I have recently read two books which have shattered me to my very core. I can’t say I enjoyed either book, as they were both disturbing and utterly wrong. But both were well-written, and the incredible tension meant that I could not stop reading. They introduced me to a certain type of story I haven’t heard before, and definitely have so much to offer, despite their confronting nature. Feel free to read ahead, but know that there will be some spoilers (not many, but this is not a post to read if you like going into novels blind) for My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent and Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed.
7 books in seven days again! Woooooooo! My Absolute Darling and Murder on the Orient Express were favourites, plus I adored Heaven, which was a friend’s recommendation! I also thought Shannon Hale’s Real Friends was just lovely – so overall a very good reading week! 🙂
My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent (4 stars)
This book has been described by Stephen King as a ‘masterpiece’. And it is definitely an incredible book. Hard to process at times and terrifying in its intensity, My Absolute Darling is a devastating story of surviving the toughest circumstances. Turtle is the main character – a fourteen year old girl who is a bit of a loner. Her father is a misogynist and a survivalist – it scared me how intelligent his voice was though. Every time his character spoke, I felt stupid for not believing the same things he did (despite him obviously being an arsehole). He belittles Turtle constantly, and at the same time tells her that she is the only thing that makes his life worth living. But then Turtle makes friends, and her life changes. She becomes more confident, and willing to face up to the wrongs occurring in her home.
Be warned that there is definitely some family abuse in this novel – of many different kinds. It is confronting, but powerful. Martin was the character I found most fascinating – probably because I can see traits of his in so many people I know. What really hides beneath the surface? This book is one that you sometimes have to walk away from, sometimes need to reread, sometimes need to sit intently until the horror is over. Everybody will find something to take away from this book.
Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu (3 stars) Read more
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book enthusiasts can show off their newest additions to their collection!
Nine new books – oopsy! I also placed a big Book Depository order this week, so that will start arriving soon!!! I am having a ban in place for August though – no money will be spent on books AT ALL!
Book Club Picks:
- My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
This book is critically acclaimed and it is my work book club book. Absolutely can’t wait to get stuck in (have to finish it by Tuesday!), as I have only heard incredible things.
- Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
This is not technically a book club book yet, but I’m hoping I can persuade my group to pick it up for next month! I’ve never read an Agatha Christie, and with the movie coming out I really want to read this one ASAP!
Literature to Young Adult: Read more