MARCH + APRIL READS

Reviewing the books I've read in March and April 2018

It's early May and this seems like a good time to review the books I've read in the past two months.
Don't you think so?

Today I'm going to review six books - one of which was really, really disappointing.

Here are the prompts I chose in March and April:
• A book made into a movie you've already seen
• A childhood classic you've never read
• A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
• A book by a local author
• Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: a book about an interesting woman
• A book about feminism

NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆☆☆
I read the first book of the Twilight series earlier this year and I completely fell in love with it.
And this second part was as good as the first in my opinion - read my review of TWILIGHT.
New Moon starts with Edward leaving Bella - for her own good.
Bella is devastated and depressed of course, and she'll need months to recover from it.
She will feel much better thanks to Jacob, with whom she has some kind of love/friendship.
As I've already mentioned in my first review, I love Stephenie Meyer's writing.
I think it's well written, told and described.
I literally suffered with Bella while Edward was gone but also fell in love with supportive friend Jacob.
I really enjoyed reading about the new characters, the werewolves and the fascinating Volturi.
After reading New Moon, I spent hours reading the back stories of these vampires and even watched short films about them.
The Twilight world is so interesting and fascinating - and I already can't wait to read book 3.

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl ☆☆☆☆
I borrowed the book from the library and it was a really quick read - just a couple of hours one afternoon.
I am a huge fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda but had never had the pleasure to read this one.
I remember watching the film starring Anjelica Huston when I was little but had no idea it was originally a book by Roald Dahl.
I enjoyed following the adventures of this little boy, who finds out about witches.
The relationship with his grandmother is also so endearing and precious.
Reminds me of my badass grandma!

THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood ☆
Guys, I am so disappointed with this one...
I had so much high expectations and it left me completely unsatisfied.
Everybody around me loved it - and I feel like a total outsider.
The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel taking place in the Republic of Gilead.
In a nutshell, Offred is a Handmaid, whose role in this new society is to bear children for infertile couples.
I found this novel boring, but I don't like leaving a book unfinished so I continued reading even if it really annoyed me.
I just couldn't engage with any of the characters - not even the protagonist, and wasn't keen on the writing style either.
My last hope remains the Hulu TV show with Elizabeth Moss.
Is it any good?

L'ENSORCELÉE by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly ☆☆
L'Ensorcelée, or Bewitched, is a novel by 19th-century French writer Barbey D'Aurevilly.
It tells the story of a young woman, married to a farmer ruined by the French Revolution, who falls in love with a priest.
One thing you should know is that I am not a fan of reading books in French.
It is my first language but I have been reading in English for years, and I feel more comfortable with it.
It sounds more flowing to me - and I secretly wish I was English!
The book was ok - I liked reading about familiar places since the story is set in Normandy, where I live.

ANNE BOLEYN: THE QUEEN OF CONTROVERSY by Lacey Baldwin Smith ☆☆☆
I have always been a huge history nerd - especially British history and royals.
I'm the proud owner of a Queen Elisabeth teacup and Duchess of Cambridge coasters.
I also have a beautiful Henry VIII's six wives mug which I love.
My favourite wife is definitely Anne Boleyn. Has always been.
She is fascinating in so many ways, and that's why I picked this book for the prompt "a book about an interesting woman".
When I got this book, I first thought it was historical fiction - like Philippa Gregory's books.
It's actually a biography with lots of historical and political references and footnotes.
I found it very interesting, even though I am not an expert in Tudor politics.
It's a good read and I recommend it if you like Tudor history.

SLUT!: GROWING UP FEMALE WITH A BAD REPUTATION by Leora Tanenbaum ☆☆☆☆
Slut! was a really interesting book on slut-bashing.
Along with her own experience, the author collected accounts of women who were called sluts, and either the subject of rumors, threatened, or harassed because of sexual double standard.
This book resonated with me because I experienced slut-bashing in my late teens.
It was a hurtful experience which really affected my already low self-esteem and trust in people.
Some accounts are heart-wrenching and brought back painful memories, but it also reminded me that I wasn't alone.
I like that the author not only blames teenage boys and men in general for slut-bashing, but also girls/women because they can be much worse to each other.
I think this is definitely a must-read, both for young boys and girls.

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