day twenty five: reading list

so we have a small library in La Mariposa that’s free to all of our guests. despite its size, it’s actually got a variety of books that i’ve been meaning to read (which is fantastic) and so here’s what i’m reading/have read so far:

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
this was so, so good.
when i picked it i had no idea what to expect but it was beautiful and it addressed so many things i’ve been thinking about recently and i loved it that’s all.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

there’s really no explanation or justification for me reading this, it’s kind of a romantic juvenile-lit novel deal, but it was a relatively worthwhile juvenile-lot novel and it was set in oregon so… y’know.

A Burst of Light by Audre Lorde
i regret to admit that before this, despite the fact that i am a woman of color who attends a liberal arts women’s college, i had not read anything of Lorde’s except for the odd poem or essay. there’s no particular reason why… i just hadn’t.
that changed and it changed with a bang and now i need to read everything by her thank you very much 

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
before we begin can i just point out that i hated the phantom tollbooth?
because i HATED the phantom tollbooth.
i like wordplay and i love words and i love the concept of mythical worlds cleverly spinning in on themselves, and yet i Did Not Like anything about the phantom tollbooth At All despite several people telling me i would love it. i’m also not the biggest fan of Alice in Wonderland. so i’m generally fairly critical of adult literature masquerading as children’s literature and/or combining multiple fantasy worlds in nonsensical ways (exceptions include the Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles and Here There Be Dragons).
despite this, i really liked LatFoL. i liked that it combined multiple myths, i liked that it tipped a wink at modern scifi/fantasy, i liked that it was a little bit sentimental and a little bit magical and didn’t take itself too seriously. i’d recommend this book to my sisters, and i’d read it again.

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

this was… all right? i don’t have a lot of thoughts on it. i didn’t love it, nor did i hate it. i read it through and i get why amy tan is considered a good writer but it wasn’t amazing? it’d probably be better if i’d read it not all in one weekend.

Ain’t I A Woman by bell hooks (i’m still reading this) 

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra 

this was a good read but a long one. it didn’t really pick up until the last half but it was really good then? 8/10 for being beautiful and wrapping up in a lovely way despite being confusing and hard to keep track of at the beginning


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