Hope you had a holiday filled with books and chocolate. I was so fortunate to be gifted with many books this Christmas.
Usually, the curse of being a bookworm is that people are afraid to give you books. This is a shame; don’t be afraid! Gift the books! Even if already read, they can still be enjoyed either through a re-read or by sharing the gift with someone else who would appreciate it. There are tons of lists out there and sources to help people decide what to buy for their bookish friends and family.
This year, I cheated and created a holiday book list on Goodreads in order to leave non-subtle hints to my family and friends.
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Not on my list but exactly my cup of tea! Male explorers discover an all-female utopian society. This is a feminist literary classic by the same author of the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. I had a visceral reaction to the story when I read it in college; it’s very dark and twisted and pointed about social issues. I wonder what Gilman can do with more room to breathe.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Set in the west during the gold rush, a young girl tries to hide her magical ability to locate gold in the earth. Carson’s Fire and Thorns Trilogy blew my socks off so I can’t wait to see how this new trilogy unfolds. By the way, if you haven’t already read her previously trilogy about a smart and not pretty princess’s adventure when she is sent to marry a prince of a country that is torn by civil war—pick them up right now!
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Her latest memoir focusing on her life traveling and the people and ideas she encountered. Since I’ve started learning about feminist history, I’ve been curious to learn more about this important and controversial dynamo.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
The third entry in J.K. Rowling’s mystery series, Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott’s personal and professional lives are disrupted when a murdered woman’s leg is sent to their private detective agency. Rowling knows how to spin a story and these mysteries are her at the top of her game. Hopefully she plans on a long series, these are such page turners.