Recent Reads #1

The emergence of e-books has really cemented my love of reading. Back in the olden days (circa 2011, prior to my iPad investment) when physical copies were the only option, I found reading a rather arduous task; particularly before bed, when I had to either juggle a book and a torch or summon the effort to leave the comfort of my duvet and turn my bedroom light off... OK so maybe I'm just lazy, but I'm grateful that technology has highlighted a world that's been largely missing from my life!

Lately I've managed to catch up on a couple of books that have been on my 'you have to read this' list for far too long (Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' and Lauren Graham's 'Someday, Someday, Maybe') and plough through some new releases (Giovanna Fletcher's 'You're The One That I Want' and Robert Galbraith's .. *cough* J.K. Rowling's *cough* 'The Silkworm'). Here are my thoughts on them:

'Bossypants' by Tina Fey

Bossypants is essentially a series of essays written by Fey that cover portions of her life and career, as well as her take on various topical issues. Of particular interest are chapters covering her time as the first female head writer at Saturday Night Live and the creation of 30 Rock. I was already a massive fan of Tina and her work, she has an effortless wit and has a genuinely refreshing take on the world; both of which come through in her writing. I found this book utterly compelling, finished it in almost one sitting and felt an overwhelming sense of empowerment upon completing it. I wish it was longer, I wish it covered SNL and 30 Rock in even more detail, but I know I'll be returning to this book again and again. I give 'Bossypants' a rating of 5/5.

'Someday, Someday, Maybe' by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a debut novel from American actress Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood). Told from the point of view of Franny Banks an unknown actress living in New York, we follow her life through the trials and tribulations of trying to reach success. The book was well written by Graham and contained some of her signature witty charm; I was engrossed by the characters throughout. Although I enjoyed gaining an insight into the world of acting classes and auditions I found the plot to be a little weak, perhaps too obvious from the outset. The book ended on a note suggesting that there was more to come, I definitely hope there is because I'd love to see where Franny's career goes next. I give 'Someday, Someday, Maybe' a rating of 3/5.

'You're The One That I Want' by Giovanna Fletcher

You're The One That I Want presents a classic love triangle. We're introduced to the three main characters: Maddy, Rob and Ben during their childhood and follow their lives via intertwining retrospective accounts from Maddy and Ben. Sadly I found this novel really quite a tedious read. Thanks to some odd time meddling at the start of the book, the plot is guessable from the outset. I found the writing very gushy, melodramatic even. Neither Maddy or Ben had a distinctive voice, their characters were pretty beige and at times it was difficult to tell who's account I was reading. That didn't stop me from detesting both characters, they were pathetic, I found myself wanting to yell at them to 'GET A GRIP' throughout. It's a shame because I generally enjoyed Fletcher's debut novel 'Billy and Me' but in my opinion, this book really doesn't live up to the hype. I give 'You're The One That I Want' a rating of 2/5.

'The Skilworm' by Robert Galbraith ... *Cough* J.K. Rowling *Cough*

'The Silkworm' is the second in a series of crime novels featuring detective Cormoran Strike and his faithful assistant Robin. This time, the plot revolves around an intriguing missing author. I'm not sure that J.K. Rowling can do anything wrong in my eyes, and that's not just a blind gush because of my love for Harry Potter. I find her writing to be so intelligent. It's packed with intricate detail, the descriptions are short yet dense - they provide a crystal clear picture in my mind, which makes reading her novels so easy. The Cormoran Strike series allows her to portray a multitude of distinct memorable characters with vivid voices and personalities. The Silkworm's plot was compelling, it kept me guessing up until the very last moment. Having said that it was a little too gory for me (it induced nightmares) and in terms of pacing, the plot was wrapped up a little too quickly for my liking. I give 'The Silkworm' a rating of 4/5. 

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