May Bookend

May wasn’t nearly as prolific as I would have liked it to be, but I learned some powerful lessons, did some awesome things, and oh yea…I bought a house! *Cheers* So excuse me for not reading as much as I would have liked. I did somehow manage to get 5 books in this month, and with the exception of The Catcher in the Rye, which I lambasted here, everything I read was great. So, basically, the universe was validating my decision to read women and my decision to read minority authors, because the moment I branched out to the “tried-and-true” white male writing, I wanted to gauge my eyes out.

  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger || πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
    • Just no. MORE WOMEN, MORE MINORITIES, MORE ANYBODY BUT OVER-HYPED OLD WHITE DUDES…please.
  • Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward || πŸ‘πŸ‘
    • Full review is here, but this book was so movingly written that it inspired a new fandom for Ward in me.
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erica Sanchez|| πŸ‘
    • Full review is here, but a particularly important book when considering our news cycle right now β€” from the perspective of mental health and suicide and also immigrants in our country.
  • Her Body and Other Parties || πŸ‘
    • Machado’s fearless collection of “feminist” short stories, which I will review more fullsomely, falters at times and soars at times, much the way the life of a woman does.
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman|| πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    • I will without a doubt be writing a longer review of this novel, because it was astonishing. What Alderman did here was a true work of art, talent, and literature. This is the type of book that goes into school syllabi immediately.

Here’s hoping that I can stay on track with my reading now that the summer blockbuster schedule has truly filled out because between Mission Impossible, The Incredibles 2, Oceans 8, Hereditary, Hotel Artemis, Jurassic World, and all the other dope-looking movies dropping in the next couple months, my Moviepass may get more play than my bookshelves.

-Dij

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