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It’s been some time since I’ve shared what I have been reading, so here it is.

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Udon Noodle Soup by Yan Hu – I loved it. I guess you could say it was the first graphic novel I’ve read. I loved the illustrations and the short stories. Some of them even made me teary-eyed. I came upon it at “A Shop Called Quest” in the Arts District of Downtown, Los Angeles. I’m glad I picked it up.

The Collect Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang – I heard her on the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend” on my flight back from San Francisco. I bought it the next day and was sad to find out that she did a reading while I was in SF and I missed it! Oh well. The book is about being a human. It gives such an honest insight on living with Schizophrenia, the stigma that comes with that label, how you look at people with the disease and so much more. PICK IT UP if you see it.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli – I had mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed the writing but the story was a little to rom-com for me.

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles – I picked this up at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. BTW – I could have spent the whole day in there. I forgot how awesome that store is and it’s one of the reasons I wished I lived in SF. This book was great. A before-the-times story of two women who were frankly, quiet awesome, strange and left me wanting more. However, I believe this was Bowles only book.

Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane Di Prima – Also purchased at City Lights (when in Rome). It was okay. I had to push my way through the first few chapters, BUT DiPrima puts you in her shoes and you feel like you’re actually in those scenes with her, which I enjoyed.

Today will be Different by Maria Semple – I loved Where’d you go Bernadette, so I had to read this. Umm, I liked it. It was a little similar to Bernadette but I did enjoy it.

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan – I read it in two days. Only because I started it on a weekday evening and had to go to work. It starts out so carefree, so very French. Then it just turns at the end. I understand it could be seen as some spoiled teenager doing whatever she can to get what she wants, but she’s a teenager. I read a lot of bad reviews of the book but I don’t think you can compare her writing to an adult because she was a teenager when she wrote it. I still enjoyed it. A book to get me ready for the summer season.

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I just received Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay in the mail today. I’m probably late to the party but I can’t wait to start it tonight. I love her essays.

Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa – Can’t wait to get to this one too. I’ve been enjoying a lot of Japanese writers lately. I saw this at my go-to bookstore, Vromans and it sounds really interesting, almost other worldly.

To Read I

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

Mirrow, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

These have been on my shelves the past few weeks and I hope to get through them in the next month or so. Lots to read so I better go now!



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