Let's Talk About Books Baby!

June

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 Books Bought

New York In Color by Nichole Robertson

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

The HandMaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (audible) 

Books Read

New York In Color by Nichole Robertson

The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Hunger by Roxanne Gay

A Man Called Ove by Fredric Backman

Here we are.... almost half way through with July and I'm just now getting around to posting about June... c'est la vie.  Ok- books bought... what can I say? I took myself to see Wonder Woman on opening night and I left the movie theater changed.  I had to run out and pick up The Secret History of Wonder Woman and once my feminist craving had been indulged I had to go one step further and download The HandMaid's Tale (which I'm currently in the middle of and LOVING).  

Now, as far as books read, here we go:

New York in Color isn't really something you read per se as much as it is something that you peruse through over a latte and dream of what things could be like.  It's just another beautiful photo collection by Nichole Robertson.  I personally favor her Paris work though... so if you are thinking of checking her out start there.  

The Kingmaker's Daughter- by now I feel like I've read this story from several different angles and I'm starting to get a little bored.  Readers of both Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir will know what I'm talking about.  Ok!  We get it!  You love the Tudors and their predecessors- let's move on!  I really just read this book so that I can eventually read (then watch) The White Princess. So stay tuned!

Into the Water- Paula Hawkins' sophomore effort.  I liked it. I didn't love it, and do I think it was hyped a lot just because it is the author that wrote Girl on the Train? Yes.  But do I think it should be held to that standard and compared? No.  It's a totally different book.  I really liked the themes of water, womanhood, witchy stuff.  Ophelia was always my favorite Shakespeare character so I was intrigued by this one.  And did I mention my feminist kick?  So yeah, anytime women keep ending up in a river in a small town, you can consider my interest piqued.  I'd say check this book out, if you want an intriguing beach (or mountain) read.

Hunger by Roxanne Gay.  Oh Lord, where do I begin?  I liked the premise of this book- the whole, "I'm not just fat because I love food" angle.  But this book left me feeling divided- and I know not everything is black and white but I found myself really frustrated with the author (which made me sad because I really wanted to like her).  Some chapters it was more like she was an advocate for over sized people and seemed unapologetic.  And then in some ways it seems like she hates herself and is mad at everyone else for judging her too.  And I get it.  I'm sure how I feel about my over weight self vacillates widely depending on the day.  Have I been rejected recently? Am I on my period?  But overall, I don't walk around pissed off at the world for not accommodating my size (and yes, I'm not the same size as her so I haven't stood in her shoes).  Maybe I'm just so mad at her because she seems to be able to point the finger outside a lot.  "I'm fat because these people did this horrible (and yes, it was horrible) thing to me!" "I'm fat and so you should change everything to make me feel more comfortable."  I guess I just don't believe that way.  I'm not comfortable being the size that I am and I don't want to stay this way or get bigger!  And so, I don't point my finger outwards, I point my finger inwards.  And there lies the difference.  Yes, Roxanne and I are both fat because of events in our life and how we cope and deal with our emotions (or how we run away from them).  Maybe she's right.  Maybe the whole world should change and become more accepting.  But I do stand in the "it's not healthy" camp and I would love to change my behaviors and beat this battle with weight once and for all.  I don't think people should be mean to either of us just because we are overweight.  But I do know that if they keep making it comfortable for me to be this way then there might not ever be an incentive strong enough to change.  Anyway, I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this topic!  Maybe I'm just being mean to Roxanne because I recognize the same stuff inside of me and it's the stuff that pisses me off about myself.  Who knows?

A Man Called Ove- Ok this one I read for the second annual Novel Grapes Book Camp! It was a nice book but oh my goodness, everyone who read it before me was freaking out like it was the best book ever and so I had super high expectations.  Like Les Mis high.  And this book is no Les Mis.  BUT- it is a very heart warming story about an older gentleman who misses his wife and how he goes about finding meaning in his new world.  There are sweet life lessons to be learned here for sure.  

Alright.  It's July, what are you reading?