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Marija from Inside My Library Mind has created a series where each month she will go to another bloggers’ ‘read’ shelf on goodreads and find five books that sound interesting. From my ‘read’ shelf, she chose five that she liked the sound of and out of those five, I have chosen one that I recommend she eventually read. In her post, I chose five from her list and she has picked the one that will suit me the most. Be sure to check out her post too! And follow her blog while you’re at it; her posts are very creative and interesting.
Here are Marija’s books that I have read and sound interesting to her:
1. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Marija: Feminist is one of my buzz words so I naturally want to read this. I think the idea of female comradery and friendships and girls fighting back seems amazing, especially in a YA book. Plus I really think the concept of zines is interesting and I love that that’s included in the plot.
Me: Moxie is a great example of a feminist text and it’s even more special because it is YA. The zine aspect is definitely so fun and there are even some drawings of them included.
2. I See You by Claire Mackintosh
Marija: This sounds unbelievably creepy and eerie, and I am really in the mood for a book like that. I can only handle a thriller once in a while because I get stressed, but this one sounds super intriguing.
Me: Thrillers make me stressed too! This one is involves a mystery and it could be even considered a little slow, so if you get scared from thrillers this one could be a good option.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Marija: I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. I think this sounds awful and brilliant at the same time. The concept of women being used for the sole purpose of their reproductive organs seems terrifying, and I really want to see what Margaret Atwood did with that. I also really want to watch the tv series, but I want to read the book first.
Me: The concept of The Handmaid’s Tale is certainly unique. Margaret Atwood is phenomenal at making her sexist world come to life and it is really repulsive at times. I watched the first episode of the show and for some reason didn’t watch the rest, but it was exactly what I imagined and also helped clear up a few things I was unsure about.
4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Marija: I have never been interested in a Jodi Picoult book. I have no idea why, I just never wanted to pick up a book by her. HOWEVER, I watched the movie version of this and I remember crying from start to finish. I really enjoy books about sisters and sibling dynamics and I think I would enjoy this one (even though it would probably ruin me).
Me: I kind of felt the same way with Jodi Picoult, but she is an amazing writer. The premise of this story is heart-breaking; I cried so much when I watched the film too. It is a very confronting story and I remember it being quite different from the film.
5. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Marija: I really love graphic novels, and this one is one of the first ones I discovered online, but never got around to it. I would love to read about Iran and I think reading it in a graphic novel memoir form would really suit me. I never read any books set in Iran, so I think this would be a great one to check out.
Me: Reading about a child’s account of the war is really sad and difficult to read. The illustrations and charismatic personality from the main character makes this graphic novel so fantastic. I read it because of Emma Watson’s bookclub, which was the only way I would have heard of it.
My Pick For Marija
This was a really tough decision! I felt like I had to go with one of the feminist novels because they impacted me the most. Therefore, I have chosen The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Do you think I made the right choice for Marija to read?