I’ve always enjoyed reading other book blogger’s Top Ten Tuesday posts so thought I might join in this week and share some of the most recent additions to my book collection…
The book I’m probably most excited to read is More Than A Woman by Caitlin Moran, which I started as an audio book last year but then (remembering I don’t actually like audio books) bought a ‘real’ version of instead. I love Caitlin Moran – she is one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud. If you haven’t read her (and don’t mind a bit of swearing), I highly recommend giving her a go
A decade ago, Caitlin Moran thought she had it all figured out. Her instant bestseller How to Be a Woman was a game-changing take on feminism, the patriarchy, and the general ‘hoo-ha’ of becoming a woman. Back then, she firmly believed ‘the difficult bit’ was over, and her forties were going to be a doddle.
If only she had known: when middle age arrives, a whole new bunch of tough questions need answering. Why isn’t there such a thing as a ‘Mum Bod’? How did sex get boring? What are men really thinking? Where did all that stuff in the kitchen drawers come from? Can feminists have Botox? Why has wine turned against you? How can you tell the difference between a Teenage Micro-Breakdown, and The Real Thing? Has feminism gone too far? And, as always, WHO’S LOOKING AFTER THE CHILDREN?
Now with ageing parents, teenage daughters, a bigger bum and a To-Do list without end, Caitlin Moran is back with More Than A Woman: a guide to growing older, a manifesto for change, and a celebration of all those middle-aged women who keep the world turning.
The book I’m most worried about is Come Closer by Sara Gran. This was a much-wanted Christmas present, because I loved Gran’s Claire DeWitt series (plus it’s been out since last June, much to long to wait to buy a book). However, such was my excitement in a new Sara Gran book, I didn’t actually stop to read what it was about. Turns out it’s a horror – not my favourite genre.
There was no reason to assume anything out of the ordinary was going on.
Strange noises in the apartment.
It wasn’t like everything went wrong all at once.
There must be a reasonable explanation for all this.
The book that will probably push me most outside my comfort zone is Talking to the Wild Becky Helmsley, who I discovered on TikTok (@talkingtothewild for those that are on this incredibly addictive app – and if you are and do booktoks, let me know). It’s a book of poetry, which isn’t normally something I read, but I found her poems hit a note with me so I had to get the book.
Inspired by humanity and nature, this book was pretty much launched by a video on social media which resonated with so many people. It is a journey that starts with the whole world and ends with you. These are the bedtime stories we never knew we needed.
I think I’ll stop there (though there are at least five more than I’ve picked up since the first of the year). What do you think, do any appeal?