I have finally read one of the most talked about non-fiction books of 2016 : Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole. I had high expectations when I started reading this book and I wouldn’t say that it met all of my expectations but I still enjoyed it and I do believe it is an important book.
This non-fiction book is mainly based on the author’s personal experience but it also contains a lot of references to philosophical and sociological concepts. One could probably describe Girls Will Be Girls as a cross-over between feminist essay and autobiography. The main theory brought forward by Emer O’Toole in this book is that gender is a performance.
I haven’t posted here for a very long time, I’m sorry about that. However, I do have an excuse: first, I was busy changing the design of this blog (I hope you like this new design by the way!). And then, I went to Japan, where I spent two wonderful weeks of holiday. But I am back with a short review (I’m going to try to keep my blog posts short, and I feel that it’s not going to be easy…) of a powerful short stories collection (wow, a lot of “short” in this sentence, isn’t it?): You can’t keep a good woman down by Alice Walker.
I don’t really read short stories because I find it easier to get into the story when you have time to discover the characters. Most of the time, novels introduce and develop realistic characters we can feel close to, or relate to. This is not often the case with short stories I find. But this short story collection pleasantly surprised me. Its short stories are very powerful: they deal with important and harsh themes such as murder, rape, abortion, family, racism and so on. Obviously, this is not a short story collection you should read if you are depressed or looking for a light and easy reading, to say the least. These short stories will arouse strong feelings in you but they will also make you think. Impossible not to think when reading them. Some of them are actually built like fictional mini essays.
I would like to tell you about a classic I have just read for the Feminist Orchestra Bookclub: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. It’s the first book I’ve read from Virginia Woolf, even if I had meant to read her books for a very long time. Although I’m not quite sure this is the best book to get into Woolf’s work – if it wasn’t for the bookclub, I would probably have started with one of her novels, maybe Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse – but it is a great book, which I’d recommend to anyone.
Hey guys! I’m really sorry, I haven’t posted for a while here, I’m a bad blogger. The truth is that I’ve been reading a lot these last weeks and even though I didn’t have time to post about my readings, I am now full of ideas for future blog posts and that’s a very nice feeling.
I recently joined my first Book Club. It’s an online book club called The Feminist Orchestra Book Club and it was created by the booktuber and blogger Jean from Jean Bookishthoughts (one of my favourite BookTubers, remember?). As you have probably already guessed, this is a feminist book club (yes, very surprising, I know) which involves reading one book related to feminism every month. Almost all – if not all – the genres will be dealt with in this book club, from non-fiction to poetry and graphic novels. The first book that Jean submitted to the book club was I Call Myself A Feminist: The view from twenty-five women under thirty, edited by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes and a few more. This first feminist reading was a great experience and this is why I feel like reviewing this book here.