12 Book Reviews in 12 Sentences

I can’t believe we are heading towards the end of February already. I’ve managed to read 12 books so far this year and I thought it would be a good idea to review every single one of them! For the sake of laziness brevity, I’ll condense each review to one sentence per book.

1. “Er ist Weider Da (Look Who’s Back)” by Timur Vermes

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Not as funny as I thought it would be, but a great premise and it was unbelievable scary how some of Hitler’s speeches in this novel are Trump-esque.

2. “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

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I was completely beside myself after reading this novel and did a lot of public crying on Sydney’s trains while reading this novel.

3. “Before I Was Yours” by Virginia Macgregor

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An unexpectedly comprehensive story about adoption that made me feel all of the feelings on the emotional spectrum.

4. “Archie Appleby: The Terrible Case of the Creeps” by Kaye Ballie

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Probably the best example of a kid with anxiety who is prone to jumping to conclusions about the stranger extended family members.

5. “Jamaica Inn” by Daphne du Maurier

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A little bit scary and surprisingly really violent, but a well written story by one of my favourite authors.

6. “Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors” by Peter Acroyd

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Very detailed, comprehensively researched and well written, but unfortunately not enough focus on the “normal” people (those that weren’t royalty or connected to royalty) and their daily lives.

7. “How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran

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All teenage girls need to read this novel – I think I laughed so hard in some places because I related so much to this story.

8. “Lives in Ruins” Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson

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This book made me want to become an archaeologist – even though it’s clearly (partly) a warning against taking it up as a profession if you ever want to earn money and have a relatively stable family life.

9. “Foxglove Summer” by Ben Aaronovitch

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Probably my favourite book in the Rivers of London series – a seamless novel with perfect pace and as always in this series, plenty of laughs.

10. “Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice” by Colin Renfrew

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A really good starting point for beginners in archaeology – or just your every day archaeology enthusiasts!

11. “Fifty Shades of Feminism” by Lisa Appignanesi

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Two reasons why this book is worth reading – 1. Feminism and 2. The copy I found in the book story was wrapped up, as if it had some dangerous ideas inside.

12. “Skinny Liver: Lose the fat and lose the toxins for increased energy, health and longevity” by Kirstin Kirkpatrick

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Definitely the self-help book I needed to read on New Year’s Eve.

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments section – try to keep it to one sentence!

The Bookish Week in Review 27/09/2015

I’ve trawled the internet for interesting bookish news stories, so you don’t have to!

  1. When I was a little girl, my grandparents ordered the Reader’s Digest books and fed my love of reading. I’m living proof that this story about grandparents helping their children love reading is spot on.
  2. I almost jumped out of my chair when I read that Amy Schumer signed a massive book deal. Will it be even better than Tina Fey’s Bossypants? The excitement is real in this one.
  3. I don’t know what to think with this story, on one hand it’s great that McDonalds are trying to encourage kids to read by giving them a book with their happy meal… on the other, this isn’t helping the child obesity and diabetes crisis in the UK (which is starting to sound very similar in Australia).
  4. I love a good Shakespeare mystery, even better when it’s to do with the Great Plague. I guess I could be thankful that the plague happened, otherwise my favourite play Hamlet wouldn’t have been written? (So morbid. I know.)
  5. This is probably the funniest story I’ve come across all week. The model giving Fabio a run for his money – he’s been on 414 romance novel covers. The interview is HILARIOUS.
  6. It wouldn’t be TBWiR if I didn’t mention Harry Potter. A fan has created Lily and James comics from questions asked on Tumblr. 
  7. Still on Harry Potter… Pottermore has been re-vamped (I’m in Ravenclaw) and J. K. Rowling has published yet more back story, this time on the Potter family. Her Majesty has also confirmed that Harry Potterand The Cursed Child will be in TWO parts.
  8. How cool are these Games of Thrones inspired tattoos?

Do you have any tattoos inspired by literature? Let me know in the comments below and if they’re appropriate for the internet, I would love to see photographic proof!