Perhaps my expectations had been set awry by the publicity around Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I was expecting a manifesto for bad feminism, which I think is a really interesting way of describing fourth wave feminism, and the fact that there is no […]
Over the last year I’ve plowed through a lot of short fiction and continued to nurture my interest in speculative fiction by women, but here are some of my highlights.
Two Brothers, Ben Elton I’m familiar with Ben Elton mainly through his writing of Blackadder but I’ll be going back for more of his novels. This one follows two boys who are brothers in every way except blood. One is adopted, which might not be such a big deal except […]
Mom Enough is a collection of articles, by various authors, that first appeared on Desiring God. You can get it as a free ebook. I got to it via Rachel Pieh Jones’ blog, and her contributions are the most consistently gospel focused. When mums feel inadequate, God calls us: Chosen, […]
Flying on Broken Wings, Carrie Bailee Bailee’s autobiography is not told chronologically. We’re piecing parts of her life together as she recalls the memories her brain has wiped out for her own protection. Horrific but not graphic, we learn that from the ages of 4-14 her father abused her in […]
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Hazel has terminal cancer but she’s not dead yet. She thinks a lot about death until she meets Augustus at a cancer support group and he accuses her of being defined by her cancer. He shares her sense of humour and love of […]
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth The ‘word of thanks’ to the reader at the start of this mammoth novel jokes that you’ll sprain your wrists reading it. At 600,000 words — almost 1500 pages in soft cover — the length would be prohibitive for most people, but the problem for […]