Hi, remember me? (every time I say, "remember me" I think of Furiosa in Mad Max ripping off that shit bags oxygen mask).
Cool. So it has been a while. Mostly because I lost my debit card and my subscription to Squarespace was stalled and I was too lazy to do anything about it until today for some reason.
I finished my first year of library school (holla!!!!), just two more to go.
And the irony; library school has kept me from reading for pleasure. So alas, here are the measly five little books I have read in 2017. If I counted the plethora of articles and textbooks I read I could add much more to this (LOOK AT ME TRYING TO JUSTIFY MY FAILURES).
The Color Purple by Alice Walker -- I know, I waited till I was 26 to read this book. I read it for my banned books class. Of course this book was banned, it is the most subversive shit I have read in a while. It undermines white supremacy, white theology, white maleness, and basically all whiteness. So yes, it was an incredible read.
The Giver by Lois Lowry -- Also read for my banned books class. It was boring. The end.
Field Notes on Democracy by Arundhati Roy -- After reading The God of Small Things last year, I wanted to delve more into Roy's work. This was my first non fiction read of hers and damn, it was rough to read. It was beautifully written, but if you want to hear about some messed up shit happening in India, give this book a read. If you know me, you know I don't shy away from harsh truths and realities (and neither should you!). It is important to know about the injustices happening in our world, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby -- Samantha Irby is the goddess of essay writing and she is a queen. This book was much anticipated after reading her first collections of essays, Meaty. A perfect book to read after finishing Roy's book.
On Trails by Robert Moor -- I wanted to read this book last year, but remember I did that thing where I didn't read any books by white men? But NEW YEAR NEW RULES (I actually don't have any "rules" for reading this year, just to fit it in at some point between working full time, going to grad school, being a human in the world and eating and sleeping thing...). This book was incredible; an anthropological and ecological history of trails and there impact on our world. Anyone who hikes or who desires to know more indigenous history, natural history, and philosophy should give this books a read.
Yep. So that's it. 5 measly little books. I think at this point last year I had already read 30 books. It's fine. Whatever. I'm hoping to read more, write more, and get back into this little box of a blog.