March started off pretty slowly as I didn’t have all that many trips into London to read on the trains and life just got super busy that I didn’t have much time in the evenings but fortunately that all picked up. I tried to mix things up a bit and re-read a classic book I love, read two general chick-lit fictions, Lena Denham’s’ number one bestseller which I have been meaning to read for ages and my first go at a comic book. I enjoyed mixing things up more so I am definitely going to be making a conscious effort to do this more.
I have been meaning to re-read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland for years and I’ve finally done it on a single train journey. I love the story and re-reading it reminds me of how unusual the story is and how minimal it is compared to the two movie variations of it (both of which I love!) It was a nice quick read but by no means easy, despite knowing the story I couldn’t read it while listening to music because it’s written in a not overly logical way. I’m really glad that I re-read this and will definitely be re-reading Through The Looking Glass at sometime soon as well.
Next up for me in March was Civil War which is a comic book/ graphic novel. This version covered all 7 editions of the Civil War comics and I thought it was a good idea to read it with the upcoming Civil War movie coming out really soon. This is the first comic which I have read in a bid to better understand the connections between the Marvel characters and Civil War was a great place to start with the addition of pretty much all the main characters. I have so many more comics on my to read list that this could start becoming an unhealthy obsession.
The next book I read was ‘Am I Normal Yet’ by Holly Bourne which is the story of a young girl called Evie who is trying to recover after being sectioned for OCD and her story of the slip into relapse. The story is such an easy read and really brings to light how much someone can suffer with mental health without people around them being aware. Evie’s new friends don’t know about her condition at all, and her parents don’t know what she is slowly relapsing. The book was a really enjoyable read and I managed to get through this within 2 days.
Next up was ‘These Days Are Ours’ by Michelle Haimoff which I started after reading some recommendations online. The book is based in a post 9/11 New York world and follows a group of rich kids from Manhattan along their lives. For me this was a little hard to get into as I didn’t feel much for the characters and I actually didn’t think too much of the book when I finished it. The book ended quite abruptly and I didn’t feel that there was a massive climax to resolve as it was pretty much about a girl being in love with a guy then slowly falling for another guy and finally realising the first guy isn’t as good as he seems. This is one of the first books I’ve read in a while which I probably wouldn’t recommend.
As I went away over Easter I had extra time to read and this meant that I finally got round to reading ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ by Lena Denham which I have been meaning to read for ages. I’ve never actually seen girls so I actually didn’t know all that much about Lena but what I had read/ heard I really enjoyed. The book is essentially memoirs of her life and things she has learnt from them including lots about sexual encounters, feminity, her body and not being self-conscious of it and her working life. It was a really good read and none of her comments/ thoughts/ ideas were too much which sometimes I find with books like this. Definitely one which I would recommend!