Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Monthly Reads: September 2014

Just one this month. Which is technically infinitely more than zero..  (I may or may not be 8 books behind my reading goal for the year, eep!)

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
This is definitely a book that I will learn a lot from every time I come back to it in the future. I started it expecting to read about romantic love, but it was so much more than that. It gives a working definition of love, and talks about love in our lives. How it exists (or doesn't) among violence, racism, sexism, and how justice plays a role in love and vice versa. A lot of this book affirmed affirmed my feelings about how I want to walk through this world, and of course, I gained new insight as well. The religious tone in this book made me a bit uncomfortable, but I understand that something like love is difficult to talk about while omitting critical parts of one's self such as their spirituality.

A few things that really resonated with me after this initial reading:
- love does not fear
- love is a choice and we must do so with intention
- perfect love is a commitment to constructive struggle and change

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Library Project: In Other Words

I didn't have a whole lot of free time while I was in Portland. Outside of work stuff, I really only had time to go to Voodoo Doughnuts and In Other Words, a feminist community center. Even though it's very much a bookstore (you might have seen is parodied on Portlandia), I'm including it here because there was a lending library inside of it. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

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Family BBQ

I went to Portland for a work trip in July and one of the nights we had a BBQ. There's not much better than good food & good people. (Like, really good food)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Monthly Reads: July & August 2014

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. I've never read something where I was less concerned with the plot because the writing was so exquisitely beautiful. It is authors like GGMarquez who turn the written word into an art form. I've heard this book touted as one of the greatest love stories of all time.. and I think that's definitely questionable, as I would find most of the things that happen in this book to be pretty creepy, but the writing is spectacular. It's difficult for me to imagine this in movie form because there is no way that it could do the writing any sort of justice. I wanted to savor every word as I read this book. I gushed about this book way more while I was reading it and shortly after, and folks have told me that One Hundred Years of Solitude is way better. I'll have to find out soon.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I wanted to like this book way more than I did because it was it was written by an Asian American author and spoke to the experience of growing up Asian in America. The character development fell flat for me. I found these characters difficult to relate to, which is unusual for me in a book like this since growing up as an Asian American person has made me aware of the experience that I and many others experience with internalized oppression on a daily basis. The writing itself wasn't particularly beautiful, but it moved quickly enough. I know I'm not exactly selling it, but I guess I'm saying that I thought this book was okay. (I know, I really have a way with words myself right now).

I read both of these books in July. I read nothing in August and I am 6 books behind schedule in meeting my reading goal for the year. I feel like not reading is eating away at my soul. I need my quiet moments back. More on this later. Maybe.
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