March/April TBR

Hello fellow readers~

It’s customary to post a To Be Read list at the beginning of the month, but even if you’ve recently joined The Scented Library, you know I break customs. Especially as I’m only just getting sucked into book blogging, I tend to follow my own time table. But I have been keeping up with the Teaser Tuesday meme by posting on Tuesdays, it would be counterintuitive to do otherwise! All this to explain why I’m sharing my March/April TBR in the middle of the month: I was out of town coaching at a Speech/Debate tournament the first few days of March and needed to finish up reading/reviewing my Jan/Feb. reads first.

20180314_145217 (1)March/April’s books have a clear theme: empowering female reads and exploring Women’s history. I took one college course on Women’s History (herstory) and all I remember learning about was U.S. and U.K women’s suffrage. These picks uncover some Middle Eastern women’s movements to help fill the holes in my knowledge. The list of required reading on the subject is much longer, but here’s what I gathered for the next six weeks:

  • Men Explain Things to Me/Rebecca Solnit

A collection of essays including the original 2008 piece commenting on the silencing of women. “In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.”–|GoodReads summary

  • *The Power/ Naomi Alderman. Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Originally published in Great Britain by Viking, October 2016.

*The only fiction in the bunch. This was an Our Shared Shelf selection by Emma Watson’s GoodReads group last year with an alternate history premise I can’t wait to read.

“A rich Nigerian boy; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. When a vital new force takes root and flourishes, their lives converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls and women now have immense physical power– they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And everything changes …”–|Publisher

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  • I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world/ Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick.

“I Am Malala. This is my story. Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person — one young person — can inspire change in her community and beyond. “–|Provided by publisher, Little, Brown and Company

  • The Underground Girls of Kabul : in search of a hidden resistance in Afghanistan / Jenny Nordberg

“An award-winning foreign correspondent who contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series reveals the secret Afghan custom of disguising girls as boys to improve their prospects, discussing its political and social significance as well as the experiences of its practitioners.”–|Crown Publishers

  • 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History

“Here’s the perfect book for anyone interested in learning more about girls and women in the United States from the 18th century to the present. Featuring contributions from a wide variety of women, including well-known nonfiction writers, a children’s librarian, historians, and many more, this latest addition to the 33 Things series provides an engaging, inspiring, informative look at the role women have played in shaping American history.”–|Penguin, Random House

33 Things is 20 years old, but I’ve discovered in it some new-to-me information to fill my American women history gap. Not a cover-to-cover read, but I’ll peruse it for useful insight.

And because I always have 2-3 books going at once:

20180318_101849 (1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe v.1) /Neal Shusterman.“In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t”–|Provided by publisher Simon & Schuster

Obviously not part of the women’s empowerment theme, but my niece is required to read this for English Festival next month and since she dislikes the dystopian genre, I am doing a read-along with her to discuss it together. I admit I’m completely absorbed by Scythe so far.

Not a-book-a-week reader, is it possible for me to finish this ambitious list before May? Probably not. But I’ll be updating with reviews and my Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid challenge around then, regardless. If you’ve read any of these titles or have similar recommendations, please share and let me know what’s inspiring your current reads.

5 thoughts on “March/April TBR

  1. Excellent!!! I was given the Men Explain Things To Me book earlier in the year but I will read along with you. Let me know when you start it, please. I love all your picks. Scythe sounds particularly interesting.

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    1. Cool! I will start it after I finish Scythe, probably next week? I have no clue where these books will go in our reading challenge, but I’ll try to make them fit. Maybe Men will be my non-fiction to tickle the brain cells read…
      Oh, Scythe is a stunner, I can see why it was selected for English Festival writing, so many possible avenues to explore with the premise.

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  2. I had to read Men Explain Things To Me for one of my English classes this year. I loved it so much. It really want to read it again. I too am feeling a women empowerment feel for my reading list this spring. I just started Bad Feminist Essays by Roxanne Gay.

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    1. Hello~Great to know about Men, I’m looking forward to reading. It definitely feels like a fortuitous time to celebrate women and their progress at the moment. Ah yes, I haven’t personally read Bad Feminist, however, it made the speech and debate rounds the last couple years, so I heard it performed by competitors as a judge, a few times-powerful stuff!

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