It seems we bloggers all want to read more and watch less. I feel like I have read that on a bazillion New Year's resolutions lists, including my own. So, I thought today I would talk about a few of my favourite books, just in case you weren't sure how to fulfill your goal.
I'm writing these in no particular order, as I'm terrible at ranking the things I love.
1. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
This is a short story that, although quick to read, sticks with you once you're done. The story centres around Edna who (in 1899) is struggling with and against accepted forms of femininity and motherhood. The ending will blow your mind, I promise!
2. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
This poetic novel is Astrid Magnussen's coming-of-age story. Astrid's mother, Ingrid, finds herself in jail after killing her ex-boyfriend, leaving 12-year-old Astrid in a foster home. Astrid then spends the next five years bouncing from one dysfunctional home to the next. The writing in this novel is incredible. If I hadn't borrowed my copy, there would have been underlines and stars on each page.
3. Small Island by Andrea Levy
This story, set in 1948, is told in the point of view of four characters: Hortense, Queenie, Gilbert and Bernard. I think that's one of the things I like so much about it, having all of the different perspectives. The novel is about the diaspora of Jamaican immigrants, who move to England, the country the men fought for in World War II. This book is a knock out. I've read it twice and will likely read it again.
4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This is another short story with a punch. Published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper, tells the story of a woman who has been prescribed a "rest cure" following the birth of her baby. That "cure", which prevents her from working, writing, reading or even leaving her room, pushes her to a dark descent into madness.
5. Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo
This is the story of Mala Ramchandin, a "crazy" old woman suspected of murder. The novel traces back to Mala's youth, to tell of her mother leaving her and her sister behind with her abusive father. This one's a jaw dropping tearjerker.
Well folks, I think five is enough for now. If you do take my advice and read any of these, I'd love to hear what you thought.
And, while we're at it, do you have any recommended reading for me? I have a Kobo E-Reader coming in the mail any day now (thanks Ian!!), so I could definitely use some suggestions.
P.S. I just realized that all of my favourite books are written by women. Interesting!!