We moved! Well, are moving is probably more accurate, Easter weekend 2018 will not be remembered for copious amount of chocolate but the hours spent in the rain loading everything into a van that was much bigger than the one we ordered…
Phone* The layout is like nothing I’ve ever read before, essentially this is a 620 pages of continuous text; no paragraphs, no chapters – nothing. After ten minutes of reading I was fairly adamant I wouldn’t be able to finish it but I actually pleasantly surprised as one of the benefits of the continuous-ness is that when I actually have time to read without distraction or the need of a ‘I’ll go until the end of the chapter’ stopping point I actually found it quite easy to get lost in. After quite a bit of deliberation, I gave this 3 stars but I am glad I’ve read it as a bit of a personal challenge in trying something completely different.Full thoughts here.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One* – Similar to its predecessor themes are pretty heavy and Lovelace does begin the book with a trigger warning; some of the poems were particularly relevant from references to popular culture and (fairly) recent events like the 2017 women’s marches; the main theme of women historically being persecuted as witches is explored from both a misogynistic oppressive viewpoint but also one of strength and empowerment and a reminder of what of owed to the women which have previously fought to get women’s rights to where they are today. 5 stars.
Crooked Kingdom – It’s difficult to summarise this one without spoiling Six of Crows, so I’ll just say that I loved it. More Grisha books please Leigh Bardugo; 5 stars.
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism* -As with any anthology of poetry there were some I wasn’t so keen on but overall I enjoyed it. My personal favourites included “The Children’s Chorus” and “The Ride Home”; they were both so raw and powerful; also “To The Woman Crying Uncontrollably In The Next Stall”, mainly because I loved the title before I’d even read it,4 stars.
Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds – This was interesting but extremely dense with facts which for such a short non-fiction book is, on the whole, a good thing because obviously what you want from non-fiction is facts, but I found it difficult to read this for long periods of time without switching to other books. Well written and interesting but did struggle to hold my attention at times; 3 stars.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine– This book seems to have exploded everywhere, and yet I’m so glad I’d managed to avoid all plot spoilers. I went in completely oblivious to anything but the front cover and couldn’t put it down; it was so much more than I expected. 5 stars.
The Sun is Also a Star – A nice quick read, I didn’t get drawn into this as much as Everything, Everything but its similar in writing style and if you can get over the fact that the entire premise is built on insta-love then you’ll probably really enjoy this one. 4 stars.
Somekind of Wonderful – I’ve been wanting to read something my Giovanna Fletcher for a while so when I spotted her latest release for 99p I jumped on it. This was nice, I read it quite quickly, there were lots of current references, some of them were quite cheesy but they worked well with the characters. If you enjoy light-hearted, feel-good romance I’d recommend giving it a go; 3 stars.
A Gathering of Shadows – It took me about 10mins to get my head back to where A Darker Shade of Magic picked up but once I was there this took the world and the characters in such a good direction; I was slightly worried of this not living up to the first but I was actually really impressed. There’s less travelling between worlds but this added a layer of detail to Red London that enriched that world so much that I didn’t care, I’m hoping to finish up the trilogy next month, 4 stars.
Stay With Me – I heard a lot about this last year when it was nominated for the Woman’s Prize for Fiction, thankfully I’d managed to avoid any spoliers as there was so much in this which I hadn’t seen coming. 4 stars.
After You – As a follow up for Me Before You I thought this was well done, as a character Louisa is trying her best to carry on with her life but the book didn’t shy away from I enjoyed it, just not as much as the first; 3 stars.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.