Sunday, 27 March 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - That's what she read

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope you're all knee deep in chocolate eggs right now. I've just finished a gorgeous lamb lunch and am currently in a food coma. Normally this would be nap time but I'm heading to see Deadpool again tonight and I'm super excited about it. I'm in need of some fun right now. This has been a week of big decisions and even bigger emotions. I'm having to put up with a lot of shit at work and it's really fucking depressing. Still, I've soldiered on and managed to finish two books this week. The second one I started yesterday evening and finished this morning so I'm feeling pretty damn smug right now. I just need to decide what I'm reading next. Thankfully, I haven't bought too many new ones this week. Hopefully, I can cross another off my TBR soon.

Recently Finished
  • 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
I liked this book but I felt it didn't live up to the hype. I mean it's a good narrative and portrays the struggles women face with their weight remarkably well. However, I just couldn't connect with it completely. Maybe it was the structure or the multiple narrators but I just felt too much distance from the main character to really connect with her personal struggle. Still, it was a depressing read that adequately touches on an important subject. Maybe I just wish Awad had said something a little more meaningful or powerful at the same time?
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
An incredibly quick and easy read. It centres around a mass shooting at a high school and is told from the perspective of four people involved. Two of whom are in the outside wanting to help and the others are in the thick of it. All four know the kid at the heart of the matter and, whilst also dealing with the emotional and scary situation at hand, must confront their relationship with the shooter. It's a YA book so it's not exactly hard-hitting or complex. The chapters are short and there is very little real psychology at play here. Doesn't delve as deeply into the shooter's thoughts or the real consequences of the event as I'd have liked. Still it was an emotional read but incredibly simple read. 

Recently Purchased
  • Glamorama by Brett Easton Ellis
The writer of Less Than Zero and American Psycho here tackles the seedy underbelly of the fashion world as a young man gets caught up in political plots. This is the novel that Ellis has suggested was the inspiration for the film Zoolander causing him to attempt to sue the film makers back in 2005. After the sequel came out I decided it was time to buy a copy.

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