It’s been forever since I actually sat down to review a book fully and attentively. Sometimes I start, then don’t like the flow and stop. Sometimes I don’t even know what to say. But I do always keep a running Excel spreadsheet with my reading details and a one-liner review of every book I read, SO I thought I would turn them into a few “tweetable” reviews! (I refuse to count 140 characters out, but I will keep it as close to one sentence as possible!)
Note: These are not all the books I’ve read recently, but a good selection of them for sure!
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – Ever wondered what would happen if you went back and changed some of your life decisions? Rich story combined with amazing artwork. READ!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Can’t believe I waited this long to read it. Characters to fall in love with and a story to pierce your heart.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty – A smart, sassy look at the death industry. New territory for me. I NEVER want to be embalmed.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – Like spending time with old friends. Rosie wasn’t my favourite, but Don was just as lovable and Gene became one of my new favourites.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona – SO glad this book exists. Muslim teenage superhero, written with so much wit, snark and heart. Great art, great story, just all-around great!
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – I can see why King is the master. This didn’t scare me as much as I’d hoped, but his writing is fantastic and his atmosphere is spot on. More please!
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – I only wish I knew about women like Moran when I was younger. Before this book, I wasn’t 100% sure what “feminist” actually meant. Now I believe it means that I deserve to be in control of my own life and have equal rights. The end.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I preface this by saying I have a “momish” sense of humour. Parks & Rec, SNL, etc are lost on me. But I laughed out loud reading this. Poehler has a universally funny and smart voice. Lots of fun.
The Gallery of Lost Species by Nina Berkhout – You will be hearing about this, I’m sure! A beautifully written story; written by a Canadian, set in a rich Canadian locale, featuring the unstable relationship of two sisters through their lives. There is a backdrop of museums and mythical creatures. Releasing in March – put it on your list!
And that’s it for today! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought!