Hi everyone! Let’s get stuck in.
Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, describes the life of Starr, a young black teen whose life is upended after seeing her best friend get murdered by a white police officer. She becomes caught between two worlds – that of her largely white high school, that urges her to sweep her black identity and politics under the rug, and her black neighbourhood, that encourages her to come forward with the truth of what she witnessed. If you like YA, but don’t like the clichés and whiteness of the genre, this one’s for you.
N. K. Jemisin is the fantasy/sci-fi writer extraordinaire, and this month I started her Broken Earth trilogy. Broken Earth’s world is, unsurprisingly, a world shaken by regular, cataclysmic earthquakes and natural disasters that threaten the existence of the human race. Tragedy and angst ensues. Give up waiting on George R. Martin to get his act together, and read her work instead.
And finally, a sneak preview for next month’s favourite – Louisa Hall’s Speak. A short excerpt of this was included at the end of The Fifth Season, the first book of Broken Earth, and I’m already so enthralled. I have a couple more books to read before I make it to this, but I’m already sure I’ll love it.
I have a lot of trouble just sitting down and focusing on any one thing, especially if I’m using my laptop at the same time. What’s really helped me is this nifty website that plays the Animal Crossing soundtrack by the hour. Now when I need to make a real dent in my pile of revision, I sit down, put this on, and work away.
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard is truly the disabled, lesbian representation I’ve needed in my life. Have I mentioned that she has an adorable wife and two tiny dogs?!! As if this wasn’t good enough, she also does amazing vintage hair tutorials. I am waiting very impatiently for my damn rollers to arrive so that I can try and follow her retro example.
The Worst Bestsellers reams all those unfortunate paperbacks that somehow climb the bestsellers list. I’m steadily working my way through their discussions of the Twilight series and am truly having the best time of my life.
Other cool things I enjoyed this month
I’ve wrote a personal essay at Women’s Republic about how I’ve started to use a wheelchair to help me with my chronic pain. If you’d like to read more of my work, you can find me there!
Featured image from Jessica Kellgren-Fozard’s Twitter