What I’m Up To
I’m back at boarding school, working my way through sophomore year. I love school and the chance to be back with all my friends, but I miss being able to pick up a book and read whenever I wanted.
What’s On My Bedside Table
Right now, I’m reading What we Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali. Thanks to Mary Beard’s Women & Power which I read in July, I’ve been getting more into nonfiction recently. Abdulali’s account of her gang rape in India went viral in 2013. Now, she’s channelled many of the ideas she mentioned in her op-ed into her memoir/essay/research/manifesto about rape, which will be released later this month. As a young woman, I find Abdulali’s story is both unflinchingly terrifying and galvanizing.
What I Blogged About
Book Review: A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma. Eerie and ethereal, Suma’s latest is not to be missed.
Book Review: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. The third in a fantastic fantasy series, A Reaper at the Gates did not disappoint.
Book Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll. Despite occasionally brilliant writing, I just couldn’t get invested in this summery fluff.
What I’m Excited for in October
October 2: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor comes out. I loved Strange the Dreamer‘s vivid fantasy world, so I’m excited to see what the sequel has in store.
October 2: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver hits shelves. From Panic to Before I Fall to Vanishing Girls, I’ve been a long-time fan of Oliver’s atmospheric thrillers. I can’t wait to see what Broken Things brings to the table.
October 16: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I love Mafi’s lush fantasies, but her newest, a realistic fiction about a Muslim teenager in the wake of 9/11, sounds like a interesting departure from her norm.