I like to read and I’ve challenged myself to read at least 50 books this year (that’s a lot for a slow reader). This is how I’ve been keeping myself accountable and how I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve read. I update at the beginning of each month (you can find them under the “Books” category).
This past month, I officially quit using the lists I had been using as part of my 2015 reading challenge. It was quite liberating and I was very excited to get cracking on all the books on my shelf and my Kobo that I’ve been meaning to read. So, of course, I hardly read a thing. Life happened. Whatever. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to read while I’m roasting in the hot, dry summer heat.
This is the second Upper Rubber Boots anthology I’ve read in the past few months and I loved it. I’ve been trying to write about it, but it’s really hard to pick just a few favourite stories or ideas. It grabbed me with it’s first story, which reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and kept my attention with fascinating story after fascinating story. It calls itself a “feminist anthology” but, really, it’s just a damned good anthology of damned good stories.
I mentioned in last month’s update that I’d found graphic novel biographies of two of my favourite artists. The first was Vincent van Gogh and this is the second. I really like Picasso’s work, but knew nothing about him. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of 7 years in Picasso’s through the eyes of his mistress Fernande Olivier. It was very interesting. One of the things that I love about these two books is that you gain some insight on how and why their art developed over time.
I’m still working on Silently and Very Fast. It’s still slow going. I’m still enjoying the prose.
I started to read Travel Light. Initially, I had planned on using it as a quick finish, but got distracted by other things. It’s a different take on princesses and dragons, which is nice, and it refers to various other stories and myths (ex: Grendel) in a fun and unique way.
I’m also reading Intuitive Eating, which was recommended by a nutritionist I sort of follow online. I’m mostly reading it out of interest as it seems to be very popular. I feel like this is something that would never work for me (I don’t have the patience to take the years people claim they needed to teach themselves intuitive eating), but I’m hoping it might have some interesting insights.