March 6th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

So this is a pattern I’ve observed in my life. All my gadgets/electronics generally break down at the same time. I kid you not, I have anecdotal data to support this. It’s a reliable occurrence. This time, it was my laptop, phone, and Fitbit, literally all within the span of 48 hours. It was also during the time we had some family visit us, so naturally, nothing got fixed immediately, which is why I haven’t blogged in two weeks. I really, really need to work on drafting posts in advance because this mess has me even more behind on reviews, wrap-ups, etc. Anyway, in case you were wondering, that happened. But, I’m back, and working on getting some posts out this week to make up for the time I’d lost.

March is going to be a ridiculously busy month because we’re moving from Oman to India. I grew up here, this has been my home for the last 25 years, and even though I’ve known about this move for a while now I haven’t quite gotten around to process my feelings about it. I’m sure that’ll happen at the most inconvenient time possible, so meanwhile I’m also in the middle of sorting and packing for this move. Sidenote: If you thought moving was a pain in itself, try doing it with your parents. Where’s the alcohol when I need it?

Here’s a peek at what I’m reading this week: 

Guise, I’m so behind on ARCs. So behind. I have 21 left to read and review, and most of them have pub dates in the first half of the year. Say a prayer for me. But also, can I just tell you how many wonderful humans have been sending me books? It’s unreal. Everytime I get one from a friend I tear up. Bookworms are the best, and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise.

Tl, dr: I need to catch up on ALL THE THINGS. Meanwhile, what have been reading and loving recently? Let me know!

-J

 

February 20th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

Did I call it or what? I only finished Runtime and The Souls of Black Folk from my planned TBR for the past week, and kept getting distracted by other books. I devoured The Boss and The Girlfriend by Abigail Barnette, as well as Sarah Nicole Lemon’s debut YA novel Done Dirt Cheap, which I also enjoyed. I’m woefully behind on my #SJBookClub reading, so that’s going to be my focus this week:

Honestly, it’s getting a little painful that I’ve been in the middle of these books for as long as I have.

On the blogging front, success! I managed to squeeze in a second review yesterday, thereby honoring my commitment for the week (I’m telling you, the public shaming thing works). Committing to three posts this week (with one post being a review of a book with problematic representation) as well. Turns out I err on the side of caution when it comes to blogging. 

Related, I’ve been considering offering up sensitivity reading services, specifically for South Asian, Hindu, chronic pain, Ace-spectrum, and immigrant/expat rep. It’s super intimidating and definitely a lot of work, but I’ve been looking at the sheer number of problematic books that are being published and it sounds like the push for sensitivity reading is more than necessary. Thoughts?

Also, after a LOT of deliberation, I’ve set up a ko-fi link. I still feel super iffy about it, but it’s there for anyone that wants to buy me a coffee because of blog things or twitter things. (I’m cringing at that last sentence but don’t know how else to phrase it, sorry!) No pressure whatsoever. If I continue feeling shitty about it I’ll probably take it down. 

Aaaaaaannyyway, talk to me about books! What are you reading this week?

-J

 

 

February 13th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

So last week I committed to two additional posts, with at least one of them being a review. Well, I did get in that review, so baby steps? I’m going to use my Monday posts to continue publicly committing to what I want my blogging will look like for the rest of the week, because it isn’t lack of time necessarily that’s preventing me from honoring these commitments. 

On the other hand I think I’m finally getting my reading groove back. I finished up Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Chameleon Moon for #AceBookClub (which is so good I’m definitely going to review that soon), read and reviewed The Refugees (which also is so, so good). I finished listening to Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, and I definitely recommend the audio version. The library did me a solid yesterday and my hold on When The Moon Was Ours came through, so naturally I dropped everything else to read it in one sitting. I. LOVED. IT. This is the most I’ve read in weeks, so I was really happy about that. 

Naturally, as a result of this bump in my pace, I’m back to my overambitious reading goals this week:

Oh man, throw in some contemporary romance or smut and some literary fiction into this collage and this would be the most accurate summary of my wheelhouse. 

This week’s commitment: Post one review and one other post. (Maybe publicly shaming myself will push me, who knows.)

Drop me a line and let me know what you’re reading!

-J

February 6th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

Hey pals,

Unrelated to everything on this blog, I have cried laughing over Melissa McCarthy’s guest appearance on SNL approximately 8 times yesterday. Comedy can be so cathartic, especially when it’s so well done. 

Meanwhile my last week was wildly busy so I didn’t get a chance to read much. I did however finish Redefining Realness by Janet Mock on audio, and it is a spectacular memoir. I caught up with all my issues of Narrative of Sojourner Truth on Serial Reader and I think I’m about 3 issues away from being done with my first ever pick on Serial. 

Currently reading: 

Ooh here’s a list of bookish activities I’m participating in this month: 

  1. Social Justice Book Club is back again this month and we’re reading The AutoBiography of Malcolm X in honor of Black History Month.
  2. Bina is hosting a Diverse Study Group to discuss nonfiction, specifically academic texts and the like. We’re reading a few chapters on intersectional feminism and will be discussing over on Slack at the end of the month.  
  3. @Ambrosnazzy over on Litsy is hosting a #LitsyPartyofOne on Feb 10th! A virtual reading party for all the introverted bookworms around the world. 
  4. @FYeahAsexual is currently hosting #AceBookClub, where we’re reading Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver until Feb. 12th and Runtime by the same author from Feb 12-17th.
  5. Book Riot is hosting a super casual Instagram challenge during the month of February. Check out the #RiotGrams tag for deets on the prompts if you’re interested in playing.

That’s all I got, kids. Here’s me committing to at least two more posts this week, with at least one of them being a review. 

Talk to me about what you’re reading! 

-J

 

January 16th, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

Yup, I’m definitely in a reading, slump. I’ve been dipping in and out of books that I know are really good, but am unable to lose myself in any of them. It’s not fun, and after struggling and failing to force myself to finish them for #DAReadathon, I gave up, read a few comics, and am leaning into it- which means reading humor, YA, romance or any combination of these. Slumps are n0t at all fun especially in the beginning of the year, where everyone’s reading juices are flowing and they’re flying through books. I also plan to enjoy 24in48 which is happening this weekend, so I’m hoping to kick whatever this nonsense slump is by then. 

I did however, manage to finish Hope In The Dark for Social Justice Book Club (which I’ll review at the end of the month in a wrap-up post), and am actually enjoying the discussions on Slack more than the book itself. Also, since Book Riot ran that awesome post about us, we’ve been flooded with sign-ups, which means so many great discussions are happening, and also means so many different political perspectives that are definitely testing my skills as a co-host. So far, so good, I think? I also read 3 by Hannah Moskowitz, which is a delightful contemporary romance featuring a polyamorous relationship.

On the roster this week:

Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not was one of the most gut-wrenching YA books I read last year, so it’s safe to say I’ll be reading his new book the day it comes out. Just the premise sounds promising, and I’ve been super jealous of everyone that got to read an ARC and say how this book wrecked them, so I’m totally ready to be wrecked come Tuesday. I also plan to catch up on podcasts this week, since I’m finally getting my ass back in the gym after the holidays. I started Luvvie Ajayi’s book last night and I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried already more than once. Hidden Figures is ridiculously fascinating, and I’m happy to take my time reading it, now that DAReadathon is over and the pressure to finish is off. 

Another thing I’ve been good about is spending less time on Twitter. It was really messing with my mental health, which has been having some ups and downs lately. I was caught in that vicious cycle of anxiety because of twitter-anxiety because of twitter FOMO, so I deleted the app on my phone and can only check it a few times a day on my laptop. There’s so much crap on there everyday especially with WoC constantly being harassed, but I need some distance from it. 

Alright booknerds, I’m about to put on this glorious new Lush face mask I got yesterday and settle in for some quiet reading time. What are y’all reading? 

-J

 

 

 

 

January 2nd, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

Happy New Year booknerds!

I hope everyone has (sufficiently) recovered from NYE festivities, and were able to kick of their new year with a new book. My year started off spectacularly with Lez Talk: A Collection Of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, and most of the rest of my week’s reading is looking pretty damn good: 

Reminder: We have kicked off our first round of #SJBookClub in 2017! Make your way to Kerry’s blog and sign up to be added to Slack for the discussions!

Whatcha guys reading this week?

-J

 

 

 

 

November 28th, 2016:It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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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.

You guys, I did it. I finished A Little Life, literally thirty seconds before I starting writing this post. Oh. My. God. I’m dead. I’m numb from the pain. I’m epicly hungover. I don’t even know, I don’t even know.

I also managed to read and review Lucky Boy, devoured The Weight of Feathers, and finished This Bridge Called My Back. So, basically, all I have are a (figurative) mountain of library books that I must read and return. These I’m saving for my trip in a few days- I’ll be travelling a bunch and using my kindle as a primary source of reading material is a pragmatic choice. 

In the next few days, these are a couple of books I’d like to finish:

Ooh also, I’m participating in #DiversityDecBingo which is being hosted by a bunch of bloggers/bookstagrammers that I interact with on twitter. If you choose to participate, you can follow the hashtag on twitter where there are a bunch of recs from various people. Join me!

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Got to dash to a thing now, more later. Drop me a line and let me know what you’re reading!

-J