I wrote on Goodreads, “Part personal diary, part research paper/dissertation, and part sexual assault survivor affirmation, “My Body Is A Book Of Rules” by Elissa Washuta is a harrowing and important book. In it, Washuta describes, often in great detail, her struggles with bipolar disorder, her assaults, her disordered eating, her battles with her identity racial and ethnic identity. There was parts I wanted to highlight, underline, and tattoo on my skin. There were parts that made me cringe and withdraw. There were parts that I related so closely to that I breathed a sigh of relief that we both survived. Massive trigger warning for descriptions of rape, assault, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation, among other things. Again, this both is both harrowing and important; in my opinion, it will be appreciated by people unable (or willing) to be as open with their struggles as Washuta has been. I applaud Elissa Washuta for penning the story of her early life, and thank her for sharing it with us.” I’d like to add only this: be sure to have tissues, tea, and a waste basket handy. So much of this resonated with me personally. Other tidbits caused distress but, in the end, I felt stronger for having read this book.
Next up was “Lagoon” by Nnedi Okorafor
From my 5 star Goodreads review: “Water is life. Therefore, it makes sense that when aliens, creatures from beyond this Earth and imagination, visit, they would land in the waters of Lagos, Nigeria. Adaora, a Marine biologist with marital problems, Agu, a soldier with a good heart, and Anthony, a Ghanaian rapper out for a breath of fresh air, are the magical three who greet the alien’s ambassador. Named Ayodele, she brings a message to the people of Nigeria: they want, not to control or steal, neither oil, nor resources, but to live, to cohabitate in peace. However, people will only ever be people; riots break out, and they city of Lagos explodes as more Others leave the water and walk on dry land. Change comes, even if we neither want nor accept.
Excellent novel that blends modern-day destruction with the healing of the Ancestors and gods. Yes, much of the dialogue is written in a form of Pidgin English; there IS a short glossary at the end of the book, but many of the words used can be figured out in context.” Nothing to add here. Okorafor has done it again, mixing modern/urban fantasy with the Africa most of us have never seen.
Then, I read the final book in Kim Harrison’s “The Hollows” series. Lucky #13, “The Witch With No Name.”
Sad to see this series end, but I am so glad that it ended when and how it did. Many novelists start phoning it in after a while, and the same plots get recycled over and over again. My thoughts on this book? “Cormel, the Master of Cincinnati, has an ultimatum for our favorite witch demon, Rachel Morgan: find a way to return the souls of the undead vampires, or people she loves will die. Forced into a confrontation with surface demons, wayward elves, angry vampires, mob-mined humans, and a mother hell-bent on planning the perfect funeral, Rachel must solve the mystery of where vampire souls go, how to bring them back, and how to not screw up the best relationship she’s ever had. A fitting end to the series, though I am curious about what happens between the end and the epilogue, and what our itchy witch will be up to next. I’ll miss you, Rachel and friends!”