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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

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Never Going to Happen in my Case!

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Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Not only is this a fantastic character study, but it gives great insight to the immigrant experience. It's swifly moving to 'book of the year,' status. I love it and want to savour it for as long as I can.

Reading progress update: I've read 286 out of 321 pages.

The Power - Naomi Alderman

This just got really disturbing. I'm glad I'm near the end.

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Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 321 pages.

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Wowh, the power is changing some women in a way I never saw coming.

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Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is a book I've wanted to read for a long time. I read the sample a long time ago and really liked it, but for some reason never read anymore. I decided to rectify that when I Ianded on the booklikes-opoly square below. I'm very much enjoying it already.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

What can I say about a book like this? More to the point, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I highly doubt I can add anything original, but I can tell you what I thought.

 

I fell in love with the work of Steinbeck when I read and loved Grapes of Wrath. Although that was very different in a lot of ways, there were certain similarities, such as the power of the narrative and the deprivation that was highlighted.

 

Of Mice and Men may have been less than 100 pages, but that had no bearing on how powerful it was. In some ways I think it had a more immediate impact on me than Grapes of Wrath did. Maybe that's becuse of how sad it was. Maybe.

 

The story, as I'm sure you all know, is about Lennie and George who go searching for work and end up in a ranch in California. While there a situation arises that calls for a dire solution.

 

Unbelievably I came to this book knowing very little about it and I think that benefited me. It meant I could experience the story, characters and themes without bias.

 

From almost the first page I felt hugely sympathetic to Lennie. Although George was exasperated with him a lot of the time, his friendship towards Lennie was one of the things that impacted me the most. The way in which this friendship was tested was shocking and brutal but at the same time beautifully handled.

 

I loved everything about this short work, from the deprivation Lennie and George endured to the diverse range of characters. If you haven't read this you need to rectify that, now. I read this for:

 

Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 321 pages.

The Power - Naomi Alderman

I'm reading this for a feminist book club I'm going to next week for the first time. The story is about how the young women of the world have developed the power to inflict pain or even death. This power is causing a seismic shift in the balance of power. Men are going down!

Currently reading

Truly, Madly, Guilty - Signed/Autographed Copy by Liane Moriarty
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Progress: 20%
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Progress: 42%
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Progress: 100%