why don’t i read more female authors?

Looking over my book shelves I’m embarrassed to admit that 75% of the books are by male authors. It makes me really sad. There must be more female authors that I can connect with. Most of the female writers I have read are contemporary and have only one published book but I anxiously await more. Muriel Barbery, Monica Drake, Tanya Egan Gibson, Alice Zeniter: more please. So much more please. There are of course, the classics that I read when I was younger. Mary Shelley, Anais Nin, Simone de Beauvoir and Anne Rice. Ok, maybe Anne Rice isn’t a modern classic, but she’s definitely a cult classic. Continue reading →

sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

Yes, it’s true. Some books are prettier than others. Some books draw you in by their superficial beauty – their covers. The following are all books I picked up based on their design. I didn’t know anything about them before I saw them. The flirtatious covers drew me in but I was seduced by their smart plots. I took them home and immediately began reading. The most satisfying moment was when I realized I would be rereading them.

Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour translated from Farsi

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