3rd March – Mulled Wine Day!
The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood
Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize, The Natural Way of Things was described to me as Lord of the Flies meets The Handmaid’s Tale. Since both of those books are obviously timeless classics (and the cover art of The Natural Way of Things is luscious), I was an easy sell.
The blurb of this book is pretty straight forward: ‘Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert…. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? ‘ . Despite not really deviating from this brief summary at all, The Natural Way of Things is still a gripping read. Information is drip-fed as you watch the situation unravel and the Flies/Handmaid’s comparison isn’t far off . This book is definitely one that hung around in my head for a few days, and will probably get a read through again in the near future so I can absorb a little more. If there was a sequel available, I would have been hitting the kindle SO fast to get my hands on that bad boy. If you like this sort of genre, I definitely recommend giving it a go!
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
I downloaded Rich Dad, Poor Dad to my kindle on a whim after smashing through The Barefoot Investor(which definitely deserves a read) and to be honest, I wasn’t too fussed with what I read. I had mixed expectations going in – Kiyosaki seems to be everywheeeerrreee, I wouldn’t even begin to guess how many books/spinoffs/courses/speaking tours he has. So his popularity is up there, but I was dubious about how the whole package gave off a ‘get rich quick’ vibe to me.
After finishing the book, I can’t say much has changed. With a catchy title and plenty of big talk, Rich Dad, Poor Dad certainly promises to be a game changer, but it offers very little meat in the way of actual guidance. It proffers advice along the lines of ‘go big or go home!’, ‘don’t be afraid to lose money!’, and not a lot of road rules on how to actually recognise a great investment when it comes along, or even where to go hunting. Big smack talk, small follow through; but all delivered with enough confidence that I’m concerned that someone eager to make their fortune and ‘escape the rat race’ could see some serious damage done to their financial future. It wasn’t until the last 10% or so (because Kindle allows me to be specific with these things – thanks kindle!) that Kiyosaki briefly outlined his actual advice, and then only in the form of spruiking future books. I am going to give him one more chance, and I’ll report back once I’ve followed up on the sequel specialising in investing but I’m also curious to know how you felt about this volume. Have you read Rich Dad, Poor Dad? What did you think of it?
Abaddon’s Gate – James S. A. Corey
This one is my WIP. The third book in The Expanse series (currently launching in Netflix and actually written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck in partnership) is a mammoth effort, a sprawling series of books that can be accurately described as ‘epic’. With Corey (aka Abraham & Franck) contracted to write a minimum of nine novels in the cycle, you can bet that Netflix is hoping to have the next GOT on their hands – G. R. R. himself has given it the seal of approval, describing it as “really kick-ass space opera.”
The Expanse has been my Audible fodder for the past two months – with each book clocking in at over 20 hours, I initially selected it as great value for money but I am hooked. With each of the two previous books in the series, I couldn’t begin to imagine how the story could continue without turning into a rambling, unjustified mess but it just. keeps. unfolding. I’m halfway through Abaddon’s Gate, so it will probably end up in next months wrap-up. If you want to play catch-up, the first in the series is Leviathan Wakes. Treat yo’ self.
What have you been reading this month? Comment below to share your favourite!