January 2018

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Welcome to 2018! My reading target for the year is 50 books so I really set the bar high! There are so many different books I want to read, that if I have any hope of doing so then I need to crack on. Here’s my first set of reviews for 2018:

  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Autumn by Ali Smith
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • Not in Your Genes by Oliver James

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.”


Short, sweet and to the point. I loved We Should All Be Feminists and I loved this one too. This is especially important I think, because I always wonder how I can raise a boy or a girl without allowing our culture’s ingrained sexism and misogyny to influence them. But the most important thing is that they know they aren’t judged and they can do anything that they want to do – it’s about choice.

I haven’t read any of Chimamanda’s fiction work – would anyone recommend it? If her feminist manifestos are anything to go by, then they must be brilliant.

Autumn by Ali Smith

“I’m tired of the news. I’m tired of the way it makes things spectacular that aren’t, and deals so simplistically with what’s truly appalling.


Controversial rating and opinion on this best seller. What on Earth was this book? I didn’t get it at all. Nothing even happened…

It was sold as a ‘Brexit book’ when Brexit was only mentioned a handful of times. Who knows, maybe I’m missing something but I thought it was pretty poor and I had to force myself to finish it. I was really disappointed considering all the rave reviews but I genuinely can’t see what everyone loved about it.

Also, it was the only book that I’ve actually fallen asleep while reading. Sorry Ali Smith fans, but this wasn’t worth the time.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”


A great example of a classic novel which has been on my to-read shelf for ages and when I finally got around to reading it, I questioned why on earth it took me so long.

It’s not a huge book, so in parts, I wish I knew more, but only because I enjoyed it so much that I was thirsty for the story. I loved particularly the emphasis that it’s not about the physical books, it’s about the knowledge and the ideas being passed down to inform future generations.

Any book lover should give Fahrenheit 451 a go. It spoke to my inner bibliophile.

The Radleys by Matt Haig

“To read, to seek, to know.”


This is not the kind of fiction book that wows critics or gets lots of praise for its prose, but it’s definitely up there in terms of enjoyable easy reading. This is actually the first fiction book by Matt Haig that I’ve read after loving Reasons to Stay Alive and I’m will definitely be reading more.

The story was engaging and I finished it in no time. For that reason, I couldn’t give it less than 4 stars. It’s no classic, but it’s a very good escape from the real world. If that’s not what fiction is about, then what is?

Not in Your Genes by Oliver James

“Because the maltreatment was like the air or light in a room, something they were so used to that they took it for granted, it is hard for them to see.”


I could say quite a lot about this book, but I’ll keep is short for my own sanity’s sake. I related to a huge about of this book, and I’ve always been a nurture over nature person so it was like reading a manifesto for my experiences and beliefs. Even if you didn’t experience much maltreatment as a child, it’s a great read.

I was never really interested in science as a kid, but as an adult, I’m thrilled by popular science books. If that’s also your thing, then I’d definitely recommend this.

A great start to a year full of reading! Until next month, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profileTwitterInstagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚