Favorite books from January

The books I most enjoyed in January: (A list because I love looking at book covers and reminiscing about books I just read.)

Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes, ed. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton (which inspired my recent blog foray into wardrobe definition and sartorial self-discovery)

In Persuasion Nation

In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, by Katha Pollitt (which I recently quoted from)

Independent People

Independent People, by Halldór Laxness


Oranges, by John McPhee

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

No Good Men among the Living, by Anand Gopal

What were some of the best things you read last month? Do tell.

One thought on “Favorite books from January

  1. I like your list, and yes, looking at book covers and reminiscing is a very enjoyable pastime:-) I’m going to check out a couple of the ones you mentioned.
    My January books (and the pictures would look lovely!) were:
    1. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth- Chris Hadfield. I saw him speak at the National Geographical Society and got it signed, felt like a kid!
    2. El ruido de las cosas al caer- Juan Gabriel Vasquez. A young Colombian author, I have enjoyed a couple of his books before, and thought I would give this one a go. Excellent!
    3.The nine lives of Otto Katz – Jonathan Miles. Absolutely fantastic. Fascinating, terrifying, and in the end, terribly sad.
    4. A girl is a half formed thing – Eimear McBride. This was a gift for my birthday, and it took a while to get into it. But although it developed slowly, I ended up fiercely attached to the main character and her story.
    5. Dark Market: cyberthieves, cybercops, and you – Misha Glenny. Read it!!! I devoured this book, and when I finished I wished that I could be either an investigative journalist, work for cyber investigations, or become a hacker:-D
    6. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m just getting to the end of this one, but I love her voice. Her TED talk on feminism is fabulous, and her talk at the Hay Festival when she gave the commonwealth speech on realist literature was just a thing of beauty. And now it is February…which brings longer days, new challenges, and a pile of books waiting to be read!

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