It’s time for the first reading wrap up of 2019, yippie! January is not a great month so I try to read as much as possible to escape the horrible outside, boo.
This month I managed to read 9 books; 4 physical books, 2 graphic novels, 2 audiobooks and 1 kindle read. Not bad, not bad at all. So, let’s get into what I thought.
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama just seems like a wonderful human and as soon as I heard this was being released it was on my wishlist.
Originally, I tried the audiobook but just felt it didn’t work for me so I switched to a physical copy. This is a really inspiring story and although the beginning was a little slow I still enjoyed it and gave it 5 stars.
You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero
There are few books you can claim changed the way you think, this is one of them. After a friend sent me this to listen to I was obsessed with it. Sincero talks about money, how we view money as a society and how to get past those mental blocks.
I appreciate it’s not for everyone but I loved this and gave it 4 stars.
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is one of those authors I kept hearing about, so seeing this for £3 I thought I might as well pick it up.
This is great if you like family based drama and mystery. Lydia, the perfect girl of the family is found dead in a possible suicide. We see how this impacts the family and try and find out what really happened.
This was okay, a decent plot but not something that got me super invested in the characters and I did feel the ending was a little lax. I gave it 3 stars.
Unnatural, Vol 1 Awakening – Mirka Andolfo
A new graphic novel with themes of segregation, the idea of the ‘perfect family’, oh and they’re all animals. This also gets pretty steamy, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone! 4 stars.
Saga Volume 8 – Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan
It’s number 8 in the series so I can hardly say anything at all but this broke my heart at times, I’ve heard the next in the series will crush me. 5 stars.
Notes To Self – Emiline Pine
A full review to come but this is a thought-provoking and altogether wonderful collection of essays. With difficult topics and brutal honesty, I’m a big fan of Emiline Pine now. 5 Stars
Born Lippy – How To Do Female – Jo Brand
A fun insight into womanhood thanks to none other than Jo Brand. This is dry, witty and at times made me laugh out loud while listening. I would definitely recommend the audiobook for an extra kick. 4 stars.
An Absolutely Remarkable Think – Hank Green
I’ve been waiting to read this for so long, so of course, I was super excited to get it for Christmas. Buuuuut, it fell a little short for me, I really struggled with the protagonist for the majority of the book.
Not a bad debut and I probably will pick up the next book in the series just to see where it goes but right now this got a 3.5 from me.
Pop Star Jihadi – Nick Tyrone
I received this book from Midas PR after being asked if I would be interested in reading. This is an incredibly well written and intelligent piece of fiction.
How would we react to a teen superstar blowing themselves up at their own concert, killing nearly 100 fans. Who would we believe? Would mob mentality take over? 4.5 stars.