Recent Reads

I’ve been wanting to talk about these books for a while but I don’t have enough to say about each for a full review.

How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran

I found this book really problematic mainly because of the authors choice of words and phrases. Like there’s a bit about 100 or so pages in where she casually compares something to (and I’m directly quoting here) ‘that Vietnamese kid covered in napalm’ and another part where she decides that she’s against people wearing the Burka and says that ‘my politeness accepts your choice’. That just seems wrong to me.

If you consider yourself a feminist I wouldn’t recommend that you read this book, especially as the author doesn’t seem to believe that feminism is intersectional. This book is full of sweeping generalisations and offensive language (I’m not talking about swearwords).

Sever by Lauren Destefano

Sever was disappointing, I only really picked it up because I can’t leave a series unfinished once I start it.  To talk about it I need to reveal major plot details so SPOILER WARNING. This book was a mess, the author managed to go back on all the world building in the first two books and killed off two main characters in about as many chapters.

Call the Midwife trilogy by Jennifer Worth

Earlier this year I kind of fell in love with the BBC TV show Call The Midwife (even though it’s not really aimed at people my age). So when I saw that my local library had the books the show was based off I decided to read them. The Call the Midwife trilogy which consists of Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East end, are three memoirs written by Jennifer Worth who was a nurse in the east end of London in the 1950’s. I found them fascinating, not really the childbirth stuff more the stuff about how people used to live. It’s amazing how much London and this country has changed.


April Rewind

In April I read 5 books. They were:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
Though Thick and Thin by Gok Wan
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I enjoyed A Clash of Kings, I found it a lot easier to read than the first one.  In the last month or two I’ve been reading more Non-fiction and I really liked Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth and Though Thick and Thin by Gok Wan.

However I really disliked How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, I thought it was really problematic. I’m trying to write a review of it but I keep getting annoyed at things in the book and stopping.