Hello, and welcome to my week of angry, activist reading. There have been some great additions to my reading life this week, which I’m extremely excited to share with everyone; these have made it both easier and harder to deal with the world-on-fire situation we have going on. On the one hand, these books have helped me go through all my feels, and on the other, I wanted to push Angie Thomas’s THUG into the hands of all the people on my Twitter feed going “but both sides!”
INBOX (BOOKS ACQUIRED)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (April 2018 from Balzer + Bray): one of our own Book Riot people has written a book about, wait for it… Confederate and Union soldiers rising from the dead at the end of the Civil War. The book is an alternate-history adventure, focusing on issues of racial tension in America, and if the above lines have not caused you to muppet-arm, I don’t know what will. I am all set to inhale it over the weekend.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (Sept. 12, Simon & Schuster): I requested an ARC for this after seeing it on this amazing list of diverse books to read and review. Hailed as a “funny and poignant, Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” YA LGBT romance, I’m looking forward to this one.
Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra (HarperCollins India): Why am I categorizing a fascinating book about insights into the India-Pakistan Partition as revolutionary, you ask? Because most Partition-related reading material we have is authored by men, and however charming Rushdie’s writing is, I for one am excited to read a female perspective. The book delves into material memory, discussing objects which refugees carried with them at the time of the Partition.
OUTBOX (BOOKS FINISHED)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: reading this as the Charlottesville incidents of white supremacist violence reigned the news around me has been REAL. I cried a little and loved the book a lot. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d suggest you get your hands on it soon, because it’s necessary reading in our unfortunate times.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: I’d somehow lost track of this book some months ago, and picked it up again last week. It’s a fast, good read with some parts that made me pause and take a beat to absorb. Again, important reading.
IN THE QUEUE (WHAT I’M READING NEXT)
A Life in Trans Activism by A. Revathi (Zubaan Books, India): Next on my list, a promising, moving account from A. Revathi about her life as an independent activist, theatre person, actor and writer, as she recounts tales of resistance from the trans community of India.
How’s your reading life looking like this week? Tell us in the comments!