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dorking around with old books for work and reading new books for fun; you can find me anywhere as wykenhimself; she/her

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2022 Reading Goal

4% complete! sarah has read 2 of 50 books.

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (2021, Tordotcom) 5 stars

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; …

cozy sorrows

4 stars

Read this in Teixcalaan recovery mode and loved it. I think I was supposed to find it optimistic and cozy etc etc and I did. But I also found deep sorrows hiding in its slant looks at how we live now. So: it's about stopping to rest but it's also about getting the purpose to do better.

Desolation Called Peace (Hardcover, 2021, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with …

how to be a person and not an empire's destiny

5 stars

I loved this as much as the first--the stakes of what it means to be a person and how we express that, along with what are memory and empire and language, are compelling and the characters radiate.

The Lantern Men (Paperback, 2021, Mariner) 3 stars

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life—until a convicted killer tells her that four of …

not the best of the series, but also not the worst?

3 stars

less soap-opera than it was getting (good), the murder mystery was less great than some of the others (bad), and Ruth is living in Cambridge (wrong), but still pretty delightful

Mutual Aid (2020, Verso) 4 stars

Mutual aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change …

great on why mutual aid matters & how to make it work

4 stars

I love the first half of this book as a primer on what mutual aid is and how it’s different from the world of charity (although as an intro to the concept it will play better for lefty readers who already have some inkling of those problems). And I love the second half as a really practical guide to leadership and management, which is key for mutual aid group dynamics but also full of good material to use for reflecting on this in all sorts of dynamics. The book is short, sweet, and I now have a habit of giving it away to mutual aid friends

Beautiful World, Where Are You (Hardcover, 2021, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 4 stars

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d …

the writing! but the characters!

4 stars

I don’t have to like the characters in the books I read (and actually as a former EngLit prof, find that way of reading for likeability or relatedness to be super limiting). But having said that, with every single Rooney novel, I struggle with frustration and wanting to shake the characters, especially the young women. I think this is probably the point of it all? This is gorgeously written, especially the third-person chapters describing the characters’ actions etc and the cinematic looking-at-ness of those sections (she tells you insistently what it looks like the characters are feeling from their actions rather than telling you how they feel). But I still wondered the whole time, as I have with Normal and Conversations, why I was reading it.

Feminist City (2019, Between the Lines) 3 stars

Good intro to issues

3 stars

This was fine! I’m not a geographer and don’t mind basic, but if you’re looking for something a bit more academic, this isn’t for you. If you want an easy to read and intersectional approach to feminist geography of cities, this is great.

One Last Stop (Paperback, 2021, St. Martin's Griffin) 4 stars

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: …

Goofy paranormal queer romance that mostly works

3 stars

I somehow missed that this was going to have a paranormal element—the protagonist’s love interest really is stuck on the Q—and I didn’t love that element. But I liked the characters and the sex scenes were good and I would definitely date a 1970s punk dyke