Books To Read (Jan 2017)

Books to read over the beginning part of 2017:

Books from the last 12 months:
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond, which is a non-fic about American poverty, and the millions who are forced out of their homes each year.
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx, which is more of a historical novel about two French migrants and their descendants. It came out in June last year, so it's one of the more recent novels.
  • A Woman Looking At A Men Looking At Women by Siri Hustvedt, which is very new, and are essays about art, sex and the mind, which I thought sounded fascinating.
  • Midwinter by Fiona Melrose. This is about blame, guilt and lost opportunities, and apparently isn't light-hearted (oh really?) but highly reviewed.

Contemporary fiction:
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, which I have in fact started already. I love the musical but this is FASCINATING, and I almost like the book more! At 800 pages, it's quite the tome but an interesting read. 
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, on a list compiled by Klara (viewable here), looked really good. Have a look at Klara's list of top 10 YA novels.
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood. This is coming out as a tv series this year, but I really want to read the book, which is another dystopian novel, about women's rights being virtually none due to a system that's gender organised, and most women being infertile.

Classic books:
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This was recommended to me by my friend, after I asked for a book to 'ruin my life': ie be so good that nothing will ever compare and you're left as a shell of a person.
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which was recommended to me by my good friend Ana. It is, according to the oracle Google, philosophical fiction, and is written from the Prague Spring era of 1960s Czechoslovakia. 
  • A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, and I've started reading it, it's so short in comparison with the other book (Hamilton) that I'm reading, but equally good!