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Reading has been a major part of my
life. Getting lost in the smell of a new book, or the crinkly pages
of books that have been around for longer than I have is
Reading has been a major part of my life. Getting lost in the smell of a new book, or the crinkly pages of books that have been around for longer than I have is something I always look forward to do. And like any other bibliophile who reads, Ive always been eager to share the joy I get from a book with others. So I decided to write about a few books that have meant a lot to me over the years. And hopefully also pick up some suggestions along the way!
As an avid reader, and a member of the fairer sex, I often find that female protagonists in popular fiction are not only very rare, but are also very clichd in the sense of character. From the I-dont-fit-in to the I-am-clueless-but-I-am-going-to-save-the-world, the options seemed limiting. Even as a kid, I always indignant about how female protagonists were almost predictable in books. But over the years, Ive read a few books that have female leads that have stood out. I picked out five of them to share. The best thing about this, is that thing is a growing list and hopefully I can keep updating it. But heres my list:
1.The Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie : This books follows Kambili, the heroine through the period in her life covered by the book. This book explores the themes of family and religion. But perhaps what remained with me were the stark differences on how the same religion is interpreted by different individuals. All the female characters in this book are unique in their own fashion, and I can also go as far to say they have qualities that I admire. Plus the plot is one that gets you think for quite some time!
2.Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini : Khaled Hosseini does have a reputation of leaving you in tears , or at least really moved by his books. His writing has a sort of raw edge to it, which leaves it impact. Set in Taliban Afghan society, it tells the story of two women, Miriam and Laila who have almost nothing in common till their lives intersect because of their marriage to the same man, due to circumstances. The tale that is woven in the books is one of friendship, love and ultimately sacrifice.
3.The Liberation of Sita by Volga: Written by P. Lalita Kumari under her penname Volga, this book is not a traditional re-telling of the Ramayana. It has stories about the women in the epic, something that is largely ignored in other renditions, and explores the values of virtue, fidelity, duty and truth.
4.Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward : The book is based on Esch and her pursuits to protect her family, against an enemy that is quite literally a force of nature Hurricane Katrina. Thankfully Ive never had to face the threat of a hurricane destroying my house, but Jesmyn Wards writing makes you feel right in Eschs shoes and you feel all her desperation as she struggles to safeguard her family, while battling a new revelation of her own.
5.Little Women by Louisa May Alcott : I couldnt complete this list without a classic, and especially this one. I read this book as a scrawny tween struggling to connect with my peers, and even though the plot line of this book was completely irrelevant to my situation, it taught me to headstrong and almost stubborn if I say so myself. Additional points for the time period it was written in !