Most Anticipated Reads || March 2020 || Always Doing

Most Anticipated Reads || March 2020 || Always Doing


Hey there, Kazen here, and
welcome back to Always Doing. [♪♪] Happy March! Which means that
it’s time for me to go over my most anticipated reads
for the upcoming month. But before I do that, because I’m actually
filming this video on the day it will go up, I want to give you guys a little update about how
I’m doing because some very sweet people have asked after me, knowing that I live
in Japan and that I work in hospitals with the whole corona virus thing going on. I’m very happy to say that Japan as a whole
– the society, the government, and my employer – have been very proactive about trying
to combat and contain the virus. Schools have been closed,
myriad events have been canceled. I got an email last night that my gym will be closing
for two weeks to help prevent spread of the disease. My employer will not let any interpreters
be in the same room as somebody either who has the virus or
is suspected to have the virus. So I feel pretty good about where I am
and I feel safe about what I’m doing. And I have enough masks and we have enough food
to get us through two weeks if need be, and yeah. I feel very prepared. And luckily in Japan
it hasn’t spread all that much. There are only two hundred
some-odd cases in the country. Seven hundred some-odd were the cruise ship, which
was this whole separate thing, but it hasn’t taken off. And so the government has said these next two weeks
are critical which is why all the gyms are closing, and even buffet restaurants
are being asked not to serve and other restaurants are only doing
drive-thru, other things like that. And I hope that you guys are okay and staying safe. And if you haven’t considered it already
it doesn’t hurt to have a stocked pantry. And it doesn’t hurt, if possible, to get
a couple extra weeks’ of medication. I know with insurance it’s not always a possibility, but. And to have some extra necessities on hand. So do whatever you need to to stay safe. If things change I will let you know, of course,
and the fastest way to get those updates is to follow me on Twitter and Instagram so
I’ll leave links to those, like always, down below. So now for the books I’m looking forward
to in March. And there’s quite a few. I actually have eight that I’ll be mentioning today
so I’ll be going into a little less detail about each, but I’ll have links to all of them, as always, down below. Usual caveats apply: US publishing world,
US publishing dates, subject to change. And normally I go through these books in the order that
they will be published but I’m not doing that this time. I have my own order. First is The Lady’s Guidebook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah – and I couldn’t find the pronunciation –
Ram-ee? Rame-ee? And it comes out March 17th from Doubleday. The jacket copy calls it a memoir with a mission
because it’s to help women – it’s mostly women – who have medical conditions that are either unnamed,
misunderstood, underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, because the author herself had such
a condition in, I think it’s her senior year of university. It didn’t seem like such a big thing and it created big
problems in the years afterward and ruined her health. And when doctors couldn’t figure out what was
going on they hinted that it was all in her head. When, you know, that- NO. I’ve had patients with conditions
that the doctors can’t figure out, I have friends going through this very
thing right now, so I need to read this. Another book that you could call a medical memoir
but is taking a bit more of a literary track is Constellations: Reflections from Life by Sinéad Gleeson.
It comes out March 24th from Mariner Books. It was originally released in the UK, I want to say
a year ago now, and it’s finally coming to the US. Gleason had leukemia and debilitating
arthritis ever since she was a kid and this has obviously really influenced
her life and how things have gone for her. And so this sounds like it’s a little bit more literary
look- essays, but about living with disease, the pain of disease, the joy of recovery, being able
to do things that she always wanted to do but maybe not do everything- I’m not, I don’t really
know much more than that. I don’t have to. But there’s also- she links in, it sounds like
some history and some pop culture. And so it sounds like one of those books
where somebody uses illness or their experience as a lens to look at other things. Or maybe the other way around – using
the culture as a lens look at the illness? *I’ll find out when I read it. From medical non-fiction to fiction with a medical bent
we have Lakewood by Megan Giddings. It comes out March 24th from Amistad. It sounds like a slightly science fictional
dystopia that is close to our own world but just enough different to make it
seem kind of possible and super scary. Lena’s a Black millennial.
She is in university but suddenly her family’s saddled with a whole
bunch of debt so she quit school. And she ends up taking this
high-paying job that’s in a remote town. And it seems too good to be true: there’s no out-of-pocket medical expenses,
and she’ll be involved in research. And it turns out that they’re doing medical
experimentation for new drugs and things. But exactly what kind of drugs are they experimenting?
And on what kind of people? The United States has a long and awful history
of medical experimentation on people of color so I’m thinking that’s what
it’s going to explore and look at. This is one of those books I’m going
to have to steel my heart for but I think it will be great.
And I think it’s a debut. Okay, that was a lot of heavy stuff so let’s
lighten the mood a little bit with some fantasy. Thorn by Intisar Khanani.
It comes out March 24th from HarperTeen. It looks like this is a retelling of the goose girl fairy tale, which I don’t know so it will be a first telling for me. But it looks like it’s in the setting
of a desert fantasy, which I love. There’s a princess and she’s betrothed to a prince,
and when she was over there to marry him she is stripped of her title, made a goose girl. But she ends up learning about plots
against the prince and all these secrets. So how does she- well, first of all, does she WANT
to try and stop them [laugh] from hurting the prince? And number two, how does she do it? It was either self-published or indie published
before but now a major house has picked it up and I’m curious, especially because I’ve had,
like I said, such good luck with desert fantasy. Let’s stay in SFF for a moment with
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. It comes out March 24th from Orbit Books. Jemisin is best known for her Broken
Earth trilogy for very good reason. And I started it, I tried to, but my brain wasn’t
in the right space for it at the time so I put it down. I WILL be getting back to it, but I’m hoping that my brain will be in a good space to read
this one a lot sooner rather than later. I think this is either based on a short story she did
or set in the same world as a short story she did. But every great city has a soul. New York City has six. And there is some ancient evil that is trying
to do bad things ’cause, you know, EVIL, to New York City and its souls. And that’s
all I know and that’s all I need to know. Okay, let’s stay with something fabulist but
a work in translation by a publisher I love. It’s Girls Lost by Jessica Schiefauer
and it is translated by Saskia Vogel. It comes out March 11th from Deep Vellum. The main imprint of Deep Vellum
does all works in translation. And they are a non-profit publisher
and I really believe in their mission and they have come out with some amazing books. It’s translated from Swedish and apparently
there’s a feature film based on the book. But it’s about three teenage girlfriends and they deal
with a lot of abuse from their male classmates physical abuse, emotional abuse and they find this seed and they plant it. And a flower blooms from it, and when
they drink the nectar from that flower they turn from girls into boys for one night. It sounds like an exploration of masculinity and gender and I’m getting some definite
queer vibes here so I’m all for it. And the last two books I’ve already mentioned in
my Most Anticipated Nonfiction for 2020 video which I’ll link up here and down below,
so I’ll shorten these up even a little bit more. First, Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That
Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenera Nurenberg. It comes out March 24th from HarperOne. Women who are neurodiverse – they may have
conditions like ADHD, be on the autism spectrum, among many other things – are underdiagnosed. And because of the way women are socialized
to go with the flow, to not stick out, they tend to deal with their neurodiversity in a way that may not be the best.
Like, if they knew they had xyz they could work with it instead of against it. Basically, they think there’s an essential problem
with them, not that they have a condition that makes them see the world in a different way.
It’s not necessarily good or bad, it’s just different. And last, This is Chance:
The Shaking of an All-American City and the Voice That Held It Together by Jon Mooallem.
It comes out March 24th from Random House. In 1964 Anchorage, Alaska
suffered a really bad earthquake. And it happened right before night fell and people found
themselves cut off from each other, isolated. But Genie Chance, a radio reporter, stayed on the air. This is the story of how she helped keep
this community together during this disaster, which I only know a little bit about. I basically knew that the Anchorage earthquake existed
but nothing else. So I’m curious to hear more. So there we have it, a whole bunch of books
that I’m looking forward to in March. Have I made you interested in any of these books now? Have you read anything good lately
or just want to say hi? Do that down in the comments below,
I love hearing from you guys. Thank you for watching, subscribe if you’re new,
and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! [♪♪]
Thanks for watching! A sneak peek of my February Wrap Up Part Two: Four books, two of which are duds, including
a Booktube Prize read. Le sigh 😔

20 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Reads || March 2020 || Always Doing

  1. Really glad to hear you’re ok 👌
    My GP says I have TATT- tried all the time. It’s been variously diagnosed as Fibromyalgia/ depression/ PTSD/ anxiety/ chronic insomnia??
    Best books read in February are
    Actress by Ann Enright ☘️📚
    The Other Americans
    The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
    Such a Fun Age
    The Beekeeper of Aleppo
    Say Nothing

  2. I'm glad to hear that things seem manageable there for you just now. Hope it stays that way. Constellations is amazing, I listened to the audio read by the author in her delightful Irish brogue. I loved it so much I bought the hardback, and plan to reread.

  3. I requested from my local library "The City we Became. Your the second reader to recommend this book in the last few days. I haven't read any books by this author. I just finished reading "The Hunger" by Alma Katsu. A historical fiction based on a true story of the American Pioneers wagon train in 1846-47. known as the Donner Party. It had some additional horror thrown in. It was a page turner but with a slow burn.

  4. I've been looking forward to The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness. Constellations and Lakewood sound really interesting too! Deep Vellum is indeed a fantastic publisher (with very handy ebook subscriptions!), I'm always excited to see their new titles.

  5. Both The Lady's Handbook and Divergent Mind sound really good. The City We Became is one of the very few books I've actually pre-ordered! I'm excited to see how it turns out. And thanks for the update on your situation! Our area is now having people come down with Coronavirus who haven't traveled, which I think suggests we might have an outbreak soon – but definitely nothing proactive yet in terms of shutting things down, etc. We'll see.

  6. Glad to hear you're ok Kazen, the Japanese government seem to be handling the whole thing really well. Thanks for the heads up on new books as always!

  7. Glad to hear that you are doing well and live in a country taking things seriously.
    Interested in the N.K. Jemison. Lukas and I are buddy reading the second on the Broken Earth Trilogy this summer.

  8. Thank you for reminding me of Deep Vellum. I had made a whole list of their translated titles I wanted to check out and I need to get some of them into my interlibrary loan queue!

  9. One of the BEST/WORST aspects of BookTube is that I feel connected to readers in many different countries. I am a born worrier, and I have been concerned for both you and Shawn since I read that Japan had closed all schools. BookTube is the entirety of my "social media" profile, so thanks a bunch for letting this subscriber know that you are safe and well. (p.s. – I am currently reading, "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi on your recommendation. It is mind-expanding! Thanks a bunch for reviewing it.)

  10. How about toilet paper? I’m almost out and can’t find any anywhere. Sheesh. Oh you mentioned masks, which surprised me – I thought only ethnic Japanese people believed in them. I haven’t heard an expert outside of Japan that said they do diddly squat. Would love to hear your opinion! 🙂

  11. glad to hear you're doing well!
    lakewood sounds interesting!
    that cover of girls lost is beautiful and i love that it is a nonprofit publisher, gonna go add to me tbr.

  12. Glad you are doing well and that Japan is taking sensible precautions. The book about Lady’s Mysterious Illnesses sounds super interesting.

  13. So glad to hear about Deep Vellum Press. They are in my hometown of Dallas. They also have a small book store that I’ve never visited. Thank for the recommendation. I’ll definitely check them out!

  14. Glad to hear all is well there. Lots of great books to look forward to. involved in reading for the booktube prize right now and feeling cramped due to it. The books are good but there is so much other I wish to be able to dive into. Only 2 left and I am almost done with those so dreaming about my next read.

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