#SpinsterBooks | Asking For It – Louise O’Neill + We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler.

Hello all!

Sorry it’s been a while but I am going to make writing a priority from now on!

In the meantime I joined a book club on Goodreads! It is the Spinster Book Club which is run by Lydia over at Something Like Lydia on Youtube (her channel is HERE!). Inspired by The Spinster Club in Holly Bourne’s ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ series, the book club reads awesome books with feminist messages/awesome female characters written by awesome female authors.

If it sounds right up your street you can join the club on Goodreads HEREEEE!

The first books chosen for the book club were Asking For It by Louise O’Neill and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler which I shall review for you now!

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Asking For It – Louise O’Neill
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25255576-asking-for-it

Asking For It is a hard hitting, emotional novel about rape culture in today’s modern and technological society. Louise O’Neill is straight forward and doesn’t sugarcoat anything, which makes this novel work. It is an important novel. I will say if you are triggered by rape then don’t read this. It’s explicit but it has to be. It really made me so angry and upset that situations like these happen to people like Emma, the main character, and rape culture is still not taken seriously. It’s a very emotional read but incredibly important. That’s all I can say about it really, because I don’t want to give away everything but if you can, do read it.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22817474-we-are-all-completely-beside-ourselves

This is a very strange book to discuss. I have never read anything like it. The book follows Rosemary whose sister Fern is taken away from her when she was younger and Rosemary feels she can’t move on with her life until she finds out, for certain, what happened. But of course there’s more than that but SPOILERS. It’s a really good twist though, I didn’t catch on for a while and then I was very surprised and even more intrigued by the book. The narrative format is very non linear and I found it interesting how Fowler made that work. Overall, it’s a really interesting book about psychology in children and how that affects their adulthood. I also didn’t realise this book was shortlisted for the Man Booker 2014 and I can definitely see why it was!

I hope you guys can join Spinster Book Club on Goodreads! November’s reads are Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I both love!

Thanks for reading!


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