For last week’s Friday Favorites, we talked to Taylor from Working Classless.
This week we’re talking to Tori!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello, I’m Tori! I love books, tacos, cats, fashion, and baking. I love posting about the books I’m reading on my personal Instagram (@itstorihalligan).
What types of books are you drawn to?
I read A LOT of historical fiction especially set during WWII. I think I’m drawn to it because it really tells the stories of women during wartimes which I think tends to be overlooked in actual mainstream history books. I also love feminist dystopias, thrillers, true crime, cheesy romance novels, and feminist lit.
If you could spend a night hanging out with three authors, living or dead, who would you choose?
1. Roxane Gay – not only is she the queen of the twitter clapback, but she’s a feminist icon. I would try to get her tipsy so she would reveal her nemesis to me.
2. Donna Tartt – she is one of my favorite authors, but she’s kind of a mystery to me as a person. She writes a book about every ten years and in my opinion, they’re masterpieces. I would love to know what her inspirations are, her writing process, and if she’s working on a book currently.
3. Chrissy Teigen – I love her two cookbooks, and I use them all the time. I would just love to spend the night cooking with her and picking up tips and laughing!
Which classic or popular book do you hate?
I rarely hate books but I just recently read Atonement and it was awful from a plot perspective. I actually didn’t mind the author’s writing style. The whole plot was how the rape of this teenage girl ruins the life of this man, without ever developing the character that was raped and traumatized. I made myself finish it, and it was a struggle.
How do you keep track of the books you’ve finished and books you want to read?
Goodreads! I love that you can set a goal each year and it tells you how close you’re to reaching it!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is impossible!!
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – It’s the first book in this historical fiction/ time-traveling series that’s honestly hard to describe because it has so many fun elements! If you like: strong female characters, Scottish, British & American history, romance, witchcraft, herbalism, 18thcentury surgery, and well-developed characters that become like family, you’ll love this book & the other seven as well!
2. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison – This is the first book of a feminist dystopian trilogy, each book is told from the perspective of a new protagonist. The Unnamed Midwife begins in a modern day United States when some sort of virus is killing a majority of the people – especially women, pregnant people, and children. After the virus is over men outnumber women 10:1 and women are now kept as slaves bartered and traded for other goods. The book covers this from the Unnamed midwife’s perspective as she begins to travel dressed like a man helping get birth control to the remaining women.
3. American Eve by Paula Uruburu – this is like a great history/true crime book. It covers the life of America’s first “it girl,” Evelyn Nesbit, and the murder of Stanford White and how it changed America’s culture. It so well researched and written!
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – this series is like if Harry Potter & Twilight had an adult baby. It’s about this Witch and tenured Yale/Oxford professor, Diana Bishop, who gets her hand on this enchanted lost alchemical manuscript and then falls in love with this hot vampire adventure. Self-love & forbidden love ensues.
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This is about two sisters living in Nazi-Occupied France during WWII. They both cope with the occupation and resist the occupation in very different ways. It deals with the complexity of family and really is the love story between two sister who don’t always see eye to eye.
Finally, leave us with your favorite bookish quote.