Book, Review, Wrap Up

April 2018 ~ Wrap Up

Reading had been put slightly on the back burner at the start of this month, we moved house over Easter and there are still boxes scattered about, I’m still reading Sapiens, just very slowly.

Modern Romance – This was a really odd mix of comedy writing and really interesting information, I was unconvinced at first, I wasn’t sure whether it was trying to take itself too serious but once I got used to the tone I started to really enjoy this.  If you’re a fan of Aziz Asarin or you’re just intrigued by how dating has changed over the years and how attitudes towards it vary across different cultures then I’d recommend, 4 stars.

The Bell Jar – I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely anniversary edition of this in a book swap last year and finally got round to it, very disappointedly I’m not sure I got it. I’ve heard such amazing things about this complete classic that I may need to re-read it, 2 stars.

A Conjuring of Light – I finished the Darker Shade of Magic series, I was a little sad when it was over, the last book really expanded the world taking the characters to new exciting places whilst providing a satisfying end.  I’m fairly sure there’s going to be new books set in this world (hopefully soon) fingers crossed Lila or Kell make a cameo appearance. 4 stars

See All The Stars* – I’d recommend to anyone who’s enjoyed shows/books along the lines of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars; its the dark side and drama behind female American high school friendships, I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would, 4 stars.  See All The Stars is currently scheduled for release in August 2018.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Since discovering Jen Campbell on YouTube towards the end of last year I’ve been meaning to get round to reading her first couple of novel.  This is the first of two compilations of quotes/anecdotes of Jen’s time working as a bookseller.  I couldn’t put this down it was and am already planning on gifting this to a couple of people. 5 stars.

More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – I reserved the follow up about 10mins after starting the first book and thankfully it arrived within a couple of days, this was just as good as its predecessor and also included a lot more quotes from other bookshops around the world and libraries, another 5 star read.

Reasons to Stay Alive – I’ve read a couple of Matt Haig’s fiction novels but it wasn’t until I heard him talking on a podcast that I realised he’d also written about his own experiences with mental health in this book.  Its an own voices novel that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about mental health and the effect it can have on people or to anyone suffering, Matt tells his story from when he was 24, living in Ibiza to suddenly find himself completely unable to continue about his normal life, through to near enough the present day.  The format is great, really short chapters broken up by lists, tweets etc so at no point did I feel overwhelmed by the weight of the topic, 4 stars

A Street Cat Named Bob – I’ve not seen the film (yet) so I didn’t really know what to expect from this. The book follows James, a  London busker and recovering heroin addict who discovers a stray cat who seems very keen on being adopted. The two become inseparable and improve each others lives immeasurably. Despite covering some fairly heavy topics this was actually really heartwarming, 4 stars.

The World According to Bob – Damn you kindle and your ‘recommended next reads’ section; I ended up reading this straight after the first. Following on pretty much immediately from the previous book, this picks up around the time James’ first book is picked up by a publisher, 3 stars.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes* – I ended up giving this three stars and being slightly disappointed, there was a build up to a fairly dramatic reveal which I’d been waiting through most of the second half of the book to have my suspicions confirmed about, which then didn’t really go anywhere. I can see why as the drama/fallout may have affected the tone of hopefulness the book ended on.  The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is scheduled for release early May 2018.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

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