January is off to a great start, having read 3 books and couple of magazines already. January is continuously my month to read all the books from 2016 that I didn’t have the time to read. With all of the books that I read for classes, there just isn’t much time to read anything else. So believe me when I say, I’m so excited to finally read these books. Milk and Honey, History of Wolves, The Girls and The Underground Railroad are all on my list of books to finish before classes pick up again.
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: I’ve actually already read this one through but as all poetry books, I love coming back to it and picking it up and just reading a few poems here and there. The New York Times says: Much of Kaur’s appeal comes from this artless vulnerability, like a cross between Charles Bukowski and Cat Power, and from an ingénue’s willingness to blurt out whatever is on her mind. “I was always writing for myself,” she told The Times of India this month. “I wrote what I needed to write and hear — that’s what makes it powerful. And it’s this honesty that has got me where I am today.”
Kaur’s highly personally prose is something that pulls me into pick up the book and reread it with the intention of finding something new or something that wasn’t there before.
History of Wolves by Emily Frilund: NPR says “Emily Fridlund’s electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story are so common to other novels in that genre.” After only reading the first few pages, I’m excited to witness something new in a coming-of-age story as those are quite often my favorite.
The Girls by Emma Kline: I’ve been trying to read this book since it came out and to be honest I was waiting for it to come out in paperback because I much more prefer reading paperback books over hardcover. But I just caved and decided to buy the hardcover version because I just couldn’t wait any longer. The story follows the lives of girls involved in a Mason-like cult. That’s really all I know about the book and that’s all I’ve known for the past 8 months. I don’t want any spoilers or giveaways because I know that this is going to be a good one.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: NPR calls it “Now, in his new novel, The Underground Railroad, Whitehead returns to his childhood vision of an actual locomotive that carries escaped slaves through tunnels. The book follows a 15-year-old slave named Cora who has escaped from a Georgia plantation and must make her way north to freedom. Along the way, the train stops in different states, each of which represent a different response to slavery. “Sort of like Gulliver’s Travels, the book is rebooting every time the person goes through a different state,” Whitehead says.” Based on this description alone, I can feel that this one will be a page-turner that forces me to reflect, in new ways, on the past and the present implications of slavery.
You can probably get all of these books at your local bookstore in case any of these sound appealing to you. If you pick them up to read, let me know what you thought. But just make sure it’s sometime after January!