Wow, just like that, another month in the books. I hope everyone had an awesome April!!
May has been one of my favourite months since I was a kid because it meant that competitive swim season was starting. My racing days are behind me, but I haven’t been to the pool in over a year because of covid and I miss swimming so much. I just bought a copy of Why We Swim because it’s the closest I can get to feeling like I’m in the water. Blogging has given me new reasons to be excited for May so I’m thankful for that, but I wish this virus was out of our lives. On that semi-positive note, let’s get on to the wrap up 😅
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Power and Resistance | 5 stars | review here
From Bear Rock Mountain | unrated | review below
The Wanderers | 3 stars | review below
From Bear Rock Mountain
I found the narrative difficult to follow as the topics in the vignettes kept changing from paragraph to paragraph and didn’t follow a chronological order. There were some insights that I could understand and appreciate and I really feel for Indigenous peoples and the trauma they have faced. However, I found that the comparisons to the Holocaust were handled insensitively.
I had to skip over some sections and I was left feeling confused. I understand the ramifications of the cultural genocide inflicted upon Indigenous peoples and in no way want to undermine that. But I can’t understand why graphic descriptions of violence against Jewish people needed to be a part of this narrative. Also, it’s not technically anti-Semitic to refer to Jewish people as Jews but it can feel that way, so I was upset by its repeated occurrence.
I thought this book was so-so when I first started it, but then it caught me by surprise. It’s about three astronauts who are preparing for a mission to mars. It had a very interesting cast of characters, but it wasn’t until about 100 pages in that I became hooked. I felt like a switch had been flipped! There isn’t a lot of action in this book, but it explores human behaviour in a compelling way. The Wanderers also has a bit of diversity which is nice. One of the main characters is Japanese, and it also has LGBTQ+ rep and a little bit of Chinese rep.
Rating: 3 stars
Now let’s talk about May!
It’s my birth month, which means Gemini season is approaching 😉 I have a couple of astrology themed posts planned and I’m really looking forward to sharing them. I’m also super stoked about my reading list for this month! I’ve saved some of my most anticipated reads for May and I can’t wait to talk about them with you guys.
PS: I’m attempting to come up with a more cohesive aesthetic for my blog, so apologies for the not so smooth changes as I play around.