Reading Highlights 2017 Part Two | Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care.  One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read.  I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!

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Adult Fiction Highlights

The Power by Naomi Alderman

9780241015728 - The Power - Naomi AldermanPUBLISHER: Viking
RELEASE DATE: 
October 27, 1016
GENRE: 
Science Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 230
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In this discomforting analysis of power and structural oppression, the patriarchy is turned upside down overnight when women worldwide realise their power to shoot electricity.  If you have the stomach to survive this book, it will forever change your understanding of society and culture.  This is the most out-there and life-changing fiction I read this year.


Kabuki series by David W. Mack

portfolio-01-largePUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: 2001 – 2008
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The Kabuki series opened my eyes to the boundless potential of the graphic novel genre.  Not only is the plot the definition of epic, but its gorgeous art style destroys expectations.  The core of Kabuki is personal transformation: rewriting one’s identity, history, and culture to live a new narrative.  I’ve lost count of all the times I’ve raved about this series to friends.


A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Layout 1PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
RELEASE DATE: 
June 27, 2013
GENRE: 
Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 
205
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Told in a bizarre, poetic voice, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a haunting story of love and abuse.  I know this book isn’t for everyone; I struggled with the narration until my brain finally caught up with its lack of sentence structure and grammar.  But the effort of slogging through was worth it for the unforgettable impact it had on me.


IT by Stephen King

It-First-EditionPUBLISHER: Viking Penguin
RELEASE DATE: 
September 15, 1986
GENRE: 
Adult Fiction, Supernatural Horror
PAGE COUNT: 1116
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I savoured every page of this epic, revelling in the rare opportunity to feel like a child again.  IT hooked my imagination and my emotions throughout its 1000-and-something pages.

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Nonfiction Highlights

The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen

9780679763437PUBLISHER: Knopf
RELEASE DATE
: October 2, 2001
GENRE
: Nonfiction, Memoir
PAGE COUNT:
149
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In this soul-bearing memoir by the author of Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen chronicles her relationship with her vagina.  The Camera My Mother Gave Me confronts countless taboos in its discussion of relationship abuse, chronic pain, and women’s bodies.  For such a short book, it took me on a powerful journey and changed my perspectives profoundly.


The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss

89bc4e9276215e4c6ff9e472ea67d7dfPUBLISHER: HarperCollins
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2014
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, Gender Politics
PAGE COUNT: 310
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The Fictional Woman confronts the countless “fictions” that have kept the status quo well-fed for centuries.  Tara Moss combines personal memoir with in-depth research to discuss the socio-historical constructs of gender roles.


Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

7922146EDITORS: Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
PUBLISHER: Seal Press
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2010
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQI+
PAGE COUNT: 304
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The second gender-bending anthology edited by Kate Bornstein brings together an extraordinary range of trans-spectrum creators.  This book celebrates diverse LGBTQIAP experiences, while encouraging readers to take a long, hard look at their society’s gender laws.


Muslim Girl by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

muslim-girl-9781501159503_hrPUBLISHER: Simon Schuster
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2016
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics
PAGE COUNT: 134
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In this narrative-driven yet thoroughly researched book Amani shines a light on the sexist and racist discrimination she fights on a daily basis for being a Muslim woman.  The culture she describes affects everyone regardless of sex, race, religion, and age.  While educating, it is also a call to action that empowers and uplifts female voices and experiences.


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

9781524733131PUBLISHER: Knopf
RELEASE DATE: 
March 7, 2017
GENRE: 
Nonfiction, Essay
PAGE COUNT:
63
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Dear Ijeawele clarifies gender inequality and the goals and values of feminism in an extremely short and easy-to-understand book.  I have never read anything that better communicates what it means to be a feminist, or provides such practical steps to achieving equality in every layer of society.


Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

9781592407323_custom-e5c4322a9086e555c36026b362be7945b560e100-s6-c30PUBLISHER: Avery
RELEASE DATE
: November 6, 2012
GENRE
: Adult Graphic Memoir
PAGE COUNT
: 256
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Marbles is an engrossing read for many reasons: not only is it beautifully illustrated, but its insight into bipolar disorder and discussion of identity and creativity are educating and riveting.  I was humbled by Ellen’s honesty in revealing ugly truths in pursuit of a healthier relationship with herself.


Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

areyoumymotherPUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin
RELEASE DATE
: June 8, 2006
GENRE
: Nonfiction, Graphic Memoir
PAGE COUNT
: 232
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This is the companion graphic memoir to Bechdel’s acclaimed Fun Home.  Alison is easy to connect with and makes herself extremely vulnerable in the process of unwinding the threads of her relationship with her mother.


Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 – 2002 by David Sedaris

1497507125012PUBLISHER: Little, Brown
RELEASE DATE: 
May 30, 2017
GENRE: 
Diary, Memoir
PAGE COUNT:
 514
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David Sedaris keeps a diary of every interesting thing that happens to him, resulting in a hilarious and troubling portrait of society and self.  In my opinion, Sedaris is the funniest, nuttiest writer alive.  I savoured every morsel and bullied my boyfriend by forcing him to listen to my top 200 favourite parts.

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Are any of these books your favourites?  If not, I hope I inspired you to add them to your 2018 reading list.  I would love to hear your highlights from 2017.  Please share in the comments or link me to a post on your blog.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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