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I'm blogging books and manga separately this year, just because I read so much manga. I feel like I've read remarkably few books this year; last year my reading had gone down in total, but I didn't separate the books and manga out, so I'm not sure if I read more books this year or last year. I definitely read way more manga this year, which is why the book count is only at 90. It's really weird; not reading many actual books makes me feel like a slacker, particularly since much of what I did read was YA.

Thoughts about the year in books )

I've blogged nearly all of these previously; the ones that haven't been written up yet are asterisked. You should be able to find everything via tags or LJ memories, and if you're curious about one of the unblogged ones, leave a comment and I shall expound upon it.

And now, without further ado, my top ten books of 2006:

  1. Gillian Bradshaw, assorted novels )


  2. Sarah Dessen, Just Listen )


  3. Scott McCloud, Making Comics )


  4. Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, eds., This Bridge Called My Back )


  5. Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women's Writing )


  6. Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night )


  7. Beverley Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race )

  8. Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia )


  9. Jo Walton, Farthing )


  10. Scott Westerfeld, Succession )


Also recommended: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; Christina Chiu, Troublemaker and Other Saints; Sarah Dessen, Dreamland; Emma Donoghue, Life Mask; Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Susan Vaught, Stormwitch; Cornel West, Race Matters; Frank H. Wu, Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White; Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese

Total read: 90 (3 rereads)

All books read in 2007 )
oyceter: (not the magical minority fairy)
(subtitle: Writings by Radical Women of Color)

I read this way back during IBARW, and am only blogging about it now. I wanted to actually spend time and write good and deep and intelligent things, but mostly that just meant that I put it off for forever.

So... instead, the short and random edition!

I am sure it surprises no one that I adored this book. [livejournal.com profile] rilina had posted some Mitsuye Yamada quotes while she was reading this, and I loved them so much that I ILLed the book.

The book is a mix of essays, poems, and stories, some of which I enjoyed, some of which I didn't. The editors tried to include Asian, Latina, Native American, black, mixed race and homosexual women in the interests of coming up with an anthology that would try to cover all women of color.

The main thing for me was finally being able to read a book on myself. The anthology tackles issues of racism and sexism and how women of color are often caught in the middle, explaining one side to the other, having to constantly defend feminism from accusations of racism, or anti-racism from accusations of sexism. The opening poem from which the title comes was particularly moving.

I don't know how critical I can be about this book. It gave me tools and vocabulary during a time I really needed it (and still do); it included me and a lot of my issues, which isn't something that I tend to find that often (something including all my particular issues would have to address race, nationality AND gender). I've always felt like I had to defend Asian culture from accusations of sexism, or at least find ways to critique it without rejecting it all together. But because I didn't think about racism that much before, I never really concentrated on critiquing feminism from an anti-racism standpoint. It's an odd space to live in.

While I liked most of the pieces in the book, the ones that affected me the most were the ones on the Asian-American experience. A lot of this is because I haven't read that much on the Asian-American experience, and because a lot of the anti-racism books I was reading at the time focused largely on the black experience.

I'm not really putting this very well, but this is a book that is very important to me, and I found it at a time I really needed it.

Links:
- [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212's review
- [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity's review

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