It’s been a while since I’ve talked about new books on the blog, and I’m sad about it for two reasons.
- It means I haven’t been reading as much and
- I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge
Yikes. But all is well. I’m only three books behind and that’s a doable comeback for me. My problem is I keep not reading what I want to read. For some reason I keep picking up what I think will be fun even though I don’t want to read fun books right now. I want to read gritty, unhappy books. I want to read books about people who are struggling and who make do. It has been a long time now that I don’t want YA, and yet I still keep picking up YA. There’s probably some deep psychology behind this phenomenon, but the point is – I need to drop the books that I keep trying to force myself to read and read the ones that are interesting to me right now. Some of those interesting books are:
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Exit West tells the story of Saeed and Nadia, two young people who fall in love whilst a civil war breaks out in their city. Soon they hear of secret doors that lead to faraway places, and when they have no where else to go- they decide to step through. I’m halfway through this and am already deeply in love with the story, and its depiction of migrants and immigration is something very akin to the world now. Everyone should read this novel.
- Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
- Underground Airlines is a twist on present day America in which the Civil War never happened. We follow Victor, whose a black man acting as a bounty hunter for the government so that he can live as a free man. While pursuing a runaway named Jackdaw, Victor finds himself in the middle of something bigger. I’m so intrigued by this book as it’s depicted as a thriller and the premise itself is unique. Can’t wait to get to it.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- I love Chimamanda, so when I saw her novel sitting on a table at B&N, I had to grab it. In this book, she follows the viewpoints of multiple characters while telling the story of an important moment in African history- Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.
- The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
- The cover of this book is so gorgeous, which is why I picked it up in the first place. I don’t know too much about this book except that it’s about a woman scientist during the 1940s and 1950s. Meridian Wallace is a late-blooming heroine who is awakened by the woman’s movement, and discovers the impossible choices women have to make between family and self. Yes, please.
I’m happy with these lil’ guys because 1) we’ve got two women authors in there and 2) we’ve got two diverse authors in there. Means I’m on the right track in my head.
Can’t wait to read! Let me know what you’re reading in the comments or on instagram! 🙂