Post by writerwriting on Dec 5, 2020 17:09:29 GMT -8
I just finished "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika Sanchez. I wanted to like it, but I didn't though I did see it through to its conclusion. It was full of too much language and general vulgarity for my liking. One of the themes in the book is how people of color and gay people are stereotyped or judged and then she goes around stereotyping white people, Republicans, the physical appearance and/or fashion choices of every female in the book, the upper class, and Christians without ever seeming to realize that she is. Maybe that was intentional, but I think it was more that it's socially acceptable to judge all those things in our culture right now. I also thought the author made the teens in the book seem too stereotypical like they all do drugs, stick obscenities into everything they say, drink, reject God, and are sexually active. Even the sister who seemed wholesome on the surface had a dark secret before she died.
What I did like about it was that it was a good look on the inside at Latina culture and the writer did get the struggle a first generation American might feel to relate to her parents who were from another culture and vise versa. Seeing everyone handle their grief differently and not ideally was well-done. I also thought the Chicago setting and the Mexico setting were nice. Sometimes the story is set somewhere and there's no depth to it and it feels like it could have been anywhere, but the places are just as much of a character as the characters. Learned things about both locations.
Finished On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius. I liked it and essentially the point of it is he's making the argument of why there was a need of a savior, why he had to come in a human body, and so on. The earlier chapters he makes his main points then the last two he spends one chapter arguing against Jewish arguments then the second on Greco-Roman arguments. I'm sure not all of it soaked in my head but I learned plenty from it. On the other hand I did think of my own arguments he didn't combat but perhaps other Church Fathers have.
Next up is Sting: Moment of Truth by Steve Borden (Sting). Sting if you don't know was one of the main wrestlers of the now defunct WCW and later wrestled in TNA, WWE, and just last week debuted in AEW. So when I saw this at Goodwill I thought it'd be a fun chill read.
Sting: Moment of Truth by Steve Borden: It was okay and I read it in a single day but I feel Sting doesn't really go deep into his dark past and what led to his use of drugs and such. It also says practically nothing about his wrestling career. It was a little interesting how religion helped him though.
The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: Pretty good Witcher book although there's a really awkward scene in the late part of the book. I can handle uncomfortable scenes but it's not even that it was uncomfortable but that it was written really goofy and weird.
Pope John Paul II In My Own Words by Pope John Paul II: A small collection of quotes. All of them were pretty interesting little gems and considering the remarkable life he led it makes them even better.
The Forest Passage by Ernst Junger: To quote the back "Ernst Junger's The Forest Passage explores the possibility of resistance: how the independent thinker can withstand and oppose the power of the omnipresent state." Considering how eerie the governments and corporations are it'll make for an interesting read.
The Forest Passage by Ernst Junger: The concept of escaping to the forest and becoming a forest rebel is interesting. By this Junger was being metaphorical in that one has to learn to escape the system and become a truly independent being. He considers the physical, mental, and spiritual side to this and notes how different things like religion can become an oasis for this but the most important part is knowing you are a being who can make their own choices and to no longer be scared because fear is what these systems use to control us. Obviously I'm not doing the book perfect justice but it's an interesting read. If you have some familiarity with some of his literary references like The Bible and Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky you'll gain a hair more from it.
Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski: Curious to see where The Witcher goes from here
Last Edit: Dec 26, 2020 13:17:33 GMT -8 by slooroo
I'm currently reading Where The Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson. It was recommended by my friend Elaine who let me borrow the book. It is a poignant tale about three women (one Australian and two Iraqi) living in Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein.
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