Books I Read in the First Half of 2020

Jangma is tough on bibliophiles! Photo by Evelyn Chong from Pexels

Sorry for the long break everyone—the last few weeks have been busier than the rest of the semester combined. Also, typically, an intended quick translation intended for my female gazes series ended up ballooning into a massive project in its own right. But hopefully that post will finally be ready by sometime next week.

Until then, for your interest here’s all the books I’ve read so far this year, with my ratings. (Click on the thumbnails for their LibraryThing pages.) Alas, I don’t have time to write reviews, but I’d be happy to wax lyrical about any that you’re personally interested in. Please just let me know in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter :)

1. States and Social Revolutions (1979) by Theda Skocpol, 4.5/5

2. Medieval Technology and Social Change (1966) by Lynn White, 2.5/5

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (2016) by Mark Manson, 2/5

4. The Female Brain (2007) by Louann Brizendine, 2.5/5

5. The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism (1997) by Wendy Steiner, 3/5

6. Beyond the Frame: Women of Color and Visual Representation (2005) by N. Tadlar, 1.5/5

7. Dostoevsky: Reminiscences (1977) by Anna Dostoevsky, 3/5

8. We’re Going on a Bar Hunt: A Parody (2013) by Emlyn Rees, 3/5

9. Gender Voices (1991) by David Graddol, 5/5

10. She Found it at the Movies: Women on Sex, Desire, and Cinema (2020) by Christina Newland, 3/5

11. Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (2000) by Peter Just, 4/5

12. The Spheres of Heaven (2002) by Charles Sheffield, 3.5/5

13. Glory Season (1994) by David Brin, 4/5

14. Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics (1990) by Christine Battersby, 3/5

15. Media, Gender and Identity, An introduction (2nd ed., 2008) by David Gauntlett, 5/5

I know—a measly 2.5 books a month is just shameful. But, in addition to spending more time on buying books than actually reading them, unfortunately I’ve also long been addicted to hoarding journal articles on my hard drive too. It’s a habit I picked up in the early-2000s, back when losing J-STOR access was a fate worse then death, and an article publicly available one week might be gone the next.

Once you reach the point that you have 50-100 articles on your desktops at any given moment though, and are too busy properly titling them and moving them to your various “Academic” folders to ever actually read any of them? Then it’s time to finally admit you have a problem.

From July then, I’ll be going cold turkey, only downloading articles on topics I’m actually working on.

Not going to lie though—it’s going to be tough! ;)

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