Adventures in Reading — December 28, 2015 — January 3, 2016

What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out!

Poets & Writers (January/February 2016) – This edition focuses on “inspiration,” whether it’s in suggesting prompts, detailing how several poets got to their first publication, or tracking down Plutarch’s throne. Some of my favorite pieces were “Fractures through Time” by Dana Isokawa, “Sitting on Plutarch’s Throne” by John D’Agata, and “Calling Ishmael” by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, which is about an audio service that people can use to tell stories about their experiences with books. It was a strong volume.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, & So Much More by Janet Mock (2014) – This memoir recounts Janet Mock’s childhood of trying to align reality, family, and her body as she struggles to articulate and achieve her identity. She details the many small things that let her know she was transgender and the many small ways she tried to authentically express herself. She also goes into her dysfunctional family background, her work in the sex trade, and things like being mahu, “fish,” the hierarchy of “passing,” and the community of self-medicating. Her writing is honest, though somewhat clunky or sentimental, especially when she’s talking about romantic love. It’s overall a really good book, and it’s easy and enjoyable to read once you get past the first ten or so pages.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson (2015) – In this latest volume, Ms. Marvel (aka “Kamala Khan”) deals with heartbreak, her douchy ex, her brother getting kidnapped, and the end of the world via two realities clashing. Initially, she seems ill-equipped to handle the chaos, quickly getting overwhelmed – until Captain Marvel comes along and re-centers her. This is a brilliant volume that focuses more of Kamala and her community, giving itself permission to be silly with dance parties, kitten interludes, Loki pwnage, and Adrian Alphona’s signature style. It’s probably my second favorite volume thus far, and the ending blew me away. Read it.

Ongoing manga:

Cherry Boy, That Girl by South Ant (ongoing) ch. 82 – In this chapter, Berry’s emotions get the best of her. She misses Wally, and all the attention she’s getting from Mandarin really isn’t helping. It’s a sad chapter.

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