The Boston Girl (#25/50)

Books about female friendship make me so happy. 🙂 And it’s fitting that this book was recommended to me by one of my friends who’s also doing a reading challenge. Feel free to comment with any good books you’ve been reading lately – I’m always open to suggestions! I already want to read this one again:

Title – The Boston Girl

Author – Anita Diamant

Page count – 320

The narrator of this book, Addie Baum, is telling the story of “how she became the woman she is today” to her 22-year-old granddaughter Ava. The present time is 1985 when Continue reading “The Boston Girl (#25/50)”


The Color Purple (#24/50)

We watched the movie version of this book in a college class about Women Theologians, and it was really good (obviously…it’s got Whoopi Goldberg AND Oprah). Some parts are kind of intense so I’m not sure I want to read this book again, but I’m glad I read it once.

Title – The Color Purple

Author – Alice Walker

Page count – 295

This is another epistolary novel. The main character Celie lives in the Deep South and writes letters to “God.” Later in the book, it alternates between Continue reading “The Color Purple (#24/50)”

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (#23/50)

My university put on a stage presentation of this book a couple times, but I was never able to attend. Having read them now, I think it would be really powerful to see these stories performed live. From what I gather on the V-Day website, Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is presented quite often (usually in February, because Valentine’s Day = V-Day…get it?) so take a look if that’s something you’re interested in. In the meantime, check out this collection of essays:

Title – A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writings to stop violence against women and girls

Author – multiple; edited by Eve Ensler

Page count – 189

As I said before, this book is actually a collection of essays by Continue reading “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (#23/50)”

The New Jim Crow (#22/50)

This is a must-read book.

I knew I was ignorant about parts of my country’s history (regarding slavery, the Civil Rights movement, Supreme Court legal precedents, etc), but I didn’t how just how much I didn’t know.

Title – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Author – Michelle Alexander

Page count – 248

At first I was skeptical and thought this book would give off conspiracy theory vibes. I mean, it seems utterly impossible that we could be using our criminal justice system to oppress an entire group of people in the same way that Jim Crow laws were explicitly racially discriminatory. That, my friends, is where the issue of “colorblindness” comes in Continue reading “The New Jim Crow (#22/50)”

A Northern Light (#21/50)

This is my favorite book.

I don’t say that lightly because there are many, many books I have loved dearly. But if I could only read one book for the rest of my life and enjoy just as much every time I read it, this one would be it.

Title – A Northern Light

Author – Jennifer Donnelly

Page count – 383

The year is 1906. The place is the northern backwoods of New York state. And our narrator-heroine’s name is Mattie Gokey, a sixteen-year-old girl and talented writer who dreams of going to college but is faced with Continue reading “A Northern Light (#21/50)”

Pride and Prejudice (#20/50)

My last book has inspired me to read some of the “classic” novels of English literature. I was one of those kids who actually did read Pride and Prejudice in high school (Billy Budd, Sailor was the only one I ever SparkNoted, I swear!), and anyone who didn’t read it is missing out on some truly entertaining commentary by Miss Austen. This was a novel I quite enjoyed revisiting!

Title – Pride and Prejudice

Author – Jane Austen

Page count – 314

**NO spoilers for who marries who, I promise 🙂 Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice (#20/50)”

Reading Lolita in Tehran (#19/50)

Well, friends, we are officially halfway through the year. As far as my Book Challenge numbers go, I should be at 25, and I’ve actually read 19…so not where I need to be, but it’s still do-able. Even if I don’t actually get to the Magic Number 50, this challenge has kept me focused on finishing books at a decent pace, and it’s definitely pushed me to read new genres and authors I might not have otherwise. Speaking of which…

Title – Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Author – Azar Nafisi

Page count – 343

Although this book is technically a memoir, it often reads almost in the realm of fiction (Perhaps because I’m an American, and this book is set in Iran, it seems like an unreal world). Nafisi divides her story into four sections. Each is based on an author or book she teaches in her English Literature classes Continue reading “Reading Lolita in Tehran (#19/50)”