Below is a list of books from my D.E.A.R. time during the months of December and January:
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I really liked this book; there’s just something about funny, confident, and successful women who are also very aware of their life privilege. Mindy’s quirkiness was refreshing and honest. She emphasizes the importance of hard work and perseverance and, that without either, your dreams can only remain a distant hope.
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
I chose to listen to the author’s performance of this book rather than read it. It certainly provided a different element to the narrative; but it also made me REALLY uncomfortable. While, as a woman, I can certainly appreciate the cause for demystifying female genitalia, I strongly question whether we need to do so with such strong language and derogatory connotations. Every female animal on earth has a vagina; why must we make such a big deal about it?
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Initially, I had a difficult time getting into this book. At about sixty pages in the story took an unexpected turn and I literally devoured the rest of it. Needless to say, I’m VERY glad I didn’t give up on this one – it turned out to be such a powerful and thought-provoking narrative!
Holes by Louis Sachar
I am actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I sat down to read the first few chapters and ended up reading the entire thing in one go. The story is relatable and has numerous plot twists with intriguing back stories thrown in. I can certainly appreciate why this has become a Juvenile/YA classic for the ages.