This book is a very brave account of a life constrained by the laws of one of the richest countries in the world, but one where women have virtually no rights. It is predominantly a memoir sharing the life of an ordinary Saudi woman who is trying to make things better for her fellow women in a country where anybody without a y chromosome is denied the freedoms that western women take for granted
This is the last week of term, I have been very lazy and enjoying not having to supervise any kids but all that will change for 6 weeks. Its ok though because my 8 year old pretty much looks after herself most of the time. I have finally had my application for Bookbridgr approved and I have got my first ever requested hardback ARC.
I have only just heard of ARC August hosted over at Read Sleep Repeat and as I have a whole slurry of arc's from Netgalley and Bookbriger combined this seems like the perfect chance to get them read and reviewed. So this is the list of Arc's that I have to go through , there are 4 weeks in August so I think 10 books is more than achievable.
This week's Friday Favourites is my favourite book that teaches a skill and I have chosen The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa et al. Mind Illuminated is a book that teaches you how to meditate and it is probably the most comprehensive meditation book that I have ever read, and I have read loads over the years.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ The tale works on two time-lines, the present told by a third person narrator and the past told in letter form by the woman who disappeared. It starts off as a love story but I felt it developed into something much darker becoming a cautionary tale against marrying an older men, too young . The letters that she wrote during the latter part of their marriage are secreted inside the pages of her husbands immense book collection.
I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it as much as Sleeping Giants. I think the reason for this is that this second volume is much darker previous book and the body count is huge. The Earth as we know it is under threat and as a species we are not prepared, or even unified. Rose who was dead and is now alive. She is a year younger than she was when she started working on Themis and is not surprisingly confused and at times suicidal as she comes to terms with not being the person that everybody expects her to be. Except she already is.
Are E-books a threat to traditional publishing or a useful tool for any reader? Before I started book blogging I did have an e-reader but I didn't use it much, but with the likes of Netgalley and e-books from the Library I am using it every day. Anyway this is the tweet that inspired this blog post:
Well only one more week then the schools break up for the summer in the UK. Hopefully the weather will still be OK for the 6 weeks. We have a plan for a weeks camping with friends during the summer plus some time spent with my folks down in Cornwall by the sea, all of which are vastly improved by sunshine.
Well I guess this week is Movie week what with Mondays discussion being The Reasons Why the Book is ALWAYS Better Than the Movie but I didn't actually plan it that way. For Friday Favourites this week i am going to tell you all about my favourite book that has been adapted into a movie. I had to think long and hard about this, and nearly one of the Harry Potter movies but instead I went with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is one of the few movies that I enjoyed, despite the fact that I had read the book before I saw it.