February Reads

Some Advance Reader Copies (eARCs and ARCs), via Bookbridgr and Netgalley, included. They will be marked with an *

February was a weird month reading wise; I started off well and then hit a wall toward the end of the month. This was partly due to a bout of physical exhaustion and partly because I was struggling with The Chosen Ones* by Steve Sem-Sandberg, a book I have decided not to finish.

You may spot a theme or two in my February reads, I seem to be having a moment with feminist non-fiction and mystery/thrillers.

February Reads

All The Rebel Women by Kira Cochrane

All The Rebel Women: The Rise of the Fourth Wave of Feminism provides an overview of fourth wave feminism and how it came to be. In just over 70 pages, Kira Cochrane discusses some feminist history, rape culture, online feminism and the importance of intersectionality.

While a lot of the information and statistics are UK specific, it is still an excellent introduction to contemporary feminism. A must read for those who are looking to explore feminism, but aren’t sure where to begin.

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Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Find Her by Lisa Gardner. Advance Reader Copy (ARC), from Headline, via Bookbridgr included.

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Flora Dane was kidnapped and kept captive for 472 days before she was found. Much of that time was spent in a wooden coffin. Flora has spent the five years since her release readjusting to her life. This isn’t easy because everything has changed. Flora isn’t the same person she was before she disappeared. She is a survivor.

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Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon

Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon. Advance Reader Copy (ARC), from Hodder & Stoughton, via Bookbridgr included.

Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon

Hot Feminist written by journalist Polly Vernon is part memoir, part fashion guide and part wannabe guide to modern feminism. Polly Vernon’s main premise is that it’s possible to be a feminist and be interested in how you look. It is possible to be feminine and a feminist. But we knew that already, right?

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January Reads

Some Advance Reader Copies (eARCs) via Netgalley included. They will be marked with an *

I read more books than I review individually on the blog, so I thought I’d do a round up at the end of each month. Starting, obviously enough, with my January reads.

January Reads

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

I’ve already written a full review of The Versions of Us so I won’t go in to too much detail. It’s an enjoyable and well written story about fate and love. If the moment two people meet never actually happens will their paths cross further down the line?

This central question is used to weave three alternate narratives for Eva and Jim. This is definitely a book to read in the physical form. I read it on my Kindle and found not being able to being able to flick back and forth, when I needed reminding of which timeline I was in, incredibly frustrating.

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

 

he covers her mouth.

That’s how you get a girl to stop crying; you cover her mouth until the sound dies against her pain.

Romy Grey is doing her best to simply get through the days. Romy has been raped. She has also been branded a liar by almost everyone in town. School is unbearable. Her escape is her job at a diner outside of town, where no one really knows her.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.

I first watched Susan Cain’s The Power of Introverts TED Talk a few years ago and have re-watched it many times since. It played a significant part in my acceptance of being an introvert and dealing with everything that entails. As a result, I was really looking forward to reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

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The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

because he is old enough now to know happiness for what it is: brief and fleeting, not a state to strive for, to seek to live in, but to catch when it comes, and to hold on to for as long as you can.

The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett is a story about fate and love. What if the moment two people meet never actually happens? Will their paths cross further down the line?

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marueke Nijkamp is published on January 5th. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Told through the eyes of four students This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is an unflinching look at what it’s like to be caught up in a high school shooting. As the tagline states, everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

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Best Books of 2015 + Giveaway

I made a conscious decision to read more books written by women this year, so it’s hardly surprising that my best books of 2015 list is comprised solely of women.

I’ve read and enjoyed many books, both fiction and non-fiction, but these six affected me the most. Some made me laugh. Some made me cry. Some did both. They all made me think. They all made me want to seek out people who had read them so we could discuss the stories at length. They are all books I know I will re-read and that’s the sign of a great book for me.

Best Books of 2015

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