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Day 24: “A book that you wish more people would’ve read”

I wish more people would read “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood! It’s about a woman called Offred who lives in a not-so-distant future in the country once known as America, where toxic chemicals have ruined parts of the world and the human race is in danger due to falling fertility rates. Women are divided into those who can bear children and those who can’t. Those who can are called “Handmaids” and shipped out to wealthy couples to have sex with the husband and produce a child and hand it to the couple, before being sent on to do the same again. Equality has gone out the window as both men and women are divided into classes and adopt certain roles. The plot follows Offred who explains how this situation came into being and she tries to escape it, while being haunted by the memories of her lost husband and daughter. The film is actually better than the book because it shows you far more graphically the horror of this future, although the book explains how it came about in more detail. It is both horrible and fascinating, and more people should read it!

About the Challenge:

30 Day Challenge – Books (via mylittlebookblog – click photo to visit blog)

Alphabet Author and A Book Challenge

Day: 1

Letter: A

Author:  Atwood, Margaret

Chosen book: The Handmaid’s Tale

Read or To Be Read: Read

Thoughts: It is a fascinating but scary novel because it could so easily become real! It’s a proper dystopian tale!

I have now finished this Challenge!

My stats for the Challenge tasks are as follows:

  1. Finish at least 3 books which i have started reading and not finished, and maybe haven’t got back to reading in ages. – Finished 3 books: “The Uke of Wallington” by Mark Wallington, “Replica” by Lexi Revellian, and “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery
  2. Read one classic novel. – Read “Little Women” by Louisa Alcott
  3. Re-read a favourite book. – Re-read “Funny Valentine” by Amy Jenkins
  4. Read a book which has been turned into a film…. – Read “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  5. … and watch the film adaptation of it. – Watched “The Handmaid’s Tale” film adaptation!
  6. Read a book which you have always wanted to read but never got around to. – Read “Junk” by Melvin Burgess
That’s all of the tasks completed!
It was quite nice setting myself these tasks, as i got to read some new books and re-read some old favourites! I’m glad i stuck it out reading “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” because although it took me two months to read it as i kept going off it, it eventually got better! It also helped that the week or so of hot sunny weather meant i could sit outside and read, instead of spending so much time on the internet!
I was surprised by “Little Women”, i didn’t realise how much i would enjoy it!
I will probably start a new challenge tomorrow, seeing as it will be June!