*Note to self: do not read multiple dystopian novels concurrently!!
As The Book War rages on, Hannah and I decided to each choose a book for the other to read and blog about during the month of September. This seemed like a harmless idea and I was pleasantly relieved when Hannah chose Octavia Butler’s, Parable of the Sower as my challenge book (not some super intense poetry book). Both she and George have told me great things about it and I’ve heard from others that it’s amazing, I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet…so now I have to read it for the September challenge, no more excuses!
When I started Parable of the Sower, I did not know what it was about so I simply jumped in head first, unconcerned about how it would effect me. And to be fair, I probably would have had a different reaction to the book (I’m about 2/3 through it at this point) if I wasn’t also reading Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, and listening to Khaled Hosseini’s, The Kite Runner on Audible. I’m currently drowning in a dystopian depression. Both Handmaid’s Tale and Parable are full-on dystopian and The Kite Runner would be except it’s real!!! All hope for humanity is slowly being drained from me…and then I see what’s happening here in America on the news and I’m pretty sure we’re not far from living in one of these repressive, hopeless, violent worlds.
Be careful, when you read, it affects you…both the good and the bad.
Now, to be fair, I am currently in the middle of all three novels and maybe by the time I finish the stories I will have a more positive outlook…guess we wait and see. But right now, I am very much looking forward to being done with these books and moving on to my Halloween/Gothic themed reading in October!!
Read on my friends…even when it’s a little bit rough.