So far in these first two months of the year I’ve read 10 books. Some of them were university related, one was really bad, three where about feminism, one about politics, one contemporary literature and a re-read!!!!
The first book of the year was hell. I believe there is a circle of Dante Inferno where they make the souls read this book as punishment.
It’s Miracle on 5th Street by Sarah Morgan.
You can read my full review here. I won’t be spending any more of my time talking about this shit.
Then I finished my university books: “John Donne’s Poetry”, “Shakespeare and the idea of the play” and Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV Part 1”
I can’t say I’ve enjoyed all of them. I was too worried for the exam!
One that really got to me, was Midsummer Night’s Dream. I absolutely loved it. After reading the tragedies and the historical plays, it was nice to have a break and read this fun and light comedy.
I recommend also watching the 2014 play that was adapted because the set design was AMAZING.
“The play within the play” concept was very interesting because it gave us an insight on how the actors prepared for the performance and how it was staged for an audience.
The next book I read was a feminist essay by Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth“.
I am sooooo into feminism literature and feminism in general and I really really liked this.
This book was filled with new information and I realised I knew very little about virginity, sex, the relationship between women and sex, abortion, pro-life / pro-choice reproductive rights and more.
Why men want to control women’s bodies, either through the government or religion, is beyond me.
Some of the stories mentioned are appalling. Speaking as someone who has never been taught a sex ed class, I have become aware of how important it is.
Being educated with TRUE and MEDICALLY correct facts is essential.
What I like about this book is that the author gives a sort of solution at the end. She encouraged people to speak their minds and to do something to combat the sexualisation of young women in our culture, the misogyny women have to face every day and the shame we have to endure because we decided to have sex and not wait until marriage. Or because we have had multiple sexual partners in our life.
The next book was “Fire And Fury” by Michael Wolff
At first, when news about the book and its contents surfaced, I was super excited. The more I knew about the book, the more I was convinced it was all stories based on a few truths.
and it’s exactly what it is. Gossip.
Bear in mind, I am no fond of this administration or Trump himself, but this was mostly a pointless read without verified sources.
Some of the rumours were just entertaining and easy to be made fun of.
To be fair, th entire presidency is just a joke.
Then I decided to read Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”.
Published in 1899, this book talks about female infidelity in the upper class’ day-to-day life. The short novel in centred around this woman and her efforts to break free of gender roles, her honest feelings about her family and her not-so-happy marriage with her husband.
I liked it. Some parts more than others. I liked her independent spirit and her decision not to follow what was socially acceptable, but to go after what she really wanted.
Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars.
After the “The Awakening”, I was in the mood of more feminism literature, so I read Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”.
I like it! It’s a collection of essays about Gay’s thoughts on feminism, what it mean to be a feminist and her life.
Some of them were about films or people I knew nothing about so it was difficult to follow.
Nonetheless, I appreciated her point of view and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot more about being a feminist and mostly, being a “bad feminist”.
I’ve learnt about the different sides of feminism, how extremely complicated it is to both understand it and be an advocate for it.
Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be a stupid chick-lit, but it quickly changed into a nice story.
It all revolved around the concept: “What would me life be like, had this event not happened?”
It alternates one chapter in one timeline and the next one in the other timeline. I thought it was interesting how a person can change depending on the experiences she makes.
Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles after moving to a lot of different cities and having pointless jobs. She meets with her friend Gabby, they go to a bar to celebrate and she finds her high school ex boyfriend and she makes a choice: go home with him or get back to Gabby’s house.
And from this point on, the story divides itself into two different storylines.
I gave it 4/5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
And last but not least, I read Tina Fey’s biography “Bossypants“.
I ordered it on Amazon for about 5€. I recently watched “30 ROCK” and I fell in love with Tina all over again.
I liked it even more this second time. I knew more about her, about the show, about her SNL life and more.
Tina is hilarious, funny, unapologetic and cool. I absolutely recommend it, especially if you are a Tina Fey fan.
Here we are! Done!
Wow this took a long time to write!
Hope you enjoyed it.
Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or if you have read any of these books.