November 21st, 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.

Mentally and physically, I’m in the same space as last week. Reading has been a comfort, especially in the wee hours of the morning where I’m battling insomnia. I finished reading The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and oh my god it was such a fun read, I flew through that one. I can’t wait for the sequel and more Nix adventures. I’m still plugging away at This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color; the essays reflect a wide variety of experiences and evoke several feelings. I also finished reading Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison, and goddamn we don’t deserve a gem like her. It is a critique of White literature exploiting the existence of black people and other people of color by making them incarnations of their own feelings. This is hardcore literary criticism. 

This week I’m reading: 

Naz and I have been planning to read A Little Life since forever, and we finally started this past weekend. Unlike the last time I tried to read this book, I have been flying through the pages, and the writing is exquisite. Jude is my favorite by far, and I just want to wrap myself around him and protect him from this world. I’ve read about a chapter of Lucky Boy so far, and I’d like to finish it in the next couple of days to post a review sometime this week. I’m still heavy in my nonfiction zone, so I’ll have no trouble reading some chunks of the other two books as well.

I’m travelling (again) in a couple of weeks, but this time to visit some very close friends, so I’m really looking forward to this trip. I’ve been promised visits to bookstores, so you’ll definitely be hearing about that when it happens. Meanwhile, I hope everyone is engaging in self-care as well as taking actionable steps, and finding the time to squeeze in a book or three.




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

5 thoughts on “November 21st, 2016:It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

  1. Hey, speak of the devil! I’m reading But Some of Us Are Brave (cause I suddenly realized how weird it was that I hadn’t read this extremely foundational text in feminism), and This Bridge Called My Back is on the docket next.

    I hope you continue liking A Little Life! I am in the extreme minority in getting really fed up with it as Jude’s backstory unfolded, and eventually going off it altogether — but I wish I hadn’t! The writing is gorgeous, and I loooooved her first book.


  2. Even though I don’t remember much about This Bridge Called My Back now, I remember feeling like it was overwhelmingly important when I was reading it. That each piece was stretching my understanding (in good ways). Good luck with all your reading projects!


  3. There have been lots of mixed reviews about A Little Life. I’d be interested in seeing what you n Naz think of it.
    Also, I hope you’ll feel better n get some rest. 😊


  4. Well you sure are ripping your heart out this week with A Little Life! It was so so good, but so so devastating. Pick out a nice, light recovery book for when you’re done 🙂

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