#WhatsYerWanReading: Book Recommendations

#WhatsYerWanReading: Book Recommendations

I’m back with another instalment of book recommendations in #WhatsYerWanReading? A feature I started to encourage myself to get back into my bookworm habits. Something about doing an English degree and having to read a tonne of books, had some what of a negative effect on my joy of reading! But I’ve been trying to counteract that nowadays, and so here are the books I’ve been reading these past few months!

Crazy Rich Asians & China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

I absolutely LOVED these books! I cannot wait to start the third Instalment, Rich People Problems. Not only does this books fast paced story line, and drama filled pages make it an amazing page turner,but I feel these novels give an insight into modern day Asian culture. In reading these novels you’re not only served up an excellent story filled with family feuds and mounting drama, but Kwan leaves footnotes explaining to those of us    not in the know what certain phrases, dishes, or people or places are.

The story is somewhat a modern rom-com, as it follows Nick and Rachel to Asia, where Nick intends on introducing Rachel to his incredibly wealthy family and eventually proposing. Needless to say it doesn’t go off without a hitch and an explosive story line follows!

I’d Recommend If:

You want a witty novel that will teach you a thing or two about a different culture!

Can You See Me? By Ruth Gilligan

Next up in my book recommendations is Can You See Me? I bought this book as a young teen and never read it properly as the story line felt a bit heavy. So, when I saw it sitting unread on my bookshelf I decided to give it a go. It really is one of those books that should be on the school curriculum. It gives such insight into the distraught a person can feel after being sexually assaulted.

Ruth Gilligan puts the story together of Alice, an Irish girl who moves to England to attend Cambridge University. Alice is a very strong character, she’s dealt with a lot in her life and as far as she is concerned, can take on anything. Until something dreadful happens, and Alice begins to slowly falls apart whilst trying to hold everything together. Gilligan’s novel shows us that even the strongest person needs to indulge in emotion sometimes.

I’d Recommend If:

You need a good cry.

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

This is a new type of entry on my book recommendations as usually I’m a fiction gal. This year I said I would try to read less fiction. So I turned to books based around careers and entrepreneurship. The thing that drew me to Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It In Your Career. Rock Social Media. (Try saying that 10 times fast) was the fact it was based around social media. Written by Aliza Licht, one of the first people to implement social media in brand awareness as the DKNY PR Girl, Leave Your Mark wasn’t quite as good as I thought it would be.

Licht talks a lot about her experiences and how she got to where she is. But in reality, her story isn’t all that relatable. We’re in an age where the secret is out and nearly everyone has a foot in social media one way or another. The fact that most of us aren’t able to move to New York City to pursue our dream job is also a major factor. I liked some of the tips in the book, but all in all it just a bit too out of touch.

I’d Recommend If:

You want to gain a basic knowledge of how the fashion world implements social media. Oh, the Cover Letter tips are also handy!

 

Girl Code by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the Authors of Girl Code, Andrea Gonzales, for Missy.ie. But that’s not why I added this to my list of book recommendations. Again, this is a book aimed at a younger audience but as someone who knew very little about coding, I found it very insightful.

It gave me a very real sense of what it is like to be a girl (or woman) in a male dominated field.

Andrea and Sophie met at a programme in New York City called Girls Who Code. For their final project they decided to highlight the stigma around menstruation and created the video game, Tampon Run. In doing so, the girls helped open a conversation about periods and period products in a way that hasn’t been done before.

I’d Recommend If:

You want to read about a new topic like coding, in a non-jargon filled way!

 

 

The Surface Breaks By Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks is geared toward a younger audience, but I was interested to read after enjoying O’Neill’s last novel, Almost Love. The story focuses on the reimagining of the classic fairytale, The Little Mermaid. Whilst I could definitely see where O’Neill was trying to go with this novel, for me it just didn’t fly.

I felt as though I, as a reader, was having the ideals of feminism thrust upon me in an aggressive way. Whilst some of the messages conveyed in the text were one of defying the patriarchy, and women gaining a voice (the irony seeing as Gaia, the main character, loses hers), for me it was far too pushy.

The story also relied heavily on men being construed as absolutely horrid, sexist beings. Which, in this day and age, we know many men who stand up for women’s rights. Painting a gender with the one brush seemed an obvious move.

I’d Recommend If:

You love fairytales cast in a modern world.

 

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?

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2 Comments

    • whatsyerwanwearing
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      August 28, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      I defo recommend it! It’s such a good read!

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