Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Reading Wrap Up

January is always a good month for me in terms of reading. There's something about that fresh start that motivates me to get reading. Plus it's been so cold in Stamford this month that I've honestly been avoiding going outside if I don't have to (-10 no thank you!) and it's been perfect for snuggling up and reading in the evenings. I've also gotten into the habit of eating my breakfast whilst reading in the morning and it's such a nice start to the day, even if it does make it a bit harder to leave for work! I've set my goal for 2018 to read a book a week which I'm glad to say I've stuck to in January.



Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
I'm a big fan of Sarah Knight's books and this fun guide to getting more organised was no different. She has a fun writing style and perfectly nails writing a self-help book that isn't condescending or annoying. She also shares her own past mistakes etc which is really helpful. This book taught me some really good lessons but also made me realise that I'm not alone is the way that I've been feeling recently which was very reassuring. I gave it 5/5 stars and I'm happy it was my first read of the year. 

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is an undocumented Jamaican immigrant in the USA, due to be deported. Daniel is Korean American and on his way to an interview to Yale Medical School, his parents dream for him. They meet by chance on a New York City street and the day they spend together changes a lot of things for them both. I enjoyed this book. It's not the best written, very mushy and unrealistic YA but I'm just in the mood for that every now and again you know? I liked that there was a lot of diversity in this book. Some chapters are told by random characters or by 'the universe' as well which spiced things up a bit. I gave it 3/5 stars. 

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
This is an ARC book that I bought from a secondhand bookstore in NYC. This book isn't released until March 2018. In Girls Burn Brighter two girls from a village in India strike up a strong friendship. They are separated after a traumatic event causes one girl to flee and the rest of the book is them searching for one another. This book was absolutely fantastic. I couldn't put it down! I've been trying to read more diversely and this was a fantastic book for that too. 5/5 stars.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
I read one of Mohsin Hamid's books last year and it made me want to read all of his work. This book was just as great. It's written as a conversation between an American in Lahore and a Pakistani man who used to live in the US. It's written to you as if you are the American. The Pakistani man is telling you his story about his love for the US and the gradual decline that made him feel alienated there after 9/11. It was really interesting and addictive. And it's super short. I'd really recommend it. 5/5.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Another favourite author of mine. Robin Sloan did not disappoint with his second book. This story follows Lois, a lonely computer programmer living in San Francisco. One day she receives a flier for a new takeout and orders their soup and bread combo. She becomes a regular customer and becomes friendly with the owners. They pack up to move and they leave her with the starter for their sourdough. She starts using it to bake and realises things aren't quite what they seem. Rich, descriptive and totally encompassing. He's done it again. Robin Sloan could write about mopping a hallway and I'd read it. 5/5 stars.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
In this novel, two half sisters are born in separate villages in Western Africa. One marries a British officer and one is sold as a slave. This book tells the story of one member of each generation moving down the two family lines. A totally unique concept and something that worked so well. I really enjoyed the book. Although, I did feel like the later chapters were not quite as captivating as the earlier ones. Because of that, I debated whether or not to give it 4/5 stars or 5/5 stars but settled on 5 in the end. I've read too many fantastic books this month!

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