December Reads [books 66-72/72!]

Books | Completed Reads


Month Goal: 7/7

Year Goal: 72/72

The Immortal Game by David Shenk

The Elephant’s Secret Sense: The hidden lives of the wild herds of Africa by Caitlin O’Connell

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton

Elephant Don: The politics of a pachyderm posse by Caitlin O’Connell

How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori

Carry On: Reflections for a new generation by John Lewis

*re the photos … yes, there are two pics that are not of the quality that i would like to post to the interewebs, however, there’s nothing to be done about it as my eyesight is poorer than i’d like it to be, and so, ever so often, images make it to a final copy before having been seen on a larger screen, etc. Oh well, life goes on … re the posting of this post … it snowed here the first heavy snow of this winter season, and the bodybuddy/lifemate and i ride our bikes into our 0500 jobs three days a week, and so, the beginning of this year made for an eventful few days, but i am doing this thing now, and so, i am grateful to be doing it at all

November Reads [books 58-65/72]

Books | Completed Reads

Month Goal: 8/10


58. On Being A Bear: Face to Face With Our Wild Sibling by Rémy Marion

59. Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati

60. Keep Sharp: Build A Better Brain At Any Age by Sanjay Gupta, MD

61. Everyone Knows Your Mother Is A Witch by Rivka Galchen

62. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

63. The Rumi Prescription: How an ancient mystic poet changed my modern manic life by Melody Moezzi

64. Credible: Why we doubt accusers and protect abusers by Deborah Tuerkheimer

65. The Scapegoat by Sara Davis

October Reads [Books 51-57/72]

Books | Completed Reads

Monthly Goal: 7/7


51. Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection by Marissa King

52. Spite: the upside to your dark side by Simon McCarthy-Jones

53. The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe by Clifford V. Johnson

54. Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder, Ph D.

55. Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo by Jo Koy

56. Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova

57. Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Notes & Errata re the photography—I found that I had a very difficult time with this particular setup for this month’s book pics. I’m not entirely sure what was so difficult about capturing this scene, but it took the entirety of the month to “get it right the first time.” Book No. 57 was the only book that I shot once and captured “correctly” [in this singular instance] in that single shot. Most months I can find my stride by book two, no later than book three, and it’s nearly unheard of to take seven books to “get there.” #inremembrance

[find more writing at Lady Polarity, also on wordpress]

September Reads [books 45-50/72]

Books | Completed Reads

August Reads [books 39-44]

Books | Completed Reads


39 Premonition by Michael Lewis

40 While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

41 Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

42 HRH: so many thoughts on royal style by Elizabeth Holmes

43 home body by rupi kaur

44 Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

July Reads [Books 34-38*/72]

Books | Completed Reads


34. The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

35. The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

36. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

37. Metazoa by Peter Godfrey-Smith

38. Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein 

*Officially finished Noise on 02Aug21 but since I read most of the thing in July, I added it to Julyś reading list because my ego found it difficult to have read only four books in July.

Visit my writing sphere … Lady Polarity … for … writings … and a further explanation for my tardiness … *peace*

June Reads [books 29-33/72]

Books | Completed Reads


29 FLAVOR by Bob Holmes


31 THE FOUND AND THE LOST by Ursula K. Le Guin

32 LONG DIVISION by Kiese Laymon

33 ANTITRUST by Amy Klobuchar

to see the unabridged list of 2021 completed reads, visit “72 in 2021” on Lady Polarity^^

May Reads [books 22-28/72]

Books | Completed Reads

monthly reading goal: 7/6

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America by Kiese Laymon

Every Day Is A Gift by Tammy Duckworth

How To Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

Nine Bar Blues by Sheree Renée Thomas

Fire In The Lake by Frances Fitzgerald

April Reads [books 17-21/72]

Books | Completed Reads


Feline Philosphy by John Gray

You Don’t Belong Here by Elizabeth Becker

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara

Silent Covenants by Derrick Bell

March Reads

Books | Completed Reads

BOOKS 12-16/72

…if you’d like to see the full list of completed reads this year…feel free to visit my writing site…


*as exclusive library users, we almost never have the same book in our possession at the same time…it has happened before in the past, but we were thrilled to have it happen to us again with Obama’s book!!!

**a quote too good not to share :)

February Reads—mean regression

Books | Completed Reads

I read five of the six books I needed to this month (…i had to return the collection of LeGuin novellas at about a third of the way through, to the library, which was supposed to be book six for this month, and i need to keep a six-book monthly average in order to hit my year-length goal, but i wouldn’t have finished it anyway, and i had a very physically tough month battling the snow on my commute to work many more mornings than i found fair [but that’s bt me and the universe bc i realized that TIME doesn’t give a fuck about what i think or want, and i didn’t get as much reading done as i would have liked, however, the effectiveness of the mean forced me to fight my own regression {the thing against which i must fight every. single. ephing. day.}, and i refuse to regress!], on the other hand, i grew physically stronger, and the no-snow days are easy as pie ) …i would have liked to hit this month’s reading goal, but all i can be responsible for is my effort, and i feel really good about my work (in all respects).

…next month, however, i must double down and buckle down and really get after it bc, afterall, i’m here…might as well make the most of it  

What did i learn most this month? That learning how to rest is just as difficult as learning how to get started.

Happy Reading!

(on insta @amateurtattletale … &you can find my complete list of reads HERE or here :)

February Reads … Books 07-11/72

  • The Rib King by LADEE HUBBARD
  • The Quartet by JOSEPH J. ELLIS
  • One Life by MEGAN RAPINOE 
  • The Constitution Today by AKHIL REED AMAR
  • Survival of the Thickest by MICHELLE BUTEAU

    Books | Completed Reads

    —&whether or not you want to believe it, black women with their “unruly” intellect and generational prowess have always “Run The World” …

    “The white man who made the pencil also made the eraser.”

    Yorùbá Proverb via African Philosophy: The Essential Readings p171

    Booooooks 01-06 of my 2021 72-book goal—

    Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM, PhD

    The Witches Are Coming LINDY WEST

    The Black Presidency MICHAEL ERIC DYSON

    Upstream MARY OLIVER

     African Philosophy: The Essential Readings TSENAY SEREQUEBERHAN

    Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Selection (edited by Corey Brettschneider)