So I saw @immzies-adventures-through-books talking about wanting to do some kind of new weekly thing for her blog in 2016, and that got me thinking about doing something new here. I think I’m going to start #What I’m Reading Wednesday. There’s probably a similar concept floating around Booklr (and if there is, credit to whoever started it), but basically my idea is this:
Every Wednesday, I’ll post something about what I’m reading at the time. It could be pictures of the book, a quote I really liked, or maybe even a review. Chances are it’ll be a textbook now and then when I’m really swamped.
It’s quick, I can still do it when I’m on campus and separated from the majority of my collection. Even if I’m reading the same book two weeks (or more) in a row, I should be able to come up with something new to pull from it. And it will get me to be active in creating original content on here, which is my ultimate goal.
What I’m Reading Wednesday: The Moon by Whale Light by Diane Ackerman and Stories by Rob Cham
I love Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses, and I was just hoping I could stumble upon a book of hers one day in Booksale, and I kid you not, I found this gem a few minutes later, which is a little miracle right there, because I rarely see her books in Booksale. I got it and savored it while waiting for the doctor in the hospital because of an asthma attack and found that Ms. Ackerman’s beautiful way with words helped me breathe a bit easier.
Like this bit:
Tonight the moon is invisible, darkness itself has nearly vanished, and the known world, which we map with families, routines, and newspapers, floats somewhere beyond the horizon. Traveling to a strange new landscape is a kind of romance. You become intensely aware of the world where you are, but also oblivious to the rest of the world at the same time. Like love, travel makes you innocent again.
I’m not really fond of bats, or crocodiles, and I’m a bit scared of whales, but she writes with giddy enthusiasm that you can’t help but feel affection and even a sense of connection with said animals. She also reveals how her childhood was like, how she talked to herself often (enough to have their neighbor inform her mother), how she tried to convince a cousin to fly like a bird using a towel tucked into his shirt, how they made a gruesome concoction of unmentionable fluids which they planned on having their friend drink to see if he’ll die for it, and other quirky anecdotes.
I also love this part about living dangerously and learning to fly:
Being ecstatic means being flung out of your usual self. When you’re enraptured , your senses are upright and saluting. But there is also a state when perception doesn’t work, consciousness vanishes like the gorgeous fever it is, and you feel free of all mind-body constraints, suddenly so free of them you don’t perceive yourself as being free, but vigilant, a seeing eye without judgment, history or emotion. It’s that shudder out of time, the central moment in so many sports, that one often feels, and perhaps becomes addicted to, while doing something dangerous.
Best savored slowly.
P.S. S also lent me her Rob Cham comics, which I also plan to finish in a bit. Thanks S! :)
What I’m Reading Wednesday: An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
My favorite aunt sent me another Danny Gregory book! Words aren’t enough to describe how much I love his other book, The Creative License. His books are the right blend of revelatory and inspirational. I have just taken a peek at this new book (because I’m sleepy) but I’m already in love with it. :)
What I’m Reading Wednesday - City of Glass by Paul Auster
Paul Auster is one of those writers on my list of authors I Haven’t Read But Need To Get Around To Reading. For the longest time I have been daunted by him for some reason, despite raves from friends whose taste I consider impeccable. A co-worker lent me her graphic novel adaptation of “City of Glass”, then the actual novel which I began reading on the MRT ride home.
I love it when Authors I Haven’t Read But Need to Get Around To Reading quickly become Authors I Can’t Believe I Waited This Long To Read. “City Of Glass” is a wild and trippy ride. I can’t wait to see what happens next, though the developments so far are bizarre and mind-boggling.
What I’m Reading Wednesday: Strange Things Sometimes Still happen-Fairy Tales From Around The World edited by Angela Carter
I got really excited when I spotted this book in Booksale and had to have it. It is, after all, edited by THE Angela Carter and are international fairy tales, something that I am enamored with. I am in conflict though, with my uneasiness about the rampant misogyny (folktales stem from women’s experience, as per the foreword) and my adoration for Angela Carter and fairy tales. Hans Christian Andersen it’s not.