Akata Warrior

Akataworrior

Just hush up and take my money. Akata Warrior is the second in the Akata books, the first being Akata Witch. Yes, this is another Nnedi Okorafor book.

It is just as good as the first one, and for some series of books that is hard to do. The trouble that she gets into, the infighting in the group, the way the dynamics change.

There are also truths in here, the truth about the colleges is scary. Nigeria would not be an easy place for me to live. I would not be able to adhere to what is expected of a woman there.

How do I explain this without giving the book away? I don’t think that I can, it is just too much in here. It is like eating something where each bite is the best one ever, but each bite is just a bit different.

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Binti: Home

Bintihome

 

Yes, another book by Nnedi Okorafor. This one is the second book in the Binit series, and there will be more. Binti Home is just 162 pages and it packs so much into it.

There are characters that are nonbinary, and one that is trans. There is PTSD, there is the threat of war, there is discovering the protagonist predigest. There is a trip home, there is losing self, finding self, accepting change and learning truths. There is rejection, anger, hope, pain and the list goes on.

This book took me a bit longer to read than the other one. I have PTSD and while my triggers are not hers, I know what she is feeling when she experiences her PTSD.  I have recommended this book to friends of mine who work with kids.

I should just give Ms. Okorafor all the money. Oh OH, and it turns out the next book is coming out in January!!

We Should All Be Feminists

We should

This is a book that is a transcript of a Ted Talk given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I did not hear the Ted Talk until after I read the book. It is short almost an essay and talks about life for a woman in the world and how it affects men.

It shows how a friend (male) of hers has his eyes open to how women are treated in the world. It shows his blindness to what goes on around him every day. He honestly thought that everything was fine that women are not treated in a different manner than men.

It is also funny, as she tries to qualify standing up for her rights and beliefs. There is really not a plot in here to give away. It is just one of those books that are well worth the time to read. Or to watch the video.

Ichiro

Ichiro

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana was a library find. I love when I can take the time to wander the library and see what I can find and this one is a treasure.

Ichiro is born in America, and his mother decides that it is time to move back to Japan. There Ichi stays with his grandfather while mom looks for a place to live. He is taken to the Hiroshima museum where he questions his who is a hero, and who is a bad guy.

The thing that I loved about this book it that it introduced me to Japanese gods and goddesses. Their creation myth, as an American I happen to believe that we miss so much being as isolated as most of us in the US are.

I know that this might create some backlash but ask yourself, how well do you know other cultures, and what they belive.

Men Explain Things to Me

Menexplain

This book Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit is a series of essays that focus on how women are treated in society. Some of the essays should come with trigger warnings.  They are needed in the book, they point out injustices, and abuse of women physically, mentally and emotionally.

There are one or two that are slightly funny in that way that is uncomfortable because 51% of the population has had to deal with what she is talking about.

This is a book that I would recommend to men who know women. So that is all of you out there.

 

Saga Volumes 1-4

I cannot believe that I have not yet posted about the Saga books. I  just finished book four and am waiting for book five. I love that I can get them from the Libby app. I just wish that my Kindel had Libby.

I don’t know what to say about these books. Yes, they are graphic novels, no they are not for kids. They are violent, and full of sex but in a way that fits the story. The books are about war and forbidden love, and survival, and hiding, and living.

When these first came out I tried to read them but I do not think that I was ready for the books yet. These are intense and a saga. Told from the point of view of Hazel, the child born in the first few pages of the book, I am up to her toddlerhood.

Try it you might like them.

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump

I normally don’t lump books together but these are both short graphic novels that are just adorable. Both books are by Sarah Andersen and they are part of her Sarah Scribbles collection. \

The first one I read was Adulthood is a Myth and I had to wonder if she was following me around for part of the day.  There was so much in here that I could relate to, especially about the books. For me, these books were a good break after reading The Warmth of Other Suns.

The next one was Big Mushy Happy Lump, this one was more about her relationship with her boyfriend and what they are dealing with. Both of them were cute, sweet reads.

She has a third book coming out and it is now ready for preorder and it is about herding cats.  Having two of the furballs I am going to have to read that one too.