Let’s get straight into it, here’s round 2 of my Isolation bookclub, and the next 3 books I’ve been reading to fill my time. Hope you find something you like!
A book that I heard about and added to my ‘to-read’ list a long while back, and have seen it get super popular online so was pushed to add it to my isolation reading list. I tend to read books about characters of a similar age to me, so reading about a young twenty-something girl trying to figure herself, her relationship and her career out in a big city, was somewhat relatable to my own life. I won’t lie, I found the character annoyed me a little in the first half of the book due to certain decisions she made, but as the book progresses you gradually learn more about why she acted that way, and I found myself really understanding her and wholly rooting for the character.
But the aspect of the story that pulled me in feels particularly apt to write about right now. Reading about a black girl and the culture and background she has grown within, is what makes Queenie such an intriguing read. In a world where, speaking from my own experience, not too many mainstream popular novels are based on cultures outside of the typical white American or British realms, and it’s boring! We need to learn about the world around us and the lives that all different types of people are living.
I love learning, and learning about race and culture is something that is so important to do as humans, especially as a white person sitting on a hefty old seat of white privilege. It has very much come to the forefront of our discussions both on and offline in recent weeks due to the tragic turn of events in America, which is unfortunately the tip of the iceberg of this giant problem in our global society. Reading Queenie obviously isn’t going to solve the world’s problems, but its’s a truly great read, written by an intelligent black woman who deserves her voice, and wonderful writing, to be heard. I’d wholly recommend, particularly for a 20 or 30 something females out there who can relate to some of the struggles she faces, whilst learning about another culture simultaneously.
Next up is a thriller/ who done it read. It follows the persecutive of a few different voices, which if you’ve read any of my previous book reviews you will know I love. The story follows an investigation of a missing teenage girl, and explores the family, friends and one particular witness who saw her on the day she went missing.
This was a quick, easy and relatively gripping read, and the ending was totally unexpected, but almost to a point where I felt that it didn’t fit properly. The vibe of the book felt very much like that of an ITV police drama, which is telling seeing as though Teresa, the author, is a journalist first and foremost. So if you love a police drama, I think you’ll like this, but I also don’t think it’ll blow your mind.
Probably writing this review for no one other than myself as I must be the LAST person to the party on this one. I’ve seen this pretty instagram-able cover floating around online for ages and now I bloody well know why. It’s deliciously digestible for it’s interview style format, meaning I gobbled this up within a single weekend, which is very quick for me as I usually drag books out over a week or two. I just didn’t want to put this one down. Taylor really pulls you in hook, line and sinker to swim in the ‘Rock n Roll’ world of the 1970’s and MAN is it a fun place to be.
The book starts off with the reader learning about who exactly this ‘it’ girl Daisy Jones is, and follows her tumultuous journey through the 70’s in L.A and her musical journey with Rock’n’Roll band of the decade, The Six. As I mentioned, the book is written in an interview style format, so we hear the viewpoint of all members of the group, which is a format I love, and means some juicy opinions and secrets along the way. I had to check myself that this wasn’t based on a real band at first as Taylor makes it all feel so real and raw, but it is indeed a fictional band. If you’re intrigued by the sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll vibe of the 70’s, then you will love this book. And Amazon prime have commissioned as series which is sure to be EPIC if it manages to capture a vibe anywhere close to that of the book.
And that’s a wrap with Isolation Bookclub number 2, I have a feeling it won’t be too long until I’m back with the next instalment, my reading isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and I’m totally here for it!
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