Friday, January 03, 2020

Books - A Fourth Quarter Round Up

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert I read alongside Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz.  These two ended up pairing well together in that both were books about folks with chronic conditions and discussed how that changes and alters your relationships with others, and creates some additional angst when healthier folks in your life don't quite get it.  Enjoyed both a lot.  
Melissa Blue's Grumpy Jake just did the thing, short, steamy, and she writes good kids that are not plot moppets.  
Chanel Miller's Know My Name is not an easy read.  Content warnings for sexual assault, and trauma of our current justice system.  Miller takes a more carceral viewpoint than some, but also takes a look at the toll the process takes, how much time and energy it asks of victims, and how much it privileges defendants who already have privilege.  And how writing can be it's own therapy. 
Priya Parker's The Art of Gathering took me a while to read, not because it wasn't great but because it created so many aha moments.  Parker looks at how some of the ways we create gathering work at cross purpose to the event we wish to create and how to dig deeper on that.  
Jessie Mihalik's Aurora Blazing is also a look at chronic illness, although of a sci-fi bent.  I enjoyed that this sister had different skills than we saw in Polaris Rising and yet both as a result of being stuck in the same patriarchal system.  
Sarah Kuhn's I Love You So Mochi was a great look at a teen who goes to visit her grandparents in Japan for the first time and the finding home and yet not home and figuring yourself out was great.  I think adult readers will likely quickly spot the solution to much of the life concerns, but it was an enjoyable read.