It’s Not You It’s Him by Sophie Ranald
Okie dokie. I read Sorry Not Sorry last summer and had made a mental note to read this one as it was a follow up/through with Tansy and Renzo.
Do I regret it? Not really, but the real question is, did I enjoy it?
It’s Not You It’s Him seems to have a LOT going on. Getting back with an ex, drama at work, drama at home … I had a hard time staying interested because not a lot of detail went into all of the drama going on, very similar to Sorry Not Sorry.
Dissimilar to Sorry Not Sorry, I actually ended up disliking Tansy’s character. She’s rather self-centred and only cares about getting her (apparent) douche-bag boyfriend back so she can be well-to-do. *eye roll* Really, it shouldn’t have taken the entire storyline to figure that one out.
My rating: ★½/5 stars
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This book takes a strong heart to get through. Set in the early-to-mid-1800’s, The Invention of Wings tells the tale of Sarah Grimke (a real abolitionist) and her slave, Handful (a real slave with a fictitious storyline). Grab a copy with the author’s notes, because it’s worth reading!
Anyway, as I had mentioned, it is a tough read, but it is such an important lesson in history – when slavery was an acceptable practice, as was women not being allowed to speak freely. To loosely quote Handful, “My mind is free but my body isn’t, your body is free but your mind isn’t.” It is hard to believe where the world’s mindset was at 200 years ago, but you have to cheer for Sarah and her sister as they fought for the rights of the slaves.
I think it’s remarkable that Kidd, a white woman from the south, hit the nail on the head with this book, which wonderfully weaves fact and fiction together; I could feel Handful’s pain and Sarah’s desires equally and never felt that Kidd was biased towards one character over another.
As a Canadian, we don’t extensively learn about the history of slavery in the United States, so I was amazed when I discovered that Sarah Grimke and her crusades were real. The world was, and sadly still is, full of awful people who don’t see their fellow human as equals. The world still needs more people like Ms. Grimke.
My rating: ★★★★★/5 stars
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Am I the last person on this planet to read anything by Margaret Atwood? Probably. I’ll also let it be known right away that I have not seen the tv series, but knowing that it was quite popular it inspired me to pick up The Handmaid’s Tale and give it a go.
To say I enjoyed this book would be a bit of a stretch, but that’s not to say I didn’t find it interesting. Anything regarding a dystopia needs to be absorbed slowly and carefully. First it was understanding how women’s roles changed back to something beyond the times of suffrage, and wrapping your head around that. Then it was getting used to Offred’s narrative and how she floated in and out of the past and present.
There are so many things about The Handmaid’s Tale that I found interesting that I can’t really mention without spoiling it for anyone who lives under the same rock I do and hasn’t read and/or watched the series. I will say that I was captivated by Offred’s story and was curious to see if she would ever find what she was looking for. It was also a shocker to see where Atwood took this hyper-religious, post-apocalyptic world. It was a little creepy in quite a few ways but not in a manner that made me want to stop reading.
Maybe the series is better than the book and offers more insight of the Handmaid’s literal tale, but Atwood’s original work just didn’t hit me the way I thought it would’ve.
My rating: ★★★/5 Stars