I’ve decided that I’m going to make my wrap ups way more robust. Yes, I’ll be highlighting my reads, but something else I want to do is also highlight great articles I’ve read around the Internet and maybe a few updates from my life. There are so many other great things that happen over a month and I just want to share that with you!
First, let’s talk about the weather because no small talk doesn’t have some amount of weather conversation. It was really hot in October and when you’re trying to get in the cold weather mood, the last thing you want to do is wear shorts. However, we all persevered and November is already starting off with some nice chill feels.
We start off the month with an article written by Jeremy Lin and his recent hair choices. If you’ve got a moment to read an article written by a basketball player, I would suggest doing so. While Jeremy Lin isn’t the most profound writer, he does speak more about cultural appropriation, being Asian, and always keeping in mind the culture you’re choosing from.
One thing I know for sure was that October reads were on fire with a new one from John Green, a prequel to Practical Magic, and some thrillers. Because what kind of October is it without some spooky reads?
The Ardent Biblio asked me to write up my favorite from the month, so I’m going to skip my review of them here and just point you to what I did read. Check it out!
Last month, Celeste Ng released her book Little Fires Everywhere and the Internet broke with how many people loved this book. I even loved this book! But I was able to find a dissenting voice amongst all the likes and Owl’s Little Library review of Little Fires Everywhere will switch your perspective just a little bit.
Which brings me to the post I wrote about how not all POC writers need to write about the struggles of being themselves. I spoke with a friend that didn’t want to feel the obligation of writing about being Chinese American and I thought it was a great point. POC writers shouldn’t feel pigeonholed to writing about being themselves. Many of the conversations I had with bookish friends felt it was important to share these stories. Where do you stand on the issue?
However, that post did bring up some issues with my writing. I made an early resolution to write better than I am doing. So, I did what I do best, I did some research.
I dug up this amazing article from Joan Didion on why she writes. Written in 1976, she discusses her process for writing; how she took the observations she made in reality and answered the rhetorical questions brought up in her mind. It reminded me how I used to write. When I was little, I would be able to write and create beautifully. Now I’m trying to find if it’s as easy to get back on this bicycle. Here’s a great quote:
By which I mean not a “good” writer or a,“bad” writer but simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper.
I also just watched the Joan Didion documentary on Netflix. While my post on my thoughts there won’t be up until tomorrow, I did want to mention that it was a deeply moving story and it’s way more substantial than just her losses. I honestly am so enamored by her right now I can’t think straight!
Not to shamelessly plug my own work, but I wrote a piece for Bookriot on 5 ways to cope during a book buying ban. Please don’t get caught up on the “addict” language. I see how I messed up there and I won’t do it again. Here is where I mention again that I’m working to improve my writing.
We end the month with Kevin Spacey’s allegations and coming out. Everyone on the Internet is up-in-arms about this one especially since it touches on the LGBTQ community. Me? Well, I think it’s bad form to save yourself by coming out of the closet. Uncool, Kevin Spacey. Uncool.
10 thoughts on “October 2017 Wrap Up”
I loved your article about book bans. I was doing so well until today, oops! And thanks for featuring my review on Little Fires Everywhere. Though we have different views, I appreciate how you accept other opinions. I don’t think authors of color should write about their ethnicity. But, I don’t think POC authors should promote the already existing stereotypes that come with that specific race either.. Hope that makes sense. I’m not a negative Nancy, I promise!
Totally! The way that Ng made the one character (who’s name is escaping me because I’m bad with names) as like this greasy impoverished Asian woman really bugged me. But have you read Jenny Zhang? Perhaps they’re doing it just to convey the life that some Asian people have when they first come to America? Not sure.
Bebe Chow? Yes, it did. and OMG! Yes, Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart. I couldn’t finish.
Yes sorry I’m terrible with names!
looks like you had a good month. I totally get what you mean about writing better, I feel the same way but the great thing is there is always room for improvement!!
Hope you have a lovely November!
Thanks! Yes, I’m trying to really refocus my time to writing again and I go into it a little bit more with today’s post (out later today)
Little Fires Everywhere was so great, right?!
Oh yeah, it was wonderful.
Okay, this and your most recent post has convinced me I really need to read more Joan Didion! This is exactly why I’ve always wanted be a writer, for those “absorbed and passionate hours spent arranging words on pieces of paper.” 🙂