Herland: An Analysis of Gender and Social Consciousness

I’ve often dreamed of an all-female utopia. What would life be like, if I was surrounded only by women? How would my physical and emotional experience change? Unfortunately for the younger version of myself, I never read Herland until just this week, which is Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s imagining of one such utopia. I’m sure that my teenage self would have enjoyed this because my adult self loved it.

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You Exist Too Much: A Book Review

“You exist too much.”

These are the words uttered by the mother of Zaina Arafat’s protagonist in You Exist Too Much, and thus loosely encapsulate the strife of the young Palestinian-American woman. She exists too much—she disappoints her mother too much, she seeks love too much, she self-sabotages too much.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Book Review

Glitz, glamor, romance, drama—The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is exactly the type of book that reminds me why I love reading! Recently, I read this much-discussed book, and I’m excited to share my spoiler-free thoughts about this sensational work of fiction!

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The Year of the Flood: A Book Review

At the beginning of the year, I created the Slanted Spines Book List which designated a book for each month! The reading for August is The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, and this is my book review! It contains minimal spoilers, and I will denote when they appear.

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The Vanishing Half: Identity and Transformation

Over the course of this pandemic, my reading habits have accelerated; whereas I was typically reading 1-3 books a month while working full time, once I was laid off, I began reading a book or two a week. Thus, I have found myself fervently paging through books, in an attempt to both escape reality and experience simulated companionship. Reading has often been my preferred coping mechanism, and thankfully I have been able to do so much of it lately!

Out of the many books I’ve read the past couple months, one particularly stands out: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. When people ask me my favorite recent read, I almost always respond with this book!

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Queenie: A Book Review

Each month of 2020 has a specific Slanted Spines Book pick, and the July novel is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams! My book review is an in-depth discussion about the book, but I include some spoiler warnings in case anyone hasn’t read it yet!

Queenie is a novel written in first person about Queenie Jenkins, a twenty-five-year-old woman living in London and working a job at a newspaper. It begins with a “break” in her relationship, which is initiated by her boyfriend Tom, who asks her to move out of their apartment. Thus begins somewhat of a downward spiral for Queenie, as she struggles to understand herself and where she belongs. Although proud of her Jamaican-British ancestry, she is often mistreated by co-workers and harassed by men because of her outward appearance, causing her to question if she can even be loved for who she is. In this incredibly engaging, entertaining, and deeply emotional book, Queenie embarks on a journey of self-empowerment.

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In a Dark Dark Wood: A Book Review

At the beginning of the year, I curated a Slanted Spines reading list for 2020, designating a book for each month. The June pick is In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, and this is my book review!

In a Dark Dark Wood is a story about a young woman named Nora who attends a bachelorette party in a cabin in—you guessed it!—a dark, dark wood. However, the bachelorette party is for her ex-best friend Clare, who she hasn’t spoken to in ten years. Unsure why she was invited because she wasn’t invited to the actual wedding, yet curious all the same, Nora accepts the invite. But during the weekend, various bizarre conversations and events occur, and if I say much more, it may ruin the suspense of reading the book! This is Ruth Ware’s debut novel, and she’s gone on to write many other thrillers such as The Turn of the Key and The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

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