Recent Reads #2

Happy Wednesday my lovelies!

today’s post is a little catch up with what I’ve been reading recently. I’ve decided that this year, rather than posting monthly wrap-ups, I’m going to give a quick review for all of the books I read and posting about them in groups of 9. Here are the next load of books that I’ve read this year. Have you read any of these books? Let me know if you did and whether or not you enjoyed them!

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell
Picked this one up while I was on a little weekend getaway to London at the beginning of February. I have read almost everything Jen has had published and there was no way I could not read this one. It is exactly what I love. Short stories, with some fairy tale inspiration. I loved these stories. Some were dark, some were weird, all were brilliant. I’d absolutely recommend you pick this one up for yourself. 4/5 stars.

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
Maggie Nelson is someone that I have always wanted to read but just never got around to it. Then one day at the end of January I was listening to one of my favourite literary podcasts, the What Page Are You On?. The lovely ladies there gushed about this book so much that I found it impossible not to buy it. The Red Parts is the singular account of the death of Maggie’s aunt in 1969. The case has been cold for decades but now, with the new techniques developed, a new suspect is identified. This is Maggie’s story of the trial. I loved this book so much and now I am determined to read everything that Maggie Nelson has ever written. 5/5 stars.

The Accusation by Bandi
I picked up the Accusation as one of my Reading the World books. I am completely intrigued by North Korea but know virtually nothing about it. This was my first foray into a country that is deadly secretive and completely unknown. The author of this book is still currently living in North Korea which is where the pseudonym Bandi comes from – the Korean word for Firefly – and this started me off on a trail of discovery. Now I find myself completely fascinated and needed to read everything about the country. 4/5 stars

Warcross by Marie Lu
This is a book that had been doing the rounds for ages and I’d read some really great reviews about it. Really speaking it wasn’t something that appealed to me immediately but as everyone seemed to be loving it I decided to give it a go! I am so glad that I did. Warcross is set mostly in Japan and involves the biggest gaming tournament the world has ever seen. Warcross is incredibly well written and the pace kept my nose stuck in the book until I finished it. I won’t give anymore away but I think you should go and read it for yourself, but if you do, let me know so we can gush about it together! 5/5 stars.

How to be Human by Ruby Wax
Brilliant. Loved it. You need to read it. Right now. 5/5 stars. You can read by full review here.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
In all honesty, this was a bit of a cover-buy for me. When I got around to reading the blurb I realised that I wanted to read this short story collection more than I had first predicated!  This is a collection of short stories all entered around refugees that have traveled from Vietnam to America. A truly heartbreaking tale of the hardships of immigration. I don’t think this could have come at a better time for me, especially with the safe of global politics at this moment in time. 4/5 stars.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
I’d seen so many people reading this that it was one of those books that I just had to pick up. While the first essay in the book was good, I felt like I couldn’t really connect with the others. Even though this was a pretty short book, I found it difficult to get through. When I finished the book I gave it 3/4 stars, but thinking about it now, I would probably rate it more as a 2/5 star read. So while not for me I’d be interested in finding out what you thought about it if you’ve read it.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I decided to pick this one up after seeing the second book Waking Gods, was available on NetGalley. I listened to this one on Audible and I think that was a great choice on my part. It’s a full cast production and I love how that enhanced the listening experience. The book is written in a mixed format, with some transcribed interviews, journal entires and news articles. Sleeping Giants is the story of Rose who, while she was riding her bike through the neighbourhood found herself in a giant metal hand. 17 years later she is set to resolve the mystery surrounding the strange and facilitating object. A great read (or listen) and I am very much looking forward to reading the next instalment. 5/5 stars.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This is a book that had been sitting on my shelf for some time. The premise behind the book really intrigued me but due to the 600+ pages of really small text put me off for a little while. A group of lovely friends of mine decided that we should buddy-read it and to help each other through the mammoth task. Bunny is dead. We know that from the very start. The question is, how did we get there? A great read and one that I think I will re-read again in the future. 4/5 stars.


Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

Peace and pages


4 Replies to “Recent Reads #2”

  1. I’ve not read any of these, but I have Warcross on my TBR and I’m excited to give it a go. The main reason I’ve not picked it up thus far is cause I tidied it away into a cupboard I hate when we got new Windows in and I can’t be bothered hunting for it 🙈
    Amy xx


  2. whitreadslit says:

    I don’t generally read short story collections, but you had me at dark, weird fairytale inspiration with The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night!

    Liked by 1 person

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