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April 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

May 8, 2012

Books Read: 16
Pages Read: 3831
Hours Listened To: 9

Books read:

  • Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Gender-Based Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Jamileh Abu-Duhou
  • Women, Water and Memory: Recasting Lives in Palestine – Nefissa Naguib
  • Crude: The Story of Oil – Sonia Shah
  • Taxi – Khaled Al Khamissi
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Belgium’s Congo – Adam Hochschild
  • Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada – Lawrence Hill
  • The Accidental – Ali Smith
  • Love in a Headscarf: Muslim Woman Seeks the One – Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
  • Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels – Justin Vivian Bond
  • Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom – Merle Hoffman
  • The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs, and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa – Adam Roberts
  •  The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia – Laura Miller
  • The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing – Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards
  • The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English – Roy Peter Clark
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets – Sudhir Venkatesh
  • I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events – The Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don’t – Jennifer Gilbert

Bloggers (and other online friends) visited: Carina
Places visited through reading: Palestinian Territories, USA, Egypt, Belgium, Canada, UK, Equatorial Guinea
Places visited irl:
 Egypt (Cairo, Luxor, Suez, Black and White Deserts), Aruba

Book Purchases: My roommate has officially broken our challenge ban and bought (a lot) of yarn. I celebrated by pre-ordering Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, which I was really excited for. In addition, I received a couple of review books, purchased a book at a reading event, and had to use a Groupon that was expiring (I bought all books for the niece except for one for me). These include Chaka by Thomas Mofolo, Mad Hope by Heather Birrell, Daughters Who Walk this Path by Yejide Kilanko, and I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert.

White Desert

White Desert in Egypt

Thoughts and ramblings: As seems to be the trend, another crazy month. I started off the month with a week of vacation, finishing off my time in Egypt with Carina. This one week accounts for almost 45% of my reading for the month – I love vacation! We had an incredible time, and I can’t recommend Egypt enough.

After vacation I had a week of work from Toronto, went to Aruba for a week of work (another 30% of my reading was during this week), and then had another week of work from Toronto. On April 11th I was lucky enough to attend a reading where I got to meet the wonderful Yejide Kilanko whose book, Daughters Who Walk this Path, had just released. After her reading and signing we chatted for a while about her writing and her plans for the future. I look forward to reading the book and will definitely share it with you here.

Starting April 26th was Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival – over a week of fantastic documentary screenings. Being the huge nerd that I am, I was incredibly excited for this festival. I started off Friday with three amazing shows (I’ll post more about them all in the coming month, as long as I get time to write it up): Shadows of Liberty, about the corporatization of news media in the US; The Invisible War, about rape in the US military, and; Crimes Without Honour, about honour crimes in Canada, Sweden, and Berlin. Over the weekend I then saw two more films: Black Block, about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, and; Back to the Square, about post-revolution Egypt.


Sunset in Aruba

I’ve been on a crazy non-fiction kick, and have been really enjoying the variety of topics I’ve been reading on. I’m a little disappointed at how heavily skewed toward US authors my reading has been, but hopefully I can work on rectifying that in the coming months. With non-fiction, especially when reading what is already on my shelf, it is a bit harder to branch out. While my fiction reading is fairly diverse without my really trying, I have to make more of an effort with my non-fiction. Hopefully I can do that through the rest of the year.

I hope that everyone else also had a great month, and that your May has started off wonderful.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2012 8:58 am

    I’m so happy that you had an amazing month. 16 books? Such a wonderful achievements! :) that white desert is an unusual sight as well!

  2. May 8, 2012 11:25 am

    Impressive reading.

  3. buriedinprint permalink
    May 8, 2012 12:40 pm

    It seems natural for us to track our reading by month, I agree, but it does sometimes seem to suggest that our reading is skewed in ways (as you’ve mentioned about your feeling that you’ve read a lot of U.S. authors this month) that it’s really not if you were to look at the trend across more than those 30 days. I hope you’re pleased all the away around with your May reading!

    • May 20, 2012 8:36 pm

      Mine is definitely more skewed when viewed monthly BIP! I was definitely pleased, I hope you were also happy with yours.

  4. May 8, 2012 3:41 pm

    You always seem to have much better reading months than I do, and I am constantly amazed at your numbers! I am so glad that you and Carina got to hang in Egypt as well. That must have been a nice little vacation!

    • May 20, 2012 8:36 pm

      That may be ending after this crazy month zibilee, but we will see! And yes, it was really fantastic.

  5. May 8, 2012 3:43 pm

    a good month amy ,love to go to Egypt my self ,I had a fair april just falling behind in my blogging recently but sure catch up at some point ,all the best stu

    • May 20, 2012 8:37 pm

      Hopefully you can make it some day Stu :) I’m also just catching up now finally.

  6. May 8, 2012 4:47 pm

    Amy, your non-fiction kick is inspiring! I promised myself I’d read more non-fiction this year, but I haven’t really made much of a dent thus far. On your impressive list, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing stood out to me at once. I don’t want to be the sort of reviewer who decides what her voice is early-on, and then sticks to it doggedly without inviting the possibility of change. It’s interesting, isn’t it, to look at how one’s reviews have changed over time? Looking forward to your reviews on some of these! :)

    • May 20, 2012 8:40 pm

      Thank you Shivanee :) The book on book reviewing was definitely really interesting and I learned a lot.

  7. May 8, 2012 4:49 pm

    WOW! That IS an impressive reading month! I can’t wait to read your reviews. I’ve had King Leopold’s Ghost on my shelf for far too long. Maybe this will FINALLY inspire me to read it.
    Well done!! Keep up the good work!

    • May 20, 2012 8:40 pm

      Thanks Mark, one of these days I will get them all posted… I promise!

  8. May 8, 2012 6:56 pm

    Inspiring! I have got behind with reviewing and even keeping track of what I’ve read, but I know it’s not as much as this. And you found time to stop in on Egypt and Aruba too! Must try harder…

    • May 20, 2012 8:40 pm

      It was a busy month, but now at least I have some reviews built up to schedule for days when I don’t have anything new read Andrew!

  9. May 13, 2012 4:22 pm

    Such great books you’ve read and places you’ve visited, Amy! I love the sound of Giving voice and Glamour of Grammar especially. Egypt is beautiful, isn’t it wonderful to see the sites and areas they never show on tv? Hope you’re having a wonderful May :)

    • May 20, 2012 8:41 pm

      Thanks Bina, some really interesting ones for sure. And yes, Egypt was amazing!

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