October and November #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge

Here are some books I’ve read in October and November. I’ve been meaning to share my October reads last month, but at that time I was prepping for Lana’s first birthday party and that same week I had a terrible stomachache. It was best to take it easy that week. Funny thing was that this week I was sick again, but I managed to complete my #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge post for October and November.

Books I finished in October:

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle

I am obsessed with this book. It’s a memoir about race, hope, and resilience.

All us criminals start out as normal people just like anyone else, but then things happen in life that tear us apart, that makes us into something capable of hurting other people. That’s all any of the darkness really is—just love gone bad. We’re just broken-hearted people hurt by life.

Jesse Thistle, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I enjoy this book a lot. It was not just a horror novel, there was so much genre-blending around the commentaries of colonialism, racism, and gender roles — and oh yeah a tad bit of humor.

Noemí’s father said she cared too much about her looks and parties to take school seriously, as if a woman could not do two things at once.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid 

There was this fantastical element of them escaping through magical doors, but refugee life is anything but magical. They leave their war-torn country in the Middle East and go to different parts of the world to find a better life. They’ll be in a refugee camp on a Greek island or building a house to earn a home in London. I could not help but think about a version where it was about people fleeing Vietnam, Ethiopia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc. and where they went and where they ultimately settled.

It has been said that depression is a failure to imagine a plausible desirable future for oneself.

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reed

I get the hype with this book. It’s more than reading about the life of the rich and famous but rather about breaking away from the cycle of trauma the family had to endure for so many years.

There was finally enough air within her for a fire to ignite.

Taylor Jenkins Reid, Malibu Rising

Books I finished in November:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (for book club)

Sometimes I do think about what life would be like if I made certain decisions. Some are “small” decisions like saving 10% each paycheck since I started making money, some are big decisions like remaining in LA instead of taking a big girl job in San Diego after college graduation even if it meant being underemployed for a little bit longer. I just hope the alternate versions of me are just as happy and fulfilled.

“We only need to be one person.
We only need to feel one existence.
We don’t have to do everything in order to be everything, because we are already infinite. While we are alive we always contain a future of multifarious possibility.”

― Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (e-book from the library)

I read She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey last year. Initially I was under the impression Catch and Kill would be the same story but with a different angle. But wow I was so wrong. It reads like a spy thriller how large media companies would buy stories for the intention of burying it. It’s also to the point where agents follow journalists and their sources around to kill off story in name of protecting powerful rich men.

“In the end, the courage of women can’t be stamped out. And stories – the big ones, the true ones – can be caught but never killed.”

― Ronan Farrow, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Love and Lemons Every Day: More Than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal: A Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio (borrowed from the library)

After some thought, I think a cookbook should count as reading. I generally would rate it based on my ability to make stuff from the cookbook and how accessible I can procure the ingredients. Compared to other vegetarian/vegan books, I liked how it was not preachy telling me that I am terrible person for eating meat. Overall, I enjoy meat, but I reserve meat eating for the weekends or dining out. I go for vegetarian for budget reasons. I found this cookbook refreshing where the vegetables can serve as the main course and it’s not salad. Plus I learned an easy way to make cheese. So far I’ve tried the buckwheat waffles because I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. They’re freezer friendly so I can heat a piece up during the week for my kid’s breakfast. Maybe there will be a review when I try more recipes.

#WhatsOnYourBookShelf is a monthly post challenge hosted by DonnaSueJo and Debbie.

11 thoughts on “October and November #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge”

  1. Hi, Julie – Thank you for joining us at #WOYBS. I hope that you are feeling better.
    I absolutely ADORED ‘Catch and Kill.’ So much so, I read it twice — a rarity for me! I’m also very interested in reading ‘From the Ashes.’ Your review helped to move this book higher on my TBR list!

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  2. Hi Julie, thanks so much for joining in the #whatsonyourbookshelf challenge for this month. I have read the Midnight Library but you have suggested books that I will definitely add to my list. I’m interested in the ‘Love and Lemons Every Day’ and also ‘Catch and Kill’. I look forward to you joining us next month.

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  3. Hi Julie, it’s great to have you join us for #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge I also thoroughly enjoyed The Midnight Library and have Malibu Rising on my list, but haven’t got to it yet. Thanks for joining in and I’ve included a link to your post in mine.

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