Confessions of a [Feminist] Readaholic

Hi everyone, my name is Taylor and I’m a readaholic. I also really like to talk about books, reading, favourite authors and genres… essentially all things BOOK. Anyone else out there as big a book nerd as I am? Please identify yourself in the comments so that I may creep on your blog and/or reading list and pester you about what you are reading incessantly. You’ll like me, I swear.

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As with many readaholics, I like to plan out what I am going to read eons in advance. I hoard books that look interesting from thrift shops, then squirrel them away on my shelves to be read someday… and I will be the first to admit that my library is rapidly getting out of control. During our recent move J and I cataloged all my books into a spreadsheet and I have been slowly adding information since. Currently I have over 500 books, a fairly large chunk are works by authors I adore but have not yet read. Not to say that I’m not trying, I’ve already read 24 books this year and February isn’t done yet. I have started reviewing the books I have read in order to have access to my thoughts on them down the road, as it comes up again and again that I have read something but remember little about it. I read along with a number of book clubs including (but not limited to) Autostraddle Book Club, Feminist Reader’s Network, and Vancouver Feminist Book Club, and am creator/moderator of FABClub (Female Authors Book Club) and Feminist Science Fiction Fans, as well as recently became the moderator for The F-Word. It keeps me fairly busy.

My recent reading efforts have gone towards trying to read everything by my favourite authors, and in the last year I have made a pretty big dent in the works of Octavia E. Butler (task completed!), Margaret Atwood and Ursula Le Guin. Also on the hit list are James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon), Joan D. Vinge, Nicola Griffith, Marge Piercy, Suzette Haden Elgin, Suzy McKee Charnas, Joanna Russ, Sheri S. Tepper, Vonda McIntyre, Zadie Smith, Joan Slonczewski, Sarah Waters, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Does anyone else out there read books by these authors? Some of them are sort of obscure, so if you like them I want to hear about it!

After the cut are some book lists from various groups listed above that I have mostly covered in the last few years, for anyone who may be interested.

FABClub Reading List
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50781

1. The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood (July 31, 2011)
2. Lilith’s Brood – Octavia Butler (Aug/Sept 2011)
3. When She Woke – Hillary Jordan (Oct/Nov 2011)
4. The Highest Frontier – Joan Slonczewski (Dec 2011/Jan 2012)
5. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers (Feb/Mar 2012)
6. The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin (Feb/March 2012)
7. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (Apr/May 2012)
8. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Suzanna Clarke (Apr/May 2012)
9. The Colossus – Sylvia Plath (June/July 2012)
10. Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy (June/July 2012)
11. Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (Aug/Sept 2012)
12. Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel (Aug/Sept 2012)
13. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf (Oct/Nov 2012)
14. Letters to my Daughters – Fawzia Koofi (Oct/Nov 2012)
15. The Diviners – Libba Bray (Jan/Feb 2013)
16. Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir – Beth Ditto (Jan 2013 Monthly Memoir)
17. Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell – Katherine Monk (February 2013 MM)
18. Diary of Frida Kahlo – Frida Kahlo (Mar/Apr 2013)
19. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant (Mar/Apr 2013)
20. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood (May/June 2013)
21. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi (May 2013 MM)
22. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity – Julia Serano (June 2013 MM)
23. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker (July/Aug 2013)
24. Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India – Madhur Jaffrey (July 2013 MM)
25. I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone – Nina Simone (August 2013 MM)
26. We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo (Sept/Oct 2013)
27. A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki (Sept/Oct 2013)
28. James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon – Julie Phillips (September 2013 MM)
29. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced – Nujood Ali (October 2013 MM)
30. Seed to Harvest – Octavia Butler (Nov/Dec 2013)
31. Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman (November 2013 MM)
32. Eating Dirt – Charlotte Gill (December 2013 MM)
33. Yes Means Yes! – Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti (Jan/Feb 2014)
34. Homeward Bound – Emily Matchar (Jan/Feb 2014)
35. A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout (January 2014 MM)
36. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan (February 2014 MM)
37. Chanel Bonfire – Wendy Lawless (March 2014 MM)
38. Mr. Fox – Helen Oyeyemi (March/April 2014)
39. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (March 2014)
40. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai (April 2014 MM)

Vancouver Feminist Book Club Reading List
http://feministbookclubvan.tumblr.com/

1. Whipping Girl – Julia Serano (aug 2010)
2. Sub Rosa – Amber Dawn (sept 2010)
3. Colonize This! – eds. Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman (oct 2010)
4. Girls to the Front – Sarah Marcus (nov 2010)
5. Hopeful Monsters – Hiromi Goto (jan 2011)
6. All About Love – bell hooks (feb 2011)
7. Butch is a Noun – S. Bear Bergman (march 2011)
8. Feminism FOR REAL – ed Jessica Yee (april 2011)
9. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin (may 2011)
10. I’ll Show You Mine – Wrenna Roberts (june 2011)
11. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme – Eds. Ivan E. Coyote & Zena Sharman (july 2011)
12. Fat!So? – Marilyn Wan (august 2011)
13. Feminist Listening Party! Song/video share (oct 2011)
14. The Revolution Starts at Home – Eds: Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani & Leah Lacksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Dec 2011)
15. Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler (jan 2012)
16. The Princess – Christine Smith (feb 2012) (http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Princess/5186771/)
17. Missed Her – Ivan E. Coyote (March 2012)
18. Love Cake – Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (April 2012)
19. I am Woman – Lee Maracle (May 2012)
19. Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde (July 2012)
20. Riot Lung – Leah Horlick (February 2013)
21. Salt Fish Girl – Larissa Lai (July 2013)
22. Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity (November 2013)

Autostraddle Book Club Reading List
http://www.autostraddle.com

1. Inferno – Eileen Myles
2. The IHOP Papers – Ali Liebgott
3. Bastard out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison
4. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
5. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
6. The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily Danforth
7. Blue is the Warmest Colour – Julie Maroh

Gender in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
http://cynicalbookworm.blogspot.ca/2011/11/gender-in-fantasy-and-scifi-challenge.html

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon
Octavia Butler – Kindred
Octavia Butler – Wild Seed
Angela Carter – The Bloody Chamber
Suzy McKee Charnas – The Holdfast Chronicles
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Herland
Nicola Griffith – Ammonite
Ursula K. Le Guin – Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin – The Dispossessed
Anne McCaffrey – The Ship Who Sang
Vonda McIntyre – Dreamsnake
Marge Piercy – Woman on the Edge of Time
Joanna Russ – The Female Man
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Sheri Tepper – Beauty
Sheri Tepper – The Gate to Women’s Country
James Tiptree Jr – anything you can find, actually
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra – Y the Last Man (comic series)
Monique Wittig – Les Guerrilleres
Virginia Woolf – Orlando
Yoshinaga Fumi – Oooku (comic series)

A YEAR OF FEMINIST CLASSICS
http://feministclassics.wordpress.com/

2012
February – Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
March – The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan
April – Whipping Girl by Julia Serano
May – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
June – Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
July – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
August – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
September – Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
October – The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
November – Beyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi
December – Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
2013
January – Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
February – Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Feminist Readers Network Book List
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1452-the-feminist-readers-network

Cinderella Ate My Daughter – Peggy Orenstein (April/May 2011)
Ain’t I A Woman – bell hooks (June/July 2011)
Native Tongue – Suzette Haden Elgin (Aug/Sept 2011)
The Purity Myth – Jessica Valenti (Dec 2011/Jan 2012)
Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine (Feb/March 2012)
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (Apr/May 2012)
Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde (June/July 2012)
Diary of Frida Kahlo – Frida Kahlo (Aug/Sept 2012)
Gaga Feminism – J. Jack Halberstam (Oct/Nov 2012)
Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood (Dec 2012/Jan 2013)
Sister Citizen – Melissa V. Harris-Perry (March/April 2013)
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (May/June 2013)
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin (May/June 2013)
The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan (July 2013)

10 comments

  1. Over here… Book nerd extraordinaire!! I too hoard thrift store books, check kindle daily deals EVERY DAY, and usually have 3 or 4 books checked out from the library. I wake up in the morning early for work just to read. I buy all books I love in hard back so I can keep them forever and shove them in everyone else’s face because of course they NEED to read them. I am sad to say that my desk job hinders my reading and I’ve only read 12 so far this year… but still. I UNDERSTAND!!

    • Book nerds unite! Desk jobs definitely put a damper on reading… at my last job I started listening to Game of Thrones audio books while I worked but must have exclaimed “Oh no he didn’t!” too many times because my boss asked me to stop. Party pooper!

  2. I’m intrigued by your lists! I just overcame my disillusionment with the word feminist and have started reading, this is going to be a great reference, thanks!

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