At the beginning of the year, I started my book buying semi-ban where I have to read 5 books before I buy 1 new one and, sadly, this month I’ve faltered… Basically, I “earned” the right (from myself) to buy 1 new book and instead I bought 3. Oops…
In all honest, though, I’m happy I’ve been sticking to it fairly well and have gone as long as I have without any upsets. I’ve basically knocked off 10 books I already owned (which is one third of what I own). I’m not beating myself up too badly though because I really wanted the ones I picked up and I’m only two books over what I should be. And I’m not throwing the challenge out of the window at all. I’m just going to continue with it going forward.
But, if you’re curious, here’s what I got:
For the first time this year I broke my book buying semi-ban. I'm supposed to read 5 books I already own before buying one new one but these were just too tempting. It's only two more than I should have bought though so it's not too bad.. (I just have to read ten books from my shelves to make up for it now… >_>;;)
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher (Zero Books)
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y Davis (Seven Stories Press)
Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything by Becky Bond & Zack Exley (Chelsea Green Publishing)
I’m halfway through Capitalist Realism and find it interesting, but not necessarily a quick read for me despite its small size. I wouldn’t call it a super difficult read necessarily, but it does require your attention and it occasionally references things which, if you don’t know about them, make understanding less straightforward. I’ve also found that the language is sometimes more convoluted than it needs to be. I very much feel like its audience is the academic and already initiated. It’s a real shame because, the content which would benefit the masses to be aware of, is not as engaging or accessible as it could be to capture the attentions of most people in a way that is not difficult to understand.
I thumbed quickly through Rules for Revolutionaries in Waterstones before buying it and found it to be written in a more consistently accessible and engaging way so I think it’ll be a faster read and possibly one I could recommend more freely to a wider range of people who won’t need to do lots of pre-reading of other things to understand what’s being presented.
I’m excited to get to Are Prisons Obsolete? too since I’ve heard so many good things about Angela Y Davis, but I get the impression the style will be a little more (semi-)academic like Capitalist Realism and will require more attention than more pop-politics books.
It seems I’ve been going non-fiction crazy recently. The last 5 books I’ve read have been non-fiction and my reading interest still seems to be in that vein at the moment so I guess I’m having a “Non-Fiction Springtime” or something.
How are your book goals going? And what do you do when you have a hiccup along the road (continue as normal or just give it up)?
Happy Bank Holiday/Easter Monday reading! 😉