Read in 2013

I know I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, and I don’t have any good excuses. Work has been busy; life has been busy; there just seems to always be other things to do. For example, I’ve been cooking real meals more often. I’ve also been on the road less, giving me more friends time but less reading and blogging time. Either way, because I’ve read a lot and told you almost nothing about some great books, I thought I’d share with you some snippets of what I read at least.

It’s still a work in progress.

  • The rest of the series I started the end of the year prior in as a reread and last books of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series – yawn, but I was also very excited to finish the series (finally!!). I really enjoyed the last few books and was happy to get some closure on the series and characters.
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow – Maddow, who hosts a popular show on MSNBC, delves into the history of the American military, what has changed since its inception, and what that means for all of us.
  • Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment by Harold Schechter
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman – If you, or anyone you know, has ever dealt with trauma whether political, domestic, rape, etc, this book is a fantastic and useful read. I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shereen El Feki – This book discusses sex as it exists in the Arab world, and what is changing in terms of young couples, marriages, and sexual troubles. Very interesting read.
  • Get Out of My Crotch: 21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health by Kim Wyatt and Sari Botton – Amusing personal essays on reproductive health and women’s bodily rights. It contained essays on transgender and queer rights as well.
  • The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan – Although not as good (in my opinion!) as Tender Morsels, Lanagan in this book delivers a fantastic and readable book. This young adult story takes on gender, marriage, and responsibility.
  • Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L Pozner
  • I’ll Get There… It Better Be Worth The Trip by John Donovan – Reread for a project with Cass and others. Did you know this was the first young adult novel with GLBTQ characters? And the only published in the 1960’s.
  • The Man Without a Face by Isabelle Holland – And this was the second young adult novel with GLBTQ characters, published in the 1970’s. It was… informative, in that it shows just how great the novels being published these days are. In comparison anyway.
  • A Question of Choice by Sara Weddington
  • The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One Of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes by Sarah Burns – In 1989 a young, white jogger was brutally raped and murdered in Central Park. A group of young black and Latino teenagers were arrested for this, many serving years behind bars. Since then, the case was explored in more detail highlighting racism and class, as well as reviewing the actual evidence, and the young men arrested were exonerated. This book tells the full story of the attack, as well as the unjust arrest and prosecution of the young men.
  • Trying Hard to Hear You by Sandra Scoppettone – Another read for the project with Cass. Another terribly offensive read (wow fat shaming, for example). This was the third young adult novel with GLBTQ characters.
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding – I listened to this one on audio. It’s an interesting look at a drug and how it has become enmeshed in small town life, as well as the
  • Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Spaces Safe and Welcoming for Women by Holly Kearl
  • Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss – and the Myths and Realities of Dating by Gina Kolata
  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett – really great short audio story
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 
  • What’s This About Pete? by Mary Sullivan
  • Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media by Jessica Clark and Tracy van Slyke
  • Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J Georges
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
  • Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank
  • OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
  • Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan
  • A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong
  • I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
  • Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill
  • Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal of the Sexualization of Girls by Danielle R Egan
  • Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman
  • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip by Yasmine Surovec – I’m a sucker for Cat vs. Human.
  • Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea – Really great young adult novel featuring a mermaid, poverty, grit, and determinism. This work is the first in a trilogy.
  • Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat – I’ve been meaning to read this one for some time. Danticat explores history, politics, art, bravery, and more in writing, art, and Haiti.
  • Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat – This story wove multiple personal stories from a fictional town together into short, interwoven stories to explain the disappearance of a young girl and the personal connections that maintain us all.
  • The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler – In this book, Fessler talks about the days before abortion was legal, and the prevalence especially in white, middle class families, to force daughters who got pregnant into surrendering their children. It talks about the effects on the families, the women who surrendered their children, and the children surrendered. She also talks about the class and race dynamics of this trend.
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger  – Vacation reading! I’ve really enjoyed all of Keplinger’s books which I’ve read to date. She does a great job of writing realistic stories that deal with topics like sex, bullying, and more.
  • The Girl With the Magic Hands by Nnedi Okorafor – A short story aimed at young readers by Okorafor, a favourite fantasy author.
  • Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant by Veronica Roth – While on vacation I finally read these books, after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie. They were interest – fluffy but interesting, with some great twists.
  • Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead  – I’m a big fan of this series, but when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie I was horrified and depressed. I needed to reread it to remind myself how awesome it is. The movie may end up being good, but it looks so… comedic from the trailer.
  • How to Be Alone by Tanya Davis – I’ve always been a huge fan of this poem / song, so how could I not also love it in book form?
  • Bloodlines, The Golden Lilly, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead – Once I reread the Vampire Academy series I really had to move on to this one. I hadn’t read the two most recent – they were as fun as I remember. Vacation reading at its best!
  • Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley  – The fifth instalment in the Flavia de Luce series was, as all these books are, a complete joy.
  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr  – I read somewhere a review of this collection and thought it sounded quite interesting. Tiptree wrote remarkable short works of science fiction, many of the stories in this collection delve into gender issues.
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – Really great review of growing up in Mississippi and the effect of

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