Over Christmas, one of the things I worked on was building up a regular reading time in my day, every day, and it seems to have stuck (fingers crossed!). I got through around four books in the month of December, so I thought I'd write some little baby reviews of what I've read so far, and let you know what is currently in my 'To Read' pile! Let me know if you like this format, and hopefully I can keep this up throughout the whole year to check in.

WHAT I'VE READ:

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
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Spoiler-free review! It hurts me a little to only give this script a three star rating, because anyone that knows me will know how much I love the HP books and how much I love JK Rowling. Having seen the play, I should have known that the script was never going to live up to the experience, and whilst it was so lovely to relive some of the fantastic moments, there's nothing quite like being there. It was an extremely special day and you'll have to trust me, the words on the page are so much more when brought to life.

GONE GIRL
Gillian Flynn

I wasn't sure whether to give this a two or four star review, and that's more or less how I felt about the book. I didn't know whether I REALLY liked it, or just felt ambivalent about it. The writing was compelling in places and once this book hit its stride it became a real page-turner, but the lack of empathy I had for either character kind of meant that the book didn't affect me as profoundly as it seems to have others. I enjoy falling in love with characters and this book was sort of the antithesis of that. Also, I've heard a lot of people were upset about the ending, but it seemed to me about the cleverest outcome. Definitely one I'm unsure about, but I'd recommend it just to be able to hear more opinions about it!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Paula Hawkins

I found this book a lot more instantly gripping than Gone Girl and whilst I didn't like any of the characters (again, it's a story of an anti-hero), the read was a lot more pacy and easy-to-digest. I found the narrative voice a lot easier to get along with than that of Gone Girl, and I also liked how the story was constantly moving - it didn't sit and dwell too long on any one event. It's also, on a side note, a TOTALLY inaccurate representation of Witney, somewhere I lived up until recently, but it's quite endearing to have certain references be quite close to home. I'd say give this a read, if only to find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.

TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH
Warsan Shire

Top marks for this stunning book of poetry - Warsan Shire landed on my radar as a result of being used in Beyonce's 'Lemonade' movie last year, and I'm so happy to have been introduced to her. Her voice is so developed and so assured, so beautiful and haunting and captivating to read, I read through this in around half an hour. Sensual, honest, raw and carnal, the imagery she conjures up is animalistic, familiar and unfamiliar. The experiences she speaks to I feel connected to in some way, the references to Arabic in the language were like speaking to a long lost family member. I consumed this book and would happily do the same with any other poetry of Warsan's I was able to get my hands on.

BLINK
Malcolm Gladwell

I'm almost done with this January read for the book club I'm part of and I have to say that I have loved it! The book discusses in some depth the power of making blink-of-an-eye decisions, of gut feeling and how, very often, it can lead us right. I've found it so interesting and without wanting to spoil any of the book, it has been particularly eerie to read certain passages considering what is happening within American and British politics at the moment. A very thought-provoking read and a nice, digestible length so the concepts aren't too lofty or intimidating. Pick it up if you'd like a non-fiction read!

WHAT I'LL BE READING NEXT:

SWING TIME
Zadie Smith

THE MUSE
Jessie Burton

GIRL UP
Laura Bates

6 comments

  1. I really need to read Harry Potter and the cursed child! I have read the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton but not the Muse, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it! I have just finished reading Belgravia by Julian Fellowes and if you are looking for a new book to add to your list then I have written about it on my blog if you`re interested :) x
    misszarabelle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aaah I loved The Miniaturist - it was definitely what led me to pick up The Muse - beautiful cover aside! You should definitely read Harry Potter, just to make your own mind up about it! Thanks for letting me know about your post - I'll take a look!

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  2. I felt quite disappointed with Girl On The Train, especially with that 'plot twist'of the ending, ha. I've been trying to get back onto the reading train, especially with Malcolm Gladwell (his podcast series is fantastic FYI) so maybe I'll have to get a kindle version!

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

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    1. Yeah, I can't say I loved the ending, but I did enjoy the writing more than Gone Girl. Definitely look into Blink - I didn't know he did podcasts!! I'll have to check them out :) Thanks for reading and commenting Cherie!! T xx

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  3. Really great, honest reviews! You really have me gripped with your description of some of these, I'm longing to read them now haha :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Aw thanks so much Elizabeth - do you think you'll be picking up any to have a read? Thanks for commenting! T xx

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