bennington College and the type of elitism there, to the other insomniac directly across the hall until we both give up and meet for a nightly snack in the kitchen.
I went into my first year of university knowing that I could count on no one to be there to catch me if I fell. I’m going into the second year of university having stumbled and fallen a lot these last five months, but always having the hope that I would be back home soon, where people are so different in how they show they care – but they all do. Only four days left.