Happy Saturday, Chums! This week has been such a dreadful pain in the gut, literally! I had to meet with an advisor on Tuesday to plan out my Uni programme, but the advisor I have to meet is one I had many years ago, and he was not a nice person to me back then. The idea of having to chat with him again, triggered the worst panic attack I have ever had in my life! I spent all day Tuesday and most of Wednesday in bed. Then Thursday morning I was supposed to meet with him (I had re-scheduled our appointment) and I was struck with another agonising panic attack.
Undergoing such an excruciating thing made me realise that I needed to re-evaluate my programme and maybe what I want to do with my Uni career. My partner believed that there is a much bigger psychological ploy at play here and I knew that she may have been on the money about it. So, I’m currently in the process of finagling all of that out. In the meantime, I shall be spending another couple of days in bed just to make sure that I’ll recover properly without damage to my heart. Of course, I’ve been dying for a weekend of potato-ing, so I welcome the chance to unwind and not give any flying fruits for a bit.
I’ve read through all the books I chatted about last week. Reviews are being outlined and pieced together and they shall start going live starting Monday. I must confess that I feel a bit uncertain about the book reviews I have planned as it’s been quite a long time since I’ve written them. So, if they seem a little rusty, bear with me. I’m sure my writing voice shall return to me once my phalanges and brain muscles are all oiled out.
This weekend my focus will be on a graphic novel, a sword and sorcery book with illustrations from Frank Miller, and a nonfiction anthology of essays examining the country’s current culture surrounding rape and victim shaming. Since it is Nonfiction November, I have been trying to read through one or two nonfiction titles per week. This is my first year participating and I’m sorry that I didn’t do it sooner because I have been adoring nonfiction reads. They always intimidated me like a motherfucker (aside from history books on Japanese culture and history, of course), so I steered clear of them. However, now that I have experienced them, I can’t get enough! 😉
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
The Sleeper and the Spindle is a fantasy, fairy tale retelling graphic novel that shares Snow White’s and Cinderella’s stories. I tend to adore Gaiman’s graphic novels, particularly his fairy tale retellings. They tend to be quite dark and occasionally even humorous. I haven’t read this one yet, so when it was recommended to me via Hoopla (site/app I use to check out eBooks from my local library), I figured I should give it a shot!
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller
Cursed is a young adult sword and sorcery fantasy story that’s about the Lady of the Lake from the tales of King Arthur. There is a Netflix adaptation of this novel that shall be releasing sometime soon as well.
One of the main reasons that I wanted to read this is because I haven’t really read much material on the King Arthur stories. I’ll confess that I’ve seen a lot of cinematic media, but not literary ones. While I do want to read some of the older stories out there (Mists of Avalon, The Once and Future King, and Merlin Trilogy), when I saw that Frank Miller contributed illustrations to this story, starting here became irresistible to me!
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
Not That Bad is an anthology of previously published write-ups that address what it’s like to live in a world where women constantly have to measure harassment, violence, and aggression that they face. It’s about a climate that would rather mock, shame, gaslight, bully, and abuse women for speaking out about being raped than help them. The collection is edited by brilliant cultural critic Roxane Gay, and while I know the subject matter will be difficult to read, as both a victim of rape and a victim of the system that wronged me when I tried to talk about my trauma, and also as someone who’s passionately against the oppressive system of rape culture and the blight that it is on an intelligent society that has potential to be more than it allows itself to be, I’m looking forward to the pieces shared herein.
If any of you are fans of the King Arthur legend and have book or film recommendations to pass along, I’d be super grateful to you! With that, I hope you have a cosy and lovely weekend ahead.
Thank you so much for visiting me today! I appreciate your support. I wish you a lovely day ahead.