April 2012 Reading Wrap-Up
Books Read: 16
Pages Read: 3831
Hours Listened To: 9
- 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.
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.
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.