Books I read in May & June

Nothing like a 3 week solo long haul trip + jet lag to get some reading done.
  1. An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield
    I'm not sure why I hadn't read this yet, except that astronauts are not usually great writers. Chris Hadfield definitely is though and this was both incredibly interesting and entertaining, especially since most astronaut books are from the Apollo era. My dad let me borrow his copy and I'm not sure he'll get it back any time soon.
  2. Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
    Quick fun read about what happens when a group of obsessive fangirls end up in the same hotel as their favourite boy band. If you’ve ever shared out the members of a band with your friends you’ll enjoy this.
  3. After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning
    Two interweaved stories - one about a young girl during WW2 who arrives in London and starts volunteering at Rainbow Corner, the wartime club for American servicemen, and a modern day bride who isn’t quite who she seems. I loved the wartime adventures but the modern stuff was too unbelievable and when the two stories start coming together it all gets a bit depressing.
  4. London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning
    This was more like it. A YA novel about a girl who travels from one end of London to the other through the night trying to track down and dump her cheating boyfriend. She has all kinds of adventures with French boys and supermarket discos and secret gigs and there’s lots of girl power and London love too.
  5. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
    One of my favourite non-fiction writers covering the rape scandals at Missoula college. This was good timing as I felt much more knowledgeable when the Brock Turner case blew up after I finished it. I read it on the plane home and felt so angry, and helpless. The stories in here are just awful and it’s sobering to realise that they could easily have happened to me or anyone I know. The way these women fought so hard for justice and had it taken away from them piece by piece is heartbreaking.
  6. Atonement by Ian McEwan
    I didn’t like it as much the film. Or perhaps I would have liked it better if I didn’t already know the story.
  7. Creation Stories by Alan McGee
    I was a huge Creation Records fan when I was younger and even visited their notorious Hackney office as part of my A Level art project. This is exactly as you would expect - he’s clearly sat down and just bashed the whole thing out, but it is fun and packed with probably exaggerated stories and gossip.
  8. Life Moves Pretty Fast: The lessons we learned from eighties movies (and why we don't learn them from movies any more) by Hadley Freeman
    I love Hadley as she can write about the most superficial of subjects with a brilliantly feminist slant. This book covers her favourite 80s teen movies (Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, the entire works of John Hughes etc.) and argues, successfully, that there were so many life lessons to learn from them and that current teen movies pale hopelessly in comparison.
  9. Agatha Christie autobiography
    I didn’t realise she had had such an interesting life, or that so many of her books were based on personal experiences (well, minus all the murdering). Living through two world wars and traveling around the middle east by train and bus will give you a lot of stories. It meanders a lot and there are a lot of gaps but it was mostly good.
  10. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
    I'm an unashamed fan of the Star Wars EU but this was atrocious. Everyone acts out of character and I don't think we really needed a planet of evil sexy witches and oddly helpful rancors. Avoid!