Well again life has taken over so I’ve merged the two months and having just completed writing this up I am pretty horrified to have only managed 4 books, one of which took all of ten minutes to read. BUT! Onwards and upwards.
- Book: The Education of Margot Sanchez – @lilliamr
- Quick Facts: Latina MC, coming of age.
- Thoughts: This would be a great read for young latina women, or any young woman, wondering how they’re meant to find their place in the world when they’re trying to live up to expectations of their parents, trying to please friends- old and new, study, and find comfort in their own skin. A bit too slice of life for me personally and I thought perhaps the hinge moments fell flat at times BUT I did read through in only a few sittings so it kept me more than engaged.
- Book: Difficult Women – Roxane Gay @rgay
- Quick Facts: Women, women, women.
- Thoughts: WOW- empowering, real, raw. It’s a collection of short stories, and each and every one moved me, I had to stop at the end of each one to get through the thoughts of what could happen next in my mind. Usually not having that closure would annoy me, but after reading the last story you still get that. Each story had its own characters and with that very different voices. I loved how different they could be, or how similar. There are women that have miscarried, working women, raped women, assaulted women, women showing their dedication to their families and partners, sisters, women with power, and emotion, fat women, black women, GREAT women. Just, loved it.
- Book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin @ursulakleguin
- Quick Facts: POC MC, wizardry, coming of age, journeying.
- Thoughts: Wizards, dragons, dark magic? SOLD! After seeing the Miyazaki adaption a few years back I’ve wanted to read the original and I really enjoyed it. I really like how Guin displays Ged’s teenage emotion as he struggles with what’s right and wrong, his pride, his friendships and his ambition. Guin always describes her characters skin, which shows an array of colour, and I cannot fail to mention the villainous, white skinned, blonde-haired savages described at the beginning of the tale- awesome. There’s three sequels (which I have since started!) so I’m looking forward to finishing the tale. I imagine Inheritance Cycle author Christopher Paolini may have had some influence from Guin’s series. Quite a light read save the dozens of place names, which I lost track of somewhere along the journey.
- Book: The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter
- Quick Facts: Written in 1914 (!) but only published in 2016. Classic BP, illustrated by Quentin Blake, purely British. Children’s book.
- Thoughts: If you grew up in England you most likely had the Beatrix Potter collection, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Squirrel Nutkin would have been your go-to bed time stories at some point or another. Kitty-in-Boots tells the story of Kitty, the black cat, better known as Miss Catherine St.Quentin, a mischievous cat who likes to sneak off and hunt (with a gun). Cute little tale, very Potter, very English. I can’t help but love it.
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