In which I talk about all the nice (and not nice) book-related stuff encountered so far.
I’ve managed to read 30 books before the end of June and I must say it’s been a pleasant year as book discoveries are concerned (and I hope it stays that way). Out of 30, fifteen books are non-fiction and there’s also a pretty good amount of graphic novels/manga (9 volumes, which is higher than usual for me). As for fiction, I read primarily SFF. Oh, and I’m still stuck on the second book of Middlemarch because I demand an annotated copy that I currently cannot afford.
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima. This has been such a pleasant discovery. I saw the animated movie first and loved it so much I needed to read the manga. I enjoyed both the characters, a group of teenagers around 17 or 18 years of age, and the story. I still am really impressed by this work and could probably pick it up again soon. I think I fell in love.
Harlan Ellison is the last author I discovered and I got really interested in his work. I got to him through Fallout, since the movie adaptation of A Boy and His Dog is apparently one of the things that inspired the creators of the first game in the series. I read the novella, saw the movie, and I was hooked. I’ve finished I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (and found out there’s an old 90s game based on it, too!) and I must say that I really, really enjoyed it. Short stories aren’t typically my thing and I struggle to read them, but the set of each one of these was so interesting and unique that kept me interested. I also enjoy the writing style and the way the author manages to build a convincing setting in maybe 20 pages.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I always have time for feminist essays, especially if they are this short and so well reviewed. So I picked this book up even if I wasn’t planning to, read it in 25 minutes or so and spent the rest of the day wondering if I got an abridged version or something. It felt really too short. First let me say that I did enjoy to read about the author’s experience as a feminist and an African woman. What led me to my disappointment is the fact that everyone seemed to think the book was ground-breaking for some reason: “Read this book now!” “This book should be a required reading!” “Everyone with a heartbeat should read this essay”. Now, don’t get me wrong: I strongly believe in everything Adichie’s writes and I believe that she did put it down awesomly. There are great quotes from this work. However, there is not much new or unheard of in it, which was the reason I picked this up. I was a bit disappointed, but it’s still worth reading and I highly reccomend it.
I never keep up with the new books coming out
because I couldn’t care less, but the third volume of the Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers is apparently coming out this month. I still haven’t tackled A Close and Common Orbit, though, so I don’t know when I’ll put my hands on it.
What do I plan to read next?
My reading plans never get through, because my TBR is ever-changing and I pick based on my mood or the time I can commit to the book in the case of non-fiction. So here’s a list of the last fiction books I got interested into:
- Bröderna Lejonhjärta by Astrid Lindgren
- When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways by Sarah Winman
- Gamescape: Overworld by Emma Trevayne
- The Mabinogi, and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick K. Ford (we’ll pretend it’s fiction and put it here 😉 )