Okay, so I’m way late on posting these and, once again, I did not get as much reading done as I had hoped to this month. I got carried away with learning to make bread and binge watching shows on Netflix (I really need to read The Umbrella Academy now). But, I got a few books
February Mini Reviews
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A Secret History Of Witches by Louisa Morgan:3/5 This book has been on my reading list for a bit, so I really wanted to enjoy it, but it left me with mixed feelings. This wasn’t one of those books that I couldn’t put down, but it hooked me enough to want to know what happens. I usually enjoy generational stories (especially if they involve witches), but each story felt repetitive, and the plot lacked the real action I was longing for. I did enjoy the strong mother/daughter bonds and strong emotions presented, but I found many of the characters unlikable, so I had a hard time connecting. Overall it was a so-so read for me.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot: 4/5 This is the coming of age memoir of a Canadian indigenous woman written in the form of eleven essays. It is a small book, but a powerful one, covering a range of topics such as motherhood, abuse, and mental illness. It took me a minute to catch onto the author’s non-linear, poetic approach to writing, and this isn’t the type of writing I normally gravitate towards, but I really enjoyed it. I love the unique way Mailhot describes her world, using symbolism, social context, and raw emotion.
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: 5/5 I had no idea what to expect from this book, and I was even more confused once I started reading it, but oh am I happy that I did. This is the story of motherhood, humanity, and survival. A woman is forced to flee from her home after giving birth to her first child due to an environmental crisis. The writing is vague and sparse but gives just enough details to tell the story. There is no dialogue and every character is referred by an initial instead of names. This, once again, is not the type of book I would normally pick up, but it was beautiful and captivating and I highly recommend giving it a chance.