Wrap Up: November 2018 or Genre Fiction is the best

I had a pretty horrific month, personally. But my reading recovered from the abysmal month that was October, which is at least something; within 10 days I had read as much as I had read in the whole month before.

Books I read in November:

  1. The Outcast Hour ed. by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin: 3 out of 5 stars
  2. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson: 4 out of 5 stars
  3. Vengeful (Villains #2) by V. E. Schwab: 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor: 2 out of 5 stars
  5. Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  6. White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews: 4,5 out of 5 stars
  7. Wild Fire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
  8. Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1) by Mirah Bolender: 3 out of 5 stars
  9. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: 4 out of 5 stars
  10. Be With Me Always by Randon Billings Noble: 3,5 out of 5 stars
  11. Sadie by Courtney Summers: 4 out of 5 stars

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Mini-Review: Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

32021926Verdict: Lovely.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Memoir

Published by Penguin, 2016

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Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

I am a huge fan of celebrity memoirs; I know this is not a particularly cool thing to admit, but I enjoy them a whole lot, especially on audiobook read by the author. This memoir by Mara Wilson was no exception: it is wonderfully honest, lovely, and was just an altogether nice reading experience. I personally did not grow up watching Matilda, as such I do not have a personal connection to Mara Wilson. But I follow her on Twitter and find her online presence really lovely, which was enough for me when I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to.

In her memoir, Mara Wilson writes both about her career as a child star and about her struggles with OCD – the latter of which I appreciated a whole lot. Her honesty was really great and I think is important to change the way we think and talk about mental illness. She also writes about her grief for her mother, who died really young and whose influence can be felt throughout this book – her mother seems to have been a wonderful person and Mara’s loss can be felt greatly.

One of my favourite essays in this book was her essay on Robin Williams, written shortly after his death. Here her empathy shines really bright and it brought me to tears.

Altogether I really appreciated this book and if you are looking for a lovely audiobook, this one might just be for you.

Friday Reads: I am not really reading.

I am still not really reading so I did the obvious thing and started two more books today. That brings the number of books I am currently reading to seven. I always read a few books at the same time but a number this high is usually an indication that something isn’t quite working. I don’t have any proper plans for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll get back into the groove. Until then, here are the books I am currently reading, how far into them I am, and a few thoughts.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

I heard a ridiculous amount of great things about this book and it is super readable. But it is also very very long. I am currently on page 231 of 714. I am enjoying it a lot but I just wish the main character wouldn’t talk about his penis so much.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I have been reading this for what feels like forever. I am only on page 217 of 526 and I have not made any headway in days. Told from dual perspectives, I am only enjoying one of them. Whenever we switch to the other viewpoint, I bail. I do want to finish it but I do struggle.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

This is brilliant. But also really dark. I am on page 48 of 240. I do think that this will be a five star read for me but I need to be in the right head space to read it. But it’s brilliant! If you like memoirs you definitely should pick it up.

Vengeful (Villains #2) by V. E. Schwab

I have a difficult relationship with Schwab: I like her books but often don’t love them. and I haven’t finished a single of her series. (I cannot STAND Lila Bard, which is why I still haven’t read the last of the Shades of Magic series) I did absolutely adore Vicious though and have eagerly awaited the sequel for years. I am super enjoying it – but it is also super long. I am on page 230 of 575. This is a fairly quick read though and I will hopefully finish this during the next few days.

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

I was looking for a nice and easy audiobook to listen to on my way to work – and I love memoirs narrated by the authors and have a soft spot for celebrity memoirs (there, I said it). I have only ever seen Mathilda once, but I do like Mara Wilson on twitter. Her book is really warm and lovely and her voice is super soothing. I am around 2 hours from the end; which means that I should finish it next week (I only walk 15 minutes to and from work).

The Outcast Hour ed. by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

I really enjoyed another anthology the authors edited last year – and sometimes when I am slumpy, reading short stories really helps. I also need to make headway in my newly acquired pile of NetGalley arcs that I amassed over the last few months. I have read the first three stories and I do like the mix of tones. The first story was fairly creepy though – so maybe reading it at nighttime, alone in my house, was not the best idea ever.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I have heard nothing but good things about this book and especially the audiobook. I figured I should give it a go. Thrillery type, podcasty audiobooks sounds just perfect for my reading mood. I have only listened to the first hour and so far I am really enjoying the full cast production a lot.

How is your reading going? Do you also tend to start too many books when you don’t really feel like reading?