What do we have here? Two weeks in a row with a post? Talk about a hot streak guys.
I had mentioned in my last post one of my intentions in 2017 was to read more actual books. I not only stuck to that resolution in January, I completely smashed it. Like zero to five in a month, which is a pretty impressive start.
Reviews on books seem to be big in the blogosphere and since I’m experimenting with content, I’m giving it a shot. I’ll be giving a run down in order of how the books were read. The only other piece of knowledge you should know is that instead of stars, I’m doing a scale of 1-5 roses. Get it, roses, like my name and blog title? Yeah it’s cheesy, but I dig it.
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai (3 Roses)
Before reading this book, I had already found myself loving listening to Malala speak. She has a very insightful viewpoint on things. Yet I never readily reached for her autobiography. This was the first pick for the kick-ass ladies book club I’m in for 2017. While I enjoyed it, I felt Malala is more engaging as a speaker. There were times where she got into history or people’s back stories and I trailed off with my attention. However, her story is still incredibly powerful and it is amazing how much she has experienced and seen at a young age. It made me realize how as someone who adores learning, I’ve never grasped my inherent privilege in being woman and having education be a given due to living in the United States.
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell (4 Roses)
I’m a fangirl, this is a book about a fangirl…perfect combination right? Well, mostly. I really enjoyed the story overall. The biggest reason I didn’t give it a higher score? There was too much of the second rate Harry Potter fanfiction involved. I would’ve preferred more substance on the main quartet of characters. (Plus, the former RA in me hated how Cath wouldn’t put herself out there at all in college.) By the end of the book I felt like I wanted to know more about Cath, Wren, Levi, and Reagan. They were still growing and coming together, what happens next? The one thing I did find strange was the disconnect between fanfiction and fandom that was evident. Cath is this prolific fanfiction author, but I was surprised that she supposedly only stuck to that? As someone who fandom has played a part in my life, I have never once witnessed someone stick to a tiny little aspect.
Shrill – Lindy West (3 Roses)
Over the past few months I’ve had Shrill recommended to me countless times. Don’t get me wrong, I really did like it. There were moments in the book where Lindy recounted a story and I would sit there soberly realizing just how much I related. Even though I’ve come far in my journey with self acceptance and feminism, there are still moments where I still uncover something or don’t understand how deeply engrained some thoughts and behaviors are into my psyche. Honestly, I can’t really say why I didn’t love this book more, there just wasn’t something that fully clicked.
Girls in White Dresses – Jennifer Close (1 Rose)
Shitty one dimensional girls complaining about dating shitty one dimensional guys. None of the girls had any identifiable qualities and eventually blended together in a mix of whining and making fun of their supposed friends. Was that Abby or Isabella? Honestly it doesn’t matter. I didn’t really care. They are literally interchangeable. There was literally not an ounce of character growth. I only finished the book out of spite.
Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari (4 Roses)
High five to my past self for deciding on the audiobook version of Modern Romance. While the book wasn’t what I expected (spoiler alert it’s not Aziz writing comedically about his dating exploits) I was still rather excited. In university I studied psychology, so a research based perspective was fascinating to me. Plus, Aziz manages to make facts not come across dry. I never found myself going more than a few minutes without a chuckle. Who knows, maybe I even picked up a few nuggets of knowledge for my still as single as ever journey.
Have you read any of the above books? What were your thoughts?
P.S. – While I’ve been binge reading lately, I think I may take the weekend off to watch a few of my favorite flicks. It’s been far too long since I watched my ultimate comfort film, Almost Famous.
Until next time,