I read A TON for my fall class, so let me start with those because they aren't my usual reads:
19. Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: This book starts with the story behind the famous quotation and continues to be history-light and totally charming.
18. A History of US Feminisms by Rory C. Dicker: I am thinking about having my students buy this one-- it a good primer on feminist waves and solid background information for everyone to have before I problematize the metaphor.
17. No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of US Feminism edited by Nancy A Hewitt: Speaking of problematizing the waves...
16. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings: Excellent.
15. Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula Giddings: Loved this one!
14. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought edited by Beverly Guy Sheftall: I got this on the recommendation of a visiting grad student, and it did not disappoint
13. "Doers of the Word" : African American Women Speakers and Writers in the North 1830-1880 by Carla L. Peterson: So fascinating and really nicely grounded in theory that is applicable to rhetoric.
12. The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Women's Rights and Abolition by Gerda Lerner: THIS BOOK is a master class on how to do feminist history. My goodness.
I also sort of enjoyed this memoir:
11. How to Be Loved: A Memoir of a Life-Saving Friendship by Eva Hagberg Fisher: I am always interested in a story about a woman with a weird illness who can't get a doctor to tale her seriously.
And then, of course, the fictions
10. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott: NOPE.
9. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: The first story was awesome, but then I lost the thread
8. Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley: Such a strange, spare little story.
7. The Suspect by Fiona Barton: Serviceable.
6. For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt: A good little page-turner
5. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: This was for book club, otherwise I never would have picked it up.
4. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: YA. The good kind.
3. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict: Hedy Lamarr, inventor and genius-- loved this one!
2. Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken: This was so weird and good.
1. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker: READ THIS RIGHT NOW.
I am at 59 for the year! This might be a record for me!