I haven’t been reading a whole lot, lately (I think I read a grand total of one book last month…) but non-fiction November did inspire me to finally pick up some books that had been on my reading list. Mostly, this is turning out to be biographies & memoirs, but I also buy a lot of non-fiction in paperback, because I like being able to annotate on it as I’m going.
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
My Thoughts Exactly – Lily Allen
This book is one I can’t remember why I wanted to read, but as soon as I did, I was engrossed. The first half of the book is written really well, it’s lyrical and captivating, with enough gravity that you don’t forget you’re reading a memoir, and these are real things that happened to someone. In contrast, the middle is definitely rushed – it felt like events of Lily Allen’s life were just being listed as fast as possible to get to the ending, which I’m hoping will be better.
Lily Allen herself is a curious figure. She was a charting singer in the UK when I was young and I remember hearing about her as one of those stars always in the tabloids – though I couldn’t tell you what her songs are – and then more recently, she’s emerged as a ‘celebrity in politics’ figure. I didn’t have much of an opinion on her prior to reading this, but it wasn’t negative, as she was often in the news for calling out government bs. But it’s still odd to read a celebrity memoir, which I’m not in the habit of.
What have you recently finished?
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
In contrast, this autobiography has been on my TBR ever since it came out, which I think was early when Trevor Noah was still very popular as the new Daily Show host. I listened to the audiobook, which everyone always recommends, and I’d definitely do the same. It’s narrated with just as much wit and humour as you’d expect, which provides such an entertaining listen that it feels much shorter than it’s 8-hours (actually, I think the book could’ve been longer!)
Despite the many dark and shocking moments Trevor lives through, he seems to stick by his self-avowed prophecy on not focusing on it to detrimental effect, and it produces an insight into his life and the context of his life that is, perhaps unsurprisingly, very critical and clear-eyed, even while it’s sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.
What are you going to read next?
Disability Visibility – Alice Wong
This book I purchased a while ago – after seeing it on many blogs, I think! – and I’ve read the prologue but not the rest. It is a collection of essays from a variety of writers on and about disability. This is an area I’m undereducated about critically, but not socially. I also think disability as a whole is something people generally believe only affects a minor number of people, when in fact it is the minority who don’t have any form of disability. The title of this book seems apt then!
Are you reading non-fiction only this month? What are you reading? I already have many non-fic recs, but I’m always happy to have more. Particularly if they’re memoirs in audiobook, which is a combination I love. Becoming, by Michelle Obama, is always one that’s been on my TBR but…it’s 20 hours long…