The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi AldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 27th October 2016
Publisher: Viking
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: two-half-stars

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Well, this was a bit boring. I’m massively disappointed in The Power because I picked it up after Alderman won a tonne of awards, including the Bailey’s prize, and I thought it was going to be a modern classic. I was expecting something epic.

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2017: Introduction

summer tbr wipeout

The Candid Cover is hosting a summer challenge! I didn’t take part last year due to it being the busiest summer of my life, but I couldn’t miss my chance again. The goal here is to wipeout the TBR pile and read, read, read. I wrote a post about my July TBR, which I will obviously be incorporating into this challenge, but since the challenge runs into mid-August as well, I’m hoping to read even more books than I listed there.

I’m going to keep my goal fairly low and aim for ten books, because I don’t want to set my sights too high and I’ve got a couple of busy weekends coming up later on in the month. I am hoping to smash this and read more than ten books, but ten is a good minimum. My TBR is going to look so good after this!

I’ll be posting several updates posts throughout the challenge, but if you wanted a sneak peek at what I’ll be reading:

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New Releases: July 2017

I was going to keep this post quite concise in an attempt to prevent myself from wanting ALL THE BOOKS, but apparently July is the month in which all the new releases are out. I’ve told myself that I’m only allowed to buy one of these, but let’s be honest, I have no self control.

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I really enjoyed Stokes’ contemporary debut, The Art of Lainey, so I feel like I should read this to give the author another whirl. In this book, a Youtube star dies and his mourning girlfriend starts getting harassed.

Kasie West! She’s on my auto-buy list, even if I didn’t like her last contemporary all that much. I can’t even remember if I read it properly or if I skim read it. But anyway, in this book the main character wins the lottery, so I’m hoping it’ll be a fun rags to riches story.

When I’m in the mood to read about carnivals again, I’ll be picking this one up.

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Monthly TBR: July 2017


I try to come up with a very loose TBR pile every month in an attempt to keep me reading. It has been working well so far, probably because I’m not taking it too seriously. I’m allowing myself to take breaks, read other things, buy new books (even though I really shouldn’t), and switch up the order. Having a physical pile or list to look at really seems to help motivate me. So here’s my list for July. I tried to keep it mixed in terms of genre so I wouldn’t get bored, although I seem to have gone for a lot of fantasy instead of the contemporary books I was hoping

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I read the first book in the First Law trilogy a few months ago, and I’ve been waiting for a recap before diving into the second one. The recap is written and scheduled for Recaptains so I’m ready to begin!

The Couple Next Door turned out to be a really exciting read, so I’ve preordered Lapena’s next book. Hopefully it’s just as captivating as her debut!

I picked this book up at an event a couple of months ago, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Quill read it when we were on holiday and he really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping to love it. It’s a fantasy debut that also sounds a bit steampunky.

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Monthly Wrap Up: June 2017


me in june

The highlight of my month has to be my trip to Greece. I went to Kos for a week with my boyfriend Quillan and his parents to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The temperature wasn’t too hot, I was super careful with the suncream so that I didn’t burn, and overall I had a wonderful time. Greek people are the friendliest people ever, and the islands I went to were stunning. I’m hopefully going to do a series of posts about my travels so I’ll go into more detail when I get around to that.

Thanks to my super relaxing holiday, I managed to read ten books last month. I know. I haven’t read that many in one month since the beginning of 2016, before my life got all kinds of crazy busy. And because of those ten books, I’m now back in the blogging zone. Not quite as much as I was at the beginning of last year, mind you, but I’m getting there.

Oh, and I was promoted! June was a month full of training for my new position at work. It was exhausting, especially as I had a lot of Family Stuff going on. It completely knocked me out.

I’m also really into (“really into” meaning I’m being coerced into) exercising at the moment. I do a bootcamp session twice a week, and I’m currently doing Couch to 5K three times a week. I’ve noticed an incredible change in my fitness levels, and now that I’m kind of in the zone I find myself really looking forward to each workout. I’ve lost my mind.

And then there was the Steam summer sale. I bought a tonne of games, but I only spent about £35. I know, I’m impressed as well. My new games include Portal 2, the Trineology, Banished, Rust, and a few others. My boyfriend and I went looking for some good co-op games along with a friend of ours so we could play together. Now I just have to try not to kill Quill during a Super Mario Bros. session so I get to play the new games with him.

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