She Must Be Mad – As with most poetry collections this fell a bit mid-range for me; some were really good, some I skimmed over; 3 stars.
Not That Bad* – An anthology of essays written mainly by women but there are a couple by men in there as well, curated by one of my personal favourites Roxanne Gay. Putting this collection together and tackling these very difficult subjects isn’t something to take on lightly but this was a harrowing reminder of the prominence of the ‘Not That Bad’ attitude in our culture. This was a brilliant read and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in gaining a better insight into our modern reality, 4 stars
Good Bones – Another collection of works this time from Margret Attwood, this was a brilliant quick read, would recommend to anyone who enjoys dark humour, 4 stars.
The Queens of Fennbirn – A collection of two novellas from Kendra Blake; really enjoyed both of them and am now very excited for the October release of the third book in the series, 5 stars.
Dinner Party* – My favourite book by Tracy Bloom so far, I ended up giving this five stars, it made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions and brightened a rather long car, 5 stars. Full thoughts here.
Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig does it again, this was a brilliant book to have taken on holiday as an extra reminder of how important it is to take a step back; it even inspired a whole day away from social media, and guess what, I missed nothing important; 5 stars.
The Essex Serpent – Mixed feelings about this, on one hand, I can see why it’s hyped and it got awards but it took me quite a long time to get into and then it lost me again towards the end and I was left feeling a bit overwhelmed by the ending; if you’re after excitement then this probably isn’t the one but if you enjoy historical fiction that’s slightly mysterious you’ll probably enjoy this, 3 stars.
Joyful* – This book explores some of the main things which bring people (in general) joy and the reasoning behind them. As the author herself mentions in the introduction, some chapters of the book will be more interesting than others for different people, so don’t’ go in expecting to be hooked on every word, for example, I found colour and magic really interesting to read whereas transcendence I was less bothered by4 stars. Full Review Here.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** – Not for me, I got so annoyed at the author reading this; it also felt very repetitive, there’s only so many times I wanted to hear the writer explaining; having said that he makes some valid common sense points, 2 stars.
XX* – This follows Juliet and girlfriend Rosie, who were looking into sperm donor options when the government approves clinic trials for ovum to ovum conception, as a journalist, Juliet knows all too well that they need to keep their involvement and identities confidential for as long as possible however the news is leaked early on making their lives a lot more difficult; now as well as coming to terms with having a baby, their suddenly faced with a barrage of reporter, photographers and protestors. Loved the concept behind this, 4 stars.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.