December 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with December Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 12 books and a total of 4,208 pages.

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May 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with May 2018 Wrap Up … and only a touch delayed. In May read a total of 5 books and 1,378 pages.

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Febuary 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with a late Febuary 2018 Wrap Up! Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging but fingers crossed I can get more organised this month and do the things.😂 Maybe by the end of the year you’ll get regular blog posts for me.

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January 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with my extremely late January 2018 Wrap Up! My one big goal of the year was to me more consistent with posting 😂 which has worked out so well but hey I can only go up from here since things are calming down at my new job.

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September 2017 Warp Up

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I am here with my September 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in the second half of September. Since #TheReadingChallenge took place in the first half of the month and I’ve already wrapped up those books.

I read a total of 6 books which I am really happy about. I read 1 Picture Storybook, 1 Anthology, 1 YA, 1 Historical Fiction and 2 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!

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Difficult Women

Difficult Women

Author: Roxane Gay

Publisher: Corsair

Published: 3 January 2017

Rating: 3 stars

 

 

“It was too much. She didn’t dare trust it. She broke his heart. When she closes her eyes, she remembers his fingers, tracing the bones of her spine.”

Difficult Women is Roxane Gay’s latest short story collection. The collection focuses on quirky women with hardscrabble lives who are hunting for passionate loves through vexed human connection. The women live lives of privilege and poverty, and are in marriages both loving and haunted by crimes or emotional blackmail.

This is a very dark collection; focusing on abuse victims, mother dealing with the death a her children, pressure to conform to society ideal body image and broken families. I can’t say this was a collection I enjoy reading, in the traditional sense of the meaning enjoy. Some of the stories like La Negra Blanca makes my skin crawl. It’s an important collection, which gives voice to haunting realities some women live.

I would suggest reading these stories with a break in between—maybe one a day—only because having read them one after another I found myself getting desensitised to these women’s horrible situations. The women started to read the same. They were sad women with horrible circumstances thrown at them and who were trying to find some sense of worth through sex. This is a very real reality and I applaud Gay for representing it. I just think in a collection like this there needed to be some variation. Thinking back on the collection the stories are all intermingled and I’m finding it hard to separate them.

The reason I gave this collection 3 stars is because it wasn’t the collection I thought it would be. And this fault lies with the marketing. My expectation was that this would be a feminist collection. When I hear the title was Difficult Women I was expecting women who were fighting against the mold society has for them. However, the Difficult Women in this collection weren’t difficult because they challenged gender roles but were, mostly, victims. Which, in my mind, doesn’t make them difficult at all.

Overall, this is a brave collection and not one for the faint of heart. Gay’s writing is beautiful and the way she plays with form and structure is genius. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a raw, realist collection that will play with your heart and leave it slightly dented.

 

Individual Ratings

  • I Will Follow You – 3
  • Water, All Its Weight – 2.5; not sure I understood the water thing but more a fault I think on me not on the writing
  • The Mark of Cain – 4
  • Difficult Women – 4; love the structure of this!
  • FLORIDA – 3; again such an interesting structure
  • La Negra Blanca – 4; haunting one of the POVs make my skin crawl and feel sick
  • Baby Arm – 4; like the concept also enjoyed that the protagonist was different harder, raw and less sad than the others in the collection so far
  • North Country – 5; I adore this!
  • How – 3
  • Requiem for a Glass Heart – 5; loved the fairy tale like element
  • In the Event of my Father’s Death – 3
  • Break All The Way Down – 5; heart breaking, beautiful
  • Bad Priest – 3; I was worried about where this piece would go given the themes of a few of the earlier stories and I’m really glad it didn’t go there
  • Open Marriage – 4
  • A Pat – 3
  • Best Features – 5; this one is, for me, really relatable. It made me feel like she has taking all the bad thought I’ve bad or stupid things I’ve done, in relation to relationships, because I’m overweight and poured it onto the page. Hard to read but stunning.
  • Bone Density – 4
  • I Am a Knife – 4
  • The Sacrifice of Darkness – 5
  • Noble Things – 5
  • Strange Gods– 4

#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

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These are the books I got through during #TheReadingQuest, which took place between Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 September.

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