Saturday, 4 November 2017

To Siri, With Love & other reviews


To Siri, With Love by Judith Newman*

It wasn’t until I was a few pages in and was wondering why I was struggling to read it did I realise this book was a memoir. When I requested it, even after reading the blurb, I thought it was a fiction book. I’ve written before about how I’m not a fan of nonfiction and memoir books. But after watching Atypical I thought reading this would keep my mind on a similar track and because of this I think is the reason I managed to finish it. Hallelujah!

And I didn’t just finish it, I actually enjoyed it!

I think this is because Judith wrote it in the way she did, it felt like a crossover between an article and a casual chat on her couch. Almost like a long blog post. It’s about her life, her family and more importantly her autistic son Gus, growing up in New York. I enjoyed reading about Gus’ habits and views on life and his relationships with his family and friends.

6/10

Secrets for the Mad* by Dodie Clark

Oh hey, another nonfiction book. My first thoughts were that it made me feel depressed, I wasn’t excited to continue reading because I thought I was just going to spend the next few days in a sad mood. But then I realised that, because of the writing, what I was actually feeling was Dodie’s depression. She probably wasn’t aiming for it to come out that way but it all needed to be shared. The deep, and saddening stories are separated with journal entries, photos, and doodles to give a slight breather in between. It makes it much easier to read instead of having to put the book down because you’ve reached a certain point in ‘feelings’, there’s a cleverly placed image that softens the blow.

I admit I wasn't 100% sure what this book was about, just more YouTube self-help ramblings, but this isn't that. This will probably help a lot of people, unlike the YouTuber books filled with 'how to not be anxious' and 'how to make avo on toast'. (I say that and then I read the section on cooking, at least it's only six wee recipes and not a whole chapter. I admit I did skip this part as I don’t care for recipes in these sorts of books.)

Because of the way it’s written, Dodie’s expression sings through the entire novel. I’ve only watched a select few of her videos as some of the singing ones don’t really appeal to me, but from what I have watched it’s the same conversational storytelling as what’s in the book. Dodie is essentially sitting next to you on the couch telling you her stories, and that’s what makes it less ‘nonfiction/memoir-y’ and so much easier to read.

7/10

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Okay, I feel like I may be one of the last people to read this book but it has been on my list I swear I just have only just gotten around to it. I wasn’t actually aware what this book was about, I just knew a lot of people had read it and loved it. So, I was slightly surprised when I started reading it and it was about a 39-year-old male scientist. I thought it was going to be some lovey-dovey teen novel.
These are the best kinds of books I find. Ones that are totally different to what you thought they were going to be (well obviously if they’re totally different in a good way).

Don never seems to get a second date so he starts The Wife Project to er well obviously find a wife, but instead meets Rosie and she ‘throws his life into chaos’. The story follows the next few months where Don using his scientist brain helps Rosie try and find her biological father and the way, in return, she changes his routine and they fall in love cue 'awh-ing'.

8/10

Moxie* by Jennifer Mathieu

I literally felt like I was getting feminism shoved down my throat for most of the book so I wasn't hugely into that. Everything that could go bad in terms of 'boys are better-make me a sandwich-girls suck' type thing did go wrong which was sort of annoying. But other than that it was an alright story, girls were kicking ass so of course, I was a fan! I don't really see boys enjoying this but I doubt they're the target audience. If you're a girl and feel like a quick YA read about girls fighting for girls then go for it.

6/10


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I have to say I took a little while to get into this book, I wasn’t really sure what it was about apart from that lots of booktuber’s raved about it, so when it started I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Then Etta was introduced and her violin performance drew me in, and then the magic started. It initially reminded me of A Darker Shade of Magic, just with Nicholas and Etta instead of Kell and Lilah. But obviously the more the story evolved the more I saw it wasn’t that.

When I told people it was about time travel they assumed a science fiction type book, however, this feels more realistic and fantasy at the same time. Obviously, time travel is fantasy but the way the story is told you legitimately feel like it could be happening now in real life, it’s described so effortlessly and not totally absurd that you wouldn’t believe it.

I really enjoyed the story, however, I felt the pacing was off. The beginning was too slow and it, therefore, took a while to get into the story. The middle was perfect, everything ran nicely and gave you enough time to take in all the details and understand what was going on. Then the end was a mess, I was 40 or so pages from the end and nothing end like had even happened, I didn’t understand how they were going to end it with that few number of pages. But, then everything happened and it just felt rushed and nothing like the rest of the book. Seriously a disappointment.
Although having loved the rest of the story I have bought the second book, Wayfarer, and it’s on its way to me now!

9/10


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