February Reads: The List

On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals. Here’s what’s on the list for February:

#1 Fat Fiction: I’ll be reading Fat Assassins by Marita Fowler. I found this self-published book on Amazon!

Brief Description: “Southern style sweet potatoes Shasta and Ulyssa have stuck together through thick and thin since their escape from third grade fat camp. But on one dark day, they both find themselves unemployed. . . . they settle for an exterminator job. Confusing mafia lingo leaves the girls thinking they’re being interviewed to cope with a rodent infestation..”

 

fat assassins

#2 The Oldest Book Shelved on Goodreads: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion was shelved August 6, 2011.

Brief Description: “This classic collection of journalism defined the state of America during the upheaval of the sixties revolution. The essays feature barricades and bombings, mass murders and kidnapped heiresses.”

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#3 Newest Book Shelved on Goodreads: God, The Moon, and Other Megafauna by Kellie Wells is a book I procured at Wells’s recent reading at the University of Notre Dame.

Brief Description: “. . . populated with the world’s castoffs, cranks, and inveterate oddballs, the deeply aggrieved, the ontologically challenged, the misunderstood mopes that haunt the shadowy wings of the world’s main stage.”

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#4 Random Pick: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi was chosen for my book club this month.

Brief Description: “Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics.”

 

reading lolita in tehran

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20 comments

    • I didn’t know there was a Netflix thing. My Joan Didion has been on my shelf forever–it’s the second oldest book after the Cris Mazza book I reviewed in January. What is the Netflix special called?

    • I tried to find the author only, and her presence on her website and all social media dropped off at the same time in 2014. I was so worried because there is supposed to be a 3rd Fat Girls book, but it’s not published! So I tracked her down on Facebook and asked her about it. She said my message inspired her to get back to writing. I’M SO EXCITED, BILL!

  1. Waaaaaaait. Isn’t your last pick supposed to a be fun-whatever-I’m-in-the-mood-for read? Does a bookclub read count? Shouldn’t you still get a freebee? (Asking because I am really terrible about forgetting to include fun reads in my own reading schedule!)

    • I’ll write about all of them. I am behind on one book in January, but I’ve got room to make up for it in February. It’s really hard to get my groove back when I start a new semester, but I’m getting there.

  2. Fat Assassins looks promising for positive fat representation! Fingers crossed for you. I’m really digging that the cover has two fat women in “sexy attire,” and not all covered up.

    God, The Moon, and Other Megafauna also sounds intriguing! Sounds dark fantasy-ish?

  3. Nice variety! I’m really rooting for the Fat Assassins book – I hope it’s great! And I love the cover of the Kellie Wells book. “ontologically challenged” sounds intriguing…
    Happy reading!

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