Somewhere along the line I have developed the wonderful habit of waking up in a bad mood. From the very moment I open my eyes, it’s like my brain whirrs into gear anticipating all the bad feelings I might have that day. It’s likely a hangover from when my anxiety was bad, but it’s still something I have to actively work against each day.
I eased into my morning with a quick 10 minute yoga stretching session and an hour of listening to Circe by Madeline Miller on audio book – the narrator has the most soothing voice ever. I was a bit nervous about attending my first Cardiff Feminist Book Club meet up online later that morning but, as soon as I signed in, I realised it was the perfect pick me up to start my Saturday with!
Adapting to the current situation, the lovely team behind CFBC decided to turn this online meeting into a BYOB session in which everyone was welcome to bring their own books and talk about the story, key themes or messages within it. Such a great idea!
I loved hearing everyone’s suggestions and why they enjoyed the book, what they learned or why they were excited to get started on reading it. Personally, my suggestions were My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (you can read a short review of this incredible book on my Instagram) and The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, which I am currently reading and enjoying.
If you’re interested in picking up some new books to keep you company during this time, here’s 10 of the great suggestions that were made during the book club – and some of which I am adding to my own TBR list!
- Sex, Power, Money by Sara Pascoe
- It’s Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan
- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
- Jog On by Bella Mackie
- Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- For Goodness Sex by Alfred Vernacchio
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
- Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuits by Raven Smith
Hopefully that list will give you some great new reads to pick up and enjoy!
I highly recommend getting involved with your ‘local’ book clubs (especially if they’re online at the moment) or any other the various bookish events that are taking place now. It’s a great way to connect with other people, distract yourself for a while and enjoy a shared love of reading.
Thank you to Cardiff Feminist Book Club for such a great, interesting and fun event!