In full honesty, this post is just going to be random mixture of everything from sci-fi to non fiction. I just read some amazing books last couple of months, so I wanted to create a short recommendation list.
First and foremost, I finally got around to read Dune by Frank Herbert. And while I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, this is just wow! There no words for how good it is. It is extremely captivating story in the very well imagined universe and it’s just pure pleasure to read. Of course, there is this typical sexism thing, but I suppose that’s just a problem of the genre. Luckily there are more and more contemporary books lacking this staple feature. Now I feel like someone who never watched Star Wars and then realized sometimes around fiftieth birthday that the original movies are actually great. This is not just a book that defined a genre but also an absolute must-read.
Next on the list comes The Awakening by Kate Chopin. It was first published in 1899 and it’s one of the first books of feminist literature. They call it American Madame Bovary for a reason. The story is actually pretty similar, but somehow more real. The main heroine suffocated by the bluntness and boredom of her marriage finds unexpected intellectual stimulation when she falls for young man. Somehow, this book is not a story of an affair, it’s the story of self realization and (not) coming to terms with social and intellectual confinement.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Now super famous winner of Booker Prize in 2016 will most probably make you sick and give you nightmares but at the same time you won’t be able to stop reading. It’s deeply sexual story of insanity and desire competing with the binding traditions. It’s mad and disturbing but also kind of wonderful. One of the most unusual books I have ever read.
We Gon’ Be Alright by Jeff Chang is very carefully researched account of events that led to everything that happened in Ferguson in 2014 and also offers broader perspective on US resegregation. It precisely describes the fragility of our historical moment and remarkable perspective on race in general.
Last book I’d like to mention is The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan. It’s and absolutely fascinating debut novel that offers a look at the small Irish town amid the country’s financial collapse. The story is put together like a jigsaw puzzle from an inner monologues of inhabitants of the town. It’s brutal and honest perspective at what Europe might be becoming since financial crisis.