I love to read, I have since I was a little girl. I remember winning books in many contests during school and college time. Now that book reviewing is a part of my profession as Novemberschild , I read more and more. Since I love books so much, I thought I’d share some the titles which are now a part of my all time favourite books. Here’s a list of 5 women authors – whom I have read a lot and are my personal favourites, in no particular order of preference or genre who have contributed to literary scene, and who for me they are women full of vision, fearlessness and original. Kudos to the barriers they broke in the literary world and beyond.
Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav
This is the first poetry book I read by Lang Leav (aside from her Instagram posts) and I wasn’t disappointed. It contained the words of heartbreak, love, and life. A mix of prose and poetry yet I enjoyed the prose the most because they really bring out the emotions in you. This completely original collection of poetry and prose will not only delight her avid fans but is sure to capture the imagination of a whole new audience. With the turn of every page, Sea of Strangers invites you to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as you navigate your way around the human heart. Sea of Strangers isn’t as heavy as I thought it would be. Sea of Strangers takes us on a journey to appreciate words more than ever. I’ve dog-eared so many pages and even wrote annotations at the sides for poems that reminded me of my past feelings. A great poetry collection to have on your shelf. I absolutely adored it and I would recommend this to people who enjoy reading modern poetry.
The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khannahas debuted into abyss of Fiction in great style. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad wins over Mrs Funnybonesby a lot. It is is a collection of four short stories and a novella. The one absolutely great thing about The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is that the characters in all the stories can be found in everyday life. Whether it be Noni Appa, Lakshmi or even Parul. There is a connection, an understanding of sorts that we can make with the characters. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is about a girl who becomes a legend for a simple idea that solved many problems. Salaam, Noni Appa is the story of woman finding love in her late 60’ If the Weather Permits is a complicated story. The characters in the book walk the talk and can be termed as feminist visionaries – the people who actually make a difference to their lives and others that surround them. is funny in places, there is a certain poise with which emotions, characters and overall plot are handled. It is a book that is not verbose, but manages to put its thoughts across succinctly. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is a great book! Pick it up, you will find yourself devouring it.
In the Skin of a Jihadist by Anna Erelle
When French freelance journalist Anna Erelle irst got in contact with Abu Bilel Al-Firanzi, an Islamic State fighter while researching a story, she had little inkling of the potential consequences of her action. Posing as a young Muslim convert interested in finding out more about ISIS, within a few months Erelle found herself effectively married to the terrorist and planning to undertake a journey to the fraught border between Turkey and ISIS-controlled Syria. Things didn’t go entirely to plan, however, and Erelle was forced to go underground, hiding from the very organisation she had sought to expose after they issued a fatwa calling for her execution. Erelle paints an extremely personal portrait of the events that took her from professional journalist to jihadi bride – so personal, indeed, that we learn more about her life and of her alias “Mélodie” than we do about the Islamic State or the young recruits who aspire to fight for it. We are given a blow by blow account of the back story Erelle has invented for her alter ego, everything from her childhood growing up in a broken home, to her run-ins with a bad crowd, to her obsession with rappers Mister You and Diam, to her eventual conversion to Islam. In the Skin of a Jihadist may be worth reading for an interesting, if amateurish, exercise in introspection and character construction, but for a true insight into the inner workings of the Islamic State, best to look elsewhere.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
I think I have a new book to add to my list of favourites! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this author! Lovelace’s striking poetry helps you fall into the story and really immerse yourself in her journey. The subtlety of her details serve to highlight important parts of the memories to fully know about her and the world she lives in. As you read, you begin to fall more and more in love with her, and as a result you fall more in love with yourself. This book of poetry takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster filled highs and lows, but I want to thank Amanda Lovelace for sharing her moments of weakness with the world. We need more people who aren’t afraid of their past or of vulnerability. Lovelace shares things she wishes she learned earlier and although she can’t undo the heartache they have caused, she can help save someone else or help someone else recover.
Gulab by Annie Zaidi
Gulab is a quick read combining tropes of unrequited love with those of the paranormal; an association quite removed from the usual romance plot. Gulab’s narrative begins promisingly with the first-person narrator, Nikunj, making his way to a gravesite to pay his respects to his long lost love, Saira, nervously retelling their story as he prepares to see her for the first time in 15 years. The story is further imbued with the complexities of religion and communal strife with the narrative’s major characters belonging to different religious denominations.Nikunj refers to the year of the earthquake as one during which he determinedly searched for Saira, but failed to find her. It was with the belief that Saira had perished in the earthquake that Nikunj moved on and eventually married his wife Sucheta and had two children with her. Gulab is a story that would work well on stage. All the same, in a genre overburdened by trite plots of love and loss, Zaidi gives us a quaint retelling of an unfulfilled romance that reaches beyond conventional notions of the normal in its desire to be realised.
Let me know what is your favourite book(s) written by a woman author and why?
About the Guest Writer
Novemberschild, speaks a lot on Twitter – @romspeaks about her past, her thoughts and plans for the future throughher tweets, blog and articles. She loves good food, road trips and lots of music. She has been with paper and pen since she was a teenager. She is a lover of coffee, books and floral vintage things. She can be met at Starbucks or else indoors scrolling through Twitter and writing. She started blogging in 2004 at Novemberschild.com to continue her passion for writing that shealways held, allowing her to be creative in her own little space on the internet and hopefully to inspire, relate to people and maybe even make them think, feel and sometimes laugh with her words.