Down the TBR Hole #11

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I’m keeping all of the books in the first trio. Outline by Rachel Cusk is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form. The second book is The First Bad Man by Miranda Julythat described as a tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today and a writer for all time. It’s weird for me that the third book is still on my TBR list instead of the read list, because I adore the author and I know I love it already because I listen to the TED talk – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter is definitely staying on my TBR, my friend recommended this one to me and I’m keen to read the authors’ thoughts on media and how woman are portrayed in them. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno is also staying, it’s a portrayed of a young woman navigating between anomie and epiphany, it’s recommended by Roxanne Gay, and as I’ve already mentioned many times on my blog, I listen to all of Gay’s recommendations. Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter by Sally Armstrong I’m removing from my TBR, it sounds interesting but I’m not feeling inspired to read it.

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Top 10 Italian Books I’d love to read

Inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy, I decided to dive into the Italian literary world. What modern literature is popular there, and what was translated into English or Polish so now I can read it?

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No list of Italian books can complete without mentioning the international success of Elena Ferrante and her series Neapolitan Novels. So I’m adding My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante to my list, and to be honest, this is the only book I knew of before I made this list. It is the story about two friends, Elena and Lila, in which Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The second book on my list is I’m Not Scared by Niccolò AmmanitiIt is said to be immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, in which nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.

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19 Awesome Female Memoirs & Bios for International Women’s Day

You know those ladies from… POLITICS.

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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
feminism, justice, internet sensation,
gender equality
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clintonpresidential elections, motherhood, grandmotherhood, feminism, sexism
Becoming by Michelle Obamagrowing up, career, marriage, motherhood, presidential election
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ARCs I’m reading next – March

The ARC that I have and I’m planning to read soon are all being published in March in the States. I need to highlight the States part because some of those novels were already quite successful in the UK and Ireland last year.

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Internment by Samira Ahmed is a Young Adult novel set in horrifying near-future United States, where teen Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. This premise is truly terrifying… Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is a magical realism novel that is influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories. It tells a story of seemingly average British schoolgirl, working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy, but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. Permission by Saskia Vogel is a novel set among the bright colours of L.A., a love story about three people sick with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they ask themselves: how do I want to be loved? 

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12 Audiobooks I recently purchased

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Bird Box By: Josh Malerman – “a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading”. There’s a movie on Netflix based on the story, but I’m bit scared of watching it. Have you seen it, what do you think?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle By: Stuart Turton – “A brilliantly original high-concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception by way of Agatha Christie.”

Sunburn By: Laura Lippman – another psychological thriller, recommended by Roxanne Gay: ‘Thrilling . . . I read this book at a furious pace and never forgot about it all year.’

 

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I’m keeping two books from this trio – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I invested money in buying them, first as a physical copy and second as an audiobook, so I’m determined to read/listen to them at one point. After all, I buy all my books with the best intention of reading them. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk I am removing from my TBR, I’ve seen the movie and I feel like it’s enough for me. Also, I tried reading Palahniuk book before, and his style isn’t for me.

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