2 // All the Books

I can't remember the last time I didn't have a book on the go; to put it simply, reading has become an intrinsic part of my being. I've grown up among dust-coated and inked individuals – and the flick of a page has become second nature. And yet, I don't feel as if my humble blog lingers enough on the specific books I've read across the years. And so, in order to share more of the books I've read, I've allocated each of my books a number – and, with each of these posts, I'll ponder and muse over a randomly selected array of my books, noting my thoughts on aspects of them.

“Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.”

Americanah is a compelling tale of love, race and identity. Ifemelu and Obinze fell in love when they were young, but are separated when they leave the military-ruled Nigeria to lead different lives; Ifemelu continues her studies in America, but finds herself grappling with what it means to be black, whilst Obinze plunges into a dangerous life in London. Fifteen years later, the two are reunited.

Oh, how I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read AMERICANAH last October, and my love for it hasn't faded at all. Whilst the novel's essentially a romance, it also offers so much more; AMERICANAH explores personal, national and racial identity against the backdrop of our globalised world. "I came from a country where race was not an issue, I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America."

“It didn’t take tragedy or war to derail a man. It took only a memory.”

The Girl With Glass Feet is set on the strange and enigmatic archipelago of St. Hauda's Land, where many unusual things happen. For instance, a young woman named Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. And, as the glass transformation begins, a local man's love is put to the test.

The Girl With Glass Feet is an utterly bizarre book. When you're reading it, the descriptions of everything from the island's winged creatures to its snow-glazed woods burn vividly in your mind. Yet, the moment you close the covers, everything is quickly forgotten. Although, perhaps that is the magic? Whatever the case, The Girl With Glass Feet is an interesting read – one which will suit fans of The Night Circus or The Snow Child nicely.

“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigues, I have had my vision.”

To the Lighthouse offers an intricate depiction of marriage, childhood and parenthood, all of which is explored within one family living in a summer house off the rocky coast of Scotland. And Virginia Woolf perfectly encapsulates the transience of life within these 200 pages.

To the Lighthouse is by no means my favourite novel by Virginia Woolf. However, when I picked it up sometime last year, I found unmeasurable satisfaction within this tale. And the prose? To die for. “For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others... and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.” 

BOOK 57: The Girl With All the gifts by M. R. Carey.
“In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel”

The Girl With All the Gifts is about a girl named Melanie. Melanie is a very special girl. Everyday she is collected from class at gunpoint and strapped into a wheelchair. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS gives a new life to the zombie novel. Gone are the clichés, the emotionless characters, the predictable plot… instead, we have something entirely new. 

At the time of the book's release, my obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all things Whedon had just began. So, when I saw Whedon quoted on the cover… well, I knew I had to read this. And, whilst THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS wasn't what I expected it to be, it was still an exciting read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
See my first of these posts HERE

10 comments:

  1. Oh, some interesting sounding reads here! I really like the sound of The Girl with the Glass Feet, so I’m going to look into that more (it sounds just like my kind of fantastical), and the Girl With All the Gifts, though I don’t think I’ll read it because I’m fairly sure it’s horror/thriller and I am terrified easily, sounds very different to how I had thought it would and it is interesting me a lot!
    I should- and want to- read some more Woolf soon. The Lighthouse might be the perfect one to choose next from her.
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    1. The Girl With the Glass Feet is stunning – I vividly remember it had a beautiful, beautiful ending. :) I hope you enjoy any Woolf you read in the future!

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  2. The Girl With all the Gifts sounds like a book I would definitely enjoy. I am going to have to pick up a copy of that to read! I absolutely love this post. :D
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  3. Ooh! I like the sound of The Girl with all the Gifts - very intriguing ^_^
    I adore The Night Circus so I think I'll add The Girl with the Glass feet to my tbr list.

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  4. Still not read Americanah, though I bought it on your recommendation - but soon! I realllyyy want to read The Girl With All the Gifts. I've heard it's fab.

    I'm yet to read any Virginia Woolf, but again, soon. As for The Girl with Glass Feet, it sounds interesting. I'm really interested in surrealist/speculative books - I plan to write one someday. Often magic in books can be a bit samey - the classic historical fantasy esque set-up seen in Game of Thrones, for example - but The Girl with Glass Feet sounds like it goes outside that, which I think is fascinating.

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    1. I hope you enjoy Americanah when you read it! If you write one, I'll surely read it. ;)

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  5. This is the coolest gif set. I love this idea! I haven't read The Girl with All the Gifts yet, but I need to ASAP.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it if you do read it. :)

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