Hello my name is Kendra Winchester.
Welcome back to my channel, and today I’m doing a Friday reads video . . . but on Sunday.
So I just wanted to update you on a few things, some housekeeping things, and tell
you what I’m currently reading. So first up we have some special news. For the
very first time for Reading Women Month, we have Reading Women t-shirts.
It has our tagline Reclaim Half the Bookshelf, and you can get this t-shirt
in navy, a light grey, or charcoal. So head over to bonfire.com/readingwomen,
and you can go find those t-shirts. I do believe there’s international
shipping. We’ve partnered with Bonfire to do this to help with costs of like
shipping and managing different things. So we were very excited to work with
them, but this is a limited edition run of these t-shirts. So after June 29th,
they will no longer be available for order, so you have about two more weeks
to go order a t-shirt of your very own. So the other thing—I feel
kind of silly mentioning—but a lot of you have actually requested if you can
send Dylan things, whether for his birthday or Christmas or whatever. And
I’ve had to say no to this point for privacy reasons, but now Reading Women
has our own box, so if you want to send Dylan something, you can send it to the
box that I will include down the description. Now feel free to send
whatever, just know that if you want to send food, he does have food allergies so
he’s he’s grain free. But otherwise, go forth. You can see his favorite toys that
he keeps destroying and we keep reincarnating or whatever. Go forth
that’s him munching back in the background. So he’s very invested in the
ambience noise for these videos. Also the Dylan vlog. So the Dylan blog is coming.
I actually had it all planned out. We were going to film a vacation that we
were taking him on, and I was gonna vlog that vacation from his perspective. But
we had to move the vacation, and so now I’m having to make a different plan. So
it’s still coming; it’s just taking a little bit longer, and I don’t want to
wait until the fall when we rescheduled the vacation for. So I will figure out
something this summer. Maybe we’ll go hiking or something, and Dylan can vlog
it because he’s very much looking forward to his audience. [laughs]
So I feel so ridiculous like talking my corgi and his fans, but it’s true.
If I don’t post bath zoomies at least once every other week, I have messages
requesting bath zoomies, so you know maybe he should start his own fan club. Okay so
the books that I am currently reading: I have two books that I’m currently
slowly reading through, and I really have no preference. I don’t care that it’s
taking so long. I’ve no, like, finishing goals. And this is a APPALACHIAN
RECKONING. I finished over like 2/3 of this book, and we talked about this
for this month’s episode on Reading Women about working-class stories. And I really
love this collection. It’s a five-star collection. I don’t really see how it
could not be a five-star collection. It’s incredibly important. The subtitle is A
REGION RESPONDS TO HILLBILLY ELEGY. The problem that I have found when talking
about HILLBILLY ELEGY is that it’s mainly people who don’t live in
Appalachia responding to HILLBILLY ELEGY, and saying, well this seems true to me.
But I’m like you’re not really Appalachian, so I’m not sure how like you
know . . . I would really like prefer to hear from other Appalachians about their
perspective. So this actually includes this is mostly like negative responses
to HILLBILLY ELEGY, but there are some positive responses in here from
Appalachian that have connected with this story. So it’s not totally one-sided.
They did include a wide range of essays. Some people are neutral on HILLBILLY ELEGY. Some are not. It just depends. There are both academic and personal
essays in here. I absolutely love this book. I won’t be able to review it for
awhile, so just know that this is definitely something you need to pick up.
This was sent to me by West Virginia University Press. Great press. I love them
now. They have a wide selection of books featuring diverse voices from Appalachia,
so definitely go pick this one up if you haven’t already. I love it.
The other book that I’m slowly reading is this one: SALT FAT ACID HEAT by
Samin Nosrat. I just love this book. She explains why you do what you do, and
the science behind it. And that’s really what I want to learn. I don’t want to
learn how to mimic recipes. I want to know why you do what you do to different
ingredients, and she really focuses on that with SALT FAT ACID HEAT. And also it has these gorgeous illustrations. So I’m just slowly perusing this whenever I feel
like it, so that’s gonna be sitting on my coffee
table for a while. But I’m not not sad about that. I just love it; it’s so
good. So another book that I’m reading is this
one this is THE FAR FIELD by Madhuri Vijay. And I love this book so far. This is from
Grove Atlantic. They kindly sent this copy to me for an honest review, and I am
loving it. I also I’m listening to the audio, but following along in the text a
little bit and keeping track with the buddy read that way because we’re
doing 60 pages a day. And obviously the audio doesn’t tell me when that is.
But I’m reading this with the Southern booktube group with Robert at Barter Hordes, Jaclyn at Six Minutes for Me, and Doris over at All D Books, and they’re loving it as well. The prose is such a calming prose. It’s like
a rich experience that forces you to slow down. You can’t rush through this
book. You have to read this book at its own pace. It’s about this woman who is
trying to find a friend of her mother’s that she met when she was a child, and so
we go with these flashbacks to when she was a child and learn more about that
relationship. We also go keep going back to the present where she’s
searching for this man in Kashmir, and if you don’t know in northern India there’s
a region called Kashmir. It’s a very, very hot political zone right now because
both Pakistan and India claim Kashmir, and then some as mere people want like
one or the other ,or they want to become their own state. Now what’s interesting
is that this is a perspective on Kashmir from a Southern Indian woman, and it
really points out what a lot of people misunderstand about Kashmir, and also
critiques, and just has a lot of different wonderful things that she just makes
look so easy. I haven’t heard and I don’t have anything negative to say about this
book so far. It’s gorgeous. I’m looking forward to the end. It’s a character-driven novel, but it has plot, which I think most books need plot even if they
are character driven, and I like seeing like where it’s going. There’s some
twists. I did not see coming in this book. None of us saw all twists coming in this
book, so I won’t I won’t say anything more about it. But it’s just so good, guys.
It’s just so good. Why aren’t more people talking about this book? We spent a
ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out why that is,
but it really is . . . it’s really good. Just go forth and find it. So that
book, I feel like I can only read so many pages a day of THE FAR FIELD. So in
between, I’m reading different books, so one of the ones I’m reading is MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER but Oyinkan Braithwaite. And this is very shiny, sorry!
Oh, it’s a very short book. I didn’t know that until Autumn found a copy at a
little free library. So I’m actually listening to this. I will say the
narrator has an American accent, and that really ruins it.
So she’ll use accents for the dialogue, but it’s a first-person narrative so the
text really should be read in an accent the whole time. I think it kind of
ruins the audiobook a little bit for me. I mean, it’s an excellent . . . she’s an
excellent narrator. She’s very skilled. I just don’t think it works for
this particular story, like the strategy that she used. I don’t know if
that was one she chose or one she was told to use. I have no idea. But this is about a woman whose sister is a serial killer, and this guy that she
has a crush on her sister ends up dating. And she’s afraid that her sister will
kill the guy that she loves, so we’ll see what happens. I feel like everyone else
has already read this book, so I don’t know why I’m talking about it. But this
is . . . this is one that I am reading. I feel like you need to catch up on it, so
there’s that one. So those are the books that I’m currently reading right now.
Some books on my TBR are ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane. Also NORMAL PEOPLE by
Sally Rooney and DISAPPEARING EARTH by Julia Phillips. All of these books I have
on audio they just came in—well I guess now it’s been a week ago. They’re going
to expire, so I need to read them, so I’m kind of like focused.
I also have AN UNRESTORED WOMAN which is also in from hoopla. So
I need to read that so those four books are the ones that I’ll be reading very
soon, purely based on the fact that they came in. My holds came in from the
library all at the same time, because apparently that’s how library holds work
now. Anyway, I hope you’re having a lovely week and a lovely reading month. I’ve
read a lot of different books in June. I don’t know why it’s always the first
part of the month I read most this year. I don’t know.
Okay, so I will talk to you later. Have a great one. Bye, guys!