How is it that the beginning of Daylight Savings Time always throws me off? Even when I don’t have anything important to do in the morning—even in this phase of my life where I’m nearly always in bed by 10—somehow I end up staying up too late and throwing off my entire routine. It’s going to be an extra-cup-of-coffee kind of day, folks.
I spent this week working on two very different projects.
I’ve been continuing to keep moving forward with planning for my newly envisioned YA novel project. I spent most of the week adjusting character sketches as well as doing some setting work. I even went as far as to obsessively google map locations of the characters’ houses (and I may or may not have taken screenshots—sorry strangers who live in Fort Smith, AR! It’s for a good cause!).
I’ve also been working on a nonfiction project that will admittedly never see the light of day. I’m recording some of the things I’ve learned over the past near decade of dealing with recurrent depressive episodes, so that next time I’ll be prepared, in a sense. It’s actually been quite therapeutic; not only am I forced to remember things I’ve known about myself for years, but I’m realizing just how well I really do know how to manage depression once I set my mind to the task.
read this week
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
I wrote a very oddly framed “review” on goodreads, but it’s really hard to summarize my thoughts about Virginia Woolf’s 1915 debut novel. I recognize her genius but I don’t always find her methods of storytelling enjoyable—although this is probably my millennial self talking. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to think about how her writing changed from the beginning of her career to the end, as well as how much she stayed the same in a lot of ways.
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman
“If difference had no social consequences, if it did not disadvantage one sex economically and politically, feminists might not question the powerful old of power biological definitions of male and female. Cultural elaborations of sex difference, however, move far beyond the bare facts of physiology to create inequalities. Beliefs about bodily strength, health, and beauty, as well as ideas about racial difference, help structure women’s economic opportunities.”
—Ch 9: “Medicines, Markets, and the Female Body”
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a snarky narrator. I came across this book on a list of books about main characters with disability — Parker is blind —and I’m also really digging the female friendships so far. I love that Parker is her own person and insists on her independence, but underneath the snark, she really does care about her friends.
from the TBR pile
- I’m thinking I can get through Men Explain Things To Me by this coming week; it’s a short book.
- Once I finish No Turning Back, I’m thinking of challenging myself to finally read Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex which I’m pretty sure has been on my bookshelf for 7 years now (I actually found it in my parents’ attic recently, never been touched). It’ll probably take me the rest of Women’s History Month, but I think I’m up for it.
Does anyone know of any fantastic (preferably #OwnVoices) YA novels about a depressed protagonist? I’ve found a lot of books that deal specifically with grief, but I’m really looking for novels where the protagonist explicitly identifies as clinically depressed. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week everyone!