Books Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen!!

First, I’m super proud of myself because I read three books in the past month and that feels awesome and I’m really catching up to where I should be on my goal of 24 books in 2018.

OKAY! Here we go!

11/24 Book Reflection
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
I chose this book on a whim. It came up in my suggested titles on Hoopla and I’m glad I read it. First, this book is ridiculous. The characters are so over the top and it’s glorious. I don’t want to say anything of the story for fear of giving it away, because it is an awfully short book. But! It’s basically the story of a woman too socially inept to work anywhere besides at a convenience store (in Japan) where things are set and orderly. There’s a rule for everything so she doesn’t need to worry about doing or saying the wrong thing because the employee manual tells her everything that’s expected of her in this social situation. As I said, it is quite a short book so on the off-chance you do end up not having the best experience, it won’t have wasted much of your time.

12/24 Book Reflection
The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp (Dene Nation)
This book is on a lot of Indigenous reading lists and in my effort to get more Indigenous reading done this year, I chose it. It is loved by a lot of people and gives what think is an honest look into some kids lives. These experiences are not limited to reservations are are certainly not limited by race, so I think that this is a particularly important book that shows the invasive nature of drugs and alcohol. The further I read, the more I understood the choices Van Camp made in the writing. The writing style is fragmented, as if it’s really coming from this kids mind. The more I learn about Larry, the more I understand his humor and I even understand why he talks so much about sex. It made me uncomfortable. I think it was supposed to.

“I mean, didn’t sometimes… didn’t you ever think that you were dead, that you were already buried, but were given one day to come back and make things right?”

13/24 Book Reflection
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
This book is written as a 16 year old’s journal to his therapist (that he refuses to speak to) as he goes through a drug trial to help with some of the symptoms of his schizophrenia. This is an abnormally early diagnosis and Adam is aware. He writes honestly to his therapist, even saying when he’s leaving things out. One week into the trial he can distinguish between what’s real and what’s hallucinations. Immediately, I questioned Walton’s expertise to write about schizophrenia. After a lot of searching, I found that she has stated that she has direct experience with schizophrenia. This is good, it’s important to note when books come from a place of authority on a topic (or not) and this one seems to. Any time an author is writing about a marginalized people, it’s imperative to question their authority on the topic. I really enjoyed this book. It’s well-paced and written in a way that makes sense. I feel like this book could bring some understanding about a mental illness to young readers and that’s awesome. Anything that aids in the expanding of young peoples worlds to be more inclusive is wonderful. “…they’d tell me to kill myself. They’d think I was a monster.” That quote fills me with such sadness. We need to share stories. This book has the ability to open hearts. It ends with a note about mental health that made me really thankful. I’m glad that this author has experience with schizophrenia and further supplemented her experience with lots of research. I’m glad that this book exists and it would be a wonderful addition to any YA library.

Japan Stuff!
School has started back up, both work and university, so I’m super busy again! This is good because I’ll have no time to realize how much I miss Monster and probably the cat too. I’m at the beginning of September and I’m about 4 books behind schedule for my goal of 24 for the year, oops! This semester is looking as if it’s going to be the most difficult of my degree. Just having gone over the syllabi gave me a panic attack, great! I’ll do my best! I’m almost through my 3rd week of classes and it’s going well so far, but it is SO MUCH WORK. It’ll be okay. I’m about half-way through Earthbound, I super dig it. It’s something that I have to sit down and play for a while though, it’s tough to tear myself away from it. I’ll get back to it soon, I hope. I’ve been trying to go out and walk at night, but since uni started back up, it’s been difficult just because I’ve been so busy with school. I also need to try to eat at least a little healthier cause, dang have I been eating heavy stuff. I’ve been getting pretty good at using my toaster oven, now that I *just* realized it’s in celsius, which given, I should have already known, but it just didn’t occur to me. I’ll be able to cook things at proper temperatures now, so yay! I even made REALLY good cholula garlic chicken tonight, progress!
That’s all I’ve got for now.

My Library: https://rikikikitaco.libib.com
Currently Reading: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Currently Playing: Earthbound/3DS; Elder Scrolls Skyrim/Switch; Stardew Valley/Switch
Coming Up!
Reading List: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle; Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Playing List: Wonderboy, Bayonetta 2, Skyrim, LoZ A Link Between Worlds, Culdcept Revolt; Bayonetta/Switch; Stella Glow/3DS; Detective Pikachu/3DS

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