Intro & History of this Project
I started a firm Reading Goal in 2011, keeping track of titles and sometimes even writing a book review or two! You can revisit my past lists in the link list at the bottom of this post. I have kept my goal at 52 books per year, because that is (for me) an easy target to hit. Last year I went over by almost 20 books, but some years I just sneak by.
Specific Book Goals
- Read more from women and minority authors (POC, LGBTQ2S++)
- Explore more back catalogs of authors I enjoy
- Find some books to read with Lucas
- 7 non-fiction
Where Do I Get My Books? aka Why Aren't I Book-Poor by Now?
The vast majority of the books I read are from the library. I cannot afford (nor would I encourage it) purchasing between 50 and 70 books per year. Did you know that in Canada, authors receive royalties from library books? (It's not much, but it's something) But more importantly, a library has to BUY books from a publisher, just like a bookstore. So if you love a book or an author and want them to reap the benefits of more people buying and enjoying their book, borrowing it from your local library, or requesting its addition to your library is a great way to do that. If a publisher gets more requests for certain books, they will place more emphasis on that author (marketing $, prime placement in bookstores, commissioning new titles, etc.), and that author will in turn get more people reading them and get more money! Win Win Win! Sorry, that got a little soapboxy.
I also purchase a lot of books from Wee Book Inn, and borrow titles from my friends. You too can read a ridiculous amount of books and not break the bank!
And now...the LIST
Two asterisks behind a title (**) means I recommend this book!
For each entry, I try to write a little bit about the genre, or the type of book it is.
I also try to include potential Trigger Warnings with each book that needs them. This is still a work in progress for me, but I am learning and hopefully getting better with each.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (TW for domestic violence, racism, sexism, animal cruelty)**
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls ed. Hope Nicholson (short stories, ALL lady authors!, pop culture, TW for domestic violence)**
Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1) by Cherie Priest (horror with a touch of sci-fi)**
Happy City: Transforming our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery (non-fiction)**
Chapelwood (The Borden Dispatches #2) by Cherie Priest (horror with a touch of sci-fi)**
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel, great for all ages)**
Revival (Volume 1) by Tim Seely & Mike Norton (graphic novel, horror)**
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (historical "sci fi", TRIGGER WARNINGS for physical violence and abuse...I mean it's a book about slavery in the American antebellum south told from the POV of a black woman, so, yeah)**
I'm Judging You, The Do-Better Manual by Luvvia Ajayi (non-fiction, humour)**
Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rimes (non-fiction, listen to the audiobook if you can!)**
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs, illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino (non-fiction)**
I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Arthur Flowers & Manu Chitrakar(non-fiction, graphic novel)**
Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin (non-fiction)**
Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson (non-fiction)**
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz (non-fiction)
She Matters: A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg (fictionalized non-fiction)**
March: Book One by John Lewis & , Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (graphic novel, history)**
All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (TW: child abuse, rape, mental illness)**
Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (non-fiction)**
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (non-fiction)**
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti (non-fiction, feminist lit, TW: drug use, sexual assault, rape)**
Wide Sargasso Sean by Jean Rhys (a new classic, SPOILER IN THE NEXT SENTENCE, "prequel" to Jane Eyre)
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (non-fiction)**
TOTAL READ: 23
POC Authors: 7
Lady Authors: 15
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Previous Year's Lists
2014 Book List
2015 Book List
2016 Book List