Tuesday, 10 July 2018

ReadingWomen - July 2018

Welcome to ReadingWomen! You can find out what inspired the series by Visiting This Link. The idea is to promote books authored by women and I have got another superb quintet here to whet your literary appetites.

Feel welcome to Comment your own book suggestions, especially links to your own reviews for the Around The Blogosphere choice. I love to see what everybody else is reading!

Inspirational biography

A biography or autobiography written by a woman and about a woman:

Kiss Hollywood Goodbye by Anita Loos

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Loos recalls the heady heydays of the movies and the exciting part she played in them. Her career had begun in the silent film era, providing D.W. Griffith with subtitles for such classics as 'Intolerance'. In 1931 she was back in Hollywood, helping consolidate the future of the talkies, and she spent most of the next eighteen years as prize screenwriter and protogee of the Great Little Master, Irving Thalberg, MGM's star producer. Here is the story of those years when she wrote such classics as 'The Red-Headed Woman', 'Saratoga' and 'San Francisco'. This book supplies more insights into the history of film than many earnest, scholarly studies on the same subject.

5 star favourite

A book to which I awarded 5/5 stars

Dreams Of Maryam Tair by Mhani Alaoui

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Outside of time, the legendary queen Sheherazade tells a little girl a story that has happened, and is yet to happen. Dreams of Maryam Tair brings readers to a Casablanca of myth and metaphor, of curses, witches, djinns and demons. But it is also a very present-day Casablanca: a raw, pitiless landscape of crumbling urbanism and rusty ports, of bureaucrats and student revolts, and of a deep human solitude. During the Casablanca Bread Riots of 1981, a child is born to a mother surveilled and detained. She is born with the scent of orange blossoms and a body filled with pain. They call her Maryam Tair. A special, singular child, she is prophesized to carry three perfect gifts and one relentless curse.

Dave's choice

My OH is almost a voracious a bookworm as me! He's also just as happy to read books written by women as by men which apparently is unusual for a man.

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

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In the late seventeenth century two young Frenchmen, RenĂ© Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. RenĂ© suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a native woman and their descendants live trapped between two cultures. But Duquet runs away, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Annie Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

On my bookshelf

A book I've bought, swapped or been gifted and am eagerly awaiting reading

The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Around the blogosphere

A 5/5 star review from another bookish blog

Unbridled by Diana Palmer

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Widowed Texas Ranger and single dad John Ruiz hardened his heart years ago. Day after day, he tracks the roughest criminals in the Lone Star State, leaving little room for love. So when John butts heads with the beautiful nurse who’s helping his young son, he’s floored by how quickly the sparks fly.

Ever since her mother’s and brother’s brutal murders, Sunny Marlowe has devoted her life to helping save others. Adorable Tonio Ruiz is just another youngster she’s trying to help—or so she tells herself. Little does she know he’s John’s son. When her life comes under fire, can one mysterious rancher rescue her?

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  1. I have a copy of The Wrath And The Dawn on my Kindle waiting for me. There are so many wonderful books authored by women. Great post!

    1. Thanks Carol! Mine was a charity shop find, but an HB and some of the pages are still joined together so I don't think it's ever been read!


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