I got through quite a handful of books over the past few weeks, but I didn’t feel they all warranted a full review. Here are four short reviews for some of the books I’ve read recently.
Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed by Natalie Fiennes
Not at all what I was expecting – instead of explanations of problems with current sex education and how these problems can be tackled, it was simply a book of sex education – basic information about things that should be taught in sex ed. Basically a sex ed handbook. I might suggest it as a good source of information for teens if I knew all the information was actually correct (there was a surprising error in one of the chapters which throws the whole book into question).
Rating: 2 stars
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
A sweet book of summer vignettes that take place on a secluded island off the coast of Finland, between a young girl and a her grandmother. It was lovely to read this in the sunshine of my garden, but its short length and lack of plot made this ultimately forgettable.
Rating: 3 stars
Educated by Tara Westover
It took me ages to get into this, and if I hadn’t been listening to it as an audiobook I probably would have stopped in favour of something else. It’s an interesting story of self-determination but I didn’t feel invested until about three-quarters of the way through. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narration, but it was fine.
Rating: 3 stars
London: A Short History by A. N. Wilson
The narrative voice of this was grating; we get it – modern London is full of ugly buildings and annoying tourists. It felt like there was a constant droning of “back in the ol’ days” under the flimsy surface-level history of the city. I didn’t learn anything, simply because the writing was so annoying I could hardly bring myself to retain any of the information.
Rating: 1 star