Monday, 21 September 2015
Instagram Book Reviews Three
Another round of mini book reviews, and a lot of non-fiction this time. Here's what I've read over the past couple of months. See my instagram for more book reviews.
Two Terry Pratchetts - Interesting Times and Jingo. These are definitely easy comfort reading for me as it's been a tough couple of weeks. Both dealt with 'foreign' parts of the Discworld - one pseudo-Chinese country and the other Middle Eastern. I probably preferred Interesting Times of the two - one of the Rincewind stories which was more lighthearted. Jingo was a little too heavy handed with the racism-bad message (yes, we know people who look different from us are really just like us!) but it was still a good read, with some great moments.
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. Ugh, I really wanted to like this. I had wanted to read it for a while and was hoping it might inspire my healthy living kick post holiday, but to be honest it was just a bit boring. I felt like it lacked substance and every chapter was just 'your body is amazing' over and over without any really inspiring or helpful advice. Sorry Cameron, I do love you otherwise!
Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick. This book was fascinating. A tough read in places about the lives of North Korean defectors, but such an interesting look at an area of the world and of history I know nothing about. One of the best books I have read this year.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. This was the latest book club book, and one I have read before but not for about 15 years. It's a family drama, which is not my usual genre, but the writing was fabulous and really draws you in. It was interesting how many of the 'clues' to the family secret revealed at the end which I picked up on second time around but the first time readers didn't. It could definitely do with a family tree though because I definitely lost track of who was who!
One Summer - America 1927 by Bill Bryson. I have been a huge Bill Bryson fan, ever since my dad lent me A Walk In The Woods when I was about 13 and said 'you should read this.' Although I love his travel writing the most, I did really enjoy this book about all the events of the summer of 1927 which changed the world. He did a great job of pulling together a lot of different strands of history, and weaving them together so they felt like one cohesive narrative, and I also learnt a lot about early aviation and baseball!
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was worried this was going to be a bit of a damp squib after all the hype but I absolutely loved this book! The memoir of a woman who hiked the Pacific Coast Trail solo, she doesn't shy away from any of the gruesome detail (lost toenails - eek!) but still manages to make the story uplifting and gripping.