FacebookGoogle PlusInstagramLinkedInTwitter
‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

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!

Cover of Everything Beautiful is not RuinedCover of Growing Up Asian in AustraliaCover of Strange the DreamerCover of Charlotte's Web

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!)

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i