Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wonder if the universe is conspiring to keep you from doing something even though you don’t even believe in stuff like “the universe conspiring” but so much has gone wrong that there’s got to be more than coincidence at play? Was that just me just now? Okay, cool. Moving along.
Before February was even over, our Virtual Book Club had decided that Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale would be our book for March. At that time, I ordered the book from Amazon.com. At the time of this writing—March 28—it still has not arrived.
When I could tell that it was taking a really long time for the book to be delivered, I decided to check it out at the library only to find that it was being read by someone else. We didn’t have a copy at the book store where I work. I downloaded it on audiobook and the file wasn’t working. And so I decided that the good lord simply did not want me to be reading this book at this time and I accepted it. Other friends offered ideas for how I could get my hands on it but, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a really slow reader and knew I wouldn’t be able to get through it without feeling very stressed out. So I just decided I wouldn’t be able to read the book and write a review this month. And can I tell you a secret?
It felt really good. It felt really good to take this one thing off my plate this month.
That being said, I really want to read The Handmaid’s Tale. And hopefully I’ll get to read it when it comes in the mail but Hulu is releasing a series based on this book soon and I’m so stoked to watch it–I know I won’t be able to wait on that.
So since I wasn’t able to read it, all I know about this book I learned from the trailer and from the articles about how a lot of conservative people are angry about it because they think that it’s an attack on Trump’s America. This TV series was in development long before Donald Trump was even nominated to run for the presidency. This book was written in 1985, though, and I feel like if you’re seeing horrifying similarities between the society that exists in a 30 year old dystopian novel and a government that has your full support—maybe think a little bit more about what it is you are standing for. But hey, that’s just me.
For the month of April we’re turning a corner and reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is one of those classic books that I’ve never read and I’m not sure I even know what it’s about at all. But it is cited as a favorite of so many people—I’m excited to give it a read!
Have you ever read either The Handmaid’s Tale or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? What did you think? I, for one, am glad we’re reading older books. Left to my own devices, I tend towards exclusively contemporary fiction.