Title: The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
Genre: men’s fiction
Key Descriptors: art, ultra-violence, murder
Why I’m Reading It: I’m continuing to read one book per month that I own written by a male author — I want to whittle this pile down! Also, because this is the 4th book in the Mark Renton series, sometimes called the Trainspotting series, that I started this year.
Title: Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey
Key Descriptors: ancient mage weapons, allies, magic storms
Why I’m Reading It: #ReadingValdemar continues, and this is our #13 book in the series. It’s also the last novel in THE MAGE STORMS trilogy.
Title: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Genre: immigration fiction
Key Descriptors: culture, assimilation, generational differences
Why I’m Reading It: this is the oldest book on my TBR pile of books by women that I own. I procured Lahiri’s novel in March of 2014. Not TOO long ago, right?
Title: My Ever Dear Charlie: Letters Home from the Dakota Territory by the Draper Family Trust
Genre: epistolary nonfiction
Key Descriptors: prairie winter, late 1800s, single woman
Why I’m Reading It: this is the newest book on the TBR pile of books I own written by women. I bought this novel in July of 2019.
Title: The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Genre: women’s fiction
Key Descriptors: Latina women, women in late twenties, adult friendship
Why I’m reading It: this book is on my list of potentially positive fat fiction featuring female protagonists who don’t diet or date their way to happiness.
Title: What We talk about When We Talk About Books by Leah Price
Genre: nonfiction with research
Key Descriptors: digital age, impatience, bibliophiles
Why I’m Reading It: this is library pick — I’m trying to read one book per month that I added to my TBR that is available at the library so I’m not creating a meaningless list. I wanted to get to it right away before the information is several years old and irrelevant.
Title: Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich
Genre: flash fiction
Key Descriptors: murder, crime, subverted tropes
Why I’m Reading It: Lori over @ The Next Best Book Club Blog approached me about taking part in her marketing campaign for Ulrich’s new novel. Since I love flash fiction when it’s well done, I agreed to review this collection as part of a book blog tour.
Title: They Don’t Make Plus-Size Space Suits by Ali Thompson
Genre: science fiction short story collection
Key Descriptors: fat-centered narrative, fatphobic technology, diet industry
Why I’m Reading It: a super short collection (38 pages), I should get through this book quickly. It’s written by the person known as Ok2BeFat on social media, so I’m excited that her perspective might be wonderfully portrayed through fiction.