The books and my thoughts
A biologist writes fiction? I’m in!
Even if you didn’t know that Delia Owens was a biologist her descriptions of the marshes of North Carolina are a giveaway of her expertise. “Where the Crawdads Sing” give you an immediate role model in Catherine ‘Kya’ Clark – a strong girl, having to ‘Home Alone’ it in a shack. This is currently the best fiction I have read in 2020.
This book consists of essays written by Jia Tolentino – a writer for the New Yorker. My favourite was
The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams, a holistic overview at some of the most well known scammers in US contemporary history. I found Jia’s reflections on fictional heroines as written in
Pure Heroines the most difficult to comprehend – potentially due to not having read much of the literature she quotes. It did give me along reading list to peruse later. It’s definitely something I have bookmarked to reread later.
What can I say? Quarantine tricked me into thinking that reading Young adult romantic comedies would be be a good idea. The last time I read about Becky Bloomwood’s shopaholic antics I was in my teens. Ten years (
But ahh to be walking around in warm Los Angeles in my Lululemons.
On my 2020 reading list
- Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener – midway through this one.
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- How to Be a Conscious Eater by Sophie Egan