Since we were in lockdown for the majority of 2020, I read a lot. The book shop was my favourite place to go to and because of that I discovered new books and authors, which I’m so fucking grateful for. These three books had an impact on me, at times I even had to close the book, because I was so frustrated (I blame you, Bridget Collins). Other books taught me a lot. Let’s just get into this, shall we? I’ll try not to spoil them, else I’ll write ‘spoiler alert’ on top. I added the link to Goodreads, so that you can read the synopsis on there.
1. The Binding by Bridget Collins
Let’s start off with the book that got me cursing so badly I had to wash my mouth: ‘The Binding’. It took me about 70 pages to get into the book, but after that I just could not put it down. The main reason I couldn’t get into it immediately is because it didn’t make too much sense. The book basically slowly explains everything, and man, it’ll make you go absolutely crazy. I think I felt every emotion possible while going through this book.
All I can say is… Please, read this book. It won’t dissapoint. It tackles some big problems in our society and the author knows how to take you with her in a whirl of emotions. I was rooting for the main character all the time. You won’t regret reading this book. I do promise. By adding fantasy to the story, the book still talks about problems that still exist in our society today. It talks about how being different can ultimately lead to bigger problems than expected, just because some people cannot cope with people who are not exactly like them. Especially in these times, it’s a good read and it shows you that we are far from finished fighting for equality for all. Also, if you do or have read the book, please discuss it with me, because I am still not over it.
2. Calling Mrs. Christmas by Carole Matthews
Well, I’m not going to lie. I started reading this, because it promised me Christmas in a book. However, it did so much more. Honestly, the synopsis promises you a light-hearted book, with a bit of drama you can already predict. However, while all this is true, there’s a whole other part to this story and I am there for it. And obviously I won’t tell you what I’m talking about, you have to find out for yourself, but I promise you it’s one of the most amazing books I have ever read. This book is so deep and it shows that people deserve second chances and just need some help and a lot of love. It also really hit home with me, because I’m a teacher. I know all too well that some kids are really looking for a second chance and for a lot of love, so that they can build their own life.
3. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows you life as it is, and it shows that life sometimes is just a struggle. It’s a very honest read and sometimes you just want to get into the book and comfort the main character. The book talks about racism, anxiety and being a woman in the society we live in. It explores relationships, racism and sex in a real and honest way. At times Queenie doesn’t handle life that well, which can be frustrating, but ultimately it just shows you real life. Let’s be honest, we have all made some bad decisions in life and we have all treated ourselves badly. The book ultimately talks about being strong and about getting back up when your life has completely collapsed.
This book is absolutely amazing, but more than that it also taught me so much. It taught me about being a woman and just life in general, because it will be hard at times. But, it also showed me a glimpse of how hard it must be to be a black woman. It really makes you think and it shows you the hard truth. This book is an absolute must-read. It shows real life, and the problems women, and more specifically black women, have to cope with.
x Evelien x