Monday, 18 July 2016

Weekly Wrap Up #13: Finished

Hello! I am back in the very sunny and hot UK and AM DONE WITH MY YEAR ABROAD.

That’s right: finished, fertig, fini, finito. It is so lovely to be back in the UK and I’ve already managed to catch up with the majority of my friends. Now I have to confirm final plans for the birthday party this weekend and also get ready to go to Paris!

In terms of books, I have done pretty well this week.

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  • A Little Life - Hanya Yanigihara
A Little Life follows 4 male characters after they move from college to NYC and become successful in their respective fields. They are all close, but nobody really knows anything about one character’s (Jude) past, and throughout the book you discover more and more about Jude and how he interacts with the different people in his life.

Now that all sounds okay, but be warned: this book is over 700 pages long, is deeply harrowing, and contains just about every form of abuse possible. The list of trigger warnings for this book is a long one, and I do not say that lightly.

I finished this last Thursday and I am still trying to process my thoughts on it. I will eventually write up a review for you to read, so stay tuned.

  • Girl Up - Laura Bates

I won this from Maximum Pop! Books after taking part in their giveaway and I was so excited to sit down and read it. When I eventually did, I finished it in one sitting.

Girl Up is written by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and is basically a comprehensive guide to feminism. It covers a massive range of topics such as body hair, sex and consent, porn, body image, equal pay, sexist jokes, vaginas, and intersectional feminism. It also provides information on how to start a successful campaign and also a lot of contact details for various charities and support lines related to issues mentioned throughout the book.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and I loved the illustrations, I just wished it had been available a few years ago as I was experiencing my feminist awakening. Everything is explained excellently, it’s just I already knew it. It would be a great book to give to my younger teenage sister and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Started

  • In A Dark Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

In A Dark Dark Wood is told from the perspective of Nora, who is invited to the hen night of her old best friend who she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Having not been invited to the wedding, this comes completely out of the blue and the mystery deepens when she decides to actually go.

I have been so excited to read this book, especially since A Woman in Cabin 10 was published at the end of June. I’m currently 3 hours into the audiobook and I’m hooked - as you would expect from a crime thriller. I got it as part of a daily deal on Audible and is so far excellent - Imogen Church narrates and is fantastic at differentiating between characters using just her voice, which I think is really important when you’re listening to audiobooks. I can’t wait to continue listening and find out the answer to all my questions!

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I hope you all had a wonderful week and weekend!
Love to you all,
Zoe