February has been a bit quieter for reading, as I have moved back to my home in London and have found it harder to find time to delve into a book in the mornings and evenings. However, I’ve got three books to share my thoughts on this month, which are Where The Crawdads Sing, Girl, Woman, Other and Such A Fun Age.
Where The Crawdads Sing
A clear favourite over the last year, as shown by the amount of messages I received after posting this on my Instagram saying “I loved this book!” or “This was one of my favourite reads ever!”. So, I had high hopes from the beginning.
And it didn’t disappoint! This book offered a really detailed, gripping story of Kya – or ‘The Marsh Girl’ – and her life as an outsider. The story follows her life and how she navigates her world, living in a shack and having to fend for herself from a young age.
With stories of friendship, family, romance and even crime thrown in too, it’s a really great book to get lost in. The author, Delia Owens, does very well to make you really connect with Kya from the start, and that made it a lot easier to finish the book pretty quickly as you just want to find out how it ends and where Kya’s life takes her.
I was fully gripped right up until the last words. Would definitely recommend reading this if you haven’t already!
Girl, Woman, Other
Now, I’m still not really sure where I stand with this book. I was saying to my friends that I think I would have enjoyed and been gripped by this book more if I’d previously read a book of a similar style. It took me a good while to get used to the fact that there is no punctuation or capital letters in the book, and I did miss having a clear storyline running throughout the whole book.
Nonetheless I did enjoy this book, as it offered so many different perspectives of twelve women living in Britain. The individual stories captured so many different elements of life across various generations, and really did highlight many important narratives and goings on in society.
I struggled to get into this one but overall I’m glad I read it and, as I said, next time I read a book of this style I should hopefully get into it quicker.
Despite my difficulties, I would recommend giving this a read. You can grab a copy of Girl, Woman, Other here.
Such A Fun Age
Another brilliant read this month. Such A Fun Age has everything you could want in a book; the relatable stories of being young, a gripping story that you just can’t put down, and hints to topical issues that really make you think about things.
The story follows Emira, a 25-year old babysitter, and her experiences of work, friendship, race and money. It was a really well written book and was very easy to finish in just a few days as you just want to know more as it goes on.
I would highly recommend giving this one a read! You can grab a copy of Such A Fun Age here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my second monthly reads blog! I didn’t get to the books that I wanted to for February, but on my list for March I have:
- expectation by Anna Hope
- Olive by Emma Gannon
- How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right by Pandora Sykes
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