A couple weeks ago I finished reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, which I was prompted to read by my niece who recently read and loved it. Actually, I read this book about 15 years ago and had almost entirely forgotten it, but my Atwood binge near the end of last year has me turning to some of her older stuff once again.
What can I say? If you read and loved her more recent novels such as The Year of the Flood and Oryx and Crake, which I most certainly did, you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. It's a look at a dystopian near future in which religion is used to take over the US and women are made subservient. In fact, as I was reading this prescient book, I saw a lot of crazy things that reminded me of the state of the US today.
There is so much more I could say about her ideas put forth in this book -- they struck a chord with me -- but I suggest that you give it a read. It's very much worth your time.
Next up was Fools of Fortune by William Trevor, another author I have recently read. This book came to me via Pete, who always reads Irish writers in March and has become a fan of William Trevor. While I loved Love and Summer which I read a few months ago, I was not as impressed with this novel. While I found the characters and story intriguing, there were some oddities of plot that pulled me out of the universe he created, thus lessening my enjoyment. I will be reading more Trevor in the future, most likely starting with The Story of Lucy Gault.
Right now I'm reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which has won both the Man Booker and National Book Critics Circle awards. I had a hard time getting into the action (perhaps due to my lack of knowledge in the area of British history) but things are moving along now and I'm starting to enjoy it quite a bit.