Here is my original new idea for this corner of my internet. I’ve been reading good the last few months. So I hope to do a book 👏 review 👏 once a month to keep me consistent.
Ever had a reading-block? It’s frustrating, especially if you are a fast reader and you’re used to finishing books. I wrote it off to growing up, nonsense, right? I was in a slump for a while, maybe it’s me not choosing the right books?
It pretty much went right away when I picked this bad boy up
- The Autobiography of Malcom X
coauthored by Alex HaleyI still don’t understand why this was not required reading at second level where we had other (maybe just as important) texts such as ”Roll of Thunder” or ”To Kill a Mockingbird”. Maybe a book that wasn’t veiled with so much metaphor as the aforementioned are would drive home how serious the race issue was – and still is – in America, and indeed worldwide.
Malcolm X was your average African American who lived the full African American life, being talented and told he couldn’t do what he was good at because of his skin, joined the rat race to make money and have women – to then get arrested. However, he used that prison to make his beginning, his rock solid foundation. Allah, Islam and of course, martyrdom.
His voice is so beautifully preserved within the walls of Alex Haley’s very nice journalism style. Let Malcom’s voice into your head, he was a man full of wisdom and most definitely deserved his own Ted talk.
Overall review: 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏
(Slow claps for serious application to real world misery, required reading for all)
- The Red Queen (#1-#4)
by Victoria Aveyard
Can I justify reading YA as a 22 year old? Heck yes.
This one was just particularly good. Mr Shabazz got me back into reading, but Victoria Aveyard dragged me in kicking and screaming. The books premise – it’s a world where they differentiate on one small thing that makes people slightly different on the outside. One girl learns to fight back.
I guess what I enjoyed so much about this was how unpredictable. You can’t trust anyone. And our protagonist learns that. You can’t even trust her views on the world. They adapt as she learns more. She is a living, breathing, real character. That’s unusual, in most YA novels the main character has a belief and they die for it. The series ends with Mare not fully sure as to what her beliefs are. Probably more relatable as a 22 year old.
But this is all ramble gosh darn it. READ IT.
Overall review: 👏👏👏👏👏
- This Is Going To Hurt
by Adam Kay
You know when you’re in a public institution like a post-office, grocery store or hospital and you say/do something dumb and you pray the person serving you didn’t notice?
Well, according to ex Dr. Kay – they see you. Imagine they complied all of that into one book and sold that book for millions. Well, that’s this book. If you ever wondered what is it actually like for those lazy doctors in your health system (I’m looking at you HSE/NHS abu- sorry, users), then this is for you. Ever had to wait 3 hours in a waiting room? Turns out, your doctor WASN’T playing scrabble! Wild, right? Read this book to find out more. Then salute your doctor next time instead of calling him a waste of resources.
Overall review: 👏👏👏👏
(a hard read if you don’t know medical terminology, although he does explain. As a radiographer it was close to my world so it was an easy read, not sure accountants or deep sea divers will feel the same. Still topical and relevant.)
- The Princess Saves Herself In This One
by Amanda Lovelace
Instagram poetry is a genre people! Rupi Kaur paved the road for us. So this is how we thank her. More of the same. As a writer and reader of insta poetry, I can’t scoff. This was good. Our author really paved a story for us. Her poems had a rhythm and flowed. There was a story being painted. I definitely teared up. As separate pieces. the poems are weak, but as a whole, it is a feels train. I read the first half and then gave myself time to let it sit with me.
That was a good decision. It’s powerful, no doubt. Just won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you like insta poetry, a sure winner.
Overall review: 👏 👏 👏
(3 slow claps, it’ll relate to the insta poetry crew.)
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness
This one is kind of cheating cause this is a re-read, except I bought it off book depository and realised I owned it on Kindle already. Oopsie!
It’s a cute storyline, about the kids who aren’t the protagonist in a fantasy YA novel and how, somehow, their lives are just as wild. It’s cute.
Overall review: 👏 👏
Meh. The fact I couldn’t remember I read it already says it all.
- A Monsters’ Call
by Patrick Ness
Siobhan O’Dowd was the original birther of the idea of this book. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, so was never able to actually write it, despite being contracted to do so. Her editor at Walker books involved Ness in the idea, and it was a good choice, I think.
It’s a tender book about how a boy comes to terms with his mother’s illness. It’s for kids and adults alike, but I’d never give this to a kid because it had me in tears. I’ll admit. It’s beautiful, well done storytelling that brings you right into the centre of the fold of this young boy’s terrifying monsters.
Overall review: 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
(more claps to cover up my tear sounds)
And that’s us for this one. If you want to keep up with what I’m reading, hit up my Goodreads. Next month’s list won’t be as long, a lot of these are books I really wanted to review, so here they were.
Categories: Book 👏 Review👏