First third reviews

Happy Monday, friends!

The past couple of years, I’ve been doing round-ups of my reviews every four months as a way to ensure I’m reviewing every book I read. The reviews are usually fairly short (or they get their own post), but it’s still a way for me to get my thoughts out.

So, here are all the books I read from January to April!

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book and it was a great start to the year. It’s a fairly slow, contemplative book, more about a young Indigenous teen going about his life than anything fantastical. So if you’re looking for a fantasy-heavy novel, this won’t be the one for you. But if you’re more interested in learning about Indigenous life and culture, especially urban Indigenous life, I think you’d enjoy this. It’s very sad and hard, reading about Jared’s life. But it’s also beautiful in its own way. It was really well-written, and Jared and his family and friends felt like such real people. I am definitely looking forward to finishing this series at some point.

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe: 4 stars

This book was just so much fun and I had a great time reading. A bank heist turned hostage situation? A girl with a secret identity and sketchy past? A sapphic romance? This book is literally everything I could have wanted. It requires a large dose of suspension of disbelief, but I didn’t care because I was having so much fun. This is the type of book I would recommend to anyone stuck in a reading slump, because it’s just so fast-paced and ridiculous.

Fault Lines by Emily Itami: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was different than what I was expecting based on the Goodreads synopsis; the synopsis suggests it’ll be a story about a woman having an affair, with the focus being on her affair. It was much more about our narrator, however, and her inner thoughts and struggles. I loved her introspection and her thoughts on motherhood, her childhood, her relationship and affair. While I was looking for something dramatic and messy, I was happy with a look at her messy inner life. I typically don’t love books about motherhood, but I thought this one was really well-done as it’s so obvious Mizuki loves her children, and most of her unhappiness comes from her marriage rather than any resentment towards her children. It was really sweet, tender, and touching. I also really enjoyed the ending. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

The Project by Courtney Summers: 4 stars

This was another fairly fun and entertaining read. It’s about a girl whose sister has been recruited into a cult-like organization, and who tries to investigate the organization to get closer to her sister. I like cults, which is why I was interested in this book. And overall, it was pretty good! It was a little slow, but it was interesting enough that I didn’t mind. The cult was interesting, and I liked reading about them and the people involved. The narrator was pretty good, if a little young-feeling. My biggest complaint is that her transition from questioning the cult to being in the cult happened fairly quickly, and I wish there was some more leading into that. Overall, nothing groundbreaking, but definitely worth the read.

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder: 4.5 stars

This book was so. good. It follows a Japanese island where, every so often, the people there forget specific things. The narrator, an author, learns that her publisher doesn’t forget things and is therefore in danger of being found by the Memory Police. The concept is so interesting, and I thought it was really well-executed. It’s so well-written and compelling. I did not want to stop reading it. I loved the characters and how they navigated the forgetting. My biggest complaint, and the reason this book is 4.5 instead of 5, is that the ending is a little rushed. I wanted just a little bit more. But overall, I cannot recommend this highly enough.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: 5 stars

Like with all her books, I don’t really have much to say except that I loved this. It was so well-written; Mandel’s writing is probably my favourite, and this was no exception. She also just has such a way of making anything interesting. As with all her books, though this is a book about a Ponzi scheme, it is much more about the human condition and people and their flaws. It was just so good. I was enraptured by this and didn’t want to put it down. I would have read it all in one night if my partner would have let me. If you haven’t read Mandel before, I cannot recommend this enough.

So, there are some of the books I’ve read this year so far! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Ally xx

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5 thoughts on “First third reviews

  1. I adored Fault Lines, so I am glad to see it getting more love. I feel like I’ve seen pretty middling reviews for The Project and The Memory Police, so it was nice to see that you enjoyed them. I have been putting both of them off, but now I am much more inspired to pick them up.

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