Recent Reads #1

(Here's a sneak peek of my ridiculously messy bookshelf...)

(Here's a sneak peek of my ridiculously messy bookshelf...)

It's November! Can you believe it? As mentioned many many times before, I'm trying to bring some bookish content over to my blog, so here's some mini reviews for a selection of my October reading...

Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving
One of the first things I read in October - for university - was the well-known American short story, 'Rip Van Winkle'. This is a sprightly little tale following a man that wanders off into the woods one day and the vanishes - for a really long time. I found this intriguing, especially considering the context in which it was written. However, it is definitely a product of its time and I don't think that I'll be reading anymore of Irving's work. 4/5

The Little Book of Vegan Poems - Benjamin Zephaniah
 
I picked this up after spying it in a video from Jean's Bookish Thoughts. I've really started to get more into poetry and having heard bits and pieces about Zephaniah as a children's poet while growing up, I was interested to read this new collection centred around veganism. It was an incredibly fun read, and although many of the poems could be considered juvenile (for obvious reasons), many had much darker underlying themes and it was fun to pick them apart while reading out loud. 3/5

The Life and Death of Harriett Frean - May Sinclair
This is something else that I read for university and it is something that I was greatly surprised by. I absolutely adored this story and have fallen head over heels in love with Sinclair's beautiful writing style. This - as the name suggests - follows the life of Miss Harriett Frean, and documents events in her life that are both jarring and unforgettable. I'm really very excited to hunt down some further titles from May Sinclair. 4/5

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine - Kelly Sue DeConnick
One of the last things I read this month was the first volume of Kelly Sue DeConnick's new comic series, Bitch Planet. Frankly, I'm a bit torn about this one. I can (and do) really appreciate what the comic is trying to do in terms of bringing intersectional feminism to the forefront. At the back of the volume, you can find some very interesting discussion questions that bring to light hidden elements of the story. The artwork is also wonderfully bright and brash. However, the plot was greatly confusing and a couple weeks later, I'm still not 100% sure about what I have read. 4/5

What have you been reading this month?