Recently I’ve been making more time to read and I’m really happy about this as I’ve discovered some really good books over the past few months. Here, I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you as I would really recommend you pick them up.
“The Power” – Naomi Alderman
“The Power” is a really interesting novel and unlike anything else I’ve read. The story starts by women all over the world acquiring the power to shoot an electric charge from the fingers and the book then chronicles the effects that this has on the world – where women have become stronger and able to fight against repression. At the beginning the power seems like an amazing thing to have but you quickly realise the issues it causes. One thing I did find about this novel, however, it is quite a short story set over a period of nine years and across several countries which sometimes made it seem disjointed and lacking flow. Despite that, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian fiction or books with strong females.
“Wilde Like Me” – Louise Pentland
I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure about this book before I bought it. I’m a huge fan of Louise, who has the YouTube channel SprinkleofGlitter but not usually a whole fan of this sort of chick-lit genre. However, after reading some reviews I picked it up and I’m so glad I did. The story about the main character, Robyn Wilde, and her friends and daughter, left me with such a happy, cosy feeling. It was easy to read but I was impressed with the writing, as this is Louise’s first novel, and I’m excited for the sequel.
“The Wonder” – Emma Donoghue
This novel was also unlike something I’d normally read but I picked it up as it sounded intriguing. The story is set in Ireland in the 1800’s, in a very small, bleak village. Much like Emma Donoghue’s previous novel “Room” it had a sense of claustrophobia, achieved by her talented writing. The book begins with a mystery and turns into a story of a young girl who needs help, with themes of mental illness and anorexia. I did find the ending a bit predictable but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
“Lion” – Saroo Brierley
I don’t often read non-fiction but I really enjoyed this book. It follows the story of a man who was once an orphan in India and was then adopted by an Australian family, and his journey to find his original home using, incredibly, Google Earth to search for landmarks he remembered. This is an amazing and unbelievable story which is really emotionally moving.
“The Muse” – Jessie Burton
I was a big fan of Jessie’s previous book, “The Miniaturist” so I was really excited to pick this up and I actually love this book even more. It’s set both in 1960’s England, and 1930’s Spain, which is on the brink of war. I don’t want to give to too much away about the plot but I find all the characters are all really well written and it’s a mystery that has you guessing from the first chapter. It’s full of twists and turns that make you want to keep reading but it was also the sort of book I didn’t want to end. This would definitely be my top recommendation and I’ll certainly be going back to read it again.