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!
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. :)
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.
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.
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
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
Vogue’s 10 Best Books of 2017
Slate’s 10 Favorite Books of the Year
Elle.com’s Best Books of the Year
The Cut’s Best Books by Women
Vulture's "Best New Paperbacks"
Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
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At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.
A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle each other, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From the award-winning, bestselling author of We Should All Be Feminists and Half of a Yellow Sun—the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.
Get Americanah (Paperback) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other contemporary fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More