I don’t know whether any of you have noticed, but I have been very inactive in January. Sure, my scheduled posts were uploaded, but I didn’t have the chance to reply to any of your comments, have a look at my new followers, etc. This month, I had exams so I had a lot of studying to do! On top of that, I also had to hand in my thesis. I hope everything went well. Fingers crossed!
Naturally, due to all of this, I wasn’t able to read much this month. I only read three novels, though that is honestly even more than I had expected.
From now on, I will no longer rate the books I read! I didn’t talk about this in my 2017 goals post, but I was unhappy with my rating system. I had already changed it multiple times and it still didn’t work for me. Since I always write thorough reviews, I didn’t think it was necessary to contribute to what is, in my opinion, a quite shallow way to review books. A rating conveys nothing: it means something different for everyone and cannot get any message across (e.g.such as whether the book includes problematic aspects).
Books I read
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (review)
Naturally this was a re-read, though it was the first time I read the illustrated edition. And I have to say it left me feeling disappointed: there weren’t nearly as many illustrations as in Philosopher’s Stone; there wasn’t even a drawing of Tom Riddle! Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite in the Harry Potter series, but it was still nice to revisited it.
George by Alex Gino (review)
I highly recommend George to everyone! I am generally not a fan of fluffy books, but when it comes to books like George, I am glad I got exactly that! This book features a trans main character and side characters who are POC.
Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Girl Hearts Girl. The only reason why I finished it, is because I didn’t want to DNF a book this early in the year and fall behind on my reading challenge. Even though I don’t know Lucy Sutcliffe, I was excited to read this non-fiction book. However, it wasn’t as I had expected – it’s about Lucy growing up, whereas I’d rather read about her experiences as a lesbian woman – and there were some things that were problematic: there was bi-, aro- and transphobia. I am bi, but I’m not sure whether the other two were harmful, but I couldn’t find any reviews by aromantic and/or trans reviewers. I actually wrote my longest review yet, but stupid Goodreads doesn’t have a draft option and I lost the entire thing! I’m not sure yet whether I have the energy to discuss this novel again, though I do think I should explain why I find it problematic in detail… Let me know what you think I should do!
Books I DNF
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
As I mentioned last month, I wasn’t enjoying Gemina as much as Illuminae. I was unsure whether to continue it, but due to Jay Kristoff’s recent behaviour, I decided I no longer want to support this author. Which is unfortunate, since I already own Nevernight as well. But I cannot support a white author who wants to read racist books to see for himself. As a white person, you cannot judge whether something is racist or not. Furthermore, people of colour already pointed out Carve the Mark was racist, so I don’t see what he could possibly add to that conversation. Especially because his own novel Nevernight is racist as well. So bye, bye Kristoff and Gemina!
I plan on posting a review on why I didn’t finish this novel soon.
Diversity bingo progress
This year, I am doing Diversity Bingo! The majority of the books I plan on reading for this challenge will be 2017 releases, so I haven’t made a lot of progress yet. In January, I read two books that qualify:
- George by Alex Gino ➳ own voices (Alex Gino is trans);
- Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe ➳ diverse non-fiction (Sutcliffe is a lesbian and this is her memoir).
However, since I did not enjoy the latter and think it includes harmful representation, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to others. Therefore, I will only add George to by Diversity Bingo sheet.
Post I uploaded
This is an overview of all the posts I uploaded in January:
Top 5 Tuesday
- 3 January: books I had to buy, but still haven’t read
- 10 January: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To
- 17 January: series I started, but won’t or want to finish
Top 5 Wednesday
- 4 January: 2017 goals
- 11 January: 2017 debuts I am excited for
- 18 January: books I read in one sitting
- 25 January: series I’d like to start in 2017
- 1 January: bookish academy awards
- 8 January: anonymous bookaholics tag
- 15 January: celebrating the little things book tag
- 22 January: mystery blogger award
- 29 January: burn, rewrite, reread tag
I am going to post my book haul on February 2nd, so stay tuned!