Hello my fellow book lovers! I usually post my book haul this time of the month, but considering I only bought two books in April, I’m going to include them in next month’s haul. Instead, I’m going to write short reviews of some of the books I read in April. For full length reviews of my other reads, go here.
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Because of all the praise Sing, Unburied, Sing has received, I expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did. Perhaps listening to the audiobook wasn’t the best idea. Don’t get me wrong, the narration was good, but I wasn’t very invested in the story. Additionally, I wasn’t aware there were elements of magical realism. I was confused at times because the chapters would take place both in the past and the future. If the chapters had been shorter, it wouldn’t have bothered me as much.
Jesmyn Ward is great at writing three-dimensional characters. Sadly, I didn’t care for the magical elements so I wasn’t very attached to the plot and some of the characters. I certainly would’ve loved this novel much more if it had focussed even more on Jojo’s life (who is as biracial child of black mother and white father) and Leoni as a mother, instead of focussing on the deceased side-characters.
content and trigger warning for animal deaths, drug use/addiction, abuse, death, cancer, police brutality, poverty, anti-fat remarks, racism, physical injuries, imprisonment, mentions of rape
Apart from a few interviews she has done, I don’t know Tiffany Haddish. Nonetheless I listened to the audiobook of her memoir because that’s something I like to do. The audiobook is narrated by the author herself and she did a wonderful job! There were many funny moments and Haddish discussed a ton of potentially triggering topics such as domestic violence and child abuse. In this book, we truly get to know her. Unfortunately, the amount of ableism and anti-fat remarks was staggering.
content and trigger warning for foster care, ableism (both of mental and physical illnesses / unchallenged), homelessness, child abuse (sexual, verbal and physical), domestic violence, abortion, graphic descriptions of sex (M/F), sex work, anti-fat remarks (unchallenged), miscarriage, sexism
Women & Power was an interesting read and I definitely consider picking up more of Mary Beard’s work in the future. She specifically discusses Western culture and refers to Greek and Roman history. Since this was published only a few months ago, it’s current, e.g. referring to how senator Warren was silenced while male senators were not. That said, this reads as a lengthy article and is more of a conversation-starter rather than a very thorough discussion on sexism.
My only issue with Women & Power is that Beard’s idea of gender is very binary. Furthermore, it seems ciscentric as well.
content and trigger warning for examples of sexism, mentions of rape/rape threats, cissexist language (unchallenged)
Though I usually don’t enjoy reading graphic novels, I decided to pick up Fence anyway because so many of my friends enjoy it. Though it was entertaining, I don’t think I’m invested enough to pick up the next volume. Because of the amount of time between the release of each issue, it was hard to keep track of the plot and characters. I liked the diversity, the art style and the humour, but like I said, it’s probably not enough for me to read whatever comes next.
Sadly, I rated all titles I just mentioned only 3 stars. In a few days I’m going to post my April wrap-up, so stay tuned to see whether I read something I loved more!
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