reviews, the Sunday Post

Weekend Update #6

Welcome to my version of The Sunday Post (hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer): where I talk about what my reading progress as well as share updates from my current writing projects.

life update

It’s been a weird week, to say the least. Starting off with Daylight Savings Time really threw me for a loop, and no sooner did I start to adjust when we got hit with a serious blizzard. I’m guessing we got between 18 inches and a full 2 feet of snow here in northeastern PA. As pretty as it all was, I think snow decidedly becomes more of a pain in the ass when you reach a certain age.

I started seriously drafting my latest YA project this week. I felt pretty confident about it the first couple days, but I’m already second-guessing my POV decisions. I started writing in third person limited; I was worried that writing directly from my depressed protagonist’s POV would alienate readers. I’m too familiar with being called selfish, whiny, or lazy to expect my main character to not go through that as well. And yet, I can’t think of a single YA that isn’t in first person, and I guess I can see why. Writing in third person for a character-driven novel does seem sort of…well, clinical. So here’s a question for any writers or readers out there: can you think of any YA books in third person?

in my reading life

currently reading

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_6945Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

This book gives me life. I’m not even joking. In her well-argued essays, Solnit isn’t afraid to draw conclusions between the microagressions of mansplaining to the incredible violence against women across the world.

Lit by Mary Karr

Having previously read The Liars’ Club, I knew this was going to be a good one. I found it in my parents’ attic in a box of books I bought over 5 years ago, and I’m glad I rescued it. Karr has the memoir style down in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.

read this week

18921820-_sx120_No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman 4/5 stars

Possibly the best overview of feminist politics I’ve ever encountered, I highly recommend for anyone who wants to delve in deep. Probably best in small doses, and not without its flaws. (See my review for more info)22701879-_sx120_

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom – 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed getting inside Parker Grant’s head. Not only was she incredibly snarky—and for good reason—but this is mostly a book about friendship and learning how to deal with difficult emotions, with a small side of romance. Highly recommend.

from the TBR pile

  • The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti (from the long list of books I’ve spent years procrastinating)

I’m also going to be starting on the Mental Health reading challenge a bit early since it has relevance to my current writing project. Currently on the list—

Does anyone know of any awesome (preferably #OwnVoices) YAs about mental illness? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week everyone!


4 thoughts on “Weekend Update #6”

    1. I really enjoy Mary Karr’s style. She’s very relatable, even when her circumstances are totally different from yours. She has a gift, for sure.

  1. Do you have a specific mental illness rec you’re looking for?? Because I HAVE TONS. 😂 Just quickly tho: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is OCD #ownvoices. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is anxiety #ownvoices. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman is schizophrenia and it’s not ownvoices but his son has schizophrenia, so I think it’d be a pretty accurate representation knowing that! And It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is depression #ownvoices!

    Also good luck with your writing! Tbh my favourite is 3rd person and I absolutely flail whenever I find a 3rd person book!! I just finished The Crown’s Fate which was dfjakdslfsd perfection and 3rd person. I don’t think it has to equal less emotional too. 😀 Depends how you write it!

    And I loved Not If I See You First Too!!

    1. I’m leaning toward depression/anxiety stories because that’s what I’m focusing on in my novel. I’ve heard so many good things about History Is All You Left me as well as Queens of Geek (which I didn’t realize had mental illness as well as bi rep, so that’s getting bumped up the priority list!)

      Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

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