Category Archives: Non-fiction

February reads 2017

I only read three books in February, but two of them were pretty long so I actually read more pages than average, I think. All in all not a bad month for books: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (non-fiction) This … Continue reading

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January reads 2017

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (novel) Parts of this were great; others were a slog. Normally I like an unlikeable narrator/anti-hero, and a non-linear narrative, but Saleem was such an arrogant dick I couldn’t get on board with him. I … Continue reading

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

This book was described to me as being a kind of memoir about how Nelson’s body changed with pregnancy while her partner Harry’s body changed as he started taking testosterone and had surgery. It is, and it isn’t. This aspect … Continue reading

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Best books of 2016

2016 was an odd reading year for me. I read 59 books, which is roughly average for me, maybe slightly below, but I seemed to read a lot of ‘okay’ books but not as many great ones. For some reason … Continue reading

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December reads 2016

Grief is the Thing with the Feathers by Max Porter (poetry/novel) Not really a poetry collection or a novel, but more something in between – it is a novel fragmented as life is fragmented by grief. It doesn’t always make … Continue reading

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Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

This short book is about hope as activism, and describes different examples of how activism has worked, though sometimes over a long period of time, because “we can change the world because we have many times before.” While reading this … Continue reading

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November reads 2016

I wasn’t supposed to be reading in November…so I just read a few comics and listened to an audiobook. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (non-fiction) This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to the whole way through, and … Continue reading

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