I've finally caught up on my Wrap Ups! December was only last month! Are we proud? I feel proud. December, however, wasn't the best reading month for me. I had a lot of work to do for uni and was also working over Christmas. Retail at Christmas usually means that when I get home all I want to do is nap. Hence, the few books I read, three fiction and a memoir.
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
I absolutely adored this. A lot of people in my class seemed to dislike Sexing the Cherry but it reminded me of one of my favourite short story collections, Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber. Which is decidedly, weird, explicit and violent. Great light reading. I flew through Sexing the Cherry but I did struggle at times to figure out what era I was reading. The novel is split between present and the 17th Century, I do wonder if that was intentional though, to make time ambiguous. Highly highly recommend. I want to read more of Jeanette Winterson's work now.
This is the first Jane Austen novel I have ever read and it certainly won't be the last. Although it took me ages to read I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. Emma thinks herself a bit of a matchmaker extraordinaire and consistently tries to pair up people in the novel. Much to many other characters dismay. Chaos ensues. I can't wait to read more of Austen's work!
I was sent this novel in exchange for an honest review. Strungballs* is mad, utterly and completely mad. But in the best way possible. Every turn of the page has you asking what on earth and wanting to read quicker and quicker in order to figure out what's actually happening. If you enjoy mind boggling literature I think you'll love this.
I haven't read an awful lot of biographies but after reading Red Dust Road I want to start. I loved following along with such a pivotal moment in Jackie Kay's life as she met her birth parents. The humour she injected into what could've been a very sad subject was wonderful. You really got a sense of who she is and what she stands for. Which I loved. I'll definitely be looking at getting some of her other works!