The Bookshelf: 2016 edition


Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Mother by Yvvette Edwards

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Aside from baking and travel, literature is also a passion on mine.  During my undergrad I was a Creative Writing Major.  Nowadays I’m enrolled in grad school to become a librarian, joined the chapter of Librarians Without Borders on campus, and working as an aide-bibliothécaire in a public library.  I spend a lot of my time surrounded by books, which leads to an ever growing reading list.

One year ago, I set the goal of reading more books and making a conscious effort in selecting which ones to read.  Having completed a Minor in Women’s Studies during my undergrad, I wanted to apply some intersectional feminism to my reading list.  I wanted to depart from the stereotypical English Lit class reading list (ie Straight Christian White British/American Man), instead seeking authors with different perspectives.  Rather than listing off the books I intended to read, making it seem like yet another overwhelming to-do list, I thought I’d do a round-up of the ones I read this past year.  I love contemporary fiction, yet a truly stunning book of poetry found itself among the novels.  I borrowed most of these books from public libraries.  I hope some of these make it to your nightstand and that they make you feel.

I love the website Literary Hub and its great articles.  Check out the links below for a variety of reading suggestions:

Overlooked books by women sheds some light on why lists about books by women writers are still needed

Their series Women in Translation

Contemporary novels by and about Muslims because we are living in horrifying times and we here in Quebec are also reeling from a despicable terrorist attack against our Muslim community.  Just as lovers of food and the culinary arts are resisting by celebrating and sharing the foods of the countries targeted by the new US administration’s ban, lovers of literature can celebrate and share the writing of Muslim authors.

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