Recently Read #2

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Hello! I’m back with another installment of what I have been reading lately.  It seems you enjoyed reading it as much I enjoyed writing it. I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as I do feel my other one was a bit too long… and I also haven’t read as many!

Yes Please Amy Poehler - Recently Read - Famous in Japan

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please is the memoir of the ever so popular Amy Poehler.  I don’t know much about her bar the obvious Mean Girls role.  I’ve only ever seen about two episodes of Parks and Recreation… *hides from the internet*

This book was part memoir, part self help.  I don’t know what it was about this book, but my opinion of Amy has not changed.  I don’t like her more, I don’t like her less.   There was nothing particularly shocking or heartwarming.  In my opinion, there seemed to be a lack of something that would have made me, as a reader, closer to her.  Then again, I’m not even sure if that’s what she wanted.   I think some of the magic of this book may have been lost in e-book format, as the old photographs didn’t look as good as they could have done on paper.   It jarred the reading experience having to find the photograph or script she was referring to, and flick back and forwards between the pages.   This book did have me chuckling in parts, she is a funny lady after all, but I was glad to finish it and it isn’t one I will read again.

Recommend? I would recommend this book to fans of Amy Poehler.

Only Ever Yours Louise O'Neill - Recently Read - Famous in Japan

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill 

Only Ever Yours is a young adult novel.  Set in the future, natural girls died out in the fall of humanity, and have since been genetically engineered solely to be the wife, or lover, to men.   They have been engineered to be perfect.   This book follows a group of girls in their last year of “school”, competing to be chosen as a wife to the wealthiest and powerful men.  In the school, they are judged on everything, and I mean everything.  The girls who are not chosen to be a wife can become concubines, or “ladies of the night” – once again serving to pleasure men.   The last choice is to rejoin as a teacher in the school, helping the next year of girls through the “school”.

Yep, you can imagine my rage at this novel!   It was a little hard to get into initially, but once you are sucked in you can say goodbye to any sort of commitments or other life activities.  Gripping, exciting, I flew through the book in a day.  With a corker of an ending, you will be sat there absolutely gobsmacked.  I loved this book.

Recommend? Yes!

The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson - Recently Read - Famous in Japan

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal is another young adult novel.  This book follows a young boy who is transgender.  He feels that he is trapped in the wrong body, and aches to be a girl.  One day, during an attack by his bullies, he is saved by the new kid in school, who is also battling his own demons.

I had seen this mentioned on a few book blogs, so I decided to treat myself to the book for my birthday. This is another one that had me completely sucked in, but unlike Only Ever Yours it left me feeling happy and positive.   I read it in within a few hours as I could not put it down.  Another book I loved, and one I will probably read again in the future.

Recommend? Yes!

What books have you read recently?

Dannie x

June 3, 2015
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  • Reply Hannah

    Those sound good!
    I’m currently reading The Pysycopath test by Jon Ronson (he signed it for me too!) – it’s great, a little over my head though.

    June 3, 2015 at 8:29 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I think I’ve heard of that – I’ll have to see if I can find it in my local library :) x

      June 6, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Kloe

    Ooooh! I might have to get Only Ever Yours even though I have a massive pile of half read books to finish already! Haha.
    Kloe xx

    June 3, 2015 at 11:21 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Hahaha, your reaction to Only Ever Yours <3 x

      June 6, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Rosie

    I completely agree with you about Yes Please. I couldn’t put my finger on it either, but there was something that stopped me loving it as much as I wanted to .

    I started Only Ever Yours last week, I’ve not picked it up since though. I’m raging at it too, but I think perhaps that’s the point.

    June 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I should have bought it in hardback really, the Kindle edition wasn’t the same.
      Hahaha, I think that’s the point too. I’d love to know what you think of it if you finish it :)

      June 6, 2015 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Evelyn

    Interesting reads! I have Yes Please and The Art Of Being Normal on my list :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    June 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I would love to hear what you think :) x

      June 6, 2015 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Kel

    I love Amy Poehler but there was something about her book that didn’t quite work for me, though I’m not sure why! the other two you’ve read sound really interesting though!

    June 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      So many people have agreed with me, it’s weird!

      June 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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