December Reading List

coco and igor book review, we should all be feminists review, the kings speech book review

In December I didn't read as much as I would've liked to but to be fair to myself it was Christmas I was mega busy! Although this month hasn't been that much better to be honest...

The King's Speech by Mark Logue & Peter Conrad | Obviously I've seen the Oscar-winning film about King George VI's (our Queenie's daddy) speech therapy with Lionel Logue but wasn't actually aware it was based on a book. Written by Logue's grandson, I must admit it's a little bland compared to the film - it reads very much like a history book rather than a novel so it probably won't be that engaging to most people. To be fair films usually exaggerate events in history to make it more exciting and as a history lover there were some interesting facts in there. It covers a longer time period than the film and goes into a lot more detail about both Logue and the King's lives. Logue was quite the character and I'd never really thought before about how debilitating a speech impediment might be, especially for someone so in the public eye. But like I said, it's not the most gripping read so is probably best for those interested in British history and the monarchy.

Coco And Igor by Chris Greenhalgh | Although based on real people (Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky) the book is a work of fiction. Stravinsky, an exiled Russian composer, came to lived with his family at Chanel's house in  the 1920's where an affair supposedly took place. Whatever the truth is this is a very entertaining read and Greenhalgh has brought all the characters to life in such a wonderfully human way. It'd be easy to write a more glamorous, romantic tale of the affair but it's messy, painful and clumsy as well as intimate - not black and white like Chanel's perfect house. Greenhalgh perfectly describes little moments that perhaps mean more than they might seem and all in all I found it to be a thoroughly entertaining read. A more sophisticated chick-lit novel if you like, perfect for a fashion lover too! I'm so interested in finding out more about Stravinsky's life now and make sure you give the Rite Of Spring a listen (maybe, like me, you'll remember it from Disney's Fantasia!) 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Adapted from her original TED talk, it's a short read but an important one that I think everyone should read. Her points are argued so eloquently and persuasively I fail to see how anyone could disagree - it's all just common sense really that men and women should be equal. Feminism means something different to different people but this is perfect for anyone who is struggling to grasp the concept and would like to explore it more.

Have you read any of these books? What did you read in December?


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