from the archives: June TBR Update!

We are almost half way through 2018 and it feels like about time to give an update on my reading challenge. Unfortunately, I am a bit behind, but I am hoping that the warmer weather will prompt me to sit on my patio, with a cocktail and a good book, many evenings to come. Until then – here are the reads that I have completed thus far in 2018.

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols ***

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union ****

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ****

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay ****

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ****

As you can see – I have not read any 5 star books, but I also have not read anything less than 3 stars, so I think that is a good start. I am also doing pretty well at completing all the books I start and I am trying my best to read one book at a time (this I have not been so good at).

As for the Book Riot Challenge – the books above fulfill 3 of the categories

A book of social science: Nichols

A celebrity memoir: Union

An essay anthology: Gay

So far this year I am ahead of previous years, but I still feel like my pace is too slow. Hopefully the summer will inspire me to do more reading!

How are you fairing with your 2018 book challenges and tbr lists? Let me know in the comments!


from the archives: 2018 Book List

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 PrushinskayaLittle 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 1980A 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 AydinIllustrated 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

from the archive: Coffee and Books

Here at, there have been some changes over the past few months. I am exploring new ways to use this 15-year-old site and, in the process, have spruced up the place a bit. I hope you like the new look. The next step is, most likely, to move to a blogging platform for ease of use.

I realize that, over the years, I have always coded the site from scratch (in notepad), but the day has come to move to an easier option. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore coding, but I feel like my coding skills can be put to better use creating templates for the WordPress application and updating my installed blogs on the platform. To this end, has been moved to a website platform and will temporarily be a space for writing and sussing out ideas.

So – after all that build up – the next hippiegrrl adventure involves books, coffee, and music playlists. Whether that adventure will remain at or be on a new domain remains to be seen, but for the time being we are here and the writing shall commence shortly. I am feverishly reading books to review and will be updating with pictures and music that relate to reading and caffeine soon. It feels like it is going to be fun and I hope that you will continue to check back often to see where goes.

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