Recent Reads: Women Literature
March is national women's history month and with the Women's March in DC earlier in the year and International Women's Day earlier this month I've been feeling a whole lot of girl love. So needless to say my reading material recently have been very women centered. Novels and books written by awesome badass women who I admire. Consisting of complicated female characters with many layers and personalities just like real women. Is it just me or when stories involve women they often glaze over their personalities and just make them one dimensional. These stories don't do this. So without further ado here are some of my recent female author reads. All images are clickable and linked to the novel.
I LOVE Chimanda Ngozie Adichie's writing which is why I've featured two books by her! I remember when I first discovered her writing in high school and hearing her ted talk for the first time, I've been hooked since. She speaks about feminism and women's rights in such a relatable way, I think everyone can benefit with a little Adichie writing. This books is short and by short I mean 50 pages short. It's the perfect quick read for someone who doesn't know much about women's rights and women's experiences but, wants to know more. It uses personal narratives to make it's impact which I love because once something becomes personal it's so much more relatable.
This book is one of my favorite all time books. I first read it in high school and have reread it multiple times since. Before you read it you miiight need a little refresher on some high school lit The Great Gatsby, Lolita, Pride and Prejudice etc. This memoir follows an Iranian Literature Professor before, during and, after the Iranian revolution. So you see Nafisi's life change from living on one of the most progressive cities in the world to one of the most repressed cities in the world. Also if you're a nerd like me and enjoy reading other people's thesis' thesi (??) you'll really enjoy reading Nafisi's analyzations of all the books. Like they are so freaking brilliant! All the symbolism. A must read!
This novel follows the lives of a mother and her daughters in New Mexico in the 60s. It is a wild ride. Like the first chapter one daughter comes back from life, the other daughter goes insane and screams her lungs off for an entire year and, the third gets attacked by a wild beast. Whaa? These women are complicated and their stories are endless. I love how they each have their own world. I think Castillo brilliantly showed different types of women in her novel. I only wish there were more pages to read!
This was actually reading material for my Women in Literature class, I didn't like it the first time through. But the book was calling out to me over the past few months so when I was searching for another metro book, I thought why not. I'm so glad that I did. While it's still not my favorite, I did find a certain kind of fondness for it. The story follows Jeanette who grows up in a very Christian household in England. I enjoyed how Janette's life and peace with religious wasn't black and white. And her character development throughout the novel was phenomenal.
I LOOOVE Adichie, so here's another one of her novels for you to enjoy. I personally really resonated with this book because it reminded me of my home life so much! Americanah is a Nigerian term you use when describing someone who is from America or very American-ized. I loved learning how other cultures have a term for it as well. My extended family always makes a point to call us 'Americans' because well there are definite cultural differences. In this novel Adichie develops some of the most amazing characters a Nigerian woman and American man. I loved how this book effortlessly hit important topics such as race and identity without being too preachy.
This book came into my radar after Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter from it was silenced by Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell. My curiosity got to me and I knew I HAD to read this book. It did not disappoint. This book is an autobiography of sorts of the Life of Coretta Scott King the wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King in her own rights is a civil rights activist and revolutionary. And reading this book and seeing how life was like for minorities and black in the 60s from someone who was a black woman during the time was eye opening. I hate that school just glosses over this time with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and the infamous 'I Have a Dream' speech. There was so much more occurring during that time and so many more notable people. I'm glad I got to read this book and hope everyone does too.
Have you read any books recently? Comment and share I'd love to read them too!