Welcome to the fifteenth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… I quite like the Sunday suspense, will I ramble today, won’t I? Well, you’re in for a treat today because I am. It’s 2.30am as I type this – I’m watching UFC 235 (I have to watch PPV events live, and the time difference with the US is not kind!); the main card doesn’t start for half an hour, so I thought I’d throw together a rambling.
This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Today’s ramblings topics: Bookish Frustration: Hardback to Paperback, Evil Has a Name – Podcast, February Wrap Up, and Be Careful – Cardi B. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings.
BOOKISH FRUSTRATION: HARDBACK TO PAPERBACK
Let me share one of my bookish frustrations with you! Last year, I purchased Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s the first book in her Legacy of Orisha series. This was a novel I was so excited for, I preordered the hardback, read it, loved it, and have been eagerly awaiting book 2: Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Book two was scheduled for release in June (now pushed back to December) but before this, I wanted to preorder it, imagine my outrage, to see it is only publishing in paperback!!
Why, why must publishers do that!? You’re giving me no choice but to have a mismatched series, even it the covers are in sync, hardback and paperback do not sync up! And I flat out refuse to buy the paperback of CoBaB, firstly, because I prefer hardbacks, and secondly, why should I have to. It’s my knowledge this was a trilogy, so either publish the entire trilogy in hardback, or the entire trilogy in paperback or both, but don’t switch between the two. CoBaB sold extremely well too, so I’m not sure the decision there.
This isn’t something new! I find it happens a lot with series, the first book will be in hardback, and the rest of the books follow in paperback, it’s so frustrating. A mismatched trilogy/series by design, I can’t support that! Tell me I’m not alone in this bookish frustration!
EVIL HAS A NAME – PODCAST
Y’all know about my search for the perfect audiobook platform, well in conversation with my sister, she mentioned the improvements Audible have made. She used to be a member years ago, and has since rejoined and said many of their features are quite recent: podcasts, audible shows, Audible Originals, and the ability to return audiobooks you’re not completely satisfied with. As I’m currently as Audible member, I thought I’d explore these features, and I came across this podcast I’d seen on Bookstagram several times, but had no idea I could access it for free (as part of my Audible membership).
I haven’t read Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, yet [but I have a copy], so besides the publication of the book and the killer being caught, I didn’t know much about this case. This podcast is hosted by those closest to the case, and it details, first-hand, the true story of how the Golden State Killer was captured. The Golden State Killer was known by many aliases and committed his heinous crimes between 1975 to 1986, on 24th April 2018, thanks to DNA testing, and evidence linked to the crimes, the, now 78 year old, killer was caught.
In the podcast, you’ll hear from those who worked on the case, victims, and victim’s families. And I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the case.
Audible gives the warning, so I will too: this podcast consists of 14 episodes and contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.
FEBRUARY WRAP UP
10 books, 2 audiobooks, not a bad month at all.
5 Star Books of the Month
BE CAREFUL – CARDI B
I’m sure Cardi B divides people, you either love her or you hate her. During one of my YouTube sessions, I watched her Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, and I heard a snipped of her song, Be Careful, and I have be listening to it on repeat ever since. Listening, and watching, the music video, I absolutely love it, I don’t much about shooting music videos, but whoever designed the costumes, make up, order of events, clearly had a vision, and I support it fully! Re. the lyrics, I love the chorus, and can we talk about this line: “You even got me tripping, you got me looking in the mirror different, thinking I’m flawed because you inconsistent.”
LINK AROUND THE WEB
It seems New York newspapers are the place to go for interesting articles, this week’s link is an opinion piece from The New York Times, written by lawyer, Derecka Purnell.
The article was written in response to former president Barack Obama’s speech, in Oakland, for ‘My Brothers Keeper’, an initiative to mentor young black men, that he started after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in 2012.
In the article she calls out Obama and explains why his scolding of black boys (which was the aspect of his speech which drew the most attention), is harmful. It feeds into problematic practices such as calling out black children for having ‘ghetto names’ or wearing certain clothing – she writes about the systemic inequality his administration failed to address. I highly recommend giving the article a read.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Chirp Books, Orenda Books: Book Launch, Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine, and a rambling within a rambling.