May 2012 Reading Wrap-Up
Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 2086
Hours Listened To: 0
- Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore
- Women Without Men – Shahrnush Parsipur
- Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
- Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
- Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body – Lesley Kinzel
- Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular – Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
- Attention All Passengers: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent – And How to Reclaim Our Skies – William J. McGee
- Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes – Michael Cho
- A Man’s Place – Annie Ernaux
Bloggers (and other online friends) visited: Muslimah, Colleen, Rhiannon, Trish
Places visited through reading: USA, Iran, Dominica, Canada, France
Places visited irl: Canada (PEI and Ontario), Virginia (USA)
Book Purchases: This was actually a big month for me in terms of book purchases. I picked up four books about Toronto, the two listed above as well as Stroll by Shawn Micallef and Imagining Toronto by Amy Lavender Harris. In addition, after seeing the show I ordered Stockholm by Byrony Lavery, and I pre-ordered Kody Keplinger’s next YA release because I’ve really enjoyed her first two.
Thoughts and ramblings: You’re probably thinking that nine books is another great reading month – and it really is. The funny secret behind that number, however, is that two of those were books full of pictures, and another four were under 200 pages. This was a very slow month for me in terms of what I got read, but I did really enjoy everything that I read, so it’s all worth it!
So what kept me busy this month? Besides a trip home to see the family for my little sister’s graduation from university, and a week in Virginia for work, I spent almost three weeks home and, if they are any indication of the summer to come, it will be a fantastic one.
The month started with the ending of Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival – over a week of fantastic documentary screenings. I caught a number during the first days at the end of April. In May I caught: Finding North, about the working poor and hunger in the USA; The Revisionaries, about the creationists on the school board in Texas attempting to re-write the books for schools; We Are Legion: The Story of Hactivists, about the Anonymous hacker group, and; Sexy Baby, about navigating the world today as a woman with ‘sexy’ being everywhere.
In addition to the films above, I spent a lot of time in the park enjoying the sun, biking, planting the vegetable garden, and attending random events. The events I’ve attended included a discussion on the importance of health equity, a social policy discussion, and two events put on by Women in Toronto Politics. I went to the Street Food Block Party and ate great street food, and to a comedy show at Yuk Yuk’s. I saw the play Stockholm, as well as Kim’s Convenience. I also volunteered with the second SlutWalk Toronto (this is where it all started last year!).
I hope your month was just as fantastic. I’ll see some of you in June at Book Expo, looking forward to that. What else are you excited for in May?