3 books 3 points
-3 books reviewed in 3 quick bullet points-
Welcome to July’s 3 books 3 points book review! I feel like I’ve done lots of reading over the last few months, however a lot of it has been ‘necessary’ reading for uni and not as much reading for pleasure as I thought I’d be able to get away with…
Having said that, I did manage to get through at least a few books that are happily nothing to do with my course, and have got some more lined up for the coming months! What have you been reading recently? I’d love to know if you have read any of the following, and what you thought!
Let’s get stuck in then…
The Sin Eater** by Megan Campisi
-May Owens steals a loaf of bread and is arrested. As others are sentenced, she waits for her punishment – but is passed by and left in the cell. Others come, and go, and still she waits. Until one day her life changes forever…
-I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. I knew nothing about sin eaters and diving into the book I felt immersed in this world, which runs at a slight parallel to our past. May is a great lead character – her thoughts are quick paced, and her experiences really made me feel for her. Her life isn’t easy, and as the book progresses, we see her take on a weight of responsibility that weighs heavily on her shoulders.
-I really enjoyed the first half of the book, however the second half seemed to lack some detail and felt somewhat rushed. I would have loved to spend more time with May but felt the writing lacked the richness of the first part towards the end. I feel that May as a character is strong, and really look forward to following her in any sequels – hopefully we will learn more about her story in the future!
The Uninhabitable Earth** by David Wallace-Wells
-I’d been wanting to read The Uninhabitable Earth as I’d heard so many good things about it, and I found it really helped to give me motivation to make some changes.
-Initially, the first few chapters are a stark look at the state of the ecosystem and how humans are affecting it. I struggled with the writing style at first – a continuous list of negative facts, which, as the chapters went on, I began to feel a bit desensitised to. The situation is truly terrifying, but I began to feel disengaged throughout the first few chapters. I found it overly dramatic, not in a necessary way, but it rather felt that each sentence had been written as if it was the ‘Worst Thing Ever’ – I felt that this was detracting from the real data, which is terrifying by itself without being hammed up.
-Having said this, the rest of the book was excellent and enough to totally change my opinion. Wallace-Wells does not shy away from the facts and I really liked the references at the end of the book. It’s a hard-hitting read, but one that is sorely needed – constructive suggestions and information that really made me think. It’s not an easy read, and one that I will challenge myself to re-read, and find further value in those initial chapters that initially I didn’t get on with. The second part of the book gives depth and solutions whilst still being truthful about the stark reality of our situation. I’m glad I persevered!
In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
-Out of the blue, Nora receives an invitation to Clare’s hen do – but she hasn’t seen or spoken to Clare in years. Eventually she decides to go out of a sense of curiosity, and heads off to a cabin in the woods. The characters aren’t very deep and seem a bit stereotyped, but each has a role to play in the story.
-I felt annoyed by the characters, the bitching and awkward moments tended to jolt me out of the story. I really dislike awkwardness and nastiness in real life so it took some effort to stay engaged with the characters as the seams started to unravel. However I persevered and was soon trying to tell where they story was going to go. I was glad to see that it didn’t follow the obvious path, there were enough twists towards the end to keep me excited!
-In a Dark Dark Wood was a book that I feel a bit ambivalent about, I suppose. I wanted to love it but the characters didn’t grab me and I felt it lacked some depth overall. I didn’t hate it though, and read the whole thing in one go which I suppose is good! It wasn’t as spooky or dark as I was expecting, but a nice read to lose yourself in for an afternoon!
You can find the last edition of 3 Books, 3 Points here!
** I am a member of NetGalley, where I received this review copy for free in exchange for an honest review.
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