Okay kids, after not finishing a single book in May we’re back on the wagon! I managed to finish four books in June and I liked them all, what a revelation! Let’s go:
The Power – Naomi Alderman
I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about this book for a while. Whilst I didn’t love some parts of the book, (for example, the whole ‘mother eve’ thing was just a little to cultish for me. I found the uprising was sometimes focused more on religion than the actual women. But maybe that’s just the atheist in me.) I did enjoy the book as a whole. It was refreshing. And what’s sad is that it seemed radical. The way a world would react to women becoming powerful when we current sit so happily in a patriarchal world. What’s the difference? If you wanna feel powerful, give it a read.
Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig
I loved the formatting of this memoir; it appears somewhat jumbled or disjointed, and maybe that’s the point. Because depression and mental health are not linear or even rational. However, I think each section fits together like a jigsaw and I love that. This book could be just what you need to cling on. So whether you suffer with depression or just want to understand more I’d say definitely read this. It may save your life. Or it might educate you.
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
Having watched this movie years ago, I was excited to pick this book up last year. It didn’t disappoint. It’s easy reading as it’s a middle grade book but the actual themes are pretty hard hitting. Amongst all the gang violence and crime, I think the core idea of this book is that we’re all kind of the same. Yeah, some of us have it better than others and some have it far worse. But on a molecular level we’re all just humans. And we just want to find the best version of ourselves.
Plain Girl – Arthur Miller
Not going to lie, I picked this book up on June 29th because I wanted desperately to keep to my reading goal of the year and that meant finishing another book before the end of June. This book has been on my shelf for a few years now and is very thin. I ended up finishing it on July 1st but we’re counting it! And man, am I glad I picked it up. It’s about communism; what it means to feel beauty; art; finding yourself against the background of world turmoil. I loved it.
Boogie Nights – Heatwave