So on my week off I finished not one but two books. Admittedly, one of them was only about 50 pages long but it all counts. I’m also well on my way with my current read. The only problem I have with getting out of my reading slump is that I have to decide what to read next. There’s so much choice that I don’t know where to start. Still, this is one of the most first-world of first-world problems so I really should just get on with it. Next year I need to keep a better record of which books I’ve read and when. From what I can tell looking back on my rundowns, I’m about 7 books into the year. This isn’t that great but probably a hell of a lot more impressive than last year.
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A short but inspiring read about how Adichie came to identify as a feminist and why it’s so important. Taken from the perspective of an African woman, this more than shows why feminism is still such an important issue and why we have to be strong in the face of criticism. Something that everyone should read… before reading more in-depth works.
- The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North (Kindle Edition)
Liked this more than I expected after the first few pages. Not the kind of book for everyone but certainly an interesting character study. Sophie’s life is unpicked after her death by the people closest to her. They tell their individual experiences with Sophie and discuss her strong love for film-making. Sophie was an interesting character and I enjoyed the aspects of her story that explored the almost obsessive relationship between artist and art. However, there were some aspects of Sophie’s character that felt a little clichéd and pseudo-psychological. A great story but it maybe took itself a little too seriously for my liking,
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Couldn’t resist the look of this one any longer. It’s an incredibly basic read but, if you’re willing to embrace all of the awful sci-fi clichés, then it’s a lot of fun. Of course, it’s massive rip-off of classic sci-fi but, what it lacks in originality of narrative, it makes up for with the format. Breaking the narrative down into documents, emails and IM conversations means the action moves quickly and there are no really embarrassing passages of descriptive prose concerning the various planets and start systems around. Nothing tells me this will be the best thing I read all year but I’ll probably enjoy it enough,
- 13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl by Mona Awad
This book has been all over my twitter and Instagram in the lead up to it being released and I decided I had to track it down. I, like pretty much everyone in the world, have always had issues with body image and confidence so I’m always interested in how the idea is presented. I imagine this book is going to help bring about another rant.
- The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
The first purchase from my 2016 books. Bought because it was cheap and I really wanted to read something more light-hearted after Sophie Stark. This seemed like the kind of book for me but we’ll see how it goes. An elderly con-man tries to pull off one final job but meets a mysterious woman who seems happy to be conned. Sounds interesting.
Started rewatching this the other day on Netflix and I realised just how weird the first season is. It’s all soap opera close-ups and reactions. Still, an incredibly clever show but a little too over-the-top in the beginning.
Saw just after watching Deadpool which was a major contrast. Still, an interesting watch none-the-less. Tuesday: I’ll see you then.