Recent Reads (2)

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.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust had been sitting on my shelves unread for like a year. Since I end up watching the film pretty much every time it’s on TV I figured that I should finally pick it up and read it. I really enjoyed it, even though it’s completely different from the film. The plot is basically the same but some of the best characters from the film like Captain Shakespeare aren’t in it. I enjoyed the writing style, it’s written in the style of fairy tales and is pretty simple.

Black Friday by Robert Muchamore

Black Friday is the final book of the Aramov trilogy. I had been waiting a year to read it and it didn’t disappoint. I loved that James Adams the main character from the previous Cherub series was brought back.

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

I’d been wanting to read Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children since I heard about it years ago. I loved the idea that it contained real old pictures and I was expecting it to be really good. It turned out to be kind of average so I was disappointed. I think that’s sort of my fault though because I built it up too much in my head. If you like books that feature supernatural people who are being hunted by other supernatural people you’ll enjoy Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

Girl of nightmares by Kendare Blake

This book was hugely disappointing. When I read Anna Dressed in Blood I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what going to happen. With this one I had to force myself to keep reading instead of putting it down.  I found it kind of boring as most of the book is spent building up to the ending. It just lacked everything that was good about the first book. [The first book had awesome/interesting ghosts, murder and ghost hunting. Plus a really good ending]  In my opinion Anna Dressed in Blood could have been left as a stand alone book.

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold is the best Game of Thrones book I’ve read so far. (I’m still currently reading the next book A Feast for Crows) It’s ridiculously action packed and is basically death after death after death.

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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.