I promised earlier in the year that I would blog monthly about what I’ve been reading and share my book reviews. I’ve left this one a bit late but April wasn’t a busy reading month for me. We spent two weeks overseas and normally I read a lot when I travel, but not this time! I still read two crackers and one that was a bit rubbish. Honesty is my policy!
I adored this book when I first read it and I decided now that book three of the series has been released I’d go back and begin again. The His Fair Assassin series covers a variety of genres – YA, historical, fantasy, paranormal. Grave Mercy is the story of Ismae, a young woman raised by an abusive father in rural Brittany in the 18th century, who flees to the Convent of St Mortain and is trained as an assassin by the sisters who reside there. Her work takes her into the court of Brittany and the political manoeuvring and intrigue surrounding the ruling family.
If you love a book about a tough heroine who also has a softer side, or you enjoy a novel with a historical back drop, this one is for you. Don’t miss the sequels – Dark Triumph (equally excellent) and Mortal Heart (I cannot wait to read it.)
This was a super quick read that I enjoyed a lot. I confess I don’t know a lot about Mindy Kaling’s comedy work and I’ve never seen the US version of The Office but I’d heard good things and I read this in a day over the Easter weekend. I find memoirs hard to describe as generally you choose them based on whether that person interests you. Mindy is funny (as you’d expect) but not overly hilarious but she isn’t writing comedy material, it’s about her life. I found myself nodding along with many of her stories and anecdotes and I liked that she keeps things fairly light. The end section of the book is a bit tacked on and out of place, but overall a good beach read and a definite must if you are a fan. I’ve since watched the first series of The Mindy Project (very fun viewing) and I’m looking forward to reading her follow up book Why Not Me.
I’d just finished Mindy Kaling’s book and I thought another memoir from a young Hollywood woman wouldn’t be much of a departure. Well, I was wrong.
It’s not that I didn’t like it. I did. In parts. I love Lena Dunham’s show Girls and I love how she has been so successful at such a young age. But…I just didn’t relate to her at all. I don’t mind oversharing, I don’t mind gory detail. But everything was so affected. She was just so into herself. I chatted to a friend of mine about it and she said “but Ros you are the wrong generation!” I’m not sure, I’m only six years older that Lena Dunham.
So would I recommend this book? Sure if you are interested. It’s a series of chapters about her childhood into her early 20s. I wished there was more about her trajectory from dead end retail job to successful screen writer with her own TV show on HBO but there was not much about that. Maybe you might connect with one of her stories, I’m sure many have. Just not me.
That’s it- just three books for April. Several more on my night stand though. I’m currently reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry for book club. I won’t get it finished in time for the meeting but I’ll finish it hopefully by the end of the week. Sewing is a main theme of the book which is great! I’ve also started The Girl on the Train but it hasn’t gripped me yet.
What are you reading?
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