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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Long Overdue TBR books

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

Oh man, I have so many of those books. I have a problem with buying books, I don’t really have money for them , and I certainly won’t be reading them all anytime soon because of the sheer magnitude of the TBR list. I will feature only the physical copies that I own, and I will choose them at random by looking at my shelf. I’m not even looking at my ebooks.


The Second Sex
by Simone de Beauvoir

Politics | feminism

 

8869225Pub Date: 1949

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(..) Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

I first come across this book in a library in Finland, when I was just starting to understand feminism and looking out for some reading on that topic. This book was just too intimidating to start my feminist reading, so I didn’t read it back then. Buy I bought my own copy last year, and still didn’t find the right moment to commit to reading this over 800 pages book.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books set in Iceland

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten books set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc.)

Because I’m going to Iceland in few months and I’d like to read some books that are set there, I thought this is a perfect opportunity for me to discover books by Icelandic authors and/or set in Iceland.


Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent

historical fiction | mystery | crime

English paperback edition cover of book Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Pub Date: 2013

My Rating: ★★★★★

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A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Starting the list with the only book I read that is set in Iceland, written by an Australian author. Amazing story, highly recommended. I featured this book in Book Traveling Thursday.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I’d love to buy

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.

This theme is not a problem for me, I have a whole wishlist ready and waiting for me. If I only could I would buy them all right this moment, but I just have to control myself not to spend all my money on books.


Swing Time
by Zadie Smith

Literary Fiction | Contemporary

 

28390369Pub Date: November 3rd, 2016

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Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time

It’s Zadie Smith! I love her books, and this I’d pre-order first if I get a gift card.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books Set Outside The US

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books Set Outside The US.

I didn’t realise how much of the books I read are set in the US! That is something I need to correct. But luckily there are some books that I enjoyed that take place outside the States.


White Teeth
by Zadie Smith

Literary Fiction | Contemporary

White Teeth by Zadie Smith, coverSetting: London, UK 

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Pub Date: June 12, 2001

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Zadie Smith’s dazzling first novel plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant café, a liberal public school, a sleek science institute. A winning debut in every respect, White Teeth marks the arrival of a wondrously talented writer who takes on the big themes —faith, race, gender, history, and culture— and triumphs.

I am a big fan of Zadie Smith writing. They way she portrayed London it this book is very specific and in a very pictorial way – even though the picture is not always pretty. What’s more, this book may be set in London, but shows cultures of so many other countries (that are not the US)

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underrated – book with less than 2000 ratings

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.  

A big part of books that pass this requirement are not yet published books – which is the reason why they have such a low number of ratings or books in polish, that were not translated into English.


Tears in the Grass by Lynda A. Archer

Literary Fiction | Contemporary Women |  Native American & Aboriginal

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Pub Date: March 19th, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 50 | Average rating: 4.08

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A fresh and poignant story of three generations of Cree women — Elinor, Louise, and Alice — setting out to uncover a long-buried secret that will change all of their lives. Set in the Qu’Appelle Valley and prairies in the late 1960s, the novel confronts the trauma of residential schools, and the long, dark shadow they cast over the present.

It is such a beautiful story. I loved it. The writing is marvelous, descriptions of nature were mystical and brilliant. I just devoured them. I encourage everyone to read it, especially if you are looking for a book with characters from minorities that are overlooked in modern fiction.

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