January 2012 Reading Wrap-Up
Books Read: 12
Pages Read: 3020
Hours Listened To: 0
- Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge – Simpson, Jeffrey, Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers
- To ‘Joy my Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labor After the Civil War – Hunter, Tera W
- Captivity - Noyes, Deborah
- Cereus Blooms at Night – Mootoo, Shani
- Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of North American Muslim Women – Mattu Ayesha and Nura Maznavi
- Tales of the Tikongs – Hau’ofa, Epeli
- Nefertiti: Unlocking the Mystery Surrounding Egypt’s Most Famous and Beautiful Queen – Tyldesley, Joyce
- Living, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night – Magona, Sindiwe
- Blanche on the Lam – Neely, Barbara
- Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them – Prose, Francine
- African Roar – Sigauke, Emmanuel and Ivor Hartmann
- Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance – Faith, Karlene
Bloggers visited: maphead, pens with cojones
Places visited through reading: Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad, USA, and Zimbabwe
Places visited irl: Washington state, Portland, Alberta, Aruba
Book Purchases: I bought one book this month, Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks. This was an allowable purchase in my roommate challenge because it is a part of the Year of Feminist Classics project. I also said yes to one review request, though I’m not sure if the book has arrived yet (I’ll arrive home in a week to check). In addition to these, publishers have been providing some of the books for the Indie Lit Award GLBTQ category shortlist which I have to read by the end of this month.
Thoughts and ramblings:I managed to start the year off quite well with some really interesting reads this month. The stats on them are pretty accurate to my goals as well – 50% fiction, 75% female authors, 25% GLBTQ, 25% international authors, and 40% POC. (As a reminder, I count non-European / North American / British authors of color as international authors rather than POC as that is really a term that loses meaning outside of these places, in my mind.) Excitingly, all 12 reads were off my tbr pile (though only 2 count to the Roommate Challenge) and all 12 also contained new-to-me authors.
Although I took many days off this month, it was still fairly busy on the blog. I posted again on BAND, this month Joy asked how much of our reading is for projects and goals. I got to participate in The Book Smugglers Smugglivus. I joined the African Reading Challenge and pledged my support of the Birthday Party Pledge. I came up with a post series idea which I’ll be running monthly if I can, sharing some of the blogs and bloggers who really make me think. I also discussed an opera I went to, The Mikado.
I celebrated my birthday this month, and my second blogoversary. I hosted a celebration as part of this – and to celebrate how utterly fantastic last year was for me. After starting as the worst year ever, I managed to completely turn it around and I am still on a high from that. I’ve been slow in announcing winners so let me do that now:
- Leeswammes won Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
- Eva won In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
- Amy won Rape New York by Jana Leo
- Zibilee won A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
- Emily Jane won The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Debbie Rodgers won African Love Stories edited by Ama Ata Aidoo
I really wasn’t trying to get a winner per book but it randomly turned out like that which I find really cool. Just a sign that I chose great books to give away I guess
Outside of reading this year has started off quite busy. I managed to get a working computer from work early in the month though I’m still having issues with it, attempting to get the programs I need installed and working. While I still feel ridiculously behind in work, blogging, blog reading, emails, and more, I’m slowly managing to catch up. I’ve cleared out the Google Reader (though with few comments I apologize) and I’m slowly trying to get through the inbox next.
I had a really great New Year, a fantastic birthday, and then left on travels. During my travels I got to meet my niece too which was really exciting, though I’m still not a fan overall of babies
Other than that, I’ve been planning more great trips – with work and for vacation. Egypt with Carina is coming up quickly, and to help prepare for that I made the ridiculously silly decision to try to learn Arabic. I know, I know, what was I thinking? I bought Rosetta Stone Arabic and have been at it for three weeks. I’m currently still on lesson 2… I also registered for Book Expo America, though I’m still waiting to see any kind of schedule for the Book Blogger Convention, and to see what changes there will be now that it’s been purchased by BEA. Who else is planning on going?
So that was my January, or what I remember of it anyway. February is starting off just as crazy but hopefully it will also be just as good :) Don’t forget in February to join us in reading Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks with the Year of Feminist Classics!