The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath // I have owned this book for years, and finally decided to pick it up and read it. It was one of my pool books, and it was definitely a little heavy for a pool read. It was about how a person can spiral into mental illness and depression, which definitely seems relevant nowadays. It was really really interesting, especially when I learned the book with semi-autobiographical.
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury // A dystopian novel about firemen who actually set fire to things instead of putting them out -mostly to homes who have broken the rules by having books in them. This was a re-read from high school days for me, and especially after watching the series. I feel like this could have been done more like Handmaid’s Tale series, since the book just ends sort of without a resolution. It was a super quick fast read, and something that given the current political climate, everyone should read.
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds // Holy moly. Nadine recommended this book in the last SUYB, and I picked it up immediately and read through it in a day. I loved how the book was write in prose – absolutely amazing. Nadine and I talked about how we thought it ended, but I like how it is open to your interpretation. Definitely worth the read, especially since it’s so quick.
The Power – Naomi Alderman // Someone recommended this from a previous SUYB, but I can’t remember who. The book focuses on women finally being the ones in power by being able to produce electricity to hurt, torture and kill. So the world that was built on patriarchy is shattered. It was such an interesting concept, but I feel like the story just dragged on. Some of the characters were a little hard to get into, but overall it was a pretty interesting book.