I genuinely cannot believe how far we are into 2016 already. I mean, last year went quickly too, but WOW. And I’m 25 this month D’: Noooooooo.
Still not gonna stop reading YA.
Here are the books I read in April:
1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
Premise: This is the autobiography of Malala, the teenager who, on the school bus, was shot by the Taliban for daring to stand up for women’s rights to education.
It’s difficult to talk about this book because the subject matter is so harrowing. Malala is an extraordinary, brave woman. As someone who has grown up in a privileged country, the regime Malala described was incomprehensible to me – at times, I forgot that I was reading a book about the present day. Some of the laws mentioned were positively medieval, such as females having to find four male witnesses before her rape case could be heard in court.
It was a stark reminder that women still have plenty of battles to fight.
My Rating: 5/5
2. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen.
Premise: A family are living in a basement, most of their faces deformed from a fire from when they lived ‘upstairs’. The youngest son, The Boy, has grown up in the basement and has never had any reason to want to leave – until he begins to realise that some very untoward things are happening down there, primarily concerned with the birth of his sister’s baby.
WE HATES THIS BOOK, WE HATES IT. < Click for review to see why.
My Rating: 1/5
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
Premise: As the title suggests, this book is about the new tenant of Wildfell Hall, whom the main character falls in love with. She has a scandalous (for the time) past that is revealed over 500 pages which are actually very compelling, considering the main character’s secret turns out to be kind of a let-down. It’s definitely made me want to read more from the Bronte sisters, as I loved Jane Eyre as well.
My Rating: 4/5
4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
Premise: In a dystopian future, Alex and his ‘droogs’ rape women and brutalise men for the fun of it. When Alex is caught and imprisoned, he undergoes aversion therapy to turn him into a ‘good man’, but in doing so loses the capacity to make the right choice.
I had seen the film prior to reading this and enjoyed it despite some very unsettling moments. The film doesn’t really deviate from the book, so I did enjoy it but I was more unsettled by the book than I was the film, as you are taken so far into the head of this horrific main character.
At the end of the day, I can’t really enjoy a book if I don’t like the main character. By the end of it I felt like I was supposed to hate the government rather than the protagonist, but he was still an evil murdering rapist, so I didn’t understand how the government’s controversial techniques were supposed to be more evil. At no point does Alex ever do good for the right reasons, regardless of whether under the influence of the therapy or whether ‘cured’.
PS. NEVER realised this was dystopian until Google told me so. I figured it was just people being bastards in the 80s.
My Rating: 2/5
I was hoping to add The Confessions of Katherine Howard to this month’s reads, but sadly didn’t finish it last night as people came over and I had to be social…
Not as many books as usual this month, and no novels that blew me away. It’s my birthday in May and I have some Waterstones vouchers coming, so maybe I’ll find something amazing for next month’s wrap-up!
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