Witty, sarcastic, feminist… this book is a refreshing post-modern classic in my opinion, and there is a movie adaptation coming, so go get your copy. You are welcome!
Just Kids – Patti Smith
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only because it tells us a lot about the 70’s art/music scene (which I love!), but because most precious is the love and sensibility with which she writes about her relationship with Mapplethorpe and her relationship with art itself.
With a very honest and pure recounting of her memories, Patti guides us throughout her ups and downs, her thoughts, her desire to find her voice using art.
I got very emotional and inspired by this book, especially being an artist myself and seeing how pursuing art can be hard, but still beautiful, still fluid, still necessary.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter
Miss Angela Carter is a witch… her writing will provoke your senses, spellbind your emotions, haunt your thoughts!
This is a collection of fairytales/folktales, some original, some retellings of famous tales such as Little Red Riding Hood. The whole book is very visual and sensorial, dark, gothic and, I would say, even sexy. I love how powerful and feminist her protagonists are and how she twists the symbolism in the fairytales. Do not expect to see happy endings in here, at least not the classical ones.
It – Stephen King
This year I wanted to try more horror and gothic books, so I thought it was time to read my first Stephen King. I have to say, I have always been afraid of this book, first because of the horror in the story, and second because of its size (more than 1,000 pages!). But it was a great surprise!
The book is so much more than just scary moments. I love the way King writes about the importance of friendship, and how human beings can be more or as terrifying as a paranormal villain. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of the city’s history, which is very interesting.
I loved the experience of reading this book, even the scary Pennywise parts.
Circe – Madeline Miller
I know, there are so many Greek retellings in the market right now, but this one… this one stands out to me. Greek mythology is usually full of great heroes, explorers, gods, mostly men, so I love that Madeline Miller chose to dive into a woman/goddess story. She gives Circe an epic tone to the narrative, which is very different from The Song of Achilles that reads much more intimate. I think this is a very original choice since most of the epic books are about men.
I love that we see a lot of beautiful descriptions of nature, since Circe is a witch and so very connected with the natural world. The book is captivating and I would say even cozy to read.
Pandora’s Jar – Natalie Haynes
And what about the women in Greek Mythology?
This collection brings some of the most famous goddesses and important women in Greek myths to life in a very light and approachable writing style. I would say that Natalie Haynes’ book is the equivalent of Mythos by Stephen Fry, but with a female perspective.
A must have for Greek mythology lovers.