Books: January


Since Summer I haven't really been able to afford to go on full on Waterstones binges like I used to, which is a good and bad thing I guess. But, as student loan rolled in come January - I couldn't help myself. And then some. I've managed to acquire quite a few books this month, and I didn't actually but them all!

Room - Emma Donoghue

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

I didn't realise unti I saw the movie trailer but I've read this book before a while back. I wanted to re-read before I saw the film but I've already let someone else read it first so that's probably not going to happen. It's written from the perspective of Jack, the 5 year old main character of the book - and it makes it all the more interesting because of his sayings and his immaturity. 

Tape - Steven Camden

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

I've wanted this book for ages, but I've never actually bothered to buy it because there's always something I've wanted more. I'm hoping to get the same kind of feeling as I did with Eleanor and Park for this one - but I tried reading a bit the other night and I didn't really gel with the writing. Hopefully, I can get into it!

Dorothy Must Die Stories - Danielle Paige

This bind-up of three prequel novellas to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die series follows Dorothy Gale as she transforms from good girl to Wicked Witch. Kiss the land where troubles melt like lemon drops goodbye. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magical shoes won’t be able to save you.

I've read the first two books to this series (and am so excited for the third one in a few months) but I didn't know this even existed till I saw it. If you know me, you'll know I love the Wizard of Oz books; they're one of my fave. This is like a mix of Wizard of Oz and Divergent but with a bit of Rainbow Rowell in too. Basically, my perfect kind of book.

The Danish Girl - David Ebershoff

It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.

Again, I didn't know this book even existed before the film. I wish I did though. The story, even if it is quite romanticised, is true and it gets to you let me say that much. I've seen the film a few times now and it gets to me over and over again - so even though I'm excited to read it I'm also scared I'll be a wreck.

The Diva Rules - Michelle Visage

In The Diva Rules, Visage shares her rules and advice for living life to the fullest and finding success no matter the hand you're dealt. With her no-nonsense style and super sassy voice, Michelle tells readers to "Keep Your Shit Together," "Give Good Face," and "Be Thankful You're a Misfit," in addition to 22 other invaluable life lessons on finding your power and sparkling your way to the top.

This book is amazing. I've wanted it for ages (as per every book it seems..) and I'm so glad I got it at the start of the year. I've been obsessed with Michelle since she was on Big Brother, and then I started watching Drag Race and I fell in love. Most of the time when I've been reading this has been spent on trains, whilst I also listen to her and Ru's podcast. Honestly this book has quickly become a favourite - go buy it. 

The Art of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson

Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. 

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. 

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Yet another book I've seen and wanted for ages, but I wasn't too sure about this one. I thought I might have been a bit too old for it - but from what I've read that isn't true. One of my goals for this year is to get clued up on trans issues and involve myself more in LGBT rights and such - so I'm hoping this book might enlighten me even a little.

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