Thursday, 3 May 2018

What I Read: April

Hey there!

I still can't quite believe we're in May, summer is on the horizon and hopefully we're heading for a well deserved hot summer where we can move from sofas to picnic blankets to enjoy our favourite books in the sunshine.

Four months into my 2018 reading challenge, i'm still feeling pretty on track as i've read 17 out of the 50 books i've targeted myself to get through this year. Hooray! So what did i read in April?

1. Misogynation by Laura Bates (***)
"A collection of essays from bestselling author and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates."

This book brings together essays from the Guardian newspaper by Laura Bates and yep, this book definitely spoke to my feminist side. There's so much in the media at the moment highlighting many issues faced by women, whether it's gender equality reports from big corporations, the #metoo campaign, ongoing high profile court cases or just women speaking more openly with friends about everyday sexism, and this book brings together all of that and more. It definitely is a book that opens your eyes and is one you'll be reciting examples from to friends, because there's definitely still a long road ahead.

2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (****)
"Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love."

I bought this book so long ago and it's been catching my eye on my bookshelf for some time. I even remember picking it up to read it several times and putting it back because i wasn't quite sure i wanted to fall into a YA love story just yet... And i'm glad i kept it for when i was feeling poorly, because it's a really cute pick-me-up kinda book. It's not just text either, there's diagrams and lists and IM dialogue which are fun and bring the story to life. You just want Madeline and Olly to make it, and i definitely felt the anxiety of will he break her hear or is the risk with first love! I won't spoil the ending, although i did feel it was a bit of rush to the finish line, but then again i'm the one who read this in one sitting...

3. The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden (***)
"Jeff Haden knows what many people don't: that success is less about searching for motivation and more about muddling through until you achieve something motivating. (Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg)"

I really really wanted to love this book. I mean i liked it. I just thought i would feel a little more motivated finishing it...or perhaps that's not the point!? The first few chapters were really useful, and i found myself challenging my own perceptions of what motivation is. What Jeff Haden is trying to change in our minds is that motivation is not a spark that you need to go achieve your goals, but that you can do it already. It's about breaking it down into smaller milestones to achieve as stepping stones to the longer term goal. I took away some useful notes from the first part, however i couldn't help feeling like i'd heard the second half of the book before from other reading.

4. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton (****)
"After pursuing him for nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, the handsome Colonel next door. But there's just one little problem."

Another month and another Agatha Raisin story! I'm still trying to work my way through the series in chronological order and i had to wait patiently for this one to become available in the library. Totally. Worth. It. Finally, Agatha and James are getting married! As confused as i was as to how the 'little problem' came about, and a little annoyed as Agatha Raisin is anything but was a really fun story once again. If you're looking for a light hearted read, i can definitely recommend the series.

So onto May, and if you head over to my Instagram you'll see the first book i've already started this month...

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