This month’s Reading Roundup offers a collection of some of the best articles I read, covering topics including libraries, whiteness, and power dynamics. Plus a list of my own written work. Get those tabs ready!
Book review: “Nature Poem” by Tommy Pico
Book review: An Ancient Curse, A New Cycle: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Book review: A Revolution Founded on Lies: Joan He’s Descendant of the Crane
Book review: “The Undefeated” by Una McCormack
Book review: “Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water” by Vylar Kaftan
Book review: “And the waters prevailed”: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
Short Fiction reviews: Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: April 2019
TV review: We Need More Roswell, New Mexico in Our Lives
TV review: American Gods Season 2 Review
Reread: Betrayal, Torture, and Bad Romance in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 61-73
Reread: A Question of Heroes and Villains in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 74-85
Listicle: New Young Adult Speculative Fiction April 2019
Listicle: Truth, Loss, and Identity in This Spring’s Upcoming Young Adult SFF
Listicle: What to Read Next After Harry Potter
“Impostor/Abuser: Power Dynamics in Publishing” by Sarah Gailey for Fireside Fiction: “It’s the little black dress of self-deception: easy to accessorize, appropriate for a variety of settings, goes with everything.
I’m not important, and nobody cares about my work.
I’m not important, and nobody knows who I am.
I’m not important, so it doesn’t matter what I do.
It’s an absolutely sterling lie, and it’s incredibly dangerous.”
“Hollow Beauty and Rotten Cores: What does your story stand for?” by Jeannette Ng: “It’s not that the movie lacked heart, the emotional beats are all there. But it’s that the beautifully visualised setting of fantasy Japan never quite touches the core story that its telling and in the end it feels like it’s nothing more than elaborate wallpaper.”
“Librarianship as Plantation” by April Hathcock: “I was up late one night contemplating slavery (as one does, especially as a Black American), and it hit me:
The library profession is a plantation.”
“Whiteness as Collections” by Sofia Leung: “I had this interesting mini-eureka moment a few weeks ago that I wanted to share for a few reasons. One, I don’t usually reflect on the connections that help me understand how I learn something new or what goes into coming up with some new concept. Most of the time, the connections aren’t clear to me. Two, I like to show students that inspiration for new “research” or “scholarly” ideas doesn’t have to come from only “scholarly” publications. Three, I need to write it out to fully understand how I came to this conclusion and to really understand what this conclusion means!”