Five books this week – an improvement on last week! I adored Rosie Waterland’s Every Lie I’ve Ever Told and Not Just Lucky – both brilliant female memoirs which inspired me to live my best life! I’m really into non-fiction at the moment. I reread Nevernight which was just as brilliant as I remembered.
Not Just Lucky – Jamila Rizvi (Australian author) (4 stars)
A brilliant book about the experience of being a woman in the Australian workforce. It has inspired me to re-evaluate how I interact with other people in my job, how often I apologise for not being able to do things quickly enough, and it has inspired me to consider talking to people about money (something I am not very comfortable with…). Jamila Rizvi’s style of writing is accessible and interesting; it feels like you’re having a wine with a good friend and she is giving you some incredibly valuable life advice.
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (Australian author) (5 stars)
Not sure what else there is to say about this absolute masterpiece. If you haven’t read it already, do yourself a favour. Mia Corvere is an incredibly protagonist, and the Red Church is like a Hogwarts for assassins. DO YOU EVEN NEED TO KNOW MORE THAN THAT?
Geektastic – Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Eds.) (3 stars)
A collection of short stories about the experience of being a nerd. It was a fun read, with comics mixed in between the short stories. The Quiet Knight by Garth Nix was my favourite; it was about LARPing! One thing I particularly loved about this collection was the bio about each of the authors after their story, taking care to mention their nerdy pursuits. A really great collection for anyone who loves anything geeky or nerdy; find your tribe amongst these authors!
Gilded Cage – Vic James (3 stars)
It’s a futuristic Britain, and everyone must endure ten years of slavery for a magically-skilled aristocracy. Luke’s family is torn apart – his parents and two sisters are assigned to work in a noble house, while he is separated from them and sent to a hard manufacturing plant. The nobles are terrifying, wielding savage power and lording it over their slaves in their own pursuit of power. Rebellion is on the cards, and Luke must decide how much risk is too much. This book was enjoyable and intriguing, but it is a series I would consider borrowing from the library rather than keeping on my shelves. Thematically, it was really interesting and the world-building was pretty cool. The characters were really well-rounded, if very creepy… It was the writing style I struggled with a little; for me, it didn’t do the story justice.
Every Lie I’ve Ever Told – Rosie Waterland (Australian author) (5 stars)
This is a truly incredible biography. Rosie intersperses chapters about the biggest lies she has ever told with her experience of her recent mental breakdown. I particularly loved reading her chapter about her abortion – it was so refreshing to read about an experience where the woman was not emotionally scarred nor were there any moral repercussions. All of her lies build up to the final one: ‘I’m okay’, the lie that led to her overdosing on caffeine tablets and ending up in hospital. It is a truly honest memoir, told in brilliant prose, and I would recommend this to everyone. There is no need to have read Rosie’s first memoir, The Anti-Cool Girl, and while that is also excellent, I believe Rosie’s non-fiction writing has truly coming into its own here. All young women should read this book for its honesty of the experience of being a young women.
What have you been reading this week? What have been your favourites?