Sunday, 1 April 2018

March Reading Wrap Up

I only read two books in February but March was the complete opposite. I read so many books this month! Which I think is probably down to there being some pretty bad weather this month. I had two snow days which are the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. I read some really great books and some meh books. My favourite was probably Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which I read as part of the Slow Sunday Club's book club. It's been a while since I was involved in a book club and I really enjoyed it! 


Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
This is a selection of short stories featuring the lives of children in different African countries. I really wanted to like this book but it was very difficult to read. Large chunks of the text where written phonetically which I really struggled to understand. The short stories were good but there were two longer ones that were so slow and almost painful. I gave it 2/5 stars in the end.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
In this novel, two couples meet at a restaurant to discuss an incident that has happened involving their two teenage sons. This book is dark, twisted and very intricate. It's been referred to as the European Gone Girl. I've read some mixed reviews but found myself very gripped by this. I love reading books with unreliable narrators as it really keeps you on your toes. I gave it 4/5 stars. 

The Girls by Emma Cline
This novel is written from the perspective of an older woman as she recounts her story of being in an odd cult during her early teenage years in 1960s California. It was written really beautifully and nostalgia dripped out of each page. But I didn't find that this book really hooked me in the way that I expected it to. I rated it 3/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Editions by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
I'm a big Harry Potter fan but the illustrated editions add an extra flair of magic to the series. The illustrations are detailed and magical and I can't wait to see what they do with the rest of the series. The night before a snow day, I took these home from the library and they are the perfect books to read whilst snuggled up in the warm. The books are expensive so I'm not sure I'd recommend buying them if you aren't a huge Harry Potter fan. 5/5 stars. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book has been super popular recently and I can totally understand why because it had me hooked from the beginning. The book is told by Eleanor, an odd loner who has a mysterious past and is very dependent on alcohol. I was gripped the whole way through it and really enjoyed Gail Honeyman's writing. I've heard she's working on a new novel and I'm very excited for the release of that one! 5/5 stars. 

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan
All We Shall Know is narrated by Melody who is 33 and pregnant by a 17-year-old boy who is not her husband. It's a short novella that's poetic at times and scrambling and gripping. Melody is not a likeable character which makes reading this even more interesting. It really didn't turn out how I expected it to. 4/5 stars.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
This novel follows Eilis as she moves from a small town in Ireland to New York City after world war two. I'd already seen the movie but in my opinion, the book was so much better. This novel is gripping and totally captures what it's like to move abroad and feel so conflicted and torn between these two different lives you now seem to have. This book resonated with me and I couldn't put it down. So much so that I finished it in like a day. I gave it 5/5 stars and I would really recommend it!

Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic by Umlando Wezithombe
This graphic novel tells Nelson Mandela's story from birth up until the book was written. I enjoyed it but it definitely wasn't the best graphic novel I've ever read. It really just told the story and I don't think that the graphic medium gave anything to the story that a regular book would not have so I gave it 3/5 stars.

Between Shades of Gray by Rupta Sepetys
This YA novel follows a young girl and her family as they are deported from their home in Lithuania and sent to work in a hard labour camp in Siberia. I absolutely loved this book. It was raw, heartbreaking and most importantly, opened my eyes to a section of history that I knew very little about. I read it so quickly as I was so hooked. I also really want to visit Lithuania now. 5/5 stars.

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