Hello everyone and a hope it’s a happy Monday…!!!! There have been many awful things happening around the world, but I really don’t have the energy to get into it here. So, let’s directly dive into how my reading has gone by in the past week.
We really are led to believe that white women in the 19th century were an oppressed class as well and that their participation in the slave economy was very minimal or non-existent, but the author dismantles all these myths with extensive first hand sources like interviews of former enslaved persons and lots of legal documents as well as newspaper archives to prove that white women were as much a part of slavery as they could be – as owners of slaves, being responsible for their maintenance, punishments, transactions, using this so-called “property” as their source for independent income outside of the influence of their husbands. This was a very insightful read shedding light on a part of history that is not really known or ignored.
My next read happened to be about another facet of history that is probably not exactly unknown, but definitely ignored – the role of the federal, state and local governments in housing discrimination against Black people across the 19th and 20th centuries, whose disastrous consequences we see even today with the minimal generational equity that Black people own as well the excessively poor and segregated urban areas a majority of them are forced to reside in. The sheer repetitiveness of the book shows how horrible and systemic it was, and the audacity of it all feels very difficult to read now. They aren’t a lot of feasible solutions provided because it’s not an easy fix, but in the meantime it’s our duty not to forget that it all happened and the governments were complicit across state and party lines for decades.
Along with the beautiful cover, I also loved the writing style and descriptions in the book. It was very easy to read as well and I finished it in just a few hours once I put my mind to it. I liked the characters enough and thought the feminist themes were interesting, but it just wasn’t as exciting as I wanted it to be. It’s good to have standalone fantasies but I feel we just didn’t get enough information about the world or the magic system here to feel very invested in it. It was still enjoyable though, particularly the Victorian era feel and it’ll definitely make for some good entertainment if you want a light fantasy read.
I’m definitely having a better time reading short fiction these days, so I decided to pick this one up and it blew me away with the breadth of amazing writing in it and the amazing new voices we get introduced to. The stories are wonderful, as well as the editors mentioning the reasons behind choosing these stories, and the sprinkling of writing advice throughout the anthology was just icing on the cake. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves YA and wants to discover new and upcoming authors.
I was so excited to start this one and it didn’t disappoint at all. The artwork is gorgeous as always and the colors work so well for the dark and sombre storyline that is currently going on. But this was probably the first time that I understood atleast some part of the proceedings and I enjoyed that. Getting to know more about Maika’s backstory and what’s going on with Zinn, while also seeing the battles play out was quite exciting. But Kippa still remains the beating heart of this story and I love her so much. Can’t wait to see what happens next but that’s gonna be a while.
My IPL and NFL watching streak continues and I’m so glad both my favorite teams in the league are doing well. I’m obviously very happy about Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, but this time I’m a little more impressed by the performance of the Sunrisers, even though they ended up losing yesterday. And the new episode of GBBO every Friday is a joy.
I also watched two documentaries on Hulu, one about RBG and the other about Harvey Weinstein and as expected, one was very inspirational while the other was too painful to stomach but I have been hardened to the material because of already having read both She Said and Catch and Kill last year. Both are well produced and definitely worth watching.
This week also had me trying to watch the Zhuhai ZIC motorcycle race because Wang Yibo was one of the racers, but all the excitement turned to dread when I saw him crash. It was really a few hours of worrying if he was okay, but I’m happy for all the fans in the discord group who were great company to commiserate with. Thankfully he came out okay and that’s all I wanted at the end of the day, even if he couldn’t complete the race.
These are the three releases I was anticipating for tomorrow and while I managed to get the ARCs for all of them, I have yet to read Black Sun, but I have very high expectations for it and I’m sure it will be amazing. The Midnight Bargain turned out to be an entertaining one, but it was Ring Shout that completely blew my mind and it’s probably going to be my most favorite book of the year.
Quite a bit of stuff happened this week in the community, and after all this time I can’t say I am surprised. While I am not someone who currently thinks I should get paid for promoting books on my blog, I highly respect any bloggers who do and I feel that the whole discussion about objectivity, bias and payment is just a way to derail the conversation about how all the work that bloggers do is just unpaid labor. If anyone doesn’t want to get paid, that is their choice and prerogative but I think it’s unfair to expect the same from everyone.
And the next mess was about A Deadly Education. I was mildly interested in the book when it was announced but removed it from my TBR when my dear friend Fanna mentioned that the protagonist is a biracial young woman with Indian heritage, and I’m very uncomfortable with white authors writing such main characters. I am not at all surprised that the book also has other issues, especially in the way it handles race, colonialism and uses diversity as an afterthought. If you wanna know more about it, you can checkout Asma’s review here.
But let’s get onto more of the exciting things that happened in the community, which are cover reveals… and there were just so many of them!!!
Two exciting desi fantasies – one debut and one finale – and both just look so fiery and bright. I absolutely love them and can’t take my eyes off of them.
I wasn’t expecting the cover of A Psalm of Storms and Silence but it was such a lovely friday surprise. And Son of a Storm looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m so excited to read them both.
I didn’t even know Sandhya was writing a novella for Christmas, so that was wonderful news and the cover is so festive and wintry. And what’s more exciting than getting the cover for the new book in the Bromance Book Club – the Russian is getting his own story and I can’t wait. And I hope I will get to read Crazy Stupid Bromance soon too.
Finally, Fireborne got a paperback cover change and a matching cover for the sequel. While I completely hate mid series cover changes, I can’t deny that these two look quite stunning and I adore the dragons. Hopefully I will finally read my copy of Fireborne before Flamefall is here.
So… that’s how my week went. How was yours? Did you read or watch some exciting stuff too? You can share all your details in the comments below…