2018 Book Lists

    So I realize that we are already more than half way through the second month of 2018, but I am finally ready to update you on my TBR (to be read) list. A couple weeks back, I installed some new shelves in my office to dedicate to my TBR pile.


    As you can see - I have varied interests when it comes to reading, but one of my favourite genres is social science. The shelves do not include books that I am borrowing from the library or any books that I currently have in digital format (obviously.) 

    Below are my reading lists, which will show the full range of books that I am going to attempt to read in 2018. So far I have only completed one book, but I have 5 more books that should be wrapping up in the next 2 months to get me back on track. Some of those are carry overs from 2017, but I'm going to count them in my challenges for 2018. 

    The first list is for the Book Riot Read Harder Challange, which you can check out here! I still have a few gaps in my selections, but I'm hoping to fill them in as the year progresses.

    Book Riot Read Harder Challenge
    A book published posthumously Ariel by Sylvia Plath
    A book of true crime Writing to Save a Life by John Edgar Wideman
    A classic of genre fiction Fledgling by Octavia Butler
    A comic written and drawn by the same person Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A book set in or about one of the five BRIC countries

    A Woman is a Woman Until She is a Mother by Anna Prushinskaya

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    A book about nature Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    A western My Antonia by Willa Cather
    A comic written or drawn by a person of color America vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera
    A book of colonial or post colonial literature Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    A romance novel by or about a person of color Getting Even by Kayla Perrin

    A children's classic published before 1980

    A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

    A celebrity memoir We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabriel Union
    An Oprah Book Club selection Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    A book of social science The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
    A one-sitting book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
    The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author Warcross by Marie Lu
    A comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC, or Image

    March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

    Illustrated by Nate Powell

    A book of genre fiction in translation  
    A book with a cover you hate  
    A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author  
    An essay anthology Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
    A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60  
    An assigned book you hated (or never finished) The Interpretation of Cultures by Clifford Gertz

    As you can see above - I have yet to fill in all the blanks.

    The next TBR list is the Social Science books I plan to read. I have set a goal of 12 Social Science books this year and I will not be counting the two that I've included above in this additional list.

    1. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge by Peter Berger
    2. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault
    3. Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity by Mitchell Duneier
    4. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry
    5. We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
    6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    7. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
    8. Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy by Staci Newmahr
    9. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
    10. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
    11. Dreamworlds of Alabama by Allen Shelton
    12. Walter Benjamin's Grave by Michael Taussig


    So - that sets me up to read about 30 or so books. I have set my GoodReads challenge at 12 books, but I'm hoping to well exceed that this year. Now - it's time to read! Let me know what you are reading this year, in the comments!

    Peace, Chantale


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