Adele: A Bookworm
My reading had, for a long time, been strongly dominated by non-fiction. I realised this was very much influenced by my work, studies, and human rights advocacy and project commitments and I am trying to balance my reading differently nowadays.
Some of my reading choices are driven by a desire to revisit stories I’ve read before to see how my perspective and experience of them change as I am changing. My reading list will often include such a trip to an old haunt, not necessarily a favourite, and not necessarily one from a particularly long time ago.
- After Australia, anthology edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad
- You Belong Here, by Laurie Steed
- The Historian’s Daughter, by Rashida Murphy
- The Paper Menagerie, by Ken Liu
- The Found and the Lost, by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Magic’s Price, by Mercedes Lackey
- Wormwood, by Poppy Z. Brite
- The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Ci Xin
- Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
- House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
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- How to Be an AntiRacist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- when things fall apart, by pema chodron
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
- See What You Made Me Do, by Jess Hill
- The Sense of Style, by Steven Pinker
- Chaos Protocols, by Gordon White
- all about love: new visions, by bell hooks
- The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- Imperfect, by Lee Kofman
- Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, by Sisonke Msimang
- Dark Emu, by Bruce Pascoe
- Chasing the Scream, by Johann Hari
- Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist, by Margalis Fjelstad
- Suburbanism, by Robert Wood
- Any Ordinary Day, by Leigh Sales
- See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse, by Jess Hill
- The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities, by Jade Lillie, Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood, Jax Jacki Brown
- Come: A memoir, by Rita Therese
- A Treacherous Country, by K.M. Kruimink
- Sheer Water, by Leah Swann
- The Killing Streets, by Tanya Bretherton
- No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, by Rachel Louise Snyder
- Permanent Resident, by Roanna Gonsalves
- Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men, by Caroline Criado Perez
- Growing Up Asian in Australia, edited by Alice Pung
- Tao Te Ching, translation by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, edited by Anita Heiss
- On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
- Salt: Selected Stories and Essays, by Bruce Pascoe
- Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
- Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement Towards Voice, Treaty and Truth, by Thomas Mayor
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Trauma Cleaner, by Sarah Krasnostein
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Customer Service Wolf, by Anne Barnetson
- Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks
- Witches, Sluts, Feminists, by Kristen J. Sollee
- American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
- Growing Up Queer in Australia, edited by Benjamin Law (published on Singapore Review of Books)
- Lost Connections, by Johann Hari
- Growing Up Disabled in Australia, edited by Carly Findlay
- Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse, by Cassandra Pybus
- The Lotus Eaters, by Emily Clements
- We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, by Sophie McNeill
- I Choose Elena, by Lucia Osborne-Crowley
- On Intersectionality: Essential Writings, by Kimberle Crenshaw
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