Happy Sunday pals, I hope you’re having a lovely and super chill day! As I write this I’m on my fourth cup of tea accompanied with a cinnamon and raisin bagel (previous cups of tea were accompanied by a caramel brownie, a peanut and caramel slice and a pistachio and cinnamon bun) whilst slow cooking a bolognese. I digress and I am aware I’m showing off a little bit, I just usually work weekends so I am taking full advantage of #sunday, sorry!
I wrote my first book blog post way back in January all about the book Homegoing which made me fall in love with reading again. I’ve decided to save the longer type posts for the books I really really love/can’t stop thinking about and every month share a wee bit about 3 or 4 books I have read, whether I have enjoyed them or not.
NW by Zadie Smith
I must first confess that although I’ve put NW in my April reads I started reading it in June last year and only finished it a couple of months ago. The problem for me wasn’t with the plot, it was with Smith’s use of different narrative techniques used for each of the four different characters the novel follows. The problem with a book that starts off badly is that unlike a TV series you can’t simply skip a few episodes, you just have to persevere but with this one I’m fairly glad I did. I don’t think Zadie Smith meant to write a book about race, which meant the moments race was touched upon became ever more poignant. But blink, read to quickly or refuse to take notice of Smiths carefully plotted words and you’ll miss them. Nothing really happens in NW, apart from maybe the most important thing, life.
“‘We don’t care about trees, Leah,’ he said, ‘That’s your luxury. We haven’t got the time to care about trees.'”
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A classic. I read this because I kind of felt like I had too, and last year when Netflix released their adaption of the famed novel I thought I had better read the book first. I have still not watched the series cause it looks too scary. Again I didn’t love it but I did thoroughly enjoy it. First published in 1985 the beauty of Attwood’s writing is that its timeless feel and the social significance of the novel is definitely so. I’m always thinking about how we view and interact with women’s bodies and this book is all about that.
“Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.”
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I started reading The Underground Railroad soon after Homegoing and although I wasn’t desperate to read another book about slavery, I am actually really glad I picked this one up. It was exactly what I needed, a proper story. Through Cora the runaway slave Whitehead reminded me that although the history of slavery in America is a complex issue, it is a history full of unique stories that will always need, and should be heard. I broke my only-reading-books-written-by-women-of-colour rule for this one and I must admit it was 10000% worth it.
“Two white men in two days had their hands around her. Was this a condition of her freedom?”
Please holla at me if you have any recommendations, I am currently trying to read all the West African (mainly Nigerian) literature! Also for these round ups, please don’t expect plot summary’s or anything that sounds like it could have been copied from wikipedia or of an English lit essay. It’s going to be very simple, just some of my thoughts and favourite words.
Thank you for reading, I’m currently biding my time until I enjoy the newest episode of TOWIE with my 5th cup of tea and raspberry cream donut courtesy of Twelve Triangles.