If you’re anything like me, you never seem to be reading one book at a time. Sometimes I can force myself to focus and finish one book completely before I start any others, but that’s rarely the case. I sort of like being in the midst of several books at a time so that I can swap between them depending on my moods or how much time I have.

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I had never read this before, but a neighbor was talking about it at dinner, and I’m pretty sure it’s been on my Goodreads list for a while. A near-future society where women are decisively subservient to men, not allowed to read or write, and many are valued only for their fertility. It was originally published in 1986, but with some of the comments and decisions made in recent events (ahem, the election), you might get the eerie feeling that Atwood’s fictional Republic of Gilead hits a bit closer to home than anticipated. I also just found out that Hulu is making this into a series starring Elizabeth Moss this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s adapted for the screen.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tart

This one is looonnggggggg. It took me a while to really get into it (this was my second time trying) but after a while I started appreciating the pace of the book and the way that it jumps forward through time to hit different parts of the protagonist’s life. As an art history major, the art aspect appealed from the get-go, but I like that I have gotten more invested in the characters as the book has gone on too. This is one that, for me at least, has been easy to lay aside for a couple days at a time and come back to. It’s really an enjoyable book to take your time with. It sort of feels like taking a long trip with Theo, the main character.

Love x Style x Life – Garance Doré

I hope I get the chance to meet Garance Doré someday. She has such a fun and genuine voice in her writing style that her advice and anecdotes read as if you’re having a conversation with an old friend . The book itself is full of beautiful images, ideas and interviews, and is easy to pick up and read a small section at a time. You might feel the need to take notes. I’ve felt inspired after every chapter.

 

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