I read many books, actually. I reread the entire Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. I firmly believe that book will be studied in the place of "Lord of the Flies" in the future. It is a brilliant comment on the dystopia of the Western world, especially the US, where the author was from. Sadly, I find recent events in the US to parallel what happened to District 11 in "The Hunger Games."
I also read Divergent by Veronica Roth, which is often compared to the Hunger Games. I think Divergent is more about individuality whilst the Hunger Games is social commentary, but it was a wonderful insight into society and conformity, and the consequences of not knowing the rules of the world. It touched me.
I went on to read multiple books by Virginia Woolf, starting with "To the Lighthouse," which was eye-opening, perhaps even disturbing with the themes of death and mortality, and the mild metafiction of a character being an artist and preserving herself through paintings, just as Woolf preserved herself by writing, and decided the execution was more important than the legacy. As an artist and a writer and a philosopher who's gone through such existential crises, it struck a chord with me.
I then read, "A Room of One's Own," Woolf's famous feminist essay. I was surprised because Woolf was a modernist and intersectionality, the concept of social inequalities being connected is a postmodern concept, but Woolf understood the connection between gender and class. Overall, the essay was actually very accurate and certainly relatable.
I then read "The Voyage Out," Virginia Woolf's first book. It was much easier to read than "To the Lighthouse" since it wasn't written in stream of consciousness but standard prose. I was a bit saddened by the fate of the main character but I applaud Woolf's bravery in ending the story on such a bold note.
The next book I read was "The Waves," Woolf's most poetic and artistic novel. She herself described it as a play or a poem. It was about identity and connection, two concepts I hold to be important in our society. I have never had an identity crisis but I could certainly understand the characters and empathise with them. The writing was beautiful and utterly touching. It emanates Woolf's most potent abilities, the mastery of language.
Currently, I am reading "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.