Hello, Functionally Fictional readers!
Can you believe it’s May already? Warmer weather and flowers are blooming. I hope all of you are healthy and staying safe during this difficult time. Hopefully, you are doing something you love and haven’t had the time to do. I have been watching movies that I have been wanting to see, writing, and trying to check off some of the books on my TBR list. I have a goal to read more books this year, so here’s an update on my TBR list and reading journey.
The Three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Here’s what’s going on in my book world this week:
What are you currently reading?
This week I’m reading Murder, Curlers, and Cream by Arlene McFarlane and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
I’m only about halfway through the book, but I have enjoyed reading every page of this laugh-out-loud funny, entertaining, cozy mystery book. This story features a beautician named Valentine Beaumont. Valentine is a fun and engaging character who loves Disney, so much that she has a Winnie the Pooh telephone. She is a struggling business owner and is afraid of losing her beauty salon after one of her wealthy clients is murdered there. She has been warned by Detective Romero not to meddle in another police investigation, but she feels like she has to find out the truth to save her business. Don’t worry, I will be writing up a full book review as soon as I finish this exciting mystery novel.
Little Women is a timeless classic that tells the story of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. I am looking forward to reading this beautiful story written by an amazing author. I have been wanting to read this story for so long, and once I saw the movie trailer, I instantly knew I needed to read it before I watched the movie. I’m currently on chapter four, and I am loving the personality of the characters and the relationship between the sisters.
What did you recently finish reading?
For the last couple of months, I have been trying to tackle a long reading list. Between reading for Functionally Fictional, Reedsy Discovery, and literature class, I have been reading books that I have been dying to read and discovering new fantastic ones. Last month, I finished three amazing books: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, and this week, I finished Outlining Your Novel by K. Weiland.
Toni Morrison uses her own life experiences as an African-American woman and what she observed as a young girl to write a powerful story about a young girl named Pecola Breedlove, who prays for beauty everyday. She wishes for blonde hair and blue eyes so she can fit in and not be mocked for the color of her skin and curly hair. Morrison asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender, with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing. The story gives us insight on how women faced oppression and patriarchy during the Great Depression. It opens our eyes to the African-American culture and what they went through because of the color of their skin. The story speaks about difficult topics, but it is a beautiful, heartwarming story.
The Sun Also Rises follows the colorful Lady Brett and the unlucky Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with their friends. Lady Brett and Jake are two of the most memorable characters created by Hemingway because of their relationship and unrealized love for one another. This wasn’t my favorite story by Hemingway, but it was very interesting. It was fun to explore Paris and Spain through the character’s perspectives and to explore the story through the feminism lens.
Outlining Your Novel is a writing guide book written by fantasy author K.M. Weiland. I enjoyed reading this very much. It’s full of writing tips and resources to help a writer polish their craft. I love how she goes in detail about outlining and its benefits, and she provides examples by sharing her own writing journey when she wrote her book Dreamlander. This book is a great resource, and I recommend it to any writer who wishes to become a stronger writer and learn tips for organizing their next book.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m so proud of my best friend, Caitlin, for publishing her first YA fantasy novel. I can’t wait to read this fairytale retelling. I know it’s going to be amazing by reading excerpts of it while she was working on it.