(Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of the review.)
‘Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.’
Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?
There’s no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.
But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.
Challenge criteria: A book with an anti-hero/villain
COW n. /ka?/
A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.
The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.
There’s nothing I love to talk about more than I love to talk about myself. I’m also partial to talking about food and about myself, but for now we’re going to concentrate on the books. Luckily, there are a couple of places on the internet where I can freely and willingly talk about books. It’s saved my friends and family an awful lot of hassle.
Some of these bookish communities hold a very special place in my cold dead heart. They’re filled with happiness, lovely people, and the best discussion topic a girl could hope for. Some of them are a little more exclusive, but the others, you are more than welcome to join in.
Challenge criteria: A book about feminism
Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…
I grew up in the 90s and 00s, and a lot of my time then was spent reading series that would shape much of my outlook on life. One such series was The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin.