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    Birthday Month

    Yes - It is November and tomorrow is my 44th birthday. I am both excited and tired. Moving to Alabama and getting settled in has been difficult. Last week was the midterm election and although it was good overall (we took back the House - woot!) in Alabama the election results were super disheartening. Voters here decided that it would be appropriate to display the 10 commandments on government property (see ya' later seperation of church and state) and that a cluster of cells has more worth/value/rights than a fully formed human woman who is in danger of dying during childbirth (so long choice). The governer was re-elected by a wide margin and there were several, unopposed Republicans elected to the circuit courts. Super sad. So - at this point, until I can get involved in the next round of election races (for 2020) I will retreat into reading and writing. As I have had more time, since I've been working part time, I have had the opportunity to finish 2 more books! And here is my update...

    My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem *****

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapeins Agenda by Becky Albertalli ****

    That brings my 2018 total to 10 and brings me to an equal number of months to books read. All signs point to me completing my number goal of 12 for 2018 and maybe exceeding it with even more books from the book riot list!

    And while we are at it - let's look at my stats for that challenge as well...

    Book Riot Read Harder Challenge  
    Category Book to read Date book completed
    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

    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 3.11.18
    An Oprah Book Club selection Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison  
    A book of social science The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols 2.16.18
    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 The Awesome by Eva Darrows 7.7.2018
    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  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Not great, but I'm trying. We'll see if I can get a few more checked off this list as I complete my reading in these last 2 months of 2018.

    Happy Autumn and enjoy your reading!

    Peace,

    Chantale

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