Friday 12 June 2015

My favourite books by women of 2015 so far.

So, how's Read Women Month going? It's not going so great for me. I'm still reading the same two books I was reading last week and it's not looking likely that I'll finish all the books on my TBR this month. But let's not worry about that. Today I want to share with you five of my favourite books written by women that I've read so far in 2015.

First up is Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. Love, Nina is a collection of letters that Stibbe wrote to her sister while she was working as a nanny in the 1980s. Stibbe's letters are full of humour and nostalgia and I enjoyed reading them a lot. I would highly recommend Love, Nina even if you're not particularly a fan of memoirs or non-fiction because the personalities of Stibbe herself and the family she worked for really shine through in every letter and make them so enjoyable to read. I reviewed this book in full earlier this year, which you can read here, if you're interested.

Next we have The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop, which I also reviewed in full here if you want to check that out. The Isobel Journal is described on goodreads as 'A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author's sketches, mini-graphic novels, photography and captions' and that really is the best way to describe it. There's no plot or story line but Harrop's illustrations are really lovely and although it's a very short read I'm positive it's one I'll come back to a lot.

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood is a collection of fantastical short stories set along the Cornish coast. I don't read a lot of short stories, which is definitely something I've been meaning to change, but I always love to read anything set in Cornwall. The stories in this collection are all beautifully written tales of magical realism set against the salt water backdrop of Cornwall and even though I didn't completely click with all of the stories the collection as a whole is definitely something special.

Vivian Versus America is actually the sequel to Katie Coyle's Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (which I read and reviewed last year) so I won't go into any detail about the story line or the plot of this book but I will say that it is every bit as interesting, original, and exciting as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse and that I highly, highly recommend both books whether you're a fan of YA or not.

Geek Girl is my most recently read of the books on this list and also the one aimed at the youngest audience. Geek Girl is a middle grade book about a girl who is a bit of a geek, bullied at school, and very prone to getting into unfortunate situations, including accidentally being spotted by a modelling agent. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately read the second in the series after finishing it and had to stop myself from buying the third and fourth too. It's a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series.

If you're taking part in Read Women Month then I hope you're making more headway with your TBR than I am, and if you aren't taking part in Read Women Month then I just hope you're having a good month!

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