Lists, What I've Been Reading

What I’ve Been Reading

Do you ever find yourself thinking about a half-remembered book or article but can’t for the life of you find it again? I do that all the time, so I’m making blog posts like this to jog my memory and boost some interesting works I’ve read lately.

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Books

Meet Me at the Intersection edited by Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina

This is a YA anthology for Australian marginalised authors. A wide cross-section of people are included here and many authors have more than one marginalisation.

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as seen through each author’s unique, and seldom heard, perspective.

via Fremantle Press

This is a great option for reluctant readers since it’s easy to read in small chunks. There were one or two stories I disliked, but the beauty of an anthology is that you can just skip a section if it doesn’t appeal to you.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

This is an Own Voices contemporary YA novel about a biracial Persian boy called Darius, who also has depression that he inherited from his white father.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.

Via Penguin Books

I really like the deconstruction of toxic masculinity throughout this novel and the complex exploration of family, friendship and identity.

Also, Darius loves Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and tea, all of which is weaved into his narrative voice in fascinating ways.

I read this as an audiobook through Borrowbox and it was of excellent quality.

Blog Posts

Creating your digital toolbox by Kylie Burgess

This is a good collection of information about digital tools you can use for various purposes, such as creating graphics, presentations or infographics. There are also tools used for curating and websites good for finding images.

Australian LGBTQ Plays by Elizabeth Smerth

I’ve mostly skim-read this at the moment but I want to save it for later. This may be a useful resource for theatre students, auditioning actors or anyone interested in queer theatre.

New York Public Library Best Books of 2018

This is the announcement post that includes the top ten for adult, YA and children’s fiction. You can also access longer lists through here. I was pleased to see a few books I knew on the teen fiction list.

New to Storytime: Choosing Songs and Rhymes by Lindsey Krabbenhoft at Jbrary

This post is easily set out with clear headings for each tip Lindsey has for choosing songs and rhymes for storytime. It’s good to know that repetition is encouraged and she also provides ideas for flowing between sedentary listening and getting kids up and moving.

Articles

Library Anxiety: Stories, Theories and Possible Solutions by Anna J. Shelmerdine

Published in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA). Free access at this time of writing.

This is an aggregation of many writings, studies and ideas about the phenomenon of library anxiety, but I find this one much easier to read than a similar article I read earlier in the year for a customer service unit.

I find it interesting, but unsurprising, that university students experience a high level of anxiety when it comes to using the library.

I won’t give everything away, but Shelmerdine’s sources lead her to suggest that library staff are a huge factor in the levels of anxiety experienced by library patrons and should seek to form “meaningful relationships” with patrons to make them feel more comfortable.

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