First of all, thanks for taking a minute and giving this a read.
This is the very first post on this blog and I’m feeling very excited about throwing words towards a black void, if anyone is reading this, send a signal!
No, really. I’m very excited about this project and hope this can grow into a lovely community of readers and good vibes. But enough of me, if you fancy, leave a comment, telling me whether you like this or not, whichever is fine.
Now, let’s get into the good stuff.
You see, my Kindle is my best friend. It knows my taste and suggests books before they come up on my radar. It also is there for me when I’m bored or when I’m trying to avoid doing chores.
Now, I’ve been buying a lot of books in the past few days but I haven’t begun many of them. Maybe some of these reads, you’ve already completed but here’s my March-April TBR, maybe you can get some idea of what to read next.
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman.
Gotta tell you the truth, I only got this book because I heard a movie with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams was coming out; when this happens, I usually read the book first and then watch the movie but I’m very excited about it. At the moment I’m reading Alderman’s most recent book, The Power and I’ll post my review soon.
Synopsis: A small, close-knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman’s frank yet heartfelt debut novel, Disobedience. The story begins with the death of the community’s esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and the search for a replacement. The rabbi’s nephew and likely successor, Dovid, calls his cousin Ronit in New York to tell her that her father has died. Ronit, who left the community long ago to build a life for herself as a career woman, returns home when she hears the news, and her reappearance exposes tears in the fabric of the community.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
When I finished the Handmaid’s Tale, I not only knew it was an amazing book but I also knew I needed to read more from this fantastic author. Color me impressed when I saw that one of her best books was published only 15 years later after HT. I went and bought it that same day. Now I haven’t been able to get into it because uni keeps me quite busy but this is definitely what I’m reading next.
Synopsis: It opens with these simple, resonant words: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge.” They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura’s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist.
Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit.
I was first attracted to this series of essays after I saw a post of how a reader with this book was approached by a man, thinking that it was a self-help book and tried mansplaining it to her. (Don’t believe me? Check this).
This story was enough to get me hooked and then I read about how the author was an amazing woman, historian and feminist activist who’s currently writing her 17th book. I’m anxious to read this one and I’m hopeful it’ll become an all-time favorite.
Synopsis: In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.
Well, if you’ve read this far, congrats.
I hope this was a good list. If you want, leave a comment if you liked it or what you’d like to see next. I’ll try and reply.