YA Book Thoughts

  • The Black Witch, a YA novel set in a misogynistic and racist society with an unlikeable main character, has received a ton of controversy. Today, I read the Vulture piece about the backlash but I still need to read the original criticism that was the rallying cry for the book’s critics. I’m fascinated by the whole thing, the book’s author has really hit a nerve here and the reaction has shown the power and limitations of social media when it comes to literary criticism.
  • Finished reading The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid about a genetically modified humanoid named Nemesis, a killing machine that looks like a teenaged girl. The author has described the book as I, Claudius set in space, and I can definitely see the merit in that. Reminded me a lot of Red Rising with the revolution plot against an oppressive society and government, the main character’s attempts at concealing their true nature, and the court intrigue of a decadent society with violence ready to erupt from beneath its shallow surface. The books would be interesting to compare side-by-side because of gender swapping of the characters and how they handle certain situations. Both are satisfying and made me want to beat my chest, gather comrades, and overthrow something.
  • Went to the library today and walked away with:
    • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin’)
    • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
    • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
YA Book Thoughts

Are You Checking Me Out?

The first in a weekly or bi-weekly series of posts library book hauls. I live within walking distance of a library and visit it often.

This week is a mix of literary fiction, mysteries, sic-fi, and young adult.


List of books from top-down:

  1. The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
  2. The Pirate King by Laurie R. King
  3. Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn
  4. Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn
  5. Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  6. Tracked by Jenny Martin
  7. The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
  8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  9. Defending Jacob by William Landay
  10. Burial Rites  by Hannah Kent
  11. Under Majordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
  12. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
  13. Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson
  14. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente [Not pictured]
Are You Checking Me Out?