Diverseathon is well and truly over but I’ve been laid low with headaches. So, better late than never, here is my wrap up post!!
Binti:Home was so good. I had forgotten how much I loved the characters and the world building and the way Okorafor combined that with the linking to the very clay of Binti’s home. I think this is out today in the US, so have at it people!
I have seen some scathing reviews of this book, but I absolutely loved it. There is no plot to speak of, and the narrative meanders all over the place. If you like complicated, flawed characters, and lots of social commentary and observations, this is the book for you. This is my first Zadie Smith and I’m looking forward to picking up more of her work.
I really enjoyed Woodson’s memoir in verse that is Brown Girl Dreaming. I do tend to struggle with poetry, and I would love to read more about Woodson’s life and experiences.
Ellen van Neerven is an Australian Indigenous author. This collection of stories experiments with traditional story telling and adds elements of magical realism. I really enjoyed this collection of stories – Water was by far my favourite, with it’s exploration of an alternate future with plant people.
I also started Fledgling by Octavia Butler. Butler plus vampires can only equal awesome.
How was your Diverseathon? Did it go according to plan? Did you discover any new authors that you want to tell the world about? Are you planning to keep up your diverse reading? Let me know!
Welcome to day 2 of the 24 in 48 from the beautiful city of Brisbane. I’m happy to report that the horribly hot weather we’ve been having finally broke yesterday, which means I actually slept last night. Yay!!
I’ve done a considerable bit of snacking from this one after Stay With Me broke my heart last night.
Turns out all my diverse books on audio are probably going to make me cry, so I decided to chillax with some grammar. 🤘🏽I am really enjoying this because the author ( who also narrates the audio) is comparing English grammar and syntax to so many other languages in order to demonstrate some of the weird shit our language does.
I’ve had to do some adulting this morning, so I’m a bit behind. Plans for today:
I’m so incredibly happy to have been granted access to Binti: Home by Netgalley. It’s due out in just over a week.
How is your challenge going? What your favourite read so far?
It has been a pretty intense day. Here’s my count as of the now:
Respectable I think. I’m pretty sure at this point I’m not going to hit the full 24 hours, but I should beat the 14 that I made it to last time.
After Dreadnought, I’ve also finished these two books today:
This is such a lovely story, I definitely had some tears at the end. This is also a great book for anyone who isn’t sure why the Aboriginal people are still pissed. The Aboriginal people weren’t considered to be ‘people’ (ie, they had no rights at all and weren’t even included in the census) until the Referendum of 1967. Set in the 1940s, this book intelligently and accessibly talks about a couple of pieces of legislation (including the White Australia Act) that were on foot at that time and their impact on the people. I highly recommend this one.
I’ve just finished this one and I’m very much still in WTF just happened?? mode. I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest and stomped on multiple times.
I think I will try to press on a bit further tonight, but I need to find something a bit lighter!
How are you travelling?
Don’t forget tomorrow is also the start of the Diverseathon! It’s a great opportunity to get a couple of extra books squeezed in!
Did you know there was a Diverseathon? I didn’t!
Thanks to Naz at Read Diverse Books for posting about the Diverseathon and getting me clued in!
It’s pretty laid back with no real challenges – just read as many books as you can between January 22 and January 29. If you’re participating in the 24 in 48 readathon, why not load up your reading list with Diverse books?
You can find out more information by checking out @diverseathon on Twitter, and if you’re stuck for titles, check the #ownvoices tag on Twitter as well.
Here’s what I’m planning to read.
I’m pretty excited to read this one – it’s part of both my Litsy A to Z and my Reading Around the World challenge. Plus Dr Heiss is going to be giving a talk and signing books at my favourite indie store at the beginning of February so I definitely need this finished.
This one is from my Netgalley queue and I’m really looking forward to it.
Hooray for fortuitously timed library holds coming in. I have this on audio, so this will be my commute listen. I’ve seen some very different reviews of this one, so I’m interested to see what it’s all about.
And if I get the time:
Anh Do is known for his comedy here in Australia, but his journey to get here wasn’t easy. I’m sure a lot of Aussies don’t realise that he came as a refugee by boat (a group of people who are currently treated despicably by the Australian government and media). I’m sure this will be both an interesting and difficult read.
Are you going to join the Diverseathon?? You know you want to!!