April 2020 Round Up

The one upside to being in lockdown, if there even is one, is that I’ve had plenty of time to read this month.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

  • Author: Cho Nam-Joo
  • Publisher: 14th October 2016, Minumsa
  • Summary: The novel depicts the everyday sexism experienced by Kim Jiyoung from being a young girl to becoming a housewife and stay-at-home mother.
  • Rating: 5/5

Girl, Woman, Other

  • Author: Bernardine Evaristo
  • Publisher: 1998, Vintage
  • Summary: Follows the lives of twelve different characters, most of whom are women, most of whom are people of colour.
  • Rating: 5/5

Queenie

  • Author: Candice Carty-Williams
  • Publisher: 19th March 2019, Orion Publishing
  • Summary: Queenie Jenkins is a young Jamaican British woman living in London and trying to cope after a messy break up with her long-term white boyfriend.
  • Rating: 4/5

The Night Circus

  • Author: Erin Morgenstern
  • Publisher:2012, Vintage
  • Summary: The Night Circus arrives without any warning and disappears as though it was never there to begin with. Visitors marvel at the wonders inside but they know little of the true secrets of the circus.
  • Rating: 5/5

Normal People (Novel)

  • Author: Sally Rooney
  • Publisher: August 2018, Faber and Faber
  • Summary: Marianne and Connell try to maintain their relationship in the face of class differences whilst transition from high school to university.
  • Rating: 4/5

Normal People (BBC TV Adaptation)

  • Network: BBC One
  • Original Novel: Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Synopsis: See above summary.
  • Rating: 4/5

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

  • Author: Matthew Walker
  • Publisher: 3rd October 2017, Penguin Random House
  • Summary: A popular science book about the science behind why we sleep.
  • Rating: 3/5

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March 2020 Round Up

After a slightly slower February, I’m back on track and got through some great literary content this month.

An American Marriage

  • Author: Tayari Jones
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books, 6th January 2018
  • Synopsis: The novel follows the lives of newly-wed couple, Celestial and Roy, after Roy gets convicted for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit.
  • Rating: 4/5

The Chain

  • Author: Adrian McKinty
  • Publisher: 9th July 2019, Orion Fiction
  • Synopsis: Your child has been kidnapped and you won’t get them back unless you kidnap someone else’s. You are now part of the chain.
  • Rating: 4/5

The Trial

  • Author: Franz Kafka
  • Publisher (My Copy): 2009, Vintage
  • Synopsis: Joseph K. wakes up one day to find himself arrested and must find a way to defend his innocence despite being given almost no information about the charge he faces.
  • Rating: 3/5

His Dark Materials

  • Network: BBC One
  • Original Novel: His Dark Materials book series by Philip Pullman
  • Synopsis: In an alternative world, Lyra, a young orphan, goes on a mission to track down her missing friend and ends up discovering the dark secret behind a recent string of children going missing.
  • Rating: 5/5

Noughts and Crosses

  • Network: BBC One
  • Original Novel: Noughts and Crosses book series by Malorie Blackman
  • Synopsis: Star-crossed lovers Sephy and Callum develop a relationship in a dystopian world of racially charged prejudice and conflict where the black crosses rule over the white noughts.
  • Rating: 4/5