I have to admit that the end of this month has crept up on me somewhat. To be fair it has been one hell of a month but for today, let’s just stick to the books. All two of them. But what lovely, lovely books they were.
I am a huge fan of Cherry Healey and have had Letters to my Fanny on my To Be Read pile for ages now but have only just got around to reading it and it did not disappoint. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. It is as hilarious as it is candid and covers just about everything from her head to her toes (not just her fanny) and in fact, much much more. It really made me question why so many women hate their bodies. It really does seem like an act of rebellion these days to be happy with who you are (inside and out!) There were parts of this book that I could completely relate to and others that I couldn’t but it did make me realise that this is a huge feminist issue. It takes some of us a lot longer than others to actually enjoy being a woman and I think there is lots to be said for writing love letters to your own body. I mean come on, our bodies can do some pretty amazing things, right? I loved that this book gave me so much to think about (and nod along to) and my girl crush for Cherry Healey is now off the scale. I love her. I did actually meet her at a blogging event years ago. Well, when I say meet I mean I stood next to her in the queue for lunch but I was too star struck to say hello. But in some circles, that makes us practically best friends, you know? Obviously the chances of me ever standing next to her in a queue ever again are slim to say the least but if I do, I will definitely say hello and thank her for writing such an awesome book!
So many people recommended All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr to me that I couldn’t put it off any longer. I struggled to get into it at first though I must admit. I found some of the American language quite clunky and out of place in a book set in Europe during the war but I am so glad I stuck with it as it was in fact one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It took me weeks to read it but it was one of those books that I enjoyed taking my time with if that makes sense? The story itself was fascinating and was told from different character’s points of view which always makes for interesting reading for me but the most striking thing of all was the beautiful imagery throughout the whole book. There was this wonderful theme of light and dark running throughout and it is that imagery that has stayed with me long after finishing the book. It was really very clever and I am so glad that I persevered with it.
What have you been reading this month? Leave me a comment here or join in with the chat over on Instagram as always!
P.S. #mostlyreading has proven to be such a good idea over on Instagram that it has been hijacked by somebody else which isn’t annoying at all *ahem* BUT you will still find my books in there somewhere or you can always look me up as @BySarahMostly of course!