Band January 2012: Reading for Projects and Goals
B.A.N.D., Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, launched in July and is being run by a small group of bloggers as a way to promote the love of nonfiction amount bloggers. Each month a discussion question will be put forward giving everyone and anyone the chance to respond. If you are interested in hosting a month do check out the tumblr site and let us know!
Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness hosted the first discussion, asking What’s your favorite type of nonfiction? in July. In August I led the discussion, asking How did you get into nonfiction? In September Cass wanted to know about nonfiction audiobooks, asking if we had listened and enjoyed. In October Ash asked what our favorite nonfiction anthologies were. In November Amanda asked if we read nonfiction to help support a cause. Last month Erin guest hosts from Erin Reads and asked (leave your response on how we determine truth in the nonfiction that we read. This month Joy asks:
What book or books have you used or are you using to support a goal, resolution, or project?
A large portion of my reading – both fiction and nonfiction – is in support of various projects or goals that I have ongoing. One of these is The Real Help project with Amanda in which we are reading through the list of books recommended by the Association of Black Women Historians. Half of these books are nonfiction accounts of black women’s lives through slavery and to the present. They are fascinating and are filling in many gaps in my education, as much of it was never learned in the various history courses I took.
Another project is the Year of Feminist Classics reading project which we just announced for 2012. It will run from February 2012 through to February 2013, this year with twelve hosts and each of us leading one book and co-hosting on various others. Once again I somehow ended up with the first month, so I hope that you will join us in reading Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks next month. These books fill in the gaps in my feminist theory, as I try to ensure that the feminism I practice also takes into account the various other forms of oppression including classism, racism, and other privileges.
Here is our full reading list:
- February – Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks (Amy)
- March – The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan (Jean)
- April – Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano (Cass)
- May – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë read alongside Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Iris)
- June – Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (Emily)
- July – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Nancy)
- August – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Lauren)
- September – Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua (Melissa)
- October – The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (Jodie)
- November – Beyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi (Ana)
- December – Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis (Emily Jane)
- January – Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practising Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Eva)
Another reading project I have this year is the Roommate Challenge, where I’m trying to read the books that have been sitting unread on my shelf the longest. Many (in fact most) of these are nonfiction.
What about you – is your nonfiction reading a part of a goal or project you are working on?