Saturday, 15 August 2015
Sunday post 4
I actually managed to sort of get my act together this past week, and I've posted two reviews.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making here:
And I'll Give You the Sun, here: http://lifetheuniverseandcats.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/the-girl-who-circumnavigated-fairyland.html
I have to say, for anyone unfamiliar with my ... style, I'm not the most insightful reviewer ever. I'm enthusiastic about the books I'm enthusiastic about, and I will get my rant on about the books I don't like. Beyond that ... Well, if I can make you smile or laugh, then job done :D
(I'm also lazy. But let's not get into that.)
Let's see, what else ...
I have a little less than three weeks to go at work, and I'm sure my last day will be emotional or something, but right now - having made the big grown-up decision - I'm ready to move on, and every week day is just that much more irritating right now.
I'm trying to get through My Cousin Rachel by Tuesday - a 300 page book that's taken me something like a month to read, between losing Morgana, getting sick, and picking up books that are decidedly NOT My Cousin Rachel, but I'm nearly halfway through now and I'm optimistic I'll have a post up in time for the book tour.
With Aarti's More Diverse Universe challenge coming up: http://www.aartichapati.com/2015/08/sign-up-post-diversiverse-is-coming.html and with recent world events, I've been musing in my own quiet, non-intellectual way about how I can better educate myself.
One way, of course, as always, is reading. I think my reading does tend to skew/default to white writers, something I'm sort-of conscious of but then it sinks below the surface again.
So, with Aarti's challenge on the horizon, and with this post that popped up on tumblr: http://catagator.tumblr.com/post/126007994444/committing-to-diversity-when-youre-white-a I'm going to ... try and diversify my reading. Because it's important.
That post suggests setting a challenge for yourself, and so I'm going for every third book I read will be by a non-white writer. I haven't chosen a book for A More Diverse Universe yet but between now and then, I'm hoping to expand my horizon.
So, after My Cousin Rachel, I'm diving into Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.
Also, today, I burned my arm on my lamp. Riiiiight where it rests against things.
How was your week? What's coming up?