In hopes for writing more on this blog and to answer a few friends’ questions about what I’m reading, I thought I’d write!
Currently, I’m still working on James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son. Yes, I know it was on my 2014 list, but I’m not done with it. I tend to be slower on non-fiction, especially if the writing style is dated a generation back. Speaking of non-fiction, I’m practically done with The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk. If you are interested in the ways our brains and bodies are linked in trauma, read this! He’s an expert in PTSD and provides unexpected critique about the current state of psychiatry and the diagnostic system they use. Well-written (except for a few copy-editing mistakes)!
The next non-fiction book is Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks. If I’m honest, this will take me until June since I’ll be reading other material.
Namely, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. What Poets Are Like by Gary Soto has been on my list for awhile. I went all crazy and will be picking up Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood from the bookstore soon. That’s a collection of three novels. All the sci-fi books are ones (Bradbury, Le Guin, and Butler) I bought or ordered today. Partly I got those books out of frustration at the fact that Suki Kim’s more recent memoir about being in North Korea still hasn’t arrive yet. I’m mad it’s not here, mad that local bookstores don’t have it, so mad I have an unsupported theory that the anti-Asian government is trying to slow it from being shipped, and did I mention I’m mad about The Interview. In my mind, it’s all connected. (On another note, I’m also frustrated, because I’m not excited to read it after all this work to get it in my hands. It was a book club pick, and I’m not playing well with others.)
So onwards. In hopes on using the public library more, I plan on borrowing Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, and anything by Sherman Alexie. I may want to have my own copies of some Alexie’s writing though. So we’ll see.
I’m very excited if you couldn’t tell by this world of words. This wraps up this bibliophile’s biblio-file. 😉 Happy reading!