Guest post: 5 mini reviews
Guest Post : Emily Meade
Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here is a mini-review of every book I’ve read so far – books 51 – 55!
51. Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
If I had to describe this book in two words, those two words would be ‘wilderness camp.’ The book is kind of split between past and present, and both are really interesting – the past is all about our MC’s mother who used to be an opera singer, and lots of complex family dynamics. Then we cross to the present, which is like a wilderness survival camp. I haven’t heard much response in the blogging world but it’s worth a read!
52. Growing Up Asian in Australia edited by Alice Pung
This is a fantastic anthology. The stories are by turn sad, inspiring, funny and fascinating, and it was wonderful to get a glimpse into some really incredible lives lived by Asian-Australian people. Heart-breaking to hear about all of the racism, though. (Note that this anthology also includes South-Asian stories; Indian Wonder Woman was my absolute favourite!)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this before. In Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor transports you to Weep, where characters invade others’ dreams and a citadel hangs above the city. It’s so out-of-this-world it’s hard to describe the scope of it. There’s also a lot about the nature of good and evil, and I loved how this was explored.
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
I felt like something short and quick, so I went back to this childhood favourite. Who doesn’t love a humble pig?
- Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I know a lot of people loved this, but I honestly wasn’t a huge fan. Plus, it had the most obvious and frustrating reveal of all time. But it involves some summery vibes, and a job at the local museum, which was pretty interesting.