TSS: The Power of Women

May 20, 2012 The Sunday Salon 6

Last week I noticed a trend in the books I read; each and every one of them  included a main character who rebelled against what was expected of her by society and instead sought out their own wants & desires. These books included In My Father’s Country by Saima Wahab, I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits and The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers.  My decision reading material made me think: do we seek out books that resemble our own lives or seek books that give us access to a world we don’t have? That’s not to say I feel I’m stuck in a life life imposed on me by society, but I do appreciate reading uplifting/life-altering books especially when my life seems to be a little crazy!

And crazy it is! We’ve had a whirl-wind of a weekend. I went on a field trip to the National Zoo with my youngest son’s first grade class on Friday. Yesterday, my oldest son’s Boy Scout troop constructed a pond and did some landscaping for a local elementary school, my youngest son had soccer, then a closing campfire for his cub scout troop.  Needless to say I’m a bit exhausted.

Also, I’m continuing to plan for my trip to NYC for BEA. If you are a Book Blogger and want to be added to the Book Blogger Contact list, check out this post & sign up. Also, while at BEA I will be on a BEA Blogger Con panel on demystifying the book blogger/publisher relationship. I’d love to hear if you have any questions you ‘d like answered!

So that wraps up my crazy week for me! I’m heading to my indie bookstore today for some serious relaxation time and then will hopefully get in some patio reading time.

How was your week? Get a lot of reading time in?

6 Responses to “TSS: The Power of Women”

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I do know that while I read about all kinds of female protagonists, I love the ones that are strong, smart, butt-kicking types. If there is too much whining and weeping, I lose my patience. I understand the insanity and exhaustion of a week. I’m waiting for mine to start getting a little easier. Maybe this summer!

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    I am also NOT a whine fan. I tend to roll my eyes and toss when that happens. I love a realistically flawed yet strong female protagonist.

  3. Amy
    Twitter: Amestir

    I love going to the zoo. The National is on my list of places to visit, too!

    I think that’s a good, inspiring message about being a woman although how a woman goes about seeking her own wants & desires doesn’t always work out and/or sometimes she discovers she’s wanted something different all along. But after everything women have been denied throughout history, it’s great when they asset themselves.
    I’ve only read The Testament of Jessie Lamb, an interesting, thought-provoking book. I want to read I am Forbidden which sounds pretty intense.

    Enjoy your trip to the bookstore. I hope you find some great books!
    Enjoy your day!

  4. Vasilly

    I prefer reading books about places and people I might not encounter otherwise but it is nice to read about things I know.

    You had such a crazy week! I hope you have fun at the bookstore! Today I plan on studying for my last final before celebrating with a book. Have a good week.

  5. Laura

    “do we seek out books that resemble our own lives or seek books that give us access to a world we don’t have?”

    That’s a really interesting question. I am on a similar quest this year to read books from Mount TBR written by women. That decision came after I realised my book reading ratio was roughly 60:40 in favour of male writers.

    I do get frustrated with female characters that are rather passive. Last week I had to take Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor back to the library because the main character was so frustrating. Karou spends her life being told where to go and what to do by the men in her life. As a result she came across a bit wet for my liking. Perhaps I lean towards books that have strong female characters and, hopefully, reflect that in my own life.

    Thanks again for posting such an interesting question!

  6. Jennifer O. (@LitEndeavors)
    Twitter: LitEndeavors

    I’ve been gravitating towards a lot of rebellious protagonists as well. Sometimes I do think I’ve been quite lazy when it comes to making decisions about my life. And having all these books land in my hands feels like the universe is sending me a big, fat message!