May Reading List

Let's keep this intro short and sweet. Much like this month's reading list. We are only ten days into May and two days away from Harry Styles album. Off topic I apologise, May is turning out to be a busy time with sadly not much time for reading. So instead of giving myself an overly ambitious number of books to read this month, I have three. Two are non fiction works of art (I hope) and the other is a highly regarded novel...

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit: When Emma and myself go into a bookstore, enabling and influencing happens. This book serves as proof of that. No regrets, obviously. I've picked this book up and pondered it for ages so I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy it. The title, a rather clever reference to what is now known as 'mansplaining' thanks to Solnit's essay really sums it up. I always have time for essays on feminism and I've been wanting to get into Rebecca Solnit's writing for a while now. 

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran: I love Caitlin Moran, I love Caitlin Moran's writing. Moranthology was the volume of essays and writing released by Moran following her cult classic How To Be A Woman. It contains writing on Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Chivalry, Being Poor and a whole slew of other topics. As soon as I've finished reading this I'll be picking Moranthology up.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: After loving Hag-Seed an awful lot it was only a matter of time before more Atwood material made its way onto the shelves. The Handmaid's Tale is having a bit of a moment right now, with the launch of the series based on the book at the end of last month. I also want to watch the original film with Natasha Richardson as Offred but feel the compulsion to read it first. The Handmaid's Tale looks at a dystopian society in which women are valued for their ability to conceive. That is about all I can tell you so far. It is also Emma Watson's latest selection for her Our Shared Shelf book club so I'm hoping to finish it by the time they start discussing it there.

-What are you reading during May?

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