Wednesday, 3 June 2020

June TBR

A flatlay of a open book placed on a white bed sheet with brown reading glasses on top and a brown throw peeking out from the left corner
What a week. I've had an overwhelming feeling of sadness following the murder of George Floyd but the global response has given me hope. Hope in my generation and hope in the generation that follows. 

I feel heavy and the things that usually bring me joy, aren't bringing me joy and so I've taken to writing and writing leads to reading. I have always felt peace when I am offline, sat on my bed with a black tea, two sugars and I'm reading. For a few hours, you escape and forget. This feeling is temporary but its what I need right now, a few hours a day to just escape and forget. To the black community, keep fighting but remember to step away as and when you feel like it, find those things that bring you joy.

I've been reading Anika's blog Chapters of May for years and she's inspired me to start doing book content here starting with a June TBR. 

The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown
'Dr Amanda Brown treats inmates in the UK's most infamous prisons. From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self-harm, she has witnessed it all from her patients.'

I've been reading this book since last year but university life comes at you fast and suddenly, the books you read are gathering dust until the summer. I'm determined to get this finished by the end of June so I can review it! 

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
'Hidden away from the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In this longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true piece of freedom is betrayal.' 

I love dystopian fiction and I've been meaning to properly read this for months. If you have any dystopia novel recommendations, leave them below. 

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
'Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor have been friends since childhood, and they both know that's as far as it can go. Theirs is a world full of prejudice, fear and mounting violence - where Noughts and Crosses are fated to be enemies.' 

I started reading this in April and put it down to start watching the BBC series but like the prison doctor, I'm determined to power through it and come back with a full review. 

What books are on your June TBR?

Francisca 
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