I hope you’re doing great.
How is it time for another monthly wrap up already? March flew by!
For this series I’ve decided not to write mini reviews for each book, but instead an unbiased summary of the book. I’ve included my ratings of them as a guideline into how much I enjoyed each book. 😊
11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Caitlin Doughty
Thoughts: This is a brutally honest look into the American Funeral system and discusses in detail what happens at a funeral home. Doughty talks about how death is accepted and celebrated in many cultures around the world, yet the Western world shys away from it. She discusses the unnatural “natural” embalming process, funeral directors upselling to grieving relatives and gives readers an honest insight into what working in a crematorium consists of. This read isn’t for the faint hearted, but it’s definitely an important one. It may remind readers of our impending mortality, but it also takes away the uncertainty surrounding what happens when we die.
12. The Friendship Cure – Kate Leaver*
Thoughts: A book that will make you grateful for every single friend you have in your life, whether that be one or a hundred. It discusses every form of friendship you can encounter – romantic, bromances, female friendships, work mates and also toxic friendships. It emphasises the importance of having good friends in your life and how they can help with our mental health. The book also discusses the importance of getting rid of the toxic people in your life.
13. The Familiars – Stacey Halls*
Thoughts: A historical novel set in the 1600’s, based around the Pendle Witch Trials. If you love historical fiction and witches, this is the book for you. It follows Fleetwood and her determination to not miscarry and be with child. Alice, her midwife becomes imprisoned, accused of witchcraft. Fleetwood oozes feminism in a time where this was seen as a wife being outspoken. Let’s not forget how beautiful the cover of this book is.
Review: To follow
14. Jack of Hearts (And other Parts) – L. C. Rosen*
Thoughts: An LGBT+ book that focuses on a teenager called Jack who is gay. He writes a sex advice column for his friend’s website and becomes the talk of the school. His sex life is notorious and always discussed in an over exaggerated way. The column is his chance to set things right, but instead it attracts a stalker that doesn’t like his choice in men.
Review: To follow
15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Thoughts: An absolutely magical book that follows five children into the notoriously famous Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Beautiful and hilariously written, Charlie experiences the Oompa-Loompa’s songs and the comeuppance of what happens to naughty children. A book that will make you crave chocolate and wish you could visit the factory yourself.