Welcome to the newest installment in my Reading Lists Feature, a series of posts where I compose reading lists for and inspired by different characters. These are all books that I feel fit into the character’s aesthetic and personality, but also books I feel those characters would love to read. You can check the previous posts (Ronan Lynch, Hermione, Ron, Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik, Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood and Inej Ghafa) HERE.
This is a GORGEOUS fan art of Iseult that I am head over heels with. You can click the image and it will take you to the author’s Twitter. This series has very little fan art which is truly sad, because it’s amazing.
Iseult is one of my favorite characters ever written. She is this fierce, smart, loyal, incredibly composed (on the outside) Threadwitch, which means she can see feelings and connections that bind other people. She is sort of insecure of her place in the world and she is not entirely sure what is her destiny, so there’s a lot boiling underneath the surface. So the vibe we’re going for is fierce, loyal and repressed. And also, great female friendships, since that’s the point of this series. So without further ado, here’s Iseult det Midenzi’s Reading list.
1. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
This is a book I think Iseult would love. Our main character, Eva, is someone who struggles with her identity, much like Iseult, even if it’s a completely different kind of struggle. This book also explores darkness and what and how to deal with the fact that we are responsible for it and how to deal with the darkness that we made and is a part of us. This is also really feminist, without trying to be. Moreover, this is sharp and smart, just like Iseult, so I think this would be a great pick for her.
2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is weird. It’s really unusual and unnerving at times, and I feel like that’s something that people usually think of Iseult. But at its core, this series is about friendship and finding meaning in the world and it’s about the quest. Also dead Welsh kings. Which sounds like something Iseult would love. I think she would appreciate the characters (especially Adam) and I think this series is a perfect pick for her.
3. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
If you haven’t read LeGuin, you’re missing out. This is a very philosophical and political book. It’s also INCREDIBLY smart. It deals with freedom and right vs. wrong, while exploring the topics of anarchy and utopias. This is very analytical and complex, much like Iseult herself. Plus, I think the whole exploration of right vs. wrong would be something Iseult could relate to and understand. I also like to think that she would be a big fan of LeGuin and generally women writing SciFi and Fantasy.
4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
This remains one of the only short story collections I truly love. This is Carver’s look at the people of Mid-West, but essentially this is a book about relationships. It’s focused on how we communicate and how we treat one another. It explores the connections between people, and it does it in a very bleak and inhibited, but also very razor-sharp and insightful way. Given Iseult’s witchery and her personality, I think this would be the book for her.
5. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I just read this a couple of days ago and I absolutely ADORED it. This is a book that really celebrates friendships and family and just every possible connection between people that you can imagine. There’s great familial relationships, great romantic ones, and most importantly great friendships. It has a wonderful female friendship in it, not to mention boy bands and MMORPGs. Moreover, this is an incredibly feel good, happy book, and Iseult definitely deserves a book like that.
6. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Finally, I always include a non fiction book to spice it up. I think Iseult would love Trevor Noah’s memoir. It’s a about identity and being shunned from a community (which Iseult can definitely relate to). Mostly, it’s a story about growing up in South Africa during apartheid, and his relationship with his mother. It’s very honest and frank and Noah has a very strong voice. I think Iseult would love it.
So that was Iseult’s reading list! Have you read any of these books? Do you think these are good picks? Any picks of your own you’d like to share? Let me know!
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