The highlights 📚📚📚 inspired by @ladyprofessor, @bookishclaire, and a bunch of other ListApp book lovers
  1. A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter
    9.5/10; convinced me I am a feminist; made me more interested in 20th century history, politics, and literature
  2. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    Full of brutal bits of life and small moments of the impossible; daring, convicted, ironic, matriarchal; 9.4/10 but please read with caution; I have had friends scarred by this book
  3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
    beaUTIFUL with inCREDIBLE magical realism. 9.6/10 everyone please read
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    10/10 I identify deeply with Esther Greenwood's voice; I too want to be the colored arrows of a Fourth of July rocket
  5. The Circle by Dave Eggers
    Creepy with an automated heroine; thought-provoking but disturbing but also kinda sexy; 8.5/10
  6. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    This is my moms kind of book but I know so many people who value it deeply, and I love the allegory (sorry, I'm a huge sucker for Scriptural themes); writing is weird though, and why does God speak? Such an obvious plot device; 8.2/10
  7. Elizabeth I: The Shrewdness of Virtue by Jasper Ridley
    This guy is pretty sexist and condescending, SO ANNOYING; I'll have to find a better biography of Elizabeth to balance out this one 😐 6.5/10
  8. The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
    Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength | paternal but not patriarchal; deeply respectful of nature, women, and spirituality; embodiment of all that I love about Lewis but a tiny bit strange; 9/10
  9. All The Light We Cannot See
    only halfway through and I am yet another stereotypical bookworm gushing about this Pulitzer winner--but it earned it. Lyrical and childlike and bright, heartfelt, singing. 9.7/10