I picked the books on my nightstand…okay, and on the floor…and stuck in the covers… My bookshelf is overrun with books my non-reader spouse insists we keep. (We do not need calculus textbooks or aquarium how-to’s, and yet, here we are). My desk also has way too many piles of random books—book piles are my inbox/outbox.
But the ones in my room are the ones I’m reading. Also, I use the library A LOT. Especially for fiction.
- ALLEGEDY by Tiffany Jackson. I just finished this last night. It’s been a long time since I was legit surprised by a book—this has a some great psychological-esque twists and talks about issues without ever becoming an issue book. I’m usually anti-baby plotline, but this one never bothered me. I was totally hooked.
- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE by JK Rowling. I don’t need to say anything except this is my can’t-even-deal-wha- the-ffuuu day comfort read. I cling to HP and LOTR when I just need to enjoy reading again.
- SOUTHERN HORRORS by Crystal N. Feimster. A non-fiction book on the politics of rape and lynching in the Jim Crow south, and its relation to white feminism, by comparing and contrasting the work of Ida B. Wells and Rebecca Felton. This is taking a really long time to read, as it’s incredibly thought provoking.
- WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour. Next on my TBR. This has such a beautiful cover and I’ve heard nothing but great things. I’m super excited to dig-in.
- THE FOXFIRE BOOK, edited by Eliot Wigginton. The first in a series of at least twelve books, where high school students in Georgia interviewed old-timers and detailed the minutia of Appalachian living. Today, it’s one of the most detailed preservations of culture. This volume deals with “hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts, planting by the signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, moonshining, and other affairs of plain living.”
- THE AMERICAN ALPINE JOURNAL 2015, edited by Douglas McDonald. Details the world’s most significant climbs for the year. This is an annually published book of trip reports, written by the climbers themselves, on climbing and mountaineering everywhere from Wyoming to Pakistan. It’s like a wormhole on the internet type of book, with beautiful photos and no comment section.
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