How are your goals for the year coming along? One of mine is to read at least one book a month – joining in with Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books. I’ve signed up and organised my Good Reads account and am really enjoying the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram. So how did January go?
January’s choice of book was #GIRLboss by Sophia Amoruso and I was pretty impressed to have it finished it by Sunday 17th January; once I got into the rhythm of reading again I was reminded of just how much I love it. Plus my sister is back into reading, so I think we’re encouraging each other at the moment. In finishing my January choice early I thought I’d opt for a quick-read second book – The Twits by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl was my favourite author growing up but, oddly, I don’t remember reading The Twits. I whizzed through it. Here are my reviews:
#GIRLboss by Sophia Amoruso
I had high hopes for #GIRLboss after seeing it do the rounds on Instagram last year. It started off well enough and I thought I’d learn a lot and be inspired, but by the end I couldn’t help but feel Nasty Gal was this club that I wasn’t cool enough to be a part of – nor did I want to be. While Sophie has obviously done incredibly well for herself, she’s not a character I can relate to and her work ethic didn’t shine for me. I thought the book would give me inspiration and guidance on my career, which it started with, but it was more a story of “I suck at all jobs, got a little lucky and now wear YSL shoes”. Plus, she talks about all these big roles in her company, how she’s hired them and the type of investors she’s attracted, but misses the how or what it was like to relinquish that control as she grew the business.
Hate to say it, but the book was all about Sophie’s agenda and by the end I just felt irritated. There were moments where I nodded along and thought YES, I can do this, but they were too few and far behind and faded as the book progressed.
The Twits by Roald Dahl
There was something about this book that made me smile from start to finish; perhaps because it’s a children’s book, but it took me back to being a little girl and enjoying Roald Dahl’s stories. It’s not a particularly long book to read (I read it in a couple of sittings), but an enjoyable one and I loved seeing the Quentin Blake illustrations as I turned the page.
The story itself made me think of a couple that have perhaps been together for a long time, and now are just mean to each other, picking at every habit but yet can’t be apart. Like when you see an old couple together moaning at each other. Of course without the monkey’s though! I’m so glad I finally read this book, I don’t know what took me so long!
February’s book choice
For the first time, Laura is encouraging everyone participating in #theyearinbooks to read the same book – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. It went on sale on 28th January and the kind folk at Harper Collins gave away 15 copies of the book in preparation for February’s read-a-long… I was very lucky to be one of those 15 and I’m really looking forward to reading it and talking about it with the group. If you fancy joining in that’d be great; it’s open to everyone to join in – the more the better. There will be a Twitter chat on the last Monday of February and Laura will be posting discussion points on her website.
What are you reading at the moment? Keep the recommendations coming and hopefully we can all inspire each other to read more in 2016.
Thanks for reading!