I tried so hard to like this (I mean I could have tried harder) but it just didn‘t hook me. I thought the concept was super unique and I can‘t wait to see the movie.
On to the next one! I‘ll reach my reading goal in no time!
Liked but didn‘t love The Power. I thought the premise was interesting - females having physical power over males, which in turn gives them political power over society. I thought the book fell down in its execution. It seemed more like a series of vignettes about the characters than a cohesive plot at times and the archival documents and excerpts from the “Book of Eve” here and there were distracting in the audio version. 3.5⭐️ #2019 ⬇️
One of the most powerful (no pun intended) books I've read in quite some time. It made me sad, angry, happy, heartbroken...
The story of an alternative world where women suddenly have the power, and what happens. To see the violence so often perpetrated against women turned on men kinda crushed me. It made the reality of today's gender politics and our fight for equality even more apparent. It left me feeling so drained that I cried.
Time for a little #nighttimereading (watching The Last Word with Lawrence O‘Donnell, if you‘re curious; and yes I can read while I‘m listening to music, podcasts, watching TV; I have a way of filtering out “distractions” while reading)
A crazy cool premise following the storylines of three women and one man as society is turned upside down when young girls approaching puberty are suddenly found to have the power to electric shock anyone who they touch. Dystopian style novels that approach tough topics like rape culture and the patriarchy are right up my alley and this one was no exception. Continued in comments...
What if the world were run by women? Another book that totally enthralled me from start to finish. I loved the play on power and gender. It shines a light on so many issues that are relevant today. Powerful, smart, brutal and shocking! I finished this book a few days ago and I am still thinking about it. Always a good thing!
I feel like anyone who reads this could take something positive from it. I found that I was worried about the characters while I wasn't reading it. The role reversal and the portrayal of the corruption of power was difficult and incredible.
Currently reading Power by Naomi Alderman, a very good book. Time line seems to go fast and I had a hard time keeping up but it‘s such a good read!
I have very mixed feelings on this one. I loved the writing style and was completely sucked in, I didn‘t want to put it down. The premise was interesting, but I felt like the main story arc was too rushed. I just feel like the pendulum swung so radically and in too short a time frame. There was also a lot of brutality and graphic violence. Overall I liked it, but I think it could have been better. 3 1/2 stars.
Hmm, had you handed me this with no author name I would have said a man wrote it. One day, girls find out they have the ability to produce and manipulate electricity. There‘s an immediate power shift with women at the top and men on the bottom. At first I was excited about it, until Naomi shows us that the love of power, never mind who has it, is what will always doom us. This was political. It was clever. It had a surprisingly good mafia arc.👇🏼
I should have chosen this for my #screamsbymail horror reading group. I think reading soft and tender Miriam Toews right before this ruined this book a little for me. I was expecting lambs and got bloodthirsty wolves. Lol Also, I think Mario Puzo would have loved this book very much.
#AnglophileApril First thought, Donna Summer was British??? So, checked the playlist and discovered this is M.I.A. #BadGirls 😉So, just to confirm.... Donna summer was indeed NOT British😜After listening to the lyrics, the song felt very much about girls and power and tagged book is VERY MUCH about girls & power!!! I really enjoyed the tagged book, a look at what happens when roles are reversed & men fear women because of their physical power.
Sci-Fi/alternative history where women suddenly realize they have the power to generate electric charges, like eels. After overthrowing Saudi Arabia‘s government, enacting retribution against abusers and traffickers, what comes next? Imagining a world where women are inherently powerful/violent, while men are assumed weak, Alderman explores what this looks like culturally, politically, and soiritually. Gratifying, if graphic.
This was a fun read for Women's History Month. It was interesting to step into a world where the power balance between the genders had swapped. The political & societal reactions especially prompted some deep thinking about today's current norms. I do feel this book was a little slow at points, but it was thought-provoking enough to make it worth the read.
This book is high voltage. Naomi Alderman portrays a world very much like the real one with a cataclysmic twist: women are stronger than men, awakening the ability to generate shocks from an organ in their bodies. Although some aspects felt like poetic justice to me as a woman, this is still a dark dystopia. As long as any people group is oppressed, justice cannot be complete. Most terrifying are the parallels this book points to in our own world.
Entertaining but socially irresponsible. Women discover a new power within themselves and it is used initially by many to fight back against their oppressors. (Makes sense...I‘m with ya here, Naomi.) And, then within a few years of gaining this power, droves of women are using their new advantage to become serial rapists. (Huh??) My suggestion: read Mary Beard‘s “Women & Power” instead. It explains why stories of this nature are problematic.
Some books stick in your brain. It feels wrong somehow to say that I enjoyed a book that deals with so much darkness at the very core of people. It is a really interesting premise, well told and with complex characters. The only major sticking point I had was the final chapter with Roxy.... I do not understand how she could forgive all that had happened before. Not for the squeamish as it gets a bit graphic, but a really thought provoking read.
I think this might be an unpopular opinion about this book but I didn‘t enjoy reading it. I will concede that some parts of the books were really interesting but in there end I had a hard time with the religious tones in a good portion of this book. I get it, it doesn‘t matter your gender, human beings all have the capability to be corrupted by power and yield to the dark side of their self. The idea of this book is intriguing, not for me.
I‘m have a CT scan today and have to drink 2 of these! One each hour until my appt at 10. I love water and drink about 21 oz in an hour but my body revolts when I HAVE to do something like this.
Wish me luck!
Reading two books in January inspired me to change my 2019 goal to not only reading a new book each month, but also finish one up from my TBC shelf. For February, I will be reading Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (unfinished read) and The Power by Naomi Alderman (new read). This month, I am also challenging myself to incorporate a third book into my reading, This Body‘s Not Big Enough For The Both Of Us Edgar Cantero. Let‘s see how this goes.
Thank you so much for The Power LeAnna!! It has been on my tbr list forever!! So sweet of you!! 🧡🧡🧡