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My 2022 TBR List #1

My 2022 TBR List #1 is a sort of a wishlist, as I am not sure I will read all these books completely in the next 2-3 months, mainly because I have other books to read, for university and because I never stick to a determined list of books, but change my mind depending on my mood.

My 2022 TBR List #1

As usual, these are a mix of copies owned by me, some borrowed from the library, and one is review copy. I will share a few details about each book. All are non-fiction and quite on heavy topics, nothing cheery about them, with the exception of the Sex & Sexuality one.

My 2022 TBR List #1. List of books:

Recommended by Christopher Hitchens, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the story of a Muslim woman surviving civil war, female mutilation, and brutal beatings. She fled to the Netherlands, but the story doesn’t end there.

Now I am reading a book on Holodomor, the famine the Russians and communists created in Ukraine in 1933, so I wanted to know more about Ukraine, hence The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy. At ~350 pages it should be a quick but interesting read.

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was on my wishlist for a long time, but I only bought it recently.

Another one in the series, Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain by Andrea Zuvich will be a nice distraction from the rest of the books in this list.

While last in the picture, I will mention Surviving Katyn: Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth by Jane Rogoyska, another Russian genocide, this time from the 1940. Then, 22,000 Polish POWs were killed by Russians, on Stalin’s orders. The west turned a blind eye because they were fighting Nazi Germany and after that they didn’t want to cause too much trouble during the Cold War. Fascinating history, no? Very relevant too, I would say.

Lastly, two books in Spanish, because it seems reading about communists is not enough for me, so I will read about fascists too. These are for university, for the following year though. Métodos de propaganda activa en la Guerra Civil española: Literatura, arte, música, prensa y educación by Emilio Peral Vega and La propaganda franquista durante la Guerra Civil by Maria del Pilar Rodriguez Hernandez are on propaganda during the Spanish Civil War. Spanish authors do love long titles, don’t they? I am very excited about both books.

Are you familiar with any of these books? Do any of these tempt you?

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  1. I was meaning to buy Infidel, but it sold out quickly, so I didn’t manage to get a copy. Thank you for reminding me to look it up in the library. I really want to read it.

  2. It’s amazing how many of the “Sex & Sexuality” books there are! Which has been your favorite so far?

    Other than books with deadlines, like for my book club, I often decide what’s next by my mood, as well.
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    1. From that series Georgian Britain by Mike Rendell was my favourite. His style is so funny, but just the right amount. I liked all of them though, so I am very keen on reading this one too.

  3. The two that tempt me are The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy and Surviving Katyn: Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth by Jane Rogoyska. I know a very small amount about both but I would like to know a lot more. They will be going on my wishlist, thank you, Anca.

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