How another year has gone by I am not sure!
I began the year with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Cat Marnell’s How to Murder Your Life. Then Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay and Alana Massey’s All the Lives I Want. I was enthralled by Big Little Lies and This Raging Light. I devoured both books (so far) in The Amatuers series by Sara Shepard. I reread Margaret Atwood’s first novel The Edible Woman which EVERYONE should read. Tess Sharpe’s Far From You, Becky Albertali‘s The Upside of Unrequited…
When Dimple Met Rishi, Moxie, Kill the Boy Band, Eliza and her Monsters, The Nowhere Girls,Far From the Tree, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You were all amazing YA novels that deserve every bit of love as they receive if not MORE.
I Love Dick, and Made for Love made me delightfully uncomfortable. We’re Going to Need More Wine is just triumphant. Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera impressed me with her talent on her first coming of age queer novel. Surpassing Certainty made me fall in love with Janet Mock even more.
I read 70+ books out of a goal of 50.
This upcoming semester will be my last.
I will start 2018 as I did in 2017 – with Wuthering Heights. Why? Because I am writing my thesis on it, along with Jane Eyre, Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina, and The Yellow Wallpaper.
I have a lot of reading and writing plans for 2018… here’s hoping.
… is a really precious book I wish I had in high school. I am not even going to review it, because I want you to read it yourself. All I will say is it is not perfect but even its flaws make it worth reading. if you read the book, I have had a similar experience to Claudia and it really struck a chord with me. If I read this as a teenager, I would have identified as a feminist earlier in life.
As a bookseller, I will be recommending this book to all kids of all genders, and parents and aunts and uncles and people who like YA and people who don’t. I think this is a really quick, but important read that could justify or change your perspective. I would love to hear your thoughts, and hope you might purchase this book upon its release.
I just finished reading White Teeth for my class on Narrative Structure. Goodreads is full of mixed reviews. There are those who find it brilliant, and those who find it boring. I am the former. I underlined and circled and notated so much. I was reading four books at the time, (White Teeth, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, and Bird by Bird) but kept coming back to this one.
Here is my favorite passage:
“A neutral place. The chances of finding one these days are slim… The sheer quantity of shit that must be wiped off the slate if we are to start again as new. Race. Land. Ownership. Faith. Theft. Blood. And more blood. And more. And not only must the place be neutral, but the messenger who takes you to the place, and the messenger who sends the messenger. There are no people or places left like that in North London” (378).
I know that this place might be impossible to find. I know that might even be the point of this passage – that such neutrality is beyond our grasp. But I like to work towards the future I envision. I don’t know what I’m trying to say except for this book spoke to me, and made me think, and comforted me, and hurt me, and I know I am late to the Zadie Smith show, but I’m glad I tuned in.