What Brighton Girls Are Reading in March 2017
Our Brighton Girls are right little bookworms (some of them have a very impressive list of books they've already read this year considering it's only March) and they're dying to hook you into their latest read. Why not indulge them and find your next Amazon purchase while you're at it?
The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots by Philippe Brenot and Laetitia Coryn
I love a book that offers an alternative view, so I had to give The Story of Sex, with its promise to re-evaluate history from a sexual point of view, a go. It’s packed with fun insights, such as Prince Albert having had a piercing in his, er, Prince Albert. The outlook is overly European (indeed, the whole continent of Asia barely gets a mention) but still worth a read. Try not to blush.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
A modern classic, Zadie Smith’s epic London fairy tale of two North London families driven together and apart by race, gender, culture, science and religion. It was written in 2000, but I was surprised by how much it resonated with today’s weird political climate.
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A novel about the lives of people working in the music industry, made up of about a dozen short interlinking stories. Meditates on time, youth and loneliness in a way that hits hard. The author is considered by many to be one of the best women writers working today, and I can’t disagree.
My Not-So-Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
This is perfect holiday reading. Girl struggles to cope with the gap between her dream life in London and the crappy, overpriced reality. Moves to the countryside, meets boy, learns life lessons etc. I think most Brighton Girls can identify with the themes of expectations vs. reality and the pitfalls of social media found in this book.
The Beauty Myth is a ground-breaking work of feminist analysis that looks at how prevailing beauty standards in Western society impact the way women feel about their own bodies, those of other women, and ultimately how these unachievable standards reinforce the patriarchal norm. Woah, right?! Wolf’s book gives very eloquent words to things I have previously been unable to vocalise about how I feel or should feel about my appearance and sense of self. Get ready to awaken the angry feminist in you, because Wolf lays down some real truths!
Andrew Taylor writes about untranslatable words in languages from all over the globe. Taylor uses humour and fact to explain the history of these untranslatable words whilst providing an insight into different languages and cultures. My favourite is the word ‘Poronkusema’ in Finnish which means: An old unit of measurement equivalent to the distance travelled by a reindeer before needing to urinate.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
If like me, you enjoy spending your lunch hour with an easy read then this book could be for you. It follows two young girls as they search for meaning in the adult drama that occurs around them on their street. This book allows you to experience an adventure of a scorching hot summer and the lies of the adults that slowly start to unravel through the eyes of 10-year-old Grace.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
This book explores the battle our species won against other human species to become the only human race left in existence. Although a challenging topic, this book is very well written and assessable to those with no knowledge on the topic. As the book covers such a vast amount of material, each section is lightly touched upon; there were several sections where I knew I needed to know more so I have sought out further books on related topics. You know a book has really changed your thinking when you just need to learn more!
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
This was a very sweet book about a man whose wife passed away. He struggled with dealing with his grief and saw his wife again several times through the book as though she was alive again (this is not giving much away as I learnt this from the back of the book). Although I enjoyed this book, I felt that the author had chosen a very interesting topic but barely took any time to explore it. So much time was spent on the mundane backstory of the character that when we got to the crux of the plot with the wife reappearing it was all over in a flash.
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