Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for The Broke and the Bookish TTT again. Today’s prompt is:

August 29Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have gone under the radar in that genre!

Well. This would somehow indicate that I read books that are “under the radar”, which is frankly not really true. I read a lot of top listed books (look, they’re there for a reason…). So I’ll make this a big vaguer, and say “books that have somehow changed how I think about or see something”. There might be a slight feminist theme around it (but also sci-fi).

  1. Under det rosa täcket – Nina Björk. (“Under the pink blanket”, referring to the pink/blue blanket they used in maternity wards in Sweden, depending on the gender of the child.) I read this book in school, and it was (together with #2 in this list) what made me see the patriarchy, and embrace feminism as the way to go. I haven’t read it since, but just repurchased it, so it’s in the TBR pile now.
  2. Darling. Yes, yes, technically this was not a book, but a magazine. I also don’t remember how I got into it (library? school library?), but it was when I was around 15, and it made feminism completely natural to me in a very good way. Thanks Drrling!
  3. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein. Naomi kills me. Or at least my heart. Her books upset me, make me slightly depressed, and also quite cynical. But they’re so worth reading. I was introduced to her writing at uni, when No Logo was compulsory reading.
  4. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf. This book helped me see my own (white) privilege.
  5. Kill the Boy Band – Goldy Moldavsky. Sure, it looks like YA, but man! This story has definitely made me more sympathetic towards teenage fangirls, and made me hate boybands even more. 
  6. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman. Basically: don’t trust your brain.
  7. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman. While I can never fully understand what it’s like to be in an ethnic minority that’s been (and is) discriminated against, at least this book opens the doors a bit by turning the tables. 
  8. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson. This book was published in 1992, and talked about a metaverse (basically like what 2nd life turned into) and avatars. And the two main characters are Hiro Protagonist and YT. Love it. (Just, er, keep in mind what year it’s from when reading – that makes it more remarkable.)
  9. Autumn: The City – David Moody. A.k.a. “How the Autumn series made me think unreasonably much about what I would do if everyone else turned into zombies.” (Yeah, this has got to be a blog post at some point.)
  10. The Equality Illusion – Kat Banyard. I think the title sums up pretty well what the book is about. Now the question is, can I get my boyfriend to read it?

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. Perhaps you could write a post expanding on your epiphany with A Room of One’s Own. White privilege is such a popular topic on campuses today that I’m sure it would get a lot of readers. I’m just starting with Virginia Woolf–Jacob’s Room is as far as I’ve gotten. I probably should read her in order I suppose.


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