I keep writing about the knitting but not about the reading goal ... so here's an update:
Dystopian novel: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
I do like Atwood. This one is described as "wickedly funny" which I do not agree with. I did find the Elvises funny though. If that intrigues you then you should read it. Either way I recommend it. And for the record, Boy-child's girlfriend gifted me the book for Christmas. Way to score points!
Transgender: A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Borenstein
Fascinating all around. This could also qualify as the book about religion as there is a very interesting section on Scientology. I see too that there's a movie so it could qualify for that. I first heard of the author from Boy-child - he was obsessed with her book, Hello Cruel World when he was having his adolescent melt-down. I recommend this one for anyone who is interested in the trans-gender experience.
Set in the Middle East: Habibi by Craig Thompson
I don't have the words to describe this book. Read it. I plan to read it again. It is intriguing and exotic and disturbing and full of hope. This could also qualify for the book over 500 pages. It is simply stunning.
Middle grade novel: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I started with a different middle-grade novel but was bored to tears. I finished Eleanor and Park in a flash. This is a beautifully constructed story of first love. Need I say more?
That's what I've finished so far. I will not talk about the ones I'm in the middle of right now; I will refrain until I have finished.