This week’s list is brought to you by the massive piles of books sitting on my night stand and desk. From novels I’ve just bought to books that I’ve had forever and really need to get around to reading, this is an eclectic list of things I really want to finish before winter is over (if winter ever gets to Vancouver, that is). Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting!
1. Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts – Elizabeth Sheehy
In my non-blogging life, I am a legal academic who specialises in criminal law and feminist legal theory. Consequently, this book is a BIG DEAL as very few books about this subject have come out in Canada, and none that have gone into such detail and analysis. I’ve studied under Professor Sheehy, and I absolutely adore her work. It’s challenging and thought-provoking, and Defending Battered Women on Trial is bound to become a much used reference book in my work.
2. Batgirl/Robin Year One – Chuck Dixon/Scott Beatty/Marcos Martin
I’ve wanted to read Batgirl Year One for years, but it was out of print for an exceptionally long time, and copies of the book became quite costly. When this reprint was released, I jumped on it, happy to see that DC was paying some attention to their older canon works.
3. A Fine and Private Place – Peter S. Beagle
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a screening of The Last Unicorn accompanied by a book signing with Peter S. Beagle. I took advantage of the sales table when I was at the event and picked up a few pieces by Beagle that I haven’t been able to get a hold of before. A Fine and Private Place is his first novel, and if it is at all similar to the wonderful narratives in The Last Unicorn and Tamsin, I am sure I will fall completely in love! Beagle’s works tend to be filled with magic and possibility, and his narrators always have the most interesting voices.
4. The Chaos – Nalo Hopkinson
The Chaos is a book that I picked up randomly from the discount piles at my local independent bookstore. Those discount piles will be the absolute end of me and my bank account one day… The story is about a young, biracial girl from Toronto who undergoes a strange metamorphosis as her city is overrun with mythical creatures and events.
5. Shadows Cast by Stars – Catherine Knutsson
Shadows Cast by Stars is another book from the discount pile at Book Warehouse. This one intrigued me because it is a dystopia with an Indigenous female lead. That and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
6. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity – Julia Serano
I’ve owned this book for at least a year, and I’ve read pieces of it here and there. However, I have no good excuse as to why I haven’t sat down and read the entire thing since it’s about a subject that I really need to educate myself more on. From what I have read, it’s amazing, so I am looking forward to having my mind opened and my preconceptions torn apart.
7. A Letter of Mary – Laurie R. King
I started reading the Mary Russell series earlier this month, and I really enjoyed them! However, I have the literacy attention span of a gnat for series most of the time, and after two books, I wandered off to read something else for a while. I do really want to return to this universe though and see what else Russell and Holmes are up to!
8. This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel
Oh discount pile… I really need to quit you, but you offer me such good reads for so cheap! I read Oppel’s Silverwing series when I was a teen and absolutely loved them, so I assume that This Dark Endeavor has a good chance of being equally as pleasing even though it’s an historical horror rather than a vaguely supernatural story about bats… It’s unfortunately been sitting on the bottom of my to-read pile for a while, and I want to make sure that it doesn’t get lost there forever!
9. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator – Ryan Holiday
This book is entirely my partner’s fault. He’s well aware of my weakness for books in general, and my interest in political science and sociology. When he handed me a book critiquing and explaining how modern media works, I couldn’t just put it back on the shelf! In any case, I hope this is a better analysis of the media than the last several terrible attempts I have read.
10. Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
Everyone in the entire world has been telling me to read this book/watch the television series because I am always bitching that there aren’t enough diverse representations of women in mainstream literature. I finally snagged a copy during a Cyber Monday sale (I am a terrible consumer. It was just really easy to procrastinate by online shopping instead of paper and exam prep!), and I’ll brave some general fiction to see for myself what all the fuss is about.