Saturday, January 14, 2012

SWG Coffee Social: Book Lists

Since I am one of those people who enjoy a good book list from a trusted source, I would like to share a few lists I have come across recently:

Citizen Reader's Best 100 Nonfiction Titles that People Might Actually Enjoy Reading
In response to Time magazine’s lackluster list of ALL-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books Sarah at Citizen Reader has taken on the daunting challenge of creating her own list which she is calling Best 100 Nonfiction Titles that People Might Actually Enjoy Reading. Since I have always wanted to ask Sarah for a list of her all-time favorite nonfiction reads, I was delighted when she announced this project. She is taking it in sections posting the Time picks, her picks, and asking for our picks in the comments. At the end she will post the master list of every one's titles which I will link to when finished.

I have already read Iris Chang's The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II from the list of 100 Bestish Nonfiction Titles: History which ended up on my list of favorite reads of 2011. Also I have selected Kay Mills book This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer from the 100 Best-ish Nonfiction Titles: Biography to be my read for women's history month. Please go to Sarah's website and check out the sections she has posted to date.

Kim Ukura's Favorite Nonfiction Reads of 2011
I have already read two of Kim's picks: Rebecca Traister's book Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women which I mentioned in my post Making Women Count: Ending the Year on a Low Note and Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. Since Nothing to Envy was one of my all-time favorite nonfiction reads ever, I am adding Kim's other three selections to my 2012 reading list.  Also, if you have an interest in learning more about North Korea, I highly recommend reading Demick's book.

Ms. Readers' 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time: The Top 10 and the Complete List:
This is a list of the 100 best feminist non-fiction of all time selected by the readers of Ms. Magazine.  I have read nine of the listed 100. Throughout 2012 I plan to use this list to continue reading for my Make Women Count project.

Ann Daley's Recommended Reading for 2012
Ann provides us with her top-10 favorite career advancement titles for women. From Ann's list I've found my next career read:  Herminia Ibarra's Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. It is described as a book aimed at mid-career professionals who have invested much in careers that may no longer fully satisfy.

The Real Help
I discovered The Real Help when Amy mentioned the reading project she co-founded with Amanda to read the books recommended by the Association of Black Women Historians in their statement on The Help. I actually read and enjoyed Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help finding it to be highly entertaining and at times funny; the characters reminding me of the women on the TV show Desperate Housewives.  That along with the abundant stereotyping is precisely the problem ABWH has with this book.  To obtain an accurate depiction of the real facts behind the history of black domestic workers in the United States I hope to read a couple of books this year from the above list.

Do you have a favorite book list you would like mentioned?

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If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy:
A Perfect Book for Women's History Month
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50 Books Every Young Woman Should Read
Nonfiction Books Every Woman Should Read


  1. Savvy, I am SO impressed with these lists, and I promise to read one book from one of them. I am such a dedicated reader of fictional junk, that I really admire your dedication to books that count. You set a good example, Girl!

  2. Girl With Ambitions,
    Thanks for stopping in. I enjoyed checking out your blog and look forward reading more posts.

  3. Webb,
    Can't wait to see which book you choose and your thoughts.

  4. Hey, Savvy Working Gal!
    First of all thank you for your comment on my previous blog! Your comment is one of the reasons why I came back (only on another blogging site). Thank you for books’ lists! I am still checking them out :)
    My favorite books which I would recommend for all women :
    1. Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere (by Jana U. Ehrhardt, Eve Ehrhardt)
    2. Breaking Free of the Co-Dependency Trap(by Barry K. Weinhold, Janae B. Weinhold)
    Ciao-ciao ;)

  5. Girl With Ambitions,
    No problem. I am happy to see you are not giving up. I have never heard of, “Good Girls go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere,” but do think it will be my next read. I will let you know what I think. I read Melodie Beattie’s Codependency No More after I went thru a bad breakup in my 20’s. It was helpful. I just read a book review that says your suggestion is the better of the two.

  6. Girl with Ambitions,
    Here is the complete link of Best Kick-Ass Fantasy Female Characters From YA and Childrens you are referring to:

    With 941 books currently listed that is one kick-ass list. Thanks for sharing.