Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 15/6/20

This year is full of surprises. Now the winter rainy season has arrived (after some beautiful spring like weather) so it’s time to sit back and watch the footy!

As for books, it’s a combination of arrivals and purchases this week:

The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman (avaliable 2nd July) arrived thanks to Scribe. This is the perfect book for a crazy bird lady like me as it’s about how birds think and behave. New research suggests that birds act and think in different ways to what was thought previously. And yes, birds cheat and deceive but they also co-operate and collaborate.

How to Argue With a Racist by Adam Rutherford describes how race is used to support racist ideologies and continue stereotypes about race. But when understood correctly, science and history can be allies against racism by showing who people really are.

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler introduces the reader to Micah, who leads an ordered life but is considered odd by his family. But then order falls apart when his ‘woman friend’ (not girlfriend) is faced with eviction and a teenager tells Micah that he is his son.

Weather by Jenny Offill is about Lizzie, a librarian with another calling – an ‘unofficial shrink’. She practices on her family but when Sylvia (a prominent podcaster) asks Lizzie to answer the mail, she has a whole new world to answer to. But what happens when she reaches her limits to save others? Who can save Lizzie?

Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah (translated from the Korean) finds Ayami leaving her job when the theatre she works at is shut down. Ayami and her boss walk the streets after her last shift, searching for their friend who has disappeared. But the next day, she’s acting as a guide for a visiting novelist. Then the summer heat starts to intrude as present and past collide…

Spark by Naoki Matayoshi sounded really interesting (and the Netflix series sticker intrigued me…but look under Hibana Spark to find it on Netflix). It’s about Tokunaga, a comedian taken under the wing of Kamiya. But Kamiya’s genius causes Tokunaga to doubt his talent and dedication.

To see other books received/bought this week across the world, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

What I read last week:

What I’m reading at the moment:

What I’ll be reading next:

As usual, I haven’t planned that far ahead…

8 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 15/6/20

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  1. I Loved The Vanishing Half and I’m adding How to Argue with a Racist to my TBR list. I’ve been trying to read a book a week on racism. So far I’ve read White Fragility and Between the World and Me and I’m currently listening to Stamped.

  2. Interesting looking variety of books. I think a lot of people are reading about race and racism these days. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. I’m amazed by your book mail. It is always so unique. filled with titles I haven’t seen before. Enjoy your reading.

  4. A nice selection this week…again. The Bird Way looks interesting. And How to Argue with a Racist is another one that caught my interest.
    Enjoy your week and your reading!

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