I know, I know, I’m ashamed! Life has been quite the rollercoaster at the moment and reading let alone writing book reviews sort of took a back seat. But I’m back now and committed again! So without further ado I present, albeit belated, May’s reads:
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
“The only wave that changes anything is a tsunami. You have to tear down the houses and destroy that land if you want to be sure no one will forget you.”
What. A. Book. This only didn’t get 5 stars because I’m trying to be stricter on my grading and I thought that it just didn’t make the cut. This book came to my attention because of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize (which it went on to win) but it’s the kind of dystopian novel I would go for anyway, especially with a hint of feminist activism!
Naomi Alderman should be really proud of this work and I would encourage most people to read it. The characters were great, but I think the slight lack of character depth took that 5th star away. Because it’s written through a few different stories, I didn’t feel the same connection with each character as I would have liked. But that way of writing was crucial to the story so I completely understand it.
It’s essentially an over-dramatised vision of what the world would be if the power shifted from men to women and it was a fascinating read. Loved the style, loved the morals, loved the novel.
“Because who wants to fast forward anyway? You might miss some of the good parts.”
Who else wanted to be best friends with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? It wasn’t until last year that I actually watched Gilmore Girls (I know right) and then it was announced they were doing another few episodes so it was great timing on my part. Anyway, back to the book, so I heard about Lauren Graham’s sort-of-memoir and thought I’d give it a go.
She’s really funny and lovely and it was a pleasant read: easy and enjoyable. But I felt like she might have been holding back a little. It skimmed the life of Lauren Graham, rather than went right into the core. Like I said, enjoyable, but there was just something that makes memoirs like this brilliant and special that was missing. Still worth the read if you’re a fan of the show, but I was a little disappointed.
“In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel”
Very enjoyable novel. I loved the character development in this book, it was spot on! The more I read it, the more my opinions of all the characters were challenged. There’s something very satisfying about fictional characters who make you feel.
I wish that the ‘world’ it was set in could have been elaborated on further, but from what I’ve gathered, we get more of that in the next book – The Boy on the Bridge. I loved the ending too! I won’t spoil it, but I thought it was a really great finish.
Like I’ve said, it was the characters that really hooked me. The evolution of the characters and story was extremely well crafted and its fiction like this that I only hope to replicate when I actually find the time to start my book.
Slightly off topic; I tried to watch the film of this after I finished the book and it was so bad that I turned it off. Boring and completely lacking the depth of the story/characters. So I’d fully recommend the book, not so much the film!
I’m finally back on track! Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to keep it that way from now on! Expect June’s book reviews in a couple of weeks! As always in the meantime keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.
Happy reading. 💕📚