<p>Hi there! I’m Bailey, a mid 20’s gal from New Zealand. I like travelling, baking, reading, crafting, my friends..... annnnnnnd I’m terrible at talking about myself! Hope you enjoy reading along!</p>
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It - Lauren Graham This short book is an expansion of the 2017 commencement speech Lauren Graham gave at her hometown Langley High. It covers her thoughts on how our expectations of the great moments in our life don’t end up the way we expect, and on the flip side, moments we consider failures or unimportant are just as constructive to us.
This book was just so so for me. But I think a lot of that was due to me setting myself the wrong expectations. I did enjoy the writing, and will definitely aim to read more of her books. I think I didn’t allow myself to focus on the message enough and maybe read a bit too quick and too distracted. But the message didn’t have much meaning for me.
I would give this book a 5/10. But not because I didn’t like it, just because I didn’t take anything of it. However I would probably give it another go with a bit more focus too.
#lauren graham #in conclusion don't worry about it #current read
Vox - Christina Dalcher Vox is a novel set in America in the not so distant future where a religious uprising has taken over. Church and State have become one and the same, and the result is extreme restrictions placed on all females, preventing some of what we view as our most basic human rights. The story follows one woman’s journey with this, and the governments dawning understanding of the impact of their choices.
This book was a bit of a rollercoaster for me with regards to how much I was liking it/enjoying it. I LOVED the concept of this book and was very excited to read it. However, I don’t think I was a big fan of the sequence of this book, or the way things were explained. Also, by the end, I did find it a wee bit difficult to follow in parts, I feel like there was a bit of a ‘leaving things unsaid’ vibe, when I would have appreciated a bit more being clarified! That being said, I did enjoy the book - the subject matter was too compelling not to. And I found certain aspects of the main characters personality very real and relatable, which to me is a always a sign of good writing.
I would give this book a 7/10. Worth the read if the subject interests you, but if not, probably not worth it.
#vox #christina dalcher #current read
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline The latest book club read was Ready Player One and was picked by Shannon. This novel is about a treasure hunt embedded within a video game which has almost overtaken reality. There is little you can not do in the OASIS (the new virtual reality) that can be done in the real world, and the OASIS provides endless opportunities that the real world can not. We follow our main character Wade’s journey through the OASIS as he tries to uncover the clues to win the ultimate prize.
This was a pretty good read. I wouldn’t have thought a book about a video game would really have been my thing, but it caught me pretty quickly - and I must say the treasure hunt aspect did appeal to me. And although at times there was a lot of gamer/historic references that made it quite clunky to someone uninformed such as me, I also did enjoy the creative ways the gaming subject matter was tied in with other aspects of the overall challenge.
I would give Ready Player One a 7/10, quite a fun read!
#ernest cline #ready player one #book club #current read
Shot - Staying Alive With Diabetes - Amy F. Ryan This book serves as more or less an autobiography of Amy’s journey with developing Type 1 diabetes. She was diagnosed at the age of 29, and the book details her journey from point of diagnosis, and through the many trials and tribulations that followed: starting on insulin injections, high blood sugar, low blood sugar, pregnancy with diabetes, starting on an insulin pump, infection, diabetes complications, as well as the constant stress and worry of living with the disease.
This book was cathartic for me. It started out eerily similarly to my own experience with diabetes. This resulted in me crying my way through most of this book - as it is not always an easy subject to read about, and for me it was things I have, or will in the future experience. This book made me feel not alone, while all the while explaining to me how alone I will always be in this respect. It is well written and I think entertaining, even for those who don’t relate on such a personal level.
This book was a 10/10 for me, and something I am so happy to have read. Admittedly, I think if you don’t have diabetes it may not rate as highly - however, still a great read, and definitely something to read if you have, or know anyone with diabetes.
#amy f ryan #shot staying alive with diabetes #current read #type 1 diabetes
My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout This novel shares tidbits of the title character’s life, from early childhood, through to much later life. A big focus is put on a time when she has a stint in hospital, and her mother comes from out of town to visit her. The story delves in to her relationships with various people, and the impact that one’s upbringing can have on a person.
I was not sold on this novel. However, I read the whole way through thinking it would win me over in the end. No such luck. Although I did not hate it to read, I was left feeling very unfulfilled - like every part of her life was just lightly alluded to, and never actually revealed for what it was. And considering the whole book was her describing parts of her life, it felt disappointing to not really know much about it at all.
I would give this book a 5/10, but wouldn’t really recommend anyone read it. It was perfectly fine, and far from un-enjoyable page to page, but I’m not really sure what the point was.
#my name is lucy barton #current read #elizabeth strout
Animal Farm - George Orwell Animal Farm is a classic novel, which is one of my favourite genres. This short book is about a farm where the animals overthrow the farmers and become the owners and workers of the farm. Orwell wrote the book hoping to warn the world about the dangers of communism.
I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would, but I didn’t mind it. 1984 is one of my top five favourite books so I suppose I had quite heightened expectations. I did feel it did the intended job well, and was well written as far as the underlying warnings around communism.
I would give Animal Farm a 6/10, but I think definitely a good read for those interested in history or politics.
#animal farm #george orwell #current read
Things We Never Said - Nick Alexander The latest book club read was picked by Dee and was Things We Never Said by Nick Alexander. The novel reminded me of PS I Love You, as it was about a widower who had been left taped messages by his late wife of ‘things they never said’ while she was alive. He learns new truths about her, as well as her perceived truths of him.
I didn’t mind this book, but I can’t say I was particularly taken with it. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likable or relateable which made it hard to get in to, and I didn’t find the pace particularly captivating - for me, I was able to easily put it down, and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to it.
That said, I would give it a 6/10, still a nice enough read. Lost points for me on lack of quality characters (in my opinion) and the predictable ending.
#things we never said #Nick alexander #current read #book club
Red Clocks - Leni Zumas My latest read was Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. This story follows four main characters (The Biographer, The Daughter, The Wife, and The Mender) as they navigate new laws wherein IVF is illegal, abortion is illegal, and adoption laws are becoming stricter. Each character faces a different challenge in this new world where women are being further oppressed.
I really enjoyed this book. I think some would say it is slow going, but I found the amount of detail put in to each characters psyche and story very intriguing and it was definitely a book I wanted to keep reading more of. I would say this book is more of a thought piece than a story, as I felt less compelled by the daily comings and goings of the characters, and much more interested in the bigger world issues being discussed, and the potential they posed, as apposed to the then and now impact on the four characters.
I would give this book an 8/10. Very worthwhile read, and I would love to read more books by the author and/or more books with similar subject matter.
#red clocks #current read #leni zumas #women's rights
Manhood - Terry Crews Manhood is classified (in my library) at least as a non-fiction book, whereas for me it was more of a biography. Terry details his life from early childhood through to present, with a focus on lessons he learnt along the way about women’s rights, what it means to be a man, and life in general. The book provides insight to his experiences in the NFL as a professional athlete, his foray in to art, his career in acting - both film and television, and his life as a family man. (What a talented guy!!).
I enjoyed this book, I found it very interesting, especially seeing just how much passion he put in to the multiple different aspects of his career - seeing as I know him primarily as an actor. However, as I mentioned earlier this did read more for me as a biography, than an educational or self help book. In saying that, I did feel there were a lot of valuable and poignant lessons to be learned from the book, I just didn’t feel the writing drove the lessons home as much as they could have, or as much as other similar books I have read did.
I would give this book 7/10, definitely an interesting read if you are a fan. And I would be interested in reading further from Terry Crews in future.
#terry crews #manhood #current read
The Fever Code - James Dashner The Fever Code is the last book in the Maze Runner series. In this installment we come to understand what life was like for Thomas and Teresa and co. before the maze, and learn more about the infamous WICKED. However, as we search for answers, not all of our fears are invalidated…
It was good getting back to our original characters in this book, much easier to get in to than The Kill Order. That being said, this book was a bit slow going for me, which I guess is to be expected, given all that goes on in the first three books, and then this book is sort of just a planning stage, effectively all set in the WICKED complex.
The Fever Code was a 7/10 if I’m being generous - which I am today. I’m glad I saw it through to the end, but the first three are definitely superior to the prequels.
#the fever code #james dashner #current read #maze runner
The Kill Order - James Dashner The Kill Order is the fourth installment in the Maze Runner series. It serves as a sort of prequel, and we join new characters as the sun flares hit the earth, followed by the release of the virus. This world is shrouded in fear and mystery as the survivors try to understand what has been unleashed upon them, and what the various groups who are rumoured to be combating it are doing.
The Kill Order was definitely a step down from the previous books for me. I didn’t find it very gripping, and wasn’t in any particular hurry to read it. I did really like the idea of a prequel for this series, and it was definitely interesting to hear how the start of things all went down. However, I think for me it was too big of a change from the previous books, with very little link to the characters we had come to know, and I think incorporating a bit of both character sets would have been more enjoyable.
I would give this book a 6/10. I will continue to read the rest of the series, but I definitely feel the writing in the Thomas/Teresa parts of this story was better and drew me in more.
#the kill order #the maze runner #james dashner #current read