What I Read in July

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July was one of those months that lasted 10 minutes. Actually, 2020 has been like this. But I still managed to read five books.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation is the first book from the Southern Command trilogy. This book was written as if it was a diary from a biologist during her expedition to Area X, a mysterious place where weird things have been happening.

When I first heard about Annihilation, I was very excited to read it. I liked the concept, that it looked a bit weird, and there were really good recommendations. And that’s why it disappointed me so much. It was scary in ways I don’t enjoy, the plot was a bit too predictable, and I couldn’t connect with the characters. But the world development is amazing. I’m still interested in this concept and world, but not sure if I want to read the other two books.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is apparently a very popular classic, but I didn’t know about its existence until 2017/2018. And, because Elene Ferrante seems to like it, and the popularity of the most recent movie, I was very intrigued. This book basically explores the relationship and growth of four sisters through out a year.

I really liked the narrative and the way it was written; it has a nice pace and it is surprisingly easy to read.

Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism by Nadya Tolokonnikova

I was very excited to read this book ever since I first saw it, and it didn’t disappoint. Nadya Tolokonnikova is one of the founders of the Russian feminist punk activist band Pussy Riot, and in Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism, she talks about her experience as an activist and artist in Russia, as well as what she learned throughout her journey.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of five memoirs by Maya Angelou, it explores her childhood and teenage years. The writing is amazing, it made me feel happy, sad, angry, and think “WTF humans?!” in multiple occasions. So, do yourself a favor, and read this book if you haven’t already. Especially if you’re white.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis is a Novella written by Franz Kafka published in 1915. It tells the story of Gregor Samsa, a salesman who one day wakes up as a giant insect. Even though it is an easy read, this is a very deep narrative, full of allegories and social criticism. I appreciate the story, am glad to have read it, and would definitely recommend. But, honestly, I feel nothing for this book.

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