When I was a child, I thought as a child. I read the fairytales that every other little girl did, and dreamed of the day some knight would ride in on his white steed to rescue me from whatever tower I’d been locked in. In short, I was delusional. Even in fiction, that barely happens, Like Julia Roberts said when Richard Gere drove up in his limo to rescue her at the end of Pretty Woman, usually the princess has to rescue him right back. Fairytales are attractive to children. As a woman, different things appeal to me and that’s reflected in my reading tastes. This week, for the Top Ten Tuesday linkup, I am sharing things I now look for in books and some recent reads that have satisfied (in some part) that desire.
- First, I look for female protagonists who have dreams and follow them assiduously, even when their dreams are crazy and their friends and family think they’re nuts but support them anyway Book: Me Before You /JoJo Moyes
- I look for women who strike out on their own and pursue entrepreneurial ventures even when it’s scary; they’re not paralyzed by their fear but inspired to overcome it. Book: One Plus One /JoJo Moyes
- I look for women who are funny and smart and comfortable with what makes them different. Book: Americanah /Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- I look for male characters who are strong and responsible and know how to take care of themselves and desire women to be their partners; not pseudo-parents. I am still looking for a book that depicts this adequately.
- I look for books about families that have secrets that burn from the inside to meld the members together instead of separate them. Book: Everything I Never Told You /Celeste Ng
- I look for books about writers, especially when the character is someone who has pursued other dreams but has always had stories to tell and is finally sharing them with the world. Book: The Barrowfields /Philip Lewis
- I look for relationships that are based on shared interests, not just shared physical attraction. Again, I am still looking for this book.
- I look for books where children are unmistakable geniuses and no one bullies them for it, because that should not be encouraged, even in fiction. Book: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close /Jonathan Safran Foer
- I look for books about immigrants, people who have moved far away from everything they know to try something else, even if it is hard, even if they fail, even if they eventually have to return home, at least they tried something new. Book: We Need New Names /NoViolet Bulawayo
- And finally, I look for books that show how beautiful a hobby reading really is because bookworms are who books are written for and writers owe it to us to validate that in the novels they release. Book: The Book Thief /Markus Zusak
When I was a child, I read as a child. Now I am a woman, I read differently and demand different things. If you have recommendations of books that satisfy my reading needs, please share below.
What about you? How has your reading tastes changed as you’ve matured?
It’s Day 2. Yesterday, I announced my virtual running partnership with Tarnished Soul. Our overall objective is to get back to regular outdoor running in a bid to improve health and fitness. Each day, I will post the planned workout and update it when we’ve compiled the workout. If you’d like to join us, feel free to comment below and let me know to add you to the daily tracker.
Today’s goal is to run / run-walk for a little longer and a little faster than yesterday workout. Any improvement in distance and pace will be considered as mission accomplished. Come back later for the update.
Day 2 Updates:
Runwright ran 1.61 miles. Just a bit longer than yesterday but at a slower pace 😦