It’s that time of the week again where we ask the lovely blog owner: WHATCHA READIN’? In this weekly segment, I give a brief glimpse into the books that are currently occupying my spare time, as well as a little recap of the past seven days, overall.
So, Amber, whatcha readin’?
It’s still Wednesday in my time zone so I DO WHAT I WANT. Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last week, then you’ll know that things are absolutely imploding in the United States since our new
dictator president was sworn into office on Friday. I’ve been spending a lot of time out in the streets exercising my First Amendment right to peacefully assemble, but y’all will hear more about that in a post coming up later this week. This week, though, in “celebration” of this inauguration, I’ve been focusing more on feminist-based texts to keep my momentum going. Activism can be a full-time job with staying up-to-date with important literature for the movement, so I’m doing the best I can to read whatever’s the most relevant at the time. Let’s go.
Adichie’s words were consistently quoted within the feminist sphere back in my Tumblr days — and for good reason. She has such an eloquent, yet succinct way of getting her ideas and message across, so that even the less-seasoned of those in the feminist movement will be able to pick up the book and understand. One of the great things about this book, as well, is that it clocks in around 50 very short pages; it’s actually a published version of a xTED Talk she delivered a few years back. Honestly, I started — and finished — it today, all within the span of one train ride to work. I’ll be doing a mini-review on it for later in the week, but know that this is an important text.
I can’t stress this enough: women’s rights are absolutely under attack right now — and it starts and ends with reproductive freedom. We’re seeing this already with the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule. Reading through Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights continues to be a nice refresher for everything that I’ve been working towards for the past six years of my life. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to put this book on hold for about a week or so because I had to take it back to the library (lol, I suck and couldn’t renew it), so I’m waiting on my own copy to come from Amazon. It might even be for the best that I ended up having to buy my own copy; it’s definitely going to be an important reference for any and all actions I organize over the next four years.
Since I’ve been focused on working on the other two books, Mind of the Phoenix fell to the wayside. It’s probably for the best, too, because I’m not really feeling it that much? As the book moves forward, Moira, the main character gets increasingly insufferable as a Mary-Sue type. Everyone wants to fuck her, she’s — of course — got some kind of secret power that makes her the most sacred in all the land, she’s got ~*unique*~ physical features that make her stand out. Furthermore, at the point I read to today on my way home from work, the plot went completely off the rails — and not in a good way. Where the story is now is completely irrelevant to how it started, reminding me a lot of Every Big and Little Wish. Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that I need to submit a review to NetGalley, I would have quit this by now.