Reading Round Up for January 2020

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This month’s Reading Round Up offers a collection of some of the best articles I read, covering topics including the first Black trans model, American Dirt, and white feminism. Plus a list of my own written work. Get those tabs ready!

My Writing

Spotlight: New Young Adult Speculative Fiction January 2020

Spotlight: Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: December 2019

End of Year Wrap-up: 2019 Totals: Books

End of Year Wrap-up: 2019 Totals: Short Stories

End of Year Wrap-up: 2019 Totals: Comics & Graphic Novels

End of Year Wrap-up: 2019 Totals: Television & Miniseries

End of Year Wrap-up: 2019 Totals: Movies

Review: The Monster at the End of This Book: Seanan McGuire’s Come Tumbling Down

Review: The End Is Only the Beginning: Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older

Spotlight: Mechanical Dragons, Heavenly Quests, and Graffiti Magic in This Season’s Young Adult SFF

Review: In Anna-Marie McLemore’s Dark and Deepest Red, Identity Is Dangerous and Magical

Review: The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee Hits Hard and Fast

Review: Comin’ Straight From the Underground: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Review: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

 

Other Works

The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol by Jada Yuan and Aaron Wong for The Cut: “Tracey “Africa” Norman always knew that the question wasn’t if she’d be found out, but how long she could go undetected.”

Pendeja, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature by Myriam Chingona Gurba de Serrano for Tropics of Meta: “When I tell gringos that my Mexican grandfather worked as a publicist, the news silences them.

Shocked facial expressions follow suit.

Their heads look ready to explode and I can tell they’re thinking, “In Mexico, there are PUBLICISTS?!””

Cummins’ Non-Mexican Crap by David Bowles: “If you haven’t already, you’re going to be hearing a lot of praise for Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt, a novel about a Mexican bookseller who has to escape cartel-related violence with her son, fleeing to the US. Cummins received a seven-figure advance for this book.

And it’s harmful, appropriating, inaccurate, trauma-porn melodrama.”

Black Women Writers Reclaim Their Past by Thulani Davis for The Village Voice: “Unfortunate­ly, in the years since then, books like Mar­shall’s still come as a surprise. Like a number of other black women writers, I have made it a point to speak of our “tradition,” yet I know that no such tradition is assumed by the rest of the world, primarily because our books have not been read or taught.”

Whatever Happened to _______?for Longreads: “We were wrapped in a velvet night, under a star-filled sky, headlights cutting through the dark. We were writers, carpooling back from a rare weekend retreat. A cool wind found its way in through a narrow slice of open window and whipped the driver’s shaggy hair into a minor frenzy. Over the sound of Rod Stewart’s mandolin, this driver scratched mosquito bites and told me about a woman writer he’d once known. “She was so talented,” he said, in admiration.”

When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle for Harper’s Bazaar: “The fragility of these women was not a surprise to me. In a crucial moment of showing up for our marginalized community, there was more concern about their feelings and ego as opposed to the fight forward for women as a whole. What could have been a much-needed and integral display of solidarity and true intersectionality quickly became a live play-by-play of the toxicity that white-centered feminism can bring to the table of activism.”

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