Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.
Favourite Titles Across 2017 Reading Themes
It is our favourite time of the year – when we do our round-up of our reading lives across GatheringBooks’ reading themes. While we do read the books that simply manage to find their way into our hands by accident (because that is what bibliophiles do), we also try to structure our reading lives somewhat through our bimonthly reading themes. In fact, we changed two of our planned reading themes, based on what was going on in the world and our personal lives – showing how fluid this “structure” can be. Here are some of our favourites, based on what we reviewed this year. Do note that this is the first of two parts. Next week, we share our reading stats (because the year ain’t over til it’s over), and our favourite reads across genres.
We thought that it was good to read and review books published in 2016 during the first two months of 2017, and here are a few that stood out for me. Click on the images to be taken to the Book Depository link and the titles for my review:
[March – April 2017] Mentally Yours: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Differently-Abled in Literature
All of us here at GatheringBooks have a background in psychology, so this is definitely a reading theme that meant a great deal to us. Here are a few titles based on what I have reviewed that stood out for me. The book images will lead you to the Book Depository link and the titles to my actual review.
Of Misfits And Different Ways Of Seeing And Being: “Luke’s Way Of Looking” by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley
A Father’s Moving Account of Connecting with A Son Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in “Shtum”
We were originally supposed to do adaptations – or books that have been made into films, but given the rising Islamophobia around the world this year, we quickly shifted gears, and thought it might be better to read Middle Eastern Literature instead – because it’s difficult to hate that which you know. Here are the books that found me:
Initially, we intended to do Transitions and The In-Between in Literature during this month. However, since I was doing my international research fellowship in Munich at the time, I felt that it may be more fitting to feature titles about the region during this period.
A Story of a Fierce Mexican Girl Illustrated by Spanish Artist Ana Juan in “Elena’s Serenade” by Campbell Geeslin
We had a books-about-books reading theme a few years back, but we decided to resurrect it once again, because, hey, books!
Despair and Deliverance in Art, Literature, and Movement Of The World in Muriel Barbery’s “The Elegance Of The Hedgehog”
Our current reading theme is technically not over yet, but so far, here are the ones that stood out for me.