October 2021 Reading Recap

October went by quickly. I had the opportunity to go to Sirens Conference where I was on a panel about nonbinary representation in science fiction and fantasy. I also had a hard time reading this month, which was unfortunate, but I did enjoy the books, ARCs, and manga I did manage to read.

I also did three excellent blog interviews:

ARCs

  • Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson (2021, adult, memoir, queer)
    • Award-winning author Elsa Sjunneson tells her story while also integrating media criticism and social history
    • An invitation to examine the ableism prevalent in the world around us
  • Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross (2021, young adult, fantasy)
    • Listened to this one as an audio-ARC
    • World in which nightmares walk at night and Wardens keep them at bay
    • Curses, enemies-to-lovers, and a few elements that didn’t really come together for me
  • Look to the Sun by Emmie Mears (2021, adult, fantasy, queer)
    • A harrowing exploration of a city where the fascist regime escalates its agenda
    • It has a tender love story at its core and a very earned hopeful ending
  • Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (2021, adult, horror, queer)
    • Haunted house book in which a destination wedding goes horribly wrong
    • Atmospheric as f*ck with fun meta commentary

Audiobooks

Kindle Copies

  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (2018, adult, literary thriller)
    • An Anishinaabe community discovers they can no longer contact the city south of them
    • Scary in that way that uncertainty and isolation can be
    • An exploration of tradition in the face of modern, but familiar adversity

Manga

  • Happiness Vol. 1 to 10 by Shūzō Oshimi (2015-2019, shonen horror)
    • Vampire tale similar in tone to Let the Right One In
    • I read this almost in one session
    • Beautiful art used to enhance character and emotional development

Until next month,
Jo

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