Weekly Reading Wrap Up

Hello Everyone 🖐

This week, we can all agree, has been a difficult and heavy week. We all need to stick together and support each other. If you still haven’t done so, they are many ways that you can show your support to #BlackLivesMatter and to help get justice to George Ffloyd and everyone else by CLICKING HERE, even if you can’t afford to donate, you can still find these resources useful and help by signing some petitions!

You can also show your support by reading and educating yourself, and supporting black authors and black owned businesses. Not only during this time, but always! 

The first book I read this week was a short story, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This was such a quick short read, but one that really packs a mighty punch. I didn’t really know what to expect before going into this one, only that it has been really highly rated. This made me think, not only about women’s right, the real definition of feminism, but how that term can be spread so different over different cultures and races. Which, for a 52 page book, goes to show just how powerful and impactful the writing really is. Why is cooking and cleaning still classed as a woman’s job, when some of the highest and most well know chefs are men? I listened to this book via audiobook format and by doing so it felt as though she was speaking straight to me. Highly recommend!

The second book I read this week was another Non- Fiction and that was Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly this was yet another book that I listened to via audiobook. This was such a good and insightful book to listen to, but I am glad that I did choose to listen to this book as an audiobook, rather than reading to the physical copy of the book. Even though it was very insightful, it would’ve read as very documentary style, which is good when listening to, but come across dry and boring when reading, as you’re reading off just a load of informative facts. Not only do you get the information within this book, by listening to the audiobook version, it brings this informative information to life and makes it more real with the added emotion given by the narrator, that the physical book would’ve lacked. So that’s how I would recommend reading this book!

Check out my book review for Hidden Figures

img_4015Clare Macintosh is an author I have been wanting to read for a while, as a lover of Mystery Thrillers, I have heard great things about her writing and story plots. I am so thankful to have finally read I Let You Go by her, which I have had on my TBR list for a while, as I was not disappointed!! I knew to expect a twist when it came to Macintoshes books’ (which was one of the reason I kept putting the book off), but this book still took me by surprise. Even going into it knowing there was going to be some sort of twist and being on my guard, I was taken completely by surprise. I loved it!!! I was shocked and left thinking WTH and I quickly went back and reread some of the pages to double check what I had previously read leading up to the twist. That’s how incredible the writing was and goes to show how your mind fills in so many blanks. However, that ending, the epilogue especially, was unnecessary. and is what stopped this book being 5 stars. Plus it was nice seeing a book take place near you home town (South Wales, UK) as it’s quite rare to see.

img_4068The fourth book I read this week was With The Firs On High by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is the first book I have read by Acevedo, but will definitely not be the last one. I will give you a trigger warning before going into this book, this book will make you so incredibly hungry!! Food Porn at its greatest! Or was that just me? The writing is so vibrant and beautiful that I felt as though I could taste the words. I found myself snacking, but also putting more care and love into the meals I was making, making more meals from scratch and things I haven’t made before. Simply falling back in love with food again. The story itself was really good and had me wanting to know more. Wanting to know what was going to happen with Emoni and what she was going to do after school is finished. The relationship between herself and her daughter, between her and her abuela and other characters is what made this book, as I cared about the outcome of the characters.

img_4014The Last book I read this week is the book that was the most highly anticipated book on my TBR this week and the one that I do recommend that everybody reads (if you have read it already) and that is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have had this on my TBR for so long by I was so afraid that it wouldn’t live up to everybody’s high build up of it, that I kept putting it off. With everything that has been going on, I wanted to read this book, as I wanted a little insight, even though I know that this is fiction, it’s one of the most relevant books that I own that could do that. It is a powerful read, made even more powerful and heart-breaking by the effects of what’s is happening within current events. This book is a great example of what can happen when you are doing everything right, but that still doesn’t matter, that you still only get judged and suffer, because of the colour of your skin.

The reviews for these books will be coming next week!

What have you all been reading? 

Reading Statistics For The Books Read This Week:-

  • We Should All Be Feminists (E. Book) – 52 Pages     *5 Stars*
  • Hidden Figures (A. Book) – 368 Pages                         *4 Stars*
  • I Let You Go (P. Book) – 371 Pages                              *4.75 Stars*
  • With The Fire On High (E. Book) – 400 Pages           *4 Stars*
  • The Hate U Give (P. Book ) – 464 Pages                       *5 Stars*
    • Total Pages Read This Week = 1,655 Pages 

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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