November 14th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Yowza, is all I have to say about the last week. I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time on Twitter, and it’s showing. Past week has been riddled with insomnia, a shitty appetite, and the only reason I force myself to get out of bed in the morning is that I don’t want my parents to freak out. Reading has taken a hit as well, but I did finally finish Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho, which is such a good book.

I didn’t finish anything else from last week, but on a day that I was particularly angry at the shit show that is the world I picked up This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, an anthology edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa. Let me tell you this friends, keep listening to women of colour. They’ve (I’m a WoC too so by ‘they’ I mean the badass ones I look up to) been educating people on the problems privileged folk have only been talking about in the last week, and seriously, we’d all be taking better action if we shut up and did what they told us to do. I haven’t finished this book yet but I can tell you now itself you need to read it. 

On the roster for this week:

I’m highly skeptical I’ll finish any of these in a week if I keep going the way I do, so I’m taking some steps and scheduling reading time, away from my phone and computer, because my I need to for the sake of my mental health. Another project for this week is to move everything from Goodreads to Excel, especially a running TBR. Between shelving books “to-read” on GR and on Litsy, I am not keeping any track, and there’s so many books I want to get to eventually, that recording that manually is the only way I won’t forget about it. Jenny, who is my official book pusher, was kind enough to share with me her cataloguing system, and I’m going to shamelessly co-opt a lot of it. 

Meanwhile friends, I hope you all are doing the best you can do, for yourselves and others. This election isn’t the beginning of systemic bigotry and xenophobia, so if you were already using your voice to support marginalized groups, then keep doing it. For those at a loss of what to do, There’s several amazing people on the internet telling you what to do. Fighters, keep fighting, writers, keep writing, readers, keep reading. Personally, I’ve got my work cut out for me



Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

6 thoughts on “November 14th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

  1. Wow you have got an awesome book blog here!
    I’m a book blogger too @

    I am planning to start with the Girl From Everywhere soon. I just finished All the Bright Places. Have you read it?


  2. You blog got a new look and URL! Awesome 🙂

    Glad you finally got a chance to read Sorcerer to the Crown. I’m so ready for the sequel.
    You’re so right that Goodreads+Litsy make it difficult to actually catalog what you’ve read and want to read. I don’t think I can transition to Excel yet, though, so I hope it works out to you.
    Let’s hope this weeks goes a little bitter for us. Please continue to take care of yourself and only read when you absolutely want to. Don’t make it a chore.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I was aching for a minimalist design, and I finally found one that works. Goodreads feels too clunky for me, and Litsy is more about fun times and looking at all the books than actual data tracking. I hope you’re taking care of yourself too Naz. Thanks for the kind words. xx


  3. I just got approved for Lucky Boy on Netgalley but I’ve got a while until I’m allowed to read it (several other books for review ahead of it!) I read The Girl from Everywhere a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it! I hope you do, too. I haven’t been reading much this past week, but I started “Neurotribes” on Friday and it’s really well-done, but kind of hard to listen to due to the convergence of mental illness and eugenics. It’s very well researched, though!

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