January 9th, 2017: 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.

Haha, remember that time I resolved to be a better blogger guys? Well, the universe had different plans. Rather, my aunt did. She surprised us all by visiting, arriving last Monday and leaving only yesterday. While it was a lovely week, I had very little reading time and no writing time. Womp womp. 

I did manage to finish Every Hear A Doorway and The Sun Is Also A Star, which were both awesome. I DNFed Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (as I suspected I would; I explained why on Goodreads). I have 4 books left to complete in #DAReadathon, but they’re all heavy hitters so there’s a definite possibility I won’t finish them this week. 

I’m taking Naz’s advice on The Fifth Season and switching it out either for Binti by Nnedi Okorafor or The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, depending on how much time I have left. I’ll let you know what I ended up picking next week. Slowly plowing through Hope In The Dark, and I’m really enjoying our new discussion format. I’m also committing to at least one review this week, after making sure that we have no more relatives that could potentially be visiting us for now. 

Read anything interesting? Drop me a line in the comments and tell me how your first week of reading in 2017 has been!




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

17 thoughts on “January 9th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

  1. Those pesky relatives showing up unannounced! D:
    So glad to see you’re going to read Under The Udala Trees! It’s a quick read, but so good and moving. Postponing The Fifth Season was a good idea. That book can take a week on its own to get through.

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  2. My book club picked Small Great Things as the read for this month, and I didn’t even go. I knew it would infuriate me. I also couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the book and since I’m the only black woman in my book club (full of white women), I knew that, again, it would only anger me. So it sounds like I made the right choice.

    I love the condition you set on your goal for writing your book review. Family, man.

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    1. Yup Nope nope nope nope to that book, ESPECIALLY if you’re the only black woman in a book club. The burden of having to explain white gaze and (gasp) how maybe it’s okay for white people not to write about everything, and maybe if you want to read a book about racism then read it from someone with the history of being oppressed, and not the oppressor. That is not something you want to have to deal with, so I’m glad for you that you didn’t go. So many better books to read instead.


  3. HIdden Figures was just great; I really like the balance she found between facts and details and scene-setting and context. It left me thinking that, whatever topic she chooses to research next, I’m there!

    My 2017 reading has been slow to start. Having gathered a bunch of (mainly graphic novel series, but some children’s books and slim holiday-themed reads) books to indulge in while on vacation, I ended up doing so many things that were not reading, so I began the year by reading what I thought I’d’ve read at the end of last year, but, that’s okay too. Hope you enjoy your Read-a-thon picks!

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  4. My 2017 reading has been great so far in that I have read NO WHITE PEOPLE AT ALL. I love it when my stats look like this; it makes me want to continue the trend and see how long I can do it. (Except I have books by white folks that are going to fall due at the library soon and I need to get those read.)

    Was this your first Jodi Picoult reading experience? My mum finds Jodi Picoult so frustrating because she believes that she could be a better writer but just chooses not to, and my mum is driven batty by this. I told her the premise of this latest book and she clunked her forehead on the table in dismay. :p

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    1. First of all, props on reading no white people. That is actually an excellent life choice. The only Jodi Picoult I’d ever read was My Sister’s Keeper, and I read that as an angsty teenager and before I had any clue about anything. She is frustrating, goddamn, and the chapters from the black woman’s POV were downright unrealistic and the one’s from the white supremacist’s POV were infuriating, because STOP ASKING ME TO SYMPATHIZE WITH NEO-NAZIS I DON’T CARE HOW HE BECAME ONE IN THE FIRST PLACE. Ugh.


  5. I finished Milk and Honey at the end of last week and the last few days I re-read Volumes 1-3 of Akira. I couldn’t remember enough about them to start Volume 4 (which I will talk about in my blog later, lol). I have to say I’m glad because I liked them even more the second time around! Starting Volume 4 today.

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