What have you been reading lately?
I’ve just finished reading Precious, and before that The Power. I loved both books. I won’t give anything away about either but I would recommend them both for very different reasons. Precious looks at the life of an abused girl in Harlem, it’s heartbreaking, hopeful and will have you in tears. The power is based on a version of the present day, except suddenly women develop a kind of power, it then looks at how the patriarchy would react to this and follows a few central characters.
Reading used to be something I did all the time, I’m talking every day! But now when I go to bed I’m on my phone, when I sit down on the sofa to relax, you guessed it, I’m on my phone, when I travel I’m editing images on my phone or reading saved articles…you can see where I’m going with this!
It’s time for a digital break
I need something that’s inspiring, something that will motivate me and most importantly, something I can get lost in. That’s the main reason I love to read, you can lose yourself in a different reality. It’s not the same as going to the movies. For one it lasts longer! It’s also more personal, you build up a connection with characters because you imagine their lives, their voices, their mannerisms.
So I’m trying to make sure I read when I’m taking a break, instead of reaching for my phone I’ll be picking up a book, or trying to anyway! This list didn’t set out to be all about female authors, but I guess subconsciously I’ve been on the lookout for more female authors considering my next 6 books to read were all written by women.
My Reading List
Below is everything I have on my reading list, all from female authors, including the blurb from each book.
Out of Time – ‘You wake one day and everything is wrong. It’s as though you went out one warm evening – an evening fizzing with delicious potential, so ripe and sticky-sweet you can taste it on the air – for just one drink … and woke up two days later in a skip. Except you’re not in a skip, you’re in an estate car, on the way to an out-of-town shopping mall to buy a balance bike, a roof rack and some stackable storage boxes.’
The Girls – ‘As soon as I’d caught sight of the girls cutting their way through the park, my attention stayed pinned on them. The black-haired girl with her attendants, their laughter a rebuke to my aloneness. I was waiting for something without knowing what.’
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – ‘I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it’s like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again’ – Maya Angelou
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – ‘Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. She leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.’
Milk and Honey – ‘Rupi Kaur’s debut book, dubbed an ‘instapoet‘ she’s brought poetry to the masses.’
The Heart Goes Last – ‘Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine’s job at a dive bar, they’re increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience – a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own – they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell.’
I hope my reading list gave you some inspiration for your own. If you have any ‘must reads’ by female authors let me know in the comments!