Last Year I Was Reading is hosted by Maria @ ReadingMaria. Every Thursday (or whichever day you choose), take your current read and compare it to what you were reading this exact time last year. Maria offers some questions for discussion:
Which one do you like better?
What is different about the books?
Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to?
I went through all my past posts about books on my TBR and noted how many books I’ve actually read from each, which was .. not many. So here’s the breakdown from most recent post to oldest, and all the books I’d still like to read some day!
I’ve got a few 2021 reviews to catch up on so how about some short story collections to start off with!
Sarahland by Sam Cohen Genre: Short Stories Own voices: Jewish, Queer
First of all, this is definitely a sexual collection of stories so it is quite graphic in that regard. Also a heads up for some sexual assault if you prefer to avoid that.
This was one odd collection but I did quite enjoy it. As I described it in my first brief review, it’s fun, quirky, and uncomfortable. Each of the stories has a Sarah character, not always the main character but often doing something interesting, whether she’s trying to find a career out of school, getting over an obsession, or starting on a new life path by becoming a tree.
The collection is also unapologetically about queer Jewish women so I think people with shared identities will have even more to enjoy and pick up on from these stories and characters. One of my favourites was “The First Sarah”, taking inspiration from the Bible to tell a different side of the story of Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar.
Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for a copy to review!