I was super busy/distracted this month but somehow managed to read 9 books. I read a great mix of nonfiction, YA, graphic novels, LGBT fiction, and fantasy! Here’s a breakdown of my ratings:
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel): 5/5 stars
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (fantasy): 3/5 stars
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (fantasy): 4/5 stars
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (YA): 2/5 stars
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (memoir): 5/5 stars
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (LGBT historical fiction): 5/5 stars
Room by Emma Donoghue (fiction): 3/5 stars
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (LGBT YA): 5/5 stars
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy): 4/5 stars
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Rating: 5/5 stars
“We all fulfill our quota of misfortune at some point on our life. This is what I believed when I was a ten year old. It was a belief system of my own creation, part of a silent theory based on fairness and balance.”
This book truly opened up my eyes. I pride myself on knowing a lot about LGBT culture and understanding the oppression put on those who identify as such. But, wow, did I learn a lot through this book. Through her words and heartbreaking childhood events, Janet Mock shows the reader what it’s really like growing up as a TWoC.
The first several chapters of this book are extremely hard to get through. I felt sick to my stomach after reading about Mock’s childhood. I appreciate that she was honest in her writing and that it must have been extremely, extremely difficult to share intimate details with the world. That’s not to say that the rest of the book was cheerful, it just took me a few chapters to get used to the rawness.
I think that, often, trans and LGBT folks in general are misrepresented in the media. Yes, there are a few gay and lesbian characters on TV now, but they are primarily white and upper middle class. This is not the reality of life for most LGBT people. It’s almost as if the non-white, disabled, and poor LGBT people simply do not exist to the media. I’m so happy that Janet Mock wrote this book because it gives us a glimpse at some of these windows that are otherwise closed to viewers.
Nonfiction is not a genre I usually pick. I am so glad that I prioritized Janet Mock’s book because it has certainly had a great impact on me.