The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer My rating: 3 of 5 stars To me, the best thing about the audiobook is that it is read by Rebecca Lowman. There is something about Rebecca Lowman’s voice and style that makes me feel at home in any narrative. As for the writing, … Continue reading
Convenience Store Woman and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine should not be paired. In this video, I take a walk through a Japanese convenience store and then discuss why these two books don’t belong together because of character arcs, identity, ego, and social expectations.
In this video, I talk extensively about the books Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, and I mention The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and talk briefly about The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.
Green Girl by Kate Zambreno My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read Green Girl because Roxane Gay discusses it in her book of essays, Bad Feminist, and I liked what she had to say about it. Roxane Gay says that this book captures the performance of femaleness. I related … Continue reading
The Idiot by Elif Batuman My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I read this book, I didn’t find it especially engaging. If anything, I found it confusing, but afterward, I could not stop thinking about it. It’s more of an intellectual experience than an emotional one. The protagonist, Selin, … Continue reading
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read Purple Hibiscus because my reading challenge asks that I read a book that has my favorite color in the title. As far as I’m concerned, the entire reading challenge has served its purpose by prompting me … Continue reading
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory My rating: 2 of 5 stars This should be called Sex, Pastries, and Poor Communication. Every time I picked up this book, I put it down wanting to go workout and then take a shower. The characters are realistic, but maybe a little too realistic. … Continue reading
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg My rating: 3 of 5 stars I listened to the audiobook which was read by author, Fannie Flagg, who has a charming southern accent. The whole thing was adorable and heartwarming. Thematically and structurally, it reminds me a lot of Fried … Continue reading
Marlena by Julie Buntin My rating: 4 of 5 stars I couldn’t put this one down. It’s told from the perspective of an adult woman remembering her high school best friend, Marlena, who died as a teenager. I related so much to the characters, the town, and their situation. It’s … Continue reading
The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a novel about a novelist who writes about her own past and opens an emotional well that she has hidden from herself for her entire professional life. As readers, we learn about her past … Continue reading