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Well-Read Women: Era Cubangay

Well-Read Women: Era Cubangay

Up next in the Well-Read women series is Bookworm Corner's own Era Cubangay

"My name is Era. A bookworm and writer from Baguio City. I'm currently working in a Singapore-based company's website, under the marketing and promotions department. Since I only submit reports 2-3 times a week, the rest of my day-offs are spent on reading books, writing and walking exercises. 

"I grew up reading lots of coming-of-age stories, mostly centering on female characters. I got totally hooked to Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" and Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being A Wallflower", to name a few. My reading preferences have quite changed, but it only brought me to a wider understanding of human experiences. And these four books, all written by women but for all genders, are a living proof." 

Why she thinks it's important to read women

"Why you should read women writers? Because their writing may be oftentimes short and easy but has a powerful message to convey. While preferential treatment happens almost everywhere, for me its safe to say that in the field of literature today's women are more fortunate to be given a wider space to tell their stories. Since Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, I already had my hopes on the future of women in print. They are brave, honest, sophisticated, eloquent, inspirational and phenomenal."

Check out her recommended reads!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Funny as it is by many critics, but I both laughed and cried at this book. Like Eleanor Oliphant, I'm also an introvert having trust issues with people and even with myself sometimes. Bur her story helped me answer some questions in my head. Eleanor is arguably the patron saint of introverted women all over the world. We pray with her. :)


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu is one of the brave female characters of color ever written. I discovered Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie through a TED event on YouTube. Her eloquence, wit and wisdom is just so admirable, I sometimes see my mom in her who has taught me how to choose my battles wisely and be kind to others. I have all her fiction works, but "Americanah" had a lot of heart and soul to it.


Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

I'm fangirling over Sally Rooney right now. For some her style of writing may easily pass on as "Chick Lit", but her themes speak for the flawed generation. Her reluctance to be praised by everyone is a part of her honesty. She's not all about fame and stuff; she only wanted her stories to be told and it's up to you if you'll take it or leave it.


Normal People by Sally Rooney

I've read Rooney's second book two times during the Luzon-wide ECQ last year. It was short but smart and impactful. Marianne is the voice of the domestically oppressed, both the hopeless and hopeful. Every 20 to 30-something women can relate to her experiences being in love and left behind. I lended my copy of Normal People to a friend, and after two months she returned it and she felt me on the impact. Since then, our friendship blossomed. #WomenSupportingWomen 

Era is an active member of our Facebook Group, Bookworm Corner at Fully Booked. Join the conversation there! You can also find her on Instagram @bookishwanderer.

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