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Well-Read Women: Katya Rara

Well-Read Women: Katya Rara

Now on the Well-Read Women series, we have Katya Rara

Katya has been a bookworm as long as she can remember. She has worked as an advertising copywriter for over seven years, and became a member of the first batch of Fully Booked's First Look Club in 2017.

Why she thinks it's important to read women

"I’ve always read women writers, and it boggles the mind that there are people in the world who think that their voices aren’t as important, or their stories as interesting. I’ve read so many women writers—and beautiful, insightful fiction and nonfiction revolving around young girls and women—that I know it isn’t true. For me, it boils down to this: If you’re going to live in a world with women, it’s essential that you understand them—and reading stories about them, or stories told by them, is incredibly important."

Check out her recommended reads!


Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter was the first book series I fell in love with along with the rest of the world, and though I never joined any of the midnight release parties, I loved reading a book series with millions of other children. Harry Potter introduced me to online fandom communities, was the bridge between me and countless friends, and nurtured a love of writing that I still have until now! While I might not agree with J.K. Rowling’s views, I still love my pure, untainted memories of Harry Potter and all the friends I made along the way.

 

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

I fell in love with The Interpreter of Maladies in my senior year of high school, and it’s become a standard I hold other short story collections to. Lahiri’s simple writing style is evocative and poignant, and her short stories in The Interpreter of Maladies shone a light on small moments and lived experiences I had never read about before: specifically the first-generation immigrant and desi experiences of Indian-Americans. Beautiful.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve always loved YA, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first novel that actually inspired my travels. Beautifully written, with fantastical settings, characters, and more, Daughter of Smoke and Bone made Prague just as much of a character as its actual cast. It inspired my explorations of Prague years later, both the usual haunts and those off the beaten path—which helped me make new friends across the world (including a Czech former advertising account manager-turned-tour guide)!


You can find Katya on Instagram @katerinarara.



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