Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I thought I’d have a lot of time for reading this week, but it turned out to be the opposite! Turns out that unpacking and organizing takes a lot longer than throwing stuff in boxes. I haven’t read very much in the last week, but my new apartment is starting to sort of resemble a home.

Blog hopping:

  • One of Daniel‘s reviews is showing up for the second week in a row — I already read You’d Be Mine (at his recommendation, no less) and I’m about ready to re-read it after reading his review.
  • Luana shared a bunch of things she’s learned from reading!

Song of the week:

Hopefully you’re not sick of all the Sigrid yet, but I’m not really listening to anyone else right now. I don’t feel like crying right now, but next time I do, I’m pretty sure this song will pull me out of it.

I just hope she does a US tour at some point this year.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Borrowed

A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

I didn’t go to the library intending to check out Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother, but it’s what I ended up leaving with. You see, I like to just peruse the graphic novel section and see what jumps out at me since graphic novels are what I read when I’m too distracted to read anything else. I was intrigued when I saw Bechdel’s name for two reasons. First, I plan to eventually read Fun Home, and second, I wanted to know more about the woman who created the Bechdel test.

This book was interesting, I’ll give it that. It’s not entirely what I expected it to be — it focuses much more on psychoanalysis, dreams, and Virginia Woolf than I’d anticipated — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was bad. I don’t know if I would have picked it up if I’d realized that was what it’s primarily about, but it still wasn’t bad. I was just expecting more on the mother-daughter relationship (something that definitely interests me) and less on Freud and penis envy and the Electra complex (interesting, but not was I was looking for when I read this).

I have seen some reviewers on Goodreads mention that this book is more enjoyable if you’ve already read Fun Home, so my rating seems to be at least partially my fault. I’m still planning to pick that up at some point, but it’s definitely not as high of a priority as it was.

#ps19: a book with a question in the title


Have you read Are You My Mother? Can you recommend any good graphic memoirs?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Eyes On Me by Rachel Harris | thanks to Entangled for the physical ARC! ❤

2 thing this week:

  • I HAVE A NEW APARTMENT. IT REALLY ONLY HAS BOOKS RIGHT NOW BUT THAT’S ALL I REALLY NEED, RIGHT.
  • I don’t know if you were aware, but I have the best boyfriend in the entire world. He commissioned a drawing of me holding Starry Eyes and you’ll be seeing it around here soon. 🙂

Blog hopping:

  • I’ve been a little busy moving and haven’t really done much blog hopping this week! I’m hoping to be back at it next week!

Song of the week:

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • I have actually managed to not acquire any books this week.

1 thing this week:

  • It’s been quite a week since my last update! I had a great Valentine’s weekend involving chocolate fondue and a quick trip to NYC. I found out that I’m getting the keys to my new apartment next Thursday, which is pretty much the most exciting thing ever. And now I’m sick for the first time in over two years. But that just means more reading time, I guess.

Blog hopping:

  • Siobhan discussed the latest Twitter controversy featuring ARCs.

Song of the week:

I was just sitting in my bedroom earlier this week and got a really intense urge to just listen to some old fun. songs. I think my favorite of their really old songs is The Gambler.