I am usually monogamous reader. Sometimes I’ll read two at time, one audio book and one hard copy. I’m reading so many books right now that I’m surprised that I can keep all the plots straight. Instead of a book review I’m just gonna give a run down of what I’m reading.
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi – This is actually a reread. The first time through I listened to the audio book. I really loved that it was read by the author. I could feel his passion coming through his narration. The problem is that I binged it. It was so good and had so much good information in it that I listened to it straight through. It was very eye opening for this white girl. I,of course, knew that systemic, institutional was rampant, only I didn’t realize how bad things really were. This time through I am reading a chapter a day with journal, pen, and highlighter in hand. There is a lot in information for me to take in without taking notes. As a side note, I think this book should be required high school reading.
Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis – As soon as I found out video essayist Lindsay Ellis was writing a book I’ve been chomping at the bit to read it. I decided to listen to this one, mainly because one of the narrators is Oliver Thorne of the YouTube channel Philosophy Tube. I am a little bummed that he uses an American accent rather than his actual British accent. That’s not too much of a quibble; he’s still very dreamy. I used to inhale science fiction, but I haven’t been able to get into it for the past couple of years; this book has broken the spell. I started it yesterday, and I’m about three quarters of the way through it. Axiom’s End is a fresh take on the first contact trope.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass – I’m about half way through the second book in the series. ACOTAR is so far outside of my usual genres, but I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I went in with very low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, it’s not great, deep literature, but sometimes I need to read something that I don’t have to think too hard about. ACOTAR fits that bill.
The Sandman audio book – by Neil Gaiman. I used an Audible credit to preorder it as soon as it was available. It is a full-cast reading with ambient background noise. Now I understand why everyone crowded around the radio back in ye olden days, It’s so good that I’m limiting myself to one episode a day. I want to savor it. I’ve read the graphic novels at least four times, and I would put the audio performance on par, if not better, than the graphic novels.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – I’m only three chapters into this one, but I think I’m really going to love it. It’s chock full of witty British banter, which is always a plus. I also like that the protagonist is a little overweight and has an invisible disability. Both of those plot points are highly relatable to me.
Real Men Knit -by Kwana Jackson – Real Men Knit has gotten many bad reviews. I’m not far enough into yet to say whether or not I agree with the reviews. The only thing I do as much or more than reading is knit socks, so I’m attracted to any book with the word ‘knitting’ in the title.
All this is in addition to the 20 books on my TBR cart, my lifetime project of reading every Pulitzer Prize winning fiction/novel category book, and the seven books I picked up at the library today.
It’s a tad overwhelming but overall a good problem to have.
What kind of readers are y’all? One or two books at the time or everything you can get your grubby little paws on all at once?