Reading round-up: my January shelf

january shelf

For such an avid reader, I’ve read a surprisingly small amount of non-fiction. Although I loved school (NERD), I just could never get stuck in to books about history or science, when there were novels about pirates and murder to choose from instead. But thanks to the Feminist Book Club that I joined a few months ago, I’ve suddenly found myself hooked on feminism non-fiction. And when I looked back on my January shelf, I noticed something cool: for probably the first time ever, I’ve read an equal amount of fiction and non-fiction. The times they are a-changing indeed.

2014-04-26-TheVagenda3The Vagenda by Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

I finished The Vagenda weeks ago, and it’s stayed with me ever since. I’ve found myself scanning the magazine shelves with pursed lips and raised eyebrows, unable to ignore the degrading sexism screaming from every cover. Which is a shame, because I used to really love reading Grazia. Read my thoughts on The Vagenda here and here.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I jumped on the Hogwarts hype train at last. It turns out live-tweeting Harry Potter is a hoot. (Because owls… get it?) Check out what the #SiriusReaders had to say about this magical tale.

readers of broken wheel recommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

This Fried Green Tomatoes-esque novel has been very highly praised, and I’ve yet to read a bad review—which is surprising, because I didn’t think it was very good. Here’s my review—but don’t write it off just yet, as it seems I’m the only person who wasn’t enchanted by this book.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

This was Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club pick this month, so I’ve been reading this alongside almost 100,000 other people—awesome. I need to hurry up in order to finish on time tomorrow, but so far I’m finding it absolutely fascinating. More on this to come…!

Other books I’ve flicked through:

Deenie by Judy Blume

To research my post on the lack of female masturbation in literature, I revisited one of my old childhood favourites, Deenie.

The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

I wrote a while ago about bibliotherapy: the method of treating ailments with books. The House of Sleep was recommended for insomnia.

I am here now by The Mindfulness Project

Mindfulness is exactly what busy, stressed people need—but the problem is that busy, stressed people don’t feel like they have the time. Trying to convince myself to take ten minutes a day for some head space has been a challenge, but this creative mindfulness journal is a good way of tricking myself into it.

What books have you been loving this month?