Woo-hoo!! I couldn't resist going on a little second-hand splurge yesterday! I feel like I deserve it after such long workdays.
Has anyone read the tagged book?
5 stars!! This was amazing. I finished it yesterday in two sittings although I would've read it in one if I'd had the time. The author exhibits tremendous journalism skills in this illustrated cultural history of the taboo surrounding women's bodies, specifically the vulva (or fear of!) and menstruation, and female sexuality, clearly shedding light on how far we have NOT come. Feminist, unapologetic and funny as f***!
I started reading this graphic cultural history of the vulva vs. the patriarchy about 2 hours ago and I can't put it down! Informative and laugh-out-loud funny. Remember ladies, listen to John Kellogg and don't "self-pollute"!!
Rainy afternoon means staying in and (finally) finishing this for #ScreamsByMail. I didn't find it as climactic as I was expecting but that's probably due to the fact that I haven't been able to keep up a steady reading pace these days. This would've been a more intense read had I finished it in a couple or three of sittings (preferably at night). Take note, @scripturient 😘 I'll send this out to you this week.
Thanks @danibolahood for the pick!
Thank you so much to @Weaponxgirl for reading this with me although I've proven to be the worst buddy in the history of buddy-reads! (I just need more time to read these days, bear with me)
McCullers has yet to disappoint me. She writes about the margins of society with a grace and sensibility unlike others. A pick for me! Especially enjoyable in long sittings.
About 3/4 way into this. It's taking me a while to finish any books this week but I just need more time to sit down and read in long sittings. This one is fantastic!
Woohooo second-hand bookstore finds! 😍 This is a Murakami I've been wanting to read for ages.
Spent my morning with the best company! @Weaponxgirl This prose is glorious read in long sittings.
Started this one yesterday. It really is as good as everybody says 😱
Oops! Forgot to post my review of this. I've been reading MG grade recently for work-related reasons and even though it's not my favorite I can definitely say I'm enjoying myself. This is a tender story about an unconventional friendship and mixes realism and fantasy. Levi Pinfold's illustrations really bring the story to life while maintaining the dark, mysterious tone that AF Harrold uses.
Woke up with a terrible cold yesterday so I'll be spending my time between hot tea and books this afternoon 💜😵
Cloudy weather today so I'm enjoying my Sunday with this read, which i know is a favorite for so many of you! I'm excited I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon.
Oops, just realized I forgot to post my review of this this week!
There is so much to unpack here, even if it seems that nothing happens in Selin's day-to-day life at Harvard. There's something about the writing that keeps you going, moving through snapshots of the protagonist's experiences. A novel about the obstacles we face as humans in order to communicate effectively, whether they be language, culture, one's personality or channel/media.
I finally have my copy ready! Me and @Weaponxgirl are reading The Member of the Wedding together starting this next Monday - 3 parts in the book means 3 weekly discussions, one for each part. If anyone feels like joining, please feel free to do so! We'd love to include other Littens in our discussions. Discussions could be on Sundays, if that works well for you as well :) I'll post a small schedule soon. We can discuss part 1 on Sunday the 7th!
Guess who asked Han Kang to please sign her books in Korean? Me! 😍
I had the incredible opportunity to hear her talk this evening and she read passages in Korean from Human Acts and she talked about her perspective when writing and everything about her is lovely and I am fangirling
What a pleasure it was to hear Nuccio Ordine speak this morning at a literature festival that Barcelona is hosting this weekend.
Ordine's talk was intense, empowering and delightful. His life-long work is based around advocating for the humanities and liberal arts as a necessity for individual development in a society in a world that measures its worth based on capital growth.
I highly recommend checking him out.
I also got my book signed 😍
Hi everyone! Me and @Weaponxgirl had been planning a #buddyread for this book for the month of March, but since my copy arrived a bit late we've been putting it off. I'm excited that I finally received my copy in the mail! How about April 1st as official starting date? Should we take a look and organize the chapters for weekly discussion?
This is to let everyone know and encourage anyone to join! #McCullersBuddyRead
I'm ready to start reading!
Sweet but surprisingly dark at times, Lisa Moore's first YA novel shares the life of Flannery Malone, a 16 y.o. girl who has to spend her senior year of highschool dealing with the eccentricities of her single artist-gone-blogger mom Miranda while she whips up a love potion for an entrepeneurship project at school with the boy she has loved since they were babies, Tyrone O'Rourke *swoon*
A quick read that hides a lot more under the surface.
I haven't been in the habit of reading graphic novels before but a few have been catching my eye lately, especially Liv Strömquist's "Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy”. Here's a conversation with the author, by Electric Lit, where she talks about dismantling the shame that surrounds menstruation. Added to the TBR!
Link here --> https://bit.ly/2O28zsE
I've been on a MG streak this week, for work-related reasons. This one surprised me! It's a sweet tale about unimaginable circumstances that bring a group of strangers together, as if destiny was meaning for them to be united. The characters were diverse without the feeling that the author was ticking any boxes. Funny and adventurous, but real and honest at the same time. Plus, the cover illustration is gorgeous! Would recommend 👍
WHAT. Carmen Maria Machado is releasing a memoir. This might be my most anticipated of 2019. I CANNOT. Thanks @Liberty for bringing this to my attention - out October 1st!
#TBRtemptation post! Get stacking 👌
Deprived of "The Vegetarian's" voice, we follow her descent into what the patriarchy would call madness. Kang exposes the violence that humanity has inflicted on nature and how that violence is reflected in the violence we inflict upon eachother. This is a visceral, raw, unapologetic read about carnality and the psychological strive towards ferality, but also about sorority, family, and forgiveness.
My day off 💕 We've been having lovely sunny weather this week in Barcelona ☀️
Han Kang will be in Barcelona on the 24th of March and I just got tickets to hear her speak! I'M EXCITED BEYOND WORDS ❤️❤️
Human Acts blew me away but I haven't read The Vegetarian so that's what I'll be doing this week.
Before starting this I was really curious about why such a seemingly simple novel had been longlisted for the Booker but Rooney's work is not to be dismissed so easily. This is a novel about power, sex, social anxiety, and what we do to ourselves because of other people. It is a love story but it's deeply political. I'm in awe at Rooney's ability to switch narrative focalization from one character to another, so smoothly and seamlessly. ⬇️
I'm a bit late sharing this but I'm currently listening to the Halloween episode that @thereadingwomen recorded with the Deviant Women podcast all about the queen, Shirley Jackson!👻 I thought my #ScreamsByMail group might be interested - they talk about all things her life, marriage, writing, and critical reception.
Here's the Spotify link --> https://open.spotify.com/episode/1UugR2L2r0okomqvNRxE5P?si=UOseuhatSj-r02fVjrLgO...
• What It Means when a Man Falls from the Sky (2017 by Lesley Nneka Arimah
What a powerful debut collection! I'm not one for stories but collections like this make me yearn for more. Arimah explores, halfway between America and Nigeria, the lives of vivid characters, mostly women, trying to make sense of the challenging world around them and, more importantly, make way. She even throws in a fable style story and some dystopia for good measure.
How I spent my weekend ⬆️
(Just kidding, you all know I was posing 😂)
Unfortunately I haven't done almost any reading - excited to get back to my current read, Normal People!
I don't mean to undermine Didion's experience (obviously) but I didn't fully connect to her writing in this visceral and heart-wrenching memoir, regardless. This is a powerful book about the year that follows Didion's husband's death, the year she spent wishing him back, her year of magical thinking. Maybe I spaced out this read too far these past weeks, or maybe it just wasn't the time for me to be reading it...
Treated myself after work yesterday! Consider it my Valentine's gift from me to me ⚡
I'm beyond excited to start this one, and curious to see why it was nominated for the Booker. I haven't read Conversations with Friends but I will if I enjoy this one.
The only issue I had with this was that it was a bit too short. Once I had the feeling I was starting to understand our main character, it was over. This is a short commentary on expectations for women in Japanese culture, on capitalism, and on the general public's reaction to a social outsider that doesn't fit their mould. Easily read in a sitting or two. It was funny but also sad, which made me question my own fixed ideas about society.
• My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) by Ottessa Moshfegh
Finished this one last night! Can we talk about that ending? It felt bittersweet, sad, but hopeful. I read an interview with Moshfegh after and I'm really looking forward to reading her other work - I feel like she can become a new favorite author. This isn't for the faint of heart - it's a daring, bold, graphic read set in pre-9/11 NY and I enjoyed every second of the ride ⚡
I just finished reading the article. Sharing in case someone else missed this bombshell of a story! 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱
Holy f***, the things some people get away with...
Link here --> https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-dece...
• I am, I am, I am (2017) by Maggie O'Farrell
I actually read this in 24h - hadn't done that in a long time! I was hooked on this memoir. O'Farrell gives the reader little snippets of near-death experiences she has had (not necessarily her own), and since they aren't chronological the reader slowly puts together all these isolated moments of her life. Her writing is, as always, outstanding, visceral, and personal. I loved learning more about her.
Oooh I woke up to a very round Litfluence number! That never happens! 😍🎉👏
I know I've been a bit less active these past few months but I'm trying to post more often again. Thanks for sticking with me!