I don’t know how to start this post, because I am extra awkward today. A book haul is in order for January 2018. Here are the books I got for this month.
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood.
The first book in this trilogy kind of rocked my world through its dealing with feminism within a very conservative patriarchy. There is a queer character in there, and I am curious to see how things will work out for her, if at all. Also: the bond between the sisters is sweet, but also stressful, given that a separation between them is eminent.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
From all the reviews I have watched and read about this book, one thing remains clear: it is a sequel, because Alice and what’s his face appear in this book. My feelings regarding this fact remain quite mysterious, mainly because I don’t know how much of the story will revolve around Alice. I want to read about a brown kid who has to clean dead bodies, please and thank you.
Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Hang on. Let me just fling myself at the book and everything about it. Nobody writes fae books as well as Holly Black. My body is ready for the heartbreak, cruelty, and adventure. I don’t even know the details around this story. All I heard was that this is by far Black’s best novel to date, and that makes me so happy.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I will admit that I have been scared of Sylvia Plath, because she tends to be romanticized as a person who was mentally ill. Like, people idolize the illness, and it always upset me. But, I have felt a tug toward her all along, because she managed to create in spite of all the pressures of illness. It is something I wish I could manage. Plus, I think she may actually be, you know, actually good. What comes to mind if John Green’s video about her. I think about that video often, to be honest.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Nope, not reading it because of the series on television. If anything, I am reading this initially because Ely mentions Atwood a lot in recent videos. I wish I could be half as smart as this friend of mine, so I have a good feeling about Atwood. I have personal reasons for reading this story, too, and I hope the story relates to my experience as a woman particularly when I was living in the Middle East.