·Books I've read since 2014, with microreviews. See also https://www.pinterest.com/wrengr/annelida-comici/ for comics, manga, and graphic novels.
Last updated 5 years ago
 _The Girl with All the Gifts_ by M.R. Carey. I don't want to say too much about the premise for risk of spoilers (even though it should become clear by the end of the first chapter or two). I've read it before, but just read it again. Gives a very nice exploration of the existential concerns about what "humanity" is. Also (at a meta level) some interesting questions about gender and monsters. Definitely recommended, despite the obligatory ___ scene towards the end.
Men Explain Things to Me
 _Men Explain Things to Me_ by Rebecca Solnit. I'd read the titular essay online when it was first written. And honestly, as a woman in tech and a feminist to boot, nothing was new in there for me. The other essays in the collection are more interesting IMO. My favorite by far was _Woolf's Darkness_
Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
 _Station Eleven_ by Emily St. John Mandel. This book is amazing; some of the best SF/F I've ever read. I don't even know where to begin really. Like Girl In The Road (also best SF/F ever), it's more of a collection of character sketches than a "story" per se. I mean sure, there's a plot, but what really drives it all is the characters: how they came to be who they are, how they bounce off other characters, how insignificant actions ripple out over decades. A true masterpiece.
 _Valencia_ by Michelle Tea. I loved this book. I too was a queer twentynothing in the west coast of the 1990s, and this is exactly what it felt like. I always love reading tales from my sisters of that era; they remind me how it wasn't just me, how the stories I tell aren't fabrications, how the feeling of the era was real. In addition to the era, Tea captures all the energy & splendor & heartache of being 20nothing— without sanitizing the ways we're all horrible people at that age.
the girl in the road
 _The Girl in the Road_ by Monica Byrne. This book is amazing; must read. The future will be multicultural, and this is what a multicultural future would look like: no more white/asian monocultural Earth, no more one-culture one-city/world, no more culture as shading in a portrait. A multitude. Of cultures. In all their light and darkness. Also a world in which queerness passes unremarked upon. Or remarked only quietly, in passing, by "accepting" parents.
RAPTURE Cover Proof - Kameron Hurley
 _Rapture_ (Bel Dame Apocrypha, 3/3) by Kameron Hurley— The conclusion to the trilogy is mostly what we've come to expect. Hurley's writing has come a long way since the first book; but the twists and turns of the plot have become a bit too easy. A lot of Rhys's development feels forced in this book. Still, Nyx's development is well done, and the Ras Tieg storyline adds an interesting thread to the world
 _God's War_ (Bel Dame Apocrypha, 1/3) by Kameron Hurley— A very interesting SF world: Islamic(-esque) culture, bug punk technology, internecine politics, and a hardboiled/noir style I've missed. The exploration of queer lives and warfare in Islam is well-done and raises a lot of poingant issues. Unfortunately, the ebook version I got was riddled with typos though; so beware of dealing with that
 Five first-person stories from five maladaptive young adults sharing an apartment in Tokyo, their daily routines of not-living, playing at being friends without ever really connecting or opening up. The characters are richly textured, with each story offering a radically different perspective on their (non)lives. For a longer review, follow the link. The book is phenomenal, and highly recommended. (Though do beware the last 5% or so if you're the sort who needs trigger warnings.)
Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
 Has an excellent takedown of the biphobic "'bisexual' reinforces the gender binary" line (ch.9), the rampant perversion of "the personal is political" (ch.12), and misconceptions about biology and dismissal of the biological details of sex/gender (ch.13). Also a fun spoken word against performance-based theories of gender (ch.11). Unfortunately, wasn't too impressed with the rest of it; there are plenty of good points, but it doesn't hold a candle to Whipping Girl imo.
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
 Excellent unpacking of cissexism and the portrayal of trans women in media, and history of the medicalization/pathologization of trans women. Includes memoir account of psychological effects of HRT. Lots of good material, even for someone well-versed in gender/sexuality and trans issues.