This is going to be an extremely short post today as I’ll only be talking about three recent reads instead of the usual ten. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately and I haven’t really been reading or finishing books off. That being said, here are my three most recent reads.
September Love by Lang Leav
I’ve read quite a bit of Lang Leav in the past and really enjoyed her writing, so I was super excited to see that this one had been released. I picked it up towards the end of April when I was starting to panic because I didn’t have many books finished for the month, which you’re about to see is a bit of a theme with most of these recent reads. Naturally, it was a quick read and made me a little bit better about not having finished much this month. Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed with this for a number of reasons. Firstly, I really feel like Leav is just writing about the same things in every single collection now. More than that, I swear you get whiplash from her poems. She’s in love and then she’s not, she’s with this guy and then he’s broken her heart and she’ll never heal. But it all seems like it’s written about the same person and yet there’s no order to the poems. I want to be taken on a journey through a poetry collection—I want to still feel like there’s a start and an end and that the poet has had some kind of experience, and this just felt like a jumble. I think this marks the end of my relationship with Lang Leav unless her next book is somehow more experimental or just shows some kind of growth.
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
I’ve been reading SPQR this past week as part of Eurovisionathon, which is a readathon hosted by my lovely friend, Helen, in which we read books and authors from the countries participating in Eurovision this year. I read SPQR as my pick for Italy, and absolutely loved every page of it. I don’t usually read this type of non-fiction book in the sense that it’s just sort of a ‘complete history’. When I do read history books, I tend to read histories of specific movements like the suffragettes/feminism, or the civil rights movement and so on rather than the history of a specific country. Anyway, as I said, I enjoyed every page. I really didn’t know much of this beforehand and I definitely had things mixed up in my head or had been taught things differently. This is, of course, a huge book too but Mary Beard is such an engaging writer that I wasn’t bored by anything. It really feels like she’s just talking to you or maybe that you’re watching a documentary or listening to a podcast, so I was just extremely impressed by that. I hope to pick up more of her work in the near future.
Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill
This one was another very recent purchase for me. In fact, I bought it at the same time as September Love. Again, I’d enjoyed Nikita Gill’s poetry in the past but felt a little disappointed by this one. Honestly, you could’ve told me this was just written by Amanda Lovelace and I would’ve believed you—this just didn’t feel different enough to me. I think it was lacking a voice and was trying a little too hard to sound whimsical rather than being actually personal. I didn’t hate this by any means, but I was just expecting a little more emotion to it. I think that I’ve sort of lost interest in Nikita Gill’s work now as well, and maybe I’m just not into this contemporary, minimalist style of poetry anymore at all. It’s definitely something I’ll be thinking about over the coming months before I decide whether to pick any more of it up or not.
Have you read any of these? What are your most recent reads?