Hi darlings, time for a reading list update I think. I’ve been reading loads recently due to Notts being a) freezing b) rainy and also who doesn’t like to escape their own problems by reading about a fictional characters eh(?!) and with that, let’s begin with the first fictional book….Delirium!
Since arriving back at uni in September I’ve kind of had this unspoken agreement with myself to keep up the amount and level of reading I was doing over summer, whether that be fictional or non-fictional. I love learning and I also have large (completely ridiculous at times) imagination so books are really like crack to me…and my brain. This was one of the first books I read at the start of term and what a surprise… it’s a dystopic novel.
Delirium is set in a future version of the US where love has been identified as a deadly disease and you are ‘cured’ of it at the age of 18. Society is based around scientific research where you’re matched with whom is most suitable according to interests and family wealth. I mean you can probably guess what happens when it comes to the main character Lena’s time to be ‘cured’ but what comes next is a great read! If you liked The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched…you’ll love this.
A few weeks ago I attended Stylist Live (such a good experience by the way, I recommend to everyone to try and go next year! Especially if you’re into; fashion, beauty, politics, general women’s issues and lifestyle) and one of my favourite talks was by this woman ‘Shami Chakrabati’ who’s a labour politician among other things (look her up!). Her talk was very down to earth and discussed the topic of ‘Is the future still female’ in a balanced and insightful argument. She kept referring to statistics or research she had conducted whilst writing her most recent book and so after listening to her and reading the blurb, I bought it and am now half way through. Of Women is a thorough look at women rights and issues from all over the globe split into themed chapters such as; ‘Health care’, ‘Home’ etc…. and the results are particularly shocking. Here’s how she puts it:
“I think evidence and argument do change people’s minds. I don’t think it’s all post-fact now. I think we are creatures of logic and emotion, and some of the facts are pretty devastating. And I would challenge somebody not to be moved emotionally as well as logically. It’s symptomatic of us being bottom of the pile. This affects rich women, poor women, black women, white women, women in the first world, women in the developing world. I call it an apartheid – and I do not use the term lightly.” (Chakrabati interview with The Guardian)
A great read if you want to know the facts behind feminism or get some more solid information on what’s going on in other countries in the world and how we can try and help tackle this together (that includes you Guys).
Today Will Be Different
Honestly, the review ‘A meltdown has never been so entertaining’ really captured me with this one. Oh that, and the fact that Maria Semple is also the author of ‘Where’d you go Bernadette’ which I personally loved and read a couple of holidays ago. Quick, witty and endearingly all over the place, the book follows one Mother as her life goes from good intention to total chaos in one day. Funny and charming it’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for something lighthearted. However I will warn you, at times Eleanor’s meltdown (and particularly her thoughts during it) can seem a little all too relatable so y’know…..make sure you’re not mid deadline or in the middle of something else stressful before you read. I warned you.
That’s all my books for this post but look out for some more as Christmas approaches!