february reading in review

Books Bought This Month
Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

Books Received/Acquired This Month
In a World Just Right [IndieBound] by Jen Brooks (giveaway)
Change Places With Me [IB] by Lois Metzger (Edelweiss ARC)
The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark [IB] by Yael Molchadsky and Orit Bergman (ARC for review)
Goldfish [IB] by Nat Luurtsema (ARC for review)
Freedom in Congo Square [IB] by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie (ARC for review)
Another Brooklyn [IB] by Jacqueline Woodson (Edelweiss ARC)
The Queen of the Night [IB] by Alexander Chee (gift)
Skyscraping [IB] by Cordelia Jensen (gift)
Waiting for Augusta [IB] by Jessica Lawson (Edelweiss ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
The Clasp [IB] by Sloane Crosley
Winter [IB] by Marissa Meyer
The Creative Habit [IB] by Twyla Tharp
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness [IB] by Michelle Alexander (audiobook)
For the Good of Mankind? [IB] by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

Books Finished This Month
Bleeding Violet [IB] by Dia Reeves
Winter by Marissa Meyer {a few thoughts}
Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz {a few thoughts}
Mad About the Hatter [IB] by Dakota Chase {a few thoughts}
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? [IB] by Maria Semple (audiobook)
Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby [IB] by Patricia MacLachlan
Vintage Veronica [IB] by Erica S. Perl {a few thoughts}
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie
Dear Committee Members [IB] by Julie Schumacher {a few thoughts}
For the Good of Mankind? by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein {a few thoughts}
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen {a few thoughts}
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (audiobook) {a few thoughts}

Totally forgot to post this yesterday. This was not a terrible month, and for all that I didn’t read a ton, I liked pretty much everything. Plus, y’know, even with an extra day, February is a shorter month.

The highlight was definitely Tender Points, a memoir/prose poem collection about fibromyalgia and female pain. I got it from the library, read about 15 pages, and then stopped and ordered it online because I knew it was a keeper. I just got diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago, and the relief of having a name to go with feeling generally crappy is immense. But at the same time, fibromyalgia is kind of just a way of saying “we acknowledge that you feel shitty but we don’t care to figure out why,” and this book touches on that, as well as the history of hysteria and female pain being disregarded. It was wildly frustrating and vindicating to read, and that’s to say nothing about how it relates to blackness and pain, which is not part of Berkowitz’s experience at all, but which I am certainly interested in.

Anyway, that was the best book I’ve read in a long time, both because it’s well crafted and because it was a moment of mirror book-ness, and I don’t get that often.


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