Ash by Malinda Lo
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
La Casa de Los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
11/30 books finished
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1. Read 30 books by women—11/30 complete! So far, so good.
2. Read ONLY books by women.—also so far so good. Although Buzzfeed is a different story.
3. Read 2 plays—0/2 complete. Note to self: find some plays.
4. Read 3 autobiographies—3/3 maybe? I need to research the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. But I’ve read some memoirs.
5. Read 1 graphic novel—0/1 complete. Not yet. Must find.
6. Read 1 book of poetry—2/1 complete. But they were like novel-ish-things told through poetry. Which counts.
7. Read 1 book in another language—0/1 complete. I am ALMOST done with Allende’s novel. I will be done by the end of next week!
8. Listen to 2 books on audiobook (preferably #ownvoices)—0/2 complete. Gotta find something to read. Gotta.
9. Read 15 diverse books—7/15 complete. I’m ahead of schedule, here.
10. Read at least 10 new books (that is, books I haven’t read before)—9/10 complete. WHICH IS IMPRESSIVE. I hate reading new things! But I have read them. Go me.
11. Read 10 eBooks—2/10 complete. Yeah. Still need to work on this one.
12. Read 10 books from the TBR list—4/10 complete. Right on track, for now. Plenty of room for random books, too.
13. Review at least 5 of these books on Goodreads—1/5 complete. The problem is that I only feel compelled to review if I dislike a book and no one else has disliked it. So, we’ll see how that goes.
Overall, I think my goals are right on track. BUT, you ask, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING? Let me tell you.
Worst book this month? Elsie's Life Lessons: Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit by Elizabeth DeBeasi. It suggested that resisting abusive behavior is unchristian. Also standing up for yourself. Which is bad.
Book that got you out of your comfort zone? The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. Big picture, this is a woman’s account of building a family with her gender fluid partner. But the hard part is that she often brings up academic ideas (she works at a university) and it was difficult to process everything she was getting at in one go.
Most surprising book this month? The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan delighted me—I don’t read too much MG anymore. Even though it’s MG-level, it deals with really profound ideas like diversity, food deserts, and death.
Most disappointing book this month? Dear Ellen Bee by Mary E. Lyons and Muriel M. Branch. I liked it as a kid, but I felt like it emphasized the “white savior” trope by making you feel like the freed slave girl was always in the wrong compared to her white ex-owner.
Book from this month you’d recommend to anybody? Probably The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It’s an adult novel with a YA feel since there is not adult content in there. I can’t say that for most of the other books I read this month.
It was a good reading month, I’ll say!