As I’m sure all the booklovers out there would agree, with all the dreadful things happening around us at the moment the significance of our reading time has ramped up and books themselves are playing an ever more crucial role in mental well-being, escapism and reassurance. I myself have undoubtedly been doing more reading and less writing, as I’ve turned to books as a comfort blanket in what have been some testing recent times. Some of my recent reads I haven’t reviewed just yet as the mood for thinking critically about them hasn’t taken me, but (of course) that hasn’t in any way quashed my appetite/obsession for book buying, and so there are plenty more adventures in reading to share with you this week. I normally do these wrap-up posts on a Friday, but it’s been a busy old week so Sunday it is!
It’s a beauty this week: the paperback is due out any minute now, but I count myself extremely lucky to have got my hands on the hardback version, as it’s just so gorgeous.
It’s one of those stay up late, miss your stop on the train kind of reads, and I’m rattling through it at great speed. It’s a revealing novel, laying before us with uncomfortable clarity the horrific treatment that women and girls endure to this day in patriarchal societies; but I get the sense as well that it’s also going to be a story of empowerment and determination in the face of oppression and injustice. This is one I will definitely be reviewing when I’m done, so watch this space.
As well as The Girl With the Louding Voice I have some others on the go:
- The Betrayals by Bridget Collins – you may remember I mentioned this in a wrap-up post a few weeks ago, but I decided to save it, hence the delay in its reappearance on the blog. So far so good; it was always going to have to go some to live up to The Binding, which I absolutely adored, but it’s off to an enjoyable start.
- Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi – honestly I’m on the fence with this one at the moment! I’m intrigued by the idea of separate murder mystery stories linking together to provide clues to a bigger mystery (at least I think that’s what’s happening!!) but I’m finding the writing a little bit clunky and grating in places. It’s not one I’m rushing to come back to after I’ve put it down, but I’ll certainly read to the end and let you know if my opinion changes!
The last book I finished was a technically last week, but hey, I might as well mention it again: Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt, a fictionalised account of the life of photographer Vivian Maier. It had a few little niggles but by and large I really enjoyed it, and you can read my review here.
That’s all for this week. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe week of books and reading to come x