This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like due to the general busyness of life, but I am LOVING the books I’m currently reading.

What are you currently reading?

moxie by jennifer mathieuNovel (in print): Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

This book. THIS BOOK. This is definitely up there with one of my favourite books of 2017 and one of the most important books of 2017 — especially with the events of the last week or so. Moxie is about girls standing up for themselves, a teenager girl starting a feminist revolution at her super misogynistic high school where the guys get away with gross sex-focused t-shirts, sexist comments, and bump ‘n’ grabs, while the girls get slapped with dress code violations for wearing clothes that fit their bodies (i.e. t-shirts with scoop necks and fitted jeans).

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi LeeNovel (in audio): The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I downloaded this one last week to accompany me on some of my commutes and boy oh boy is it laugh out loud funny. I’m only one commute in (about 45 minutes) and the characters are entertaining, the setting really fun, and I’m definitely intrigued to see what Monty and his friend Percy get up to. Monty and Percy are embarking on a Grand Tour of Europe before they are forced to grow up and start taking on responsibilities (Monty is a Lord’s son and Percy is going to law school). This is their last chance for a wild adventure full of loads of flirtation.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiNovel (in audio): The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

This novel is written beautifully. It is filled with lore and tradition and imagination. And yet, I’m finding it hard to follow and difficult to listen to. The narrator reading it is skilled and I very much want to finish it but I’ve been dropping in and out of this book for weeks and just am not absorbed. I think this is not because it’s not my kind of book, but rather that this book is better consumed with eyes than ears. I may request it from my library and try reading a print copy instead of finished the audio. For now, it will remain in my currently reading pile, even though I’m not actively reading it at the moment.

What did you recently finish reading?

 

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasNovel (in print): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I loved this book. It was a hard read. So. Dang. Hard. But so, so, so worth it and so important to read. It is a brilliantly written story. It is authentic. It is powerful. The characters are real and multi-faceted. The setting is perfectly enmeshed in the story. But it’s hard to read because this book is truth. This book forces you to look at yourself, and your own beliefs and actions around racism (especially internalized racism) and how what you do and say has contributed to the need for movements like Black Lives Matter. Young men, young women, children and adults, are being killed simply because of the colour of their skin. Because of internalized prejudices that we don’t even realize we have. Fellow white people — go read this book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali PerkinsNovel (in print): You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I have heard so many good things about this book. 2017 has definitely been a year for me to read much more diversely than I have in the past and this book is like a culmination of that. I can’t wait to read it…and yet I don’t want Moxie  to end. Oh the struggles of the bookworm.

“Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity–award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.”

What are you currently reading?
What have you recently read?

 

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