The Read AWARE Project

Inspired by londonchoirgirl‘s brilliant  A Year of Reading the World I am attempting to spend 2013 reading based on the theme of holidays and awareness days. Each month I will post reviews and commentary on three book relating to that month’s theme, whether this be ‘Women’s History Month’ in March or ‘Banned Books Week’ in September. 

Below is a list of holidays and awareness days I will be covering, but I don’t want to simply rehash my previous reading. This is where I need your help. I’m looking to find new and exciting authors and novels, preferably from a variety of eras and countries. I want to explore the different holidays and awareness days through literature and see if they can shed any light on their most basic themes and issues.

The List

  • Jan: New Year’s Day, Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • Feb: Valentine’s Day, GLBT History Month
  • Mar: Women’s History Month
  • Apr: African Heritage Month, Jazz Month
  • May: Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Jun: D-Day Anniversary, World Refugee Day
  • Jul: U.S. Independence Day, Bastille Day
  • Aug: Pakistan Independence Day, India Independence Day
  • Sept: Ovarian Cancer Month, Banned Books Week
  • Oct: International Non-Violence Day, Halloween
  • Nov: Armistice, Bonfire Night
  • Dec: Christmas, Day of Reflection

This project will start Jan 2013 and in the mean time I’ll be looking for suitable books. If you have any suggestions or even a holiday you think should be included as a theme, please leave me a comment below. Suggestions can be novels, poetry, short stories – anything! Just make it something you’ve really enjoyed and I’d love to hear! 🙂



6 thoughts on “The Read AWARE Project

  1. the yellow wallpaper- most women related things but defs for mental health
    halloween- ALL GOTHIC FICTION! especially fun ones like picture of dorian gray
    christmas- classic that is the christmas carol along with other dickens (it’s cold so you should just curl up with it) i also find christmas a good time to read kiddy things like alice in wonderland and good old enid blyton

    for mental health month also things like mrs dalloway etc (lets face it virginia wolf is one crazy lady)
    glbt month- written on the body by jeanette winterson, it attempts to challenge all notions of gender as you never find out the gender of the narrator but it’s awesome! and lets face it ANY jeanette winterson is trying to explore gender and lesbian life (though she doesn’t label herself as a lesbian)

    for ALL times- read winnie the pooh, oscar wilde’s short stories. the just so stories by kipling, stevenson’s children’s stories….. it’s me so ALL stevenson!

    j m barrie’s what every woman knows and the twelve pound look (because i’m writing my dissertation on them)

    how to be a woman- not necessarily because it helps you but because it’s good to laugh along with
    horrowitz’s new sherlock (i can lend this to you)- the house of silk

    death comes to pemberley (AMAZING!)
    pride and prejudice and zombies (for the giggles)

    most austen because it’s fun and makes you truly believe in love (even though most of it is bollocks =p)

    REBECCA! because it is beautiful and i love it (i can also lend you this)

    stories from the strand- a folio collection of detective stories from the early 1900’s which are wonderful to read and really really addictive

    p g woodehouse- jeeves and wooster but all of them are really good!

    enjoy until i send you more!


    Posted by The Useless One! | October 8, 2012, 10:21 PM
  2. One book which might be appropriate to the Armistice or Day of Reflection could be ‘Trinity’ by Leon Uris which is all about the Protestant/Catholic Struggle as well as British rule over Ireland. I absolutely loved how the whole struggle is portrayed from the grass roots level and not only did I learn something but I couldn’t put it down.

    Posted by Lottie | October 8, 2012, 10:25 PM
  3. RIGHT. For India Independence Day I would highly recommend, Animal’s People by Indra Sinah. It’s amazing, about a fictional Indian city reacting to a chemical explosion at an American chemical factory (based on the Bhopal Disaster) Also, Imaginary Maps by Mahasweta Devi: three short stories about post-colonial India, most of them take place really close to Indian Independence Day and they react to it directly. The Hunt is especially good.
    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, by Ayi Kwei Armah would be really good for African Heritage Month, its set just after Ghana Independence and before a public coup against the new President. And Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer who might have something you would enjoy – we’ve just done Get a Life.
    Hope this helps!
    p,s, I own all these books making it MUCH easier for you to read them!!

    Posted by Rebecca Sweeney | October 22, 2012, 5:24 PM

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