Reading List – January

I managed to read to 4 books this month and I’ve just finished reading Joyland by Stephen King, so compared last year, I’m killing it at this reading lark! The year got of to bad start with reading choices as I really didn’t like Pressland’s The War of Art  and ended up giving my first 1 star review! However the other three I really enjoyed.
The War of Art by Steven Pressland
I’d heard good things about this book but this book turned out to be really disappointing and I hate leaving bad reviews but got absolutely nothing out of this book.. It was way too preachy and Evangelical, he treats his readers like they’re idiots, trivialises mental illness and problems and just basically said the reason you fail is because of self sabotage and in conclusion you’re spiting god. Have you ever seen Donnie Darko and Patrick Swayze’s Fear and Love character? Yeah that what this book reminds me of.  The only reason I finished this book was to see what crackpot thing he was going to say next. Also if you removed the word resistance from the book it would probably shorten it by about 100 pages!!! Also in retrospect Lance Armstrong probably wasn’t his best choice of example! He made it sound like he won all three Tour de Frances whilst he had cancer!
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
I felt the need to read something less egotistical after the War of Art so I opted for The reason I Jump. I picked this up in a charity shop a few months ago and as I have a friend with autistic children I wanted to understand a little bit more. It’s a good book, Naoki answers a series of questions as to why he does things as an autistic person and tries his best to make us understand. The saddest part was how he kept asking us the readers not to give up on them as most of their behaviour which we deem destructive is not controllable and actually hurts them more. The fact that autism is still not really understood by most is a major factor of this. This book gives you insight how some people living with autism feel and want you to understand.
Rating: ★★★

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read this whilst also reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham but it’s so short it literally takes less than an hour to read. It is also one of the best essays I’ve ever read. I feel like this should be given to every teenager to read. I always argue feminism doesn’t just affect women, it affects everyone. Molding people into gender stereotypes in not just harmful for the people, it’s harmful for the future. We’ll never move forward as a society if we keep living with an archaic way of thinking. Feminism has had a kicking over the last year and to be honest it still is, and some people think that campaigning for equality makes you a feminazi who hates all men. I really don’t have time for this kind of ignorant behaviour, if you want my respect and attention then quite frankly don’t be a twat! There appears to be a massive backlash from a small group who obviously feel threatened by sharing the power. Also it’s going to take a while to eradicate centuries of ingrained culture of gender roles etc etc but we just need to keep going, sooner or later we will get there and we will get there.
Rating: ★★★★★
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham
I was kind of put off my this book at first mainly because of the gushing 20 somethings crying over how they related to it, I’m 38 so I figured I wouldn’t relate to it. But I came across a copy in a charity shop and thought I’d give it a go. After all just because it’s written by someone a decade younger than me doesn’t mean I won’t like it plus I really liked Tiny Furniture. But I did like it and I related to it a whole lot. I was even surprised at how emotional it made me at times, Dunham is a talented writer and is not afraid to tell you what she’s thinking or has done with her life, instead of an unabashed, egotistical celebrity type memoir, which you so often get, this was a real human, with real problems, dealing with life and stumbling through like the rest of us.
Rating: ★★★★
These rating represent what I gave on Goodreads, where you can find me here.