Good morning, fellow Monday Morning Readers! It's been a long time since I have been able to participate in a weekly meme of any kind, so welcome to Book Addict Reviews any fellow bloggers who have not been here before! I'm glad to be back!
This week, I finished When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. Amazing speculative fiction a la The Handmaid's Tale about a woman's place in society and reproductive choice.
I am also reading The Latte Rebellion, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. This young adult novel tells the story of a group of mixed race friends who start a website to sell t-shirts to people with latte-colored skin as a way to raise money for a summer vacation. What starts as a joke about their shared experiences as people of mixed racial backgrounds becomes a social justice movement, leading to serious consequences for the girls when their school labels them terrorists.
I'm about to start My Name is Mary Sutter, a historical fiction novel about a woman fighting to be recognized for her medical skills in the mid-18th century. I guess I must be on a feminist fiction kick right now, since the last few things I have read are falling in that theme. Given the current state of political discourse about women in this country, I guess maybe that makes sense...
Finally, I am listening to The Grapes of Wrath on audiobook. I'm glad that I decided to listen rather than read it, because I really feel like the narrator is doing a wonderful job with the character's voices and emotions. It is the tale of the Joad family-chased off their land during the Depression by the landowners and their tractors, the family takes off west in a converted jalopy, hoping to find work and prosperity in the promised land of California. Heartbreaking, infuriating, filled with moments of quiet grace, this American classic is a must read.
Have a wonderful reading week, everyone!
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