Tuesday, January 09, 2018

These Words: As Long as It's Healthy

"Waking up to the election results was like looking down to find thousands of cracks in a floor that, seconds ago, I'd thought solid and smooth. Every day since election day, I wake up an angrier, more radical activist, forced to see the floor for what it was this whole time. "

--Sarah Michael Hollenbeck from the essay "As Long as It's Healthy" in Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Tru*p's America edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding

If you read any essay this year, let it be this one. While this is my favorite line, the issues of most importance here are her discussions of living with Moebius syndrome, ableism, and the deeply personal decisions associated with making a family.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Out of the House for Four Months and Monday Reading!

It's Monday! What are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date

Another winter break is coming to a close, and I am not feeling these back to work vibes. For the last semester, I was online only. I taught classes for three universities, and it was GREAT to be home all the time. Alas, that also comes to an end with the end of winter break. I'll physically be on campuses Monday evenings, and with the earliest early birds on Tuesday/Thursday mornings and with significant commutes...for the next four'ish months. It's a total first world problem, basic complaint. I can't say that being online for this past semester was necessarily good for me. It increased my social anxiety a bit and made me even less willing than usual to leave the house, so the shift is proabably a good thing.

It's Bout of Books week! I blew through N.K. Jemisin's THE BROKEN KINGDOMS (Inheritance #2) this past week, and it was amaaaazing. I think I actually liked it better than the first book in the trilogy, and that doesn't happen for me very often. The characters felt much better developed in this one.

I'm also reading Angela Y. Davis's WOMEN, CULTURE, AND POLITICS and underlining like a fiend. I read one or two essays from it every evening, so I can really focus and dig into what she's writing and mull it over a bit before I move on. So, so good.

Finally, I started a romance novella for Bout of Books so I can feel my progress. At Janani's recommendation, I decided to try Rebekah Weatherspoon's romance novels. SO SWEET (SUGAR BABY #1) caught my eye first, so I'm rolling with it. The protagonist cracks me up, and so far it's a sweet, fun story. I'll most likely finish it here in just a bit.

Are you reading for Bout of Books? Whatcha got? 

The next Drinks in the Library livestream will be Saturday, January 13 at 2pm Central, and we'll be discussing bookish bullet journaling! I hope you'll join us on Instagram Live

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Drinks in the Library #1: TBR for #ReadSoulLit and #ReadingBlackOut

Happy Sunday! Yesterday was a livestreaming day, so I'm posting the video to share with you today. I shared my TBR for the #ReadSoulLit and #ReadingBlackOut events. To recap, I'll be reading African-American authors exclusively for the first quarter of 2018.

On my immediate, physical TBR:

  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  • Blood Child: Stories by Octavia Butler
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison (need to get Jazz!)
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Of course this doesn't even begin to touch my digital books and the ones I'll end up downloading or grabbing from the library. I'm excited! 

Yesterday was my first Drinks in the Library livestream on Facebook Live. Right after Facebook Live I hopped over to try streaming on Instagram! There were definitely more available viewers on Insta, and we decided we'll have a Drinks in the Library stream on Saturday, January 13 at 2pm Central that will revolve around bookish bullet journaling! I'm definitely no expert in this area, so I have nothing to teach, but if any of you have been doing it for a while and would like to stream with me, just let me know! I'll be posting reminders on Insta and Twitter throughout the week. 

For now, here's the Facebook Livestream about my TBR. Click the image to view the video: 


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Starting 2018 Strong: #ReadingBlackout, #ReadSoulLit, and Drinks in the Library

If you're into challenges and reading projects, these two complement each other beautifully. Didi from BrownGirlReading hosts #ReadSoulLit every February in honor of Black History Month, and ArtBooksLive Denise D. Cooper is doing #ReadingBlackout by exclusively reading African-American authors in 2018.

Like Didi said, "Don't say it's hard."

Learn more at Didi's blog or Instagram and Denise's channel.

I'm planning to exclusively read African-American authors from January to March (thanks for that idea, Didi!), and you should watch for a Black History Month collab with Didi coming to WreckingBallDesign soon.

I'll be back with a sneak peak of my TBR for this Saturday's live stream. 

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OH RIGHT, I should tell you about the livestream. Join me for an ongoing streaming series called Drinks in the Library. I have a page for it linked at the top of the blog with a public Google Calendar to see the upcoming dates. The first official installment will be Saturday at 2pm (Central) on my blog's publically-available Facebook page.

I hope I'll see you there to chat!

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