While waiting for my most recent book purchases to arrive (and after finishing The History of Love), I re-read two Margaret Atwood books. I have to say that this woman is probably one of my absolute most favourite writers. I'm not even sure why, I perhaps enjoy the raw gritty female emotion. I don't often read books by women, I don't often like them... they tend to contain overly frivolous and romanticized characters and are just, well, bland (for lack of a better word). I could get into a Virginia Woolf style rant about feminism and words, but really I wont because that would take forever and honestly I have written enough essays on that particular subject to last a lifetime. So I can just leave you with my favourite quotation from her and tell you to read something of hers if you're interested.
"...who shall measure the heat and violence of a poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?"
— (A Room of One's Own)
Actually I don't normally get into feminism either. Perhaps living the opposite sort of lifestyle as a Stay at Home Mum stops me from that (or stops me being taken seriously at least). Not that I don't think it's important, but a lot of things are important.
As for Margaret Atwood, the ones that I re-read were The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake. They were as wonderful as I remembered.
My new books arrived on Thursday, a David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day) which I have already finished and packed up for my husband to take with him on TDY next week. I also recieved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Julie & Julia. I have started Julie & Julia and I like it so far, being about a third of the way through. The writing is a bit awkward in places but I suppose it's the feel and idea of the whole thing that I like. It really appeals to me at this moment in my life.
I don't watch TV. That's a lie, I do watch TV but only while I'm doing something that doesn't allow for reading a book at the same time. I watch the British channels that we get here, so that I don't forget my accent.
I thought at one point that because I read so many books and written about so many books for my degree (or at least the part of it I did before dropping out to move to the states and marry a soldier) that I'd be great at writing reviews. Sadly that's really not the case. I royally suck at writing reviews, it makes me kind of sad. My reviews consist mostly of "It's really good, you should read it, you'll know what I mean" or "Don't bother". I feel as though I lack the right words to accurately describe what I thought about the story, characters or whatever. I fall in love with the good ones just a little, it's like being asked to describe a relationship with a husband, boyfriend, significant other... I just can't do it.
So in that case I'll just continue to fill up my head with all of these words, stories and lives. I'll find something to do with it all one day.