Saturday, May 28, 2016

Recent Reads | May

The end of the school semester/year would, in theory, mean more time to read, and yet I've found the opposite to be true. Constant assignment deadlines are gone, but with the ending of the semester also came the end of a consistent routine, and as I currently work only part-time my schedule changes on a weekly basis, making it harder to plan time for things. I read a number of short works this month but I'll only mention my two favourites from May.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Perhaps the most popular Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the unlikely subject of a recent cultural obsession. Notorious RBG - which takes its title from the influential rapper - draws on interviews with Ginsburg's fellow justices, family members, and Ginsburg herself to give the public a fuller picture of the woman who has been fighting for women's legal rights for over 50 years. The book is as entertaining as it is informative, and I have a fuller appreciation for Ginsburg's work after reading it.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
After a disappointing third series entry, I was ready to be done with The Raven Boys series. However, the fourth and final entry, The Raven King, was the best one yet. All of the series' loose ends were nicely tied up with relatively happy endings for everyone, and Stiefvater amped up the supernatural elements of the story in such a way that made it fit better within the story world than the attempts of the last two series entries. While I am happy that the series is now finished, I did genuinely enjoy The Raven King and am content with how it all ended.

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