What I Read This Month: March 2018

I’ve previously attempted to do a monthly reads series on my blog, but after posting a few times I started to feel silly and like they sounded stupid so I deleted them and stopped bothering. But since books are my life and reading is one of my biggest joys, I have decided that I’m going to re-attempt my (maybe) monthly sum ups of what I have read and try my best to review them ( I am by no means a good book reviewer and have no clue what even makes a good reviewer so please don’t judge me to harshly.)

Here we go with my March 2018 sum up…

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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“Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable…
She’s also caught between the guy she SHOULD like and the guy she DOES like. But she doesn’t want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?
Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes…”.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Love, hate and other filters from Readers First and after reading many rave reviews about it I couldn’t wait to pick it up and see for myself just why it was so good. After reading it I can happily tell you it is indeed a great read!

From the first chapter I found Maya to be an interesting character and could tell that this was going to be different from other YA novels I have read. Her struggle to find her own identity whilst also appeasing her parents is something most teenagers can relate to, though her struggle has the added involvement of cultural differences. What really made this book such a new and interesting read was the impact the suicide bombing had on Maya’s life. Being a young Muslim born and raised in her town, Maya is left torn apart by the conflict it causes for her and her family, it was heartbreaking to read the internal struggle she goes through.

Love, Hate and Other Filters was a refreshing and insightful read. I definitely recommend it!

Sourdough by Robin Sloan                                                                                                             img_2334“Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show. When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly”

Another Readers First win, the unexpectedly delightful read that is Sourdough! I found Sourdough to be such a light and easy read, the story is unusual and runs smoothly throughout the book. Lois is a simple character, but not at all unlikeable. I loved the weird and wacky origins of the Starter and the journey it takes Lois on, her life is transformed completely and it makes for a fun and enjoyable read. I only wish there was more involvement of the Lois club!

If you’re looking for something to take on holiday with you this summer, Sourdough would be a perfect choice.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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“Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colour yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.”

I’d seen the advertisement for the theatre adaption of this book many times before receiving a copy of it donated for Spoonie Book Boxes and I’d always thought it looked really interesting so decided to have a quick sneaky read before putting it up for grabs in a book bundle, it didn’t disappoint.

I absolutely adored this book, reading from Christophers point of view was so interesting and at some points hilarious. I found Christopher as the narrator to be easy to like and engage with as a reader. There were some shocking plot twists in his mission to find out who killed Wellington.The journey Christopher takes turns his life upside down and changes it forever.

I can’t really think of anything else to say about this book other than I really enjoyed it, it was easy to read, funny at times and just a generally awesome book!

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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“This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control. Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.”

I’ve read many,many bad reviews about The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I have no clue why it receives such hate as I actually liked it. The plot was unusual and interesting. Henry as a character was complicated and complex, learning about his background gradually helped to understand him as the story went on, admittedly at some points I disliked him ( more towards the end) but his younger self was fun and cocky which I like in a character as it makes them more fun to read about! Clare I found to be annoying for some reason, that feeling only grew as the story went on.

The chapters are divided between the POV’s of Clare and Henry which if you don’t pay attention properly can be hard to distinguish between, as sometimes their narratives sound alike. At some points I found myself a little bored, though the ending picked up and I was drawn back in. In conclusion there were a few negatives, but all in all I liked it. Thinking about it now though, I can see why a lot of people don’t.

If you don’t like long books that require a a lot of concentration, or books written with changing points of view I wouldn’t recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife as it does indeed require an attentive reader, but if you have time and the concentration levels required, then do have a look. As you never know for sure if you’ll like something until you check it out for yourself.

All my love as always, Daniella x x

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