In February, I welcomed in my 25th year of being! Now I’m 24 and officially in my mid-twenties, I couldn’t be happier looking ahead and seeing wonderful books in my future! I’ve really found my *love* and it’s so much fun sharing it with you. So here are my February book reviews:
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
- Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
- Artemis by Andy Weir
“I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.”
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. I do like the occasional ‘who-dun-it’ style book, but I tend to find them a little disappointing because the culprit never seems to be enough after a whole book a speculating. I didn’t feel like this with One of Us Is Lying. Plus, we all know by now that I have a real soft spot for Young Adult!
The characters were pigeon-holed into their cliques at the beginning and the drama of the novel shows the reader that there is always more to a person than any label that has been placed upon them. I think the book also serves as a timely reminder that you never know what’s going on in a person’s life, so don’t always jump to conclusions.
“There were no reasons so mighty that they could override the desire to be in accord with the tides and the passage of seasons and the rhythms underlying everything around me.”
Who hasn’t heard of this by now? Well before I knew it was being turned into a film by Netflix, I saw the trilogy featured on a table in the sci-fi section of a bookshop and they coloured me intrigued. I plunged into the first one and didn’t regret it.
It’s a strange one because I normally hate it when all my questions aren’t answered but this wasn’t the case here. The story worked and felt neat. It’s always refreshing to have a book full of women just being people, rather than being defined by their gender so that was a real plus. I do plan to read the other two in the trilogy at some point, but I didn’t feel the need to drive straight into the second one – take that as a good or bad thing depending on your reading style.
Nicely written novella and perfect for a sci-fi lover or someone who likes an odd dip into the genre.
“You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male; you have to change the structure.”
This book was so confusing for me! I really couldn’t decide how I felt about it. Look, from one side it was great. I love a book that can explain the ingrained patriarchy in our society, and there were moments of brilliance to it. It’s formed of two speeches made by Mary Beard so it’s not long, but I can imagine they were good lectures.
However, here’s the stick: it wreaked of white middle-class feminism. I can’t speak on behalf of other races but as a working-class woman who was one of the first in my family to go to University, it felt a bit elitist. I know she’s a professor and that’s what these lectures were all about, but the book doesn’t contribute to the intersectional feminist movement as I thought it might. Ultimately, for me, the message was fogged by this. There are better examples of feminist literature that don’t fall into these traps.
“How dare you call me lazy? I’d come up with a scathing retort but, meh, I’m just not motivated.”
I was really torn between 3 or 4 stars but went for the lower because of a couple of reasons.
Firstly, this is a really enjoyable book. I did like it. As with The Martian, the mix of science, humour and painfully relatable human experience worked very well and if you enjoyed Weir’s first novel, you’re likely to get along well with this one.
But it wasn’t perfect or as good as The Martian. My main problem was that every so often, the main character, Jazz, just didn’t seem believable. Maybe this was because she was written by a man, but her quips and jokes sometimes seemed forced and kinda cringe. It was a shame that because of this, the story had a tinge of ‘hmm’ to it.
Thanks again for reading! I’m hoping eventually to catch up properly with my book reviews but as always, life can sometimes get in the way! Until next month, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.
Happy reading. 💕📚