I’m still experiencing some previously alluded to technical difficulties on my end here and I’m half-distracted while I sit here watching the news in the background, but I’m bringing you a “Rad Reads” post anyway. Isn’t that lovely?
This month started with me plowing through a couple of library reads yet again. I have since taken a break from adding more books to my queue and have decided to focus on my to-read shelf, which still has assorted books I purchased about three to four years ago on it. So I’ve been tackling quite an interesting mix of stuff. Here’s what I completed reading this month:
The Girl With All the Gifts (by M.R. Carey) – This novel is a slightly different take on the zombie dystopia genre (even though I am beginning to feel some overall fatigue with all things virus/dystopia-related). The young girl at the center of it all, as the title suggests, is a special character and I really enjoyed observing moments in the book from her perspective. Somewhere toward the final third of the novel, I did start to get ready for the story to wrap up, but if it’s a genre that’s of interest to you, you should check this novel out.
The Underground Railroad (by Colson Whitehead) – This award-winning book has received the love of many, including Oprah. This is honestly a very difficult book to read at times (I still feel like shuddering when I think of a couple of scenes), but it is an important one and also genuinely compelling. Read it when you’re in the right mindset for it. There’s no reason not to.
Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Doctors on Obedience and Rebellion (editor: Piyali Bhattacharya) – Being of Indian descent, this was a compilation I could obviously relate to. Of course, every woman’s story is different because not all South Asians are the same. But there were universal themes that made me laugh and cry with recognition. I suspect this is more for the South Asian feminist crowd, but if anything about this subject matter piques your interest — even if you don’t happen to be a South Asian woman — you should pick it up.
Palestine (by Joe Sacco) – I’ve had this on my bookcase for a good three years or so and felt compelled to pick it up. It was recommended to me by a former neighbor (and I do have one other Joe Sacco book gifted to me by a friend). This one is an eye opener and an important read — and if you’re remotely interested in comics or comics journalism, it is most definitely worth looking into.
We Should All Be Feminists (by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) – I guess there’s a bit of a theme in the types of books I felt like reading in the past month. I wound up picking up this tiny volume while visiting L.A.’s Last Bookstore — as a fan of Adichie’s novels, I felt I may as well read this one. I finished it in one subway ride to work and while it already reiterated many of my thoughts on the subject, I am very glad I finally picked it up.