“Both fictions and memories are recalled and retold. They’re both forms of stories. Stories are the way we learn. Stories are how we understand each other.”
― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
How are you? We have witnessed so much evil in the world recently that it seems too trivial to even continue posting about reading updates or anything else. I do, however, want to maintain this safe space for myself and my friends who follow this page by continuing with the bookish conversations and sharing other mundane stuff. Perhaps as a form of respite, or at least a proof of life!
I spent a lot of time reading on my Kindle last month, because it’s just so convenient and easier to multitask while reading with just one hand. Here’s a quick rundown of the books I read for the month of May:
– The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 3⭐️
– Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 3⭐️
– NOS4A2 by Joe Hill 4⭐️
– The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy 3⭐️
– I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid 5⭐️
– Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie 4⭐️
– Slaying Monsters for the Feeble by Annette Marie 4⭐️
– Under the Skin by Michel Faber 4⭐️
– The Perfect Nanny (a.k.a. Lullaby) by Leila Slimani 4⭐️
– Beach Read by Emily Henry 4⭐️
My obvious personal favorite is I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It is so unputdownable! It reminds me of Haruki Murakami conversations combined with Koji Suzuki horror. I am also fond of Annette Marie’s urban fantasy series, because aside from the all the action-packed adventures and slow burn romance, it also promotes diversity and sensitivity towards other race and species other than your own.
I was a bit underwhelmed by The Forgotten Garden. I guess I was expecting something else or I was probably just too hyped up. I’m planning to post not exactly a book review on it, but more like a Missed Opportunities List. That should be fun.
MAY JOURNAL SPREAD
I am still keeping up with my goal of creating a monthly journal spread + highlights of the month. I have so many favorite details but to share a few: I used a scrap of my son’s watercolor art for the word “mother’s” and I would have used a bigger one if not for the fact that I have started this spread weeks ago before we got to doing painting activities. I also attempted to do blackout poetry for the first time, because the old pages that I used as background was telling me I should try it on them.
Like I always say, I’m not an artist. I just don’t let that fact stop me from pursuing creativity. After a decade of corporate jobs I feel like I am only now just discovering/ exploring what I really want to do with my time and my hands. If you want to read the poem I came up with, it’s down below but you can totally skip it, too 🙈
than mighty hope
There would be time.
Like jagged hunks
Beyond the last day
came appalling clarity.
for better speed
My eyes were searching the original text for some kind of message of hope. It gave me a promise of the horrors eventually going away, with only clarity and truth left behind. I can say this first attempt at blackout poetry is certainly not going to be the last. Let me know what you think about it in the comments!
There is one thing I could be a bit happy about despite all the ongoing conflicts globally and in my own country. It’s the fact that I’m seeing a huge effort to communicate, educate, and most people’s genuine desire to learn and to contribute in correcting the wrong things in the world. It is an ongoing battle, and I can only wish that we don’t lose our strength and vigilance. I also hope that we continue to fight for the oppressed ALL the time, and not only when it’s happening close enough to affect us.
“People talk about the ability to endure. To endure anything and everything, to keep going, to be strong. But you can do that only if you’re not alone. That’s always the infrastructure life’s built on. A closeness with others. Alone it all becomes a struggle of mere endurance.”
― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
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