The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

My standout thoughts during and after reading The Underground Railroad were around the treatment of humans (and all organisms). I almost assumed that Cora would get used to her poor-quality of life – that she would perhaps surrender to it – but you can’t turn people into robots or take the human part out of them. No matter how much you abuse someone, they still feel the pain, and they feel it deeply. Even if you expect to be assaulted, your body can’t prepare itself in the same way that you brain can, and even your brain can’t prepare itself fully. This book doesn’t romanticise a thing but it draws you in and reminds you of the cruelty and horror of that time just when you were getting too snuggly with the characters. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens  

Book Club Review (No Spoilers)  This story is set in the 50s-70s in North Carolina. It follows the life of Kya, a girl who grows up alone in a marsh and develops an exceptional interest in the animals and plants that make up her home. It is a coming-of-age / murder mystery story. If you’ve … Continue reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens