Reading is fundamental! Get a head-start with our four recommended reads for January.
It’s the start of a new year, and that means there’s twelve months ahead of us that will be filled with a whole range of new books. Could it get any more exciting, really?
Each month, we’ll be showing off some of the up-and-coming books that we’re most looking forward to settling down and reading. This month, it just so happens to be filled with non-fiction books: we’ve got a memoir, a self-help book, and two collections of essays.
Read on (see what we did there?) for our four recommendations for January 2018.
How To Be Human: A Manual – Ruby Wax
We’re big fans of Ruby Wax here at QWEERIST, and her previous two books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled have proven to be our holy bibles when we’ve needed a bit of clarity and calmness.
Her latest book, How To Be Human, looks into just what you need to upgrade your mind as much as you do your iPhone. Joining her for the ride this time are a neuroscientist and a monk, who have their very own tried-and-tested methods of mindfulness and what makes us ‘us’. Going into the new year, it definitely sounds like the book we could all do with reading.
Brave – Rose McGowan
In October last year, it was revealed that Rose McGowan was one of the women that Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed. Since then, McGowan has been at the forefront of calling out Hollywood and its many stars who have abused their power.
Brave follows a similar no-holds-barred behaviour and is Rose McGowan’s raw and truthful memoir/manifesto in which she educates us all on what it takes to be brave. It’s set to be an unapologetic and controversial read, but it’s one we’re definitely signing up for.
Sista! – Edited by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Rikki Beadle-Blair, and John R Gordon
Sista! is an anthology of writings by same gender loving women of African/Caribbean descent with a UK connection. With over 30 contributors, the book is a collection of essays, think-pieces, and poems from bi, non-binary, and queer voices.
The book travels from love and desire to longing and loss, all entwined with women-loving black female protagonists at the centre. It’s a very special piece of work, and it’s crammed full of some of the most talented voices around today.
Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows – Edited by Christine Burns
Christine Burns MBE is a British political activist who was awarded an MBE in 2005 for her work representing transgender people.
Trans Britain sets out to recognise the vast and varied history of the trans community through a collection of powerful essays. The book recounts marginalisation, hostility, and how trans visibility has changed throughout the years – particularly over the last five.
The book features contributions from the likes of Paris Lees and Hari Nef, and is set to be an absolute must-read.
What Books Are You Looking Forward To This Month?
We’re always on the lookout for new book recommendations, so hit that comments button below and tell the world your most sought-after books this month!