My 2018 Top Winter Reads

When I think of winter reading, I picture snuggling up with a cup of tea and a cosy book. But this is not a cosy book reading list! Some of my favourite winter reads are books that are best enjoyed with the weather outside is grizzly and inhospitable. Sure, some of them are snuggly books, but others aren’t so friendly. What are your favourite books to read in winter?

My 2018 Top Winter Reads

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Feminist Nonfiction TBR | International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!  If you don’t normally read nonfiction, I hope my roundup inspires you.  There’s something on here for every age group.  Some of these books anthologise a diverse array of women’s stories so you can hitchhike through history and travel around the globe between the covers of just one book! 

Books can be such a powerful tool for unity and equality.  So speak up, read up, and know that your story is important.  

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Choose Love, Read Diversely | Valentine’s Day 2018

This Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating love in all its shapes and shades.  Gender, sexuality, race, and religion have nothing to do with the authenticity of a couple’s love.  It’s important to raise up narratives that represent true love in all its forms.

While these recommendations may portray some of the challenges marginalised couples face, this post is about normalising diverse love stories and recognising the beauty of healthy, happy relationships.

 

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2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge

Happy New Year book lovers!  When you make your New Year’s resolutions, try injecting more diversity into your reading life. 

Diversity is all around us, but we often fail to find it in books and other media.  Check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge and recommendations to kickstart your journey.  This challenge is for readers of all ages!   

If you want more information about reading about diversity, please leave a comment or check out my Own Voices Book Recs page.

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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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3 Must Own Feminist Books | Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Show your love by giving the gift of feminism.  Here are 3 feminist titles for the special women and men in your life (no kidding, gender equality benefits everyone.)

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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

muslim-girl-9781501159503_hr“A harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”

Perfect For…

  • Girls aged 15+.  This is a coming of age story that affirms and empowers girls regardless of religion or race.
  • Anyone who consumes media.  We take it for granted that media is biased, but we may not realise who bias impacts.  Written by an industry insider, Muslim Girl is an eyeopener with a very personal core.
  • Busy people.  This is a small book with a big impact.  Its message will forever change the way you see the world.

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Double Review | Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel is an iconic cartoonist well-known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.  Her two graphic memoirs apply a psychoanalytical lens to her stranger-than-fiction childhood to paint an intricate portrait of her parents.  Considering how the characters and themes link the two narratives, they are better when read together!  These memoirs will fascinate lovers of literature with references to great writers, and engross readers who enjoy beautifully structured family biographies.  Her perceptiveness left me in awe.

Bechdel’s art is always worth taking the time to appreciate.  She uses only one colour (greyish green in Fun Home and red in Are You My Mother?) as a wash over her greyscale illustrations.  I was fixated admiring the detail in every frame, and how text and art support each other to articulate meaning more powerfully than either could alone.

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Graphic Memoir Review | Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

Marbles by Ellen Forney Review Paige's pagesTITLE: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
AUTHOR & ARTIST
: Ellen Forney
PUBLISHER
: Avery
RELEASE DATE
: November 6, 2012
GENRE
: Adult Graphic Memoir
PAGE COUNT
: 256


In this intimate and informative graphic memoir, comic artist Ellen Forney tells her story of battling bipolar disorder.  Along the way, she delves into the origins and issues of the “crazy artist” stereotype, and rewrites her own identity as a creator with mental illness.  Most of all, Marbles is for readers who want insight into the long-term challenges of living with bipolar disorder.  
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Book Review | The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen

the-camera-my-mother-gave-me-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: The Camera My Mother Gave Me
AUTHOR: Susanna Kaysen
PUBLISHER: Knopf
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2001
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 149


In this soul-bearing memoir by the author of Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen chronicles her relationship with her vagina.  When this under-appreciated part of her anatomy starts to hurt, destroying her sex life, her vagina suddenly becomes the centre of her universe.  Susanna is forced to analyse her new relationships with emotional abuse and chronic pain, and how all this impacts her identity as a woman… in a nutshell, everything you’re not supposed to talk about in public.
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Graphic Memoir Review | Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

persepolis-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
AUTHOR: Marjane Satrapi
PUBLISHER: Pantheon
RELEASE DATE: 2000
GENRE: Graphic Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 153


Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s first person account of growing up as a politically active girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  While giving readers insight into life during that time, what stood out to me most was how coming of age goes hand-in-hand with developing new ways of seeing the world.

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