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32 reviews

Dit gaat niet over grasmaaien, by Ellen Deckwitz

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informative inspiring fast-paced

4.5

Mooie introductie tot poëzie, met een diverse selectie van gedichten, waar voor ieder wat wils tussen zit
Dat zou jij nooit toelaten, by Tessel ten Zweege

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emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced

5.0

Een verhaal waar ik in mijn persoonlijke ontwikkeling veel aan zal hebben. De persoonlijke verhalen brachten me tranen in de ogen, maar schudden me ook wakker. Iedereen, ook sterke en uitgesproken feministen, kan partnergeweld meemaken. De informatieve stukken brachten de lezer inzichten die je in de meeste verhalen niet vindt. Het boek geeft de lezer de taal om diens eigen leven onder de loep te nemen. Herkenning en erkenning van eigen ervaringen worden hiermee ondersteund. De schrijfstijl leest makkelijk weg, al had ik hier en daar graag wat mooier taalgebruik gezien. Persoonlijke stijl is dat. 
Wees voorzichtig met het aanraden van dit boek, al denk ik dat het voor velen de ogen kan openen.

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Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 34%.
Had to return it to the library 
N of M?, by Agatha Christie

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challenging mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Gripping story of a young girl's fight with her own mind. It starts as a somewhat feminist YA literary novel but descends into the dark parts of a person's mind. A true journey to have experienced, but a very cautious recommendation. Please check the constent warnings before reading.

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Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

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adventurous challenging mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Het leven is vurrukkulluk, by Remco Campert

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funny lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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challenging hopeful informative inspiring reflective fast-paced

5.0

A short but sweet argument on feminism. The author touches upon universal gender stereotypes and draws from her personal experience to back up her claims. A great and brief read for everyone unsure what feminism means and why they should be a feminist. Not difficult and quite elementary, a good recommendation if you want to be introduced to feminist thought. Moreover, it was interesting to read about her experiences being a woman in Nigeria, that is a dimension that brought me new insights. She also touches upon intersectionality, although not naming it as such, which is of great importance to a book such as this. I did, nevertheless, get a heteronormative vibe from the writing. In a newer edition, this could be expanded upon.

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The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

One word: breathtaking. This retelling of a story as old as time was done so well, you can almost taste the love that the author has for Greek and Trojan mythology. The writing style was impeccable, and I can clearly see all of the conscious choices that the author made regarding things like speaking style, active versus  passive speaking styles and the investment in certain themes. 

Although the main character, Briseis, does not have a highly developed character, I feel that it fits with her state of being. The grief of losing her loved ones but also one's self can turn you into a shell of memories and thoughts.
One point of criticism though, is that I would have liked to see more perspectives of different women there. It is a missed opportunity to switch between Briseis, Patroclus and Achilles, when two of those three narratives have already been explored for centuries but so many narratives are missing.

Amazing work of fiction that truly expands upon the existing narratives and opened my eyes to many new ideas about war, feminism, story-telling, slavery and power. Would recommend to anyone.

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