March 2017, a month I seemed to throw 5 star ratings at pretty much everything I read…
Goose – A continuation of Paper Aeroplanes, this continues to follow Flo & Renee through their last year of sixth form. 4 stars.
Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online – After quite a bit of waiting my library reservation finally became available, I devoured this in a weekend, if you were born in the late 80s/90s and grew up around the era of MSN and ‘sending 10p texts from a Nokia but mostly using it to play snake because you used up your credit in 3 days and don’t get any more pocket money until the end of the week’ this is a must read. If that wasn’t quite your time I would still highly recommend this. For me it was extremely related, it made me laugh out loud as well as almost cry, it brought make many memories and has also inspired me to a social media cull. Thank you Emma for pointing out that the people you haven’t spoken to in 8 years are highly unlikely to notice/get annoyed/hunt me down for unfollowing them. 5 stars.
All the ugly and wonderful things – This will mess with your head; this has stayed with me and I’m still questioning how I feel about some of the events which occurred. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and primarily follows the daughter of a drug addict and a drug dealer, Wavy, from age 5 when she’s forced to temporarily move in with her Grandmother, through to her early twenties. Wavy’s exposure to 5 stars.
Hidden Figures – As a female maths graduate myself, I had such high hopes for this. It was good, I don’t think you could fault the factual content and the hard work that has gone into pulling this information together but it reminded me a bit much of a secondary school text book so I struggled to read it for long periods of time. 3 stars.
Vinegar Girl – This is a Hogarth Shakespeare retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, I’m not a massively Shakespeare and apart from the handful that were forced upon me at school, I think because the general plot was lifted from Shakespeare I thought it sometimes moved or changed direction quite abruptly, I’ll defiantly give a couple more of the Hogarth books a go in an attempt to find my inner Shakespeare nerd. 3 stars.
1984 – How have I only just got around to reading this?! This book had an odd ability to make me laugh while I was reading it, then a few moments make me feel, for want of a better explanation, quite creeped out. 5 stars.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – fifteen pieces of (requested) advice from Chimamanda Ngosi Adichke to a friend of suggestions of how to raise her new born daughter as a feminist, thought provoking common sense. 5 stars.
A Little Life – I only finished this a few hours ago and I think how quickly I’ve devoured it says everything. Its heartbreakingly well written and as difficult to put down as it is to keep reading. 5 stars
Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries – I really needed something light after finishing A Little Life and I figured what better than a bit of Bridget, will carry into April.