Recent Reads #19

In a previous post, I renamed ‘Weekly’ Wrap-Ups to Recent Reads, as I feel like that reflects the timescale between posts more accurately!

As ever, today I will briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last post in approximately fifty words.

1. It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

The aim of this collection of essays is to give that voice back to Muslim women to speak about their experiences, which is so important and I found this collection really insightful and thought-provoking. It covers topics like mental health, the dominance of white feminism, sexuality and misrepresentation. Four stars.

2. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

Full review here. Four and a half stars.

3. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

This was a re-read, but I’ve changed my thoughts quite a lot. Now I’ve developed my feminism more, I can see that this collection doesn’t really address intersectional feminism enough and the grouping of essays based on theme lead to some sections feeling repetitive. It also didn’t really offer anything new, but is still an important conversation starter for new-found feminists. Two and a half stars.

4. Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood 🧠⭐️🏳️‍🌈

I really loved Wood’s debut, with its beautiful, evocative writing and heart-warming romance and I always love to see more YA historical fiction. Luckily, all of these seem to be common features of Wood’s writing, with this witty and tender interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice becomes even more rounded and brilliant, making this a standout story. Four stars.

5. Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman 🧠

This book and I just didn’t click. I couldn’t connect to the characters, felt like there was a lack of actual plot, with just ‘shocking’ moment after ‘shocking’ moment instead. One and a half stars.

6. Batman: The Dark Knight, Vol. 3: Mad 🧠

This was a re-read for my N.E.W.T.S, as I really enjoy this dark, twisted and gritty version of the Mad Hatter and enjoy the art style! Four stars.

7. The Future by Neil Hilborn 🧠

Again, this was a prompt for my N.E.W.T.S, as it’s my friend’s favourite book. I really enjoyed this short poetry collection, which tackles themes of mental health, relationships, travel and music. It has such an important and powerful message at its core and I can easily see why my friend loves it. Four stars.

8. With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

Once again, Acevedo captured me instantly with her engaging and amazing writing. She creates such strong characters like Emoni, whose voices just feel so real and captivating. This is a warm and rich book centring around motherhood, identity and food. Four stars.

9. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

My thoughts have changed so much with this re-read, as I now love Enne and Levi! I need to catch up before starting King of Fools and really enjoyed my second visit to New Reynes, which felt really atmospheric and thrilling. The political aspects and the inter-gang dynamics were interesting for me and the ending was so intriguing. Four stars.

10. King of Fools by Amanda Foody ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

I was instantly hooked with the breakneck speed of the plot and the heavier focus on the politics of this fascinating world. All the characters were so much more developed and I loved the feminist aspects. The LGBT+ representation, girl gang vibes and that explosive ending made me even more excited for the next instalment! Four stars.

11. I Wish You All The Best ⭐️🧠🏳️‍🌈

Ben and their story will stay with me for a long time. Straight away, this book gets to you with Ben’s tense coming out to their parents, before delving into Ben’s subsequent journey. Deaver has a beautiful writing style that I flew through and all their characters were likeable and voiced authentically as teenagers. Four stars.

Which books have you read recently? What did you think of them?

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