What I've Been Reading // Vol.3


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Joining in with The Modern Mrs.Darcy's monthly Quick Lit series, to share the adult books that I have recently read. These are by no means school library recommendations & instead just a fun way to share what I've been reading in my spare time.

Since I haven't shared since July this is a longer list

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

I just started this thriller about a woman whose husband has disappeared, which is a problem because she left his body in his car and now both are gone. I am only a few pages in but there are lots of smaller mysteries to unravel that led to this situation so I am intrigued & think this will be a quick read. 

The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow

A fantasy book about witches, women's suffrage, & feminism- what is not to love? Witches were destroyed along with the town of Old Salem but when the Eastwood sisters are reunited at a suffrage rally & experience an event that clearly signals witching has come back, they begin a journey to reclaim the old words. Not only does the novel cover topics of feminism from the late 1800's-early 1900's, but it also discusses race, gender, and sexuality. 

Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

Female scientist Rosalind, who was part of the Manhattan Project, is now living alone in the 1950's, guilt ridden over her role in the atomic bomb & now being asked to spy on her ex-lover & coworker who is suspected of selling secrets to the Russians. A combination of historical fiction, romance, & espionage this book was hard to put down. Definitely a must read. 

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Ana is the wife of Jesus, forgotten to history but a strong, defiant young woman who longs to be a scholar in a time when women were expected to marry & keep the home. This is a bold story but Sue Monk Kidd does a stunning job of giving life to Ana while still being reverent to Jesus' story, remaining true to the Bible while adding in a layer with the story of Ana. 

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

I'm sure you've heard about this novel by now but in case you haven't it is the fictionalized story of what Hillary Rodham's life would have been had she not married Bill (& become a Clinton). I had a lot of thoughts while reading this book & think it makes for a great book club pick as it's guaranteed to prompt a lot of discussion & feelings. Warning though: the first part of the book (when they meet) is very uh, descriptive & can be a little graphic. 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

If you read The Guest List you will notice similar themes & patterns in Lucy Foley's first novel. A group of friends goes to a remote location, gets stuck due to weather, & someone ends up dead. While The Guest List took place at a wedding on a remote island in Ireland this novel is New Year's Eve at a remote cabin in Scotland. Foley's writing is so atmospheric & has a touch of Agatha Christie, so the similar structure doesn't really matter. Also it doesn't spoil the ending. 

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout

Both of these memoirs tell similar stories: young teenagers attending the elite boarding school St.Paul's, who are sexually assaulted by classmates & silenced by their school administration. For Crawford the attack happened in the early 1990's; Prout's was in 2014. Both books are hard to read but important, shedding light on both the systematic cover-ups by St.Paul's (who is clearly not the only school to do this) & in telling their stories of surviving assault & holding both their attackers & St.Paul's accountable.

What is truly astounding & disturbing in both of these cases is what officials at St.Paul's did, from spreading rumors about the girls to the student body (yes, like administrators at the school) to directly getting Crawford's medical documents that even she didn't have access to. Power & prestige plays a big role in both books, from how the school was able to control their image to the boys & the protections they were granted. 

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