Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
In his usual hilariously gruesome commentary on contemporary consumerist culture Chuck Palahniuk's 2014 novel Beautiful You delves into one of the most interesting target markets of this century - females aged 18-25 and their viral consuming of well-marketed products.
An aged sex goddess, a tired and under-satisfied law firm clerk join forces to fight against the most clinically observant evil megalomaniac ever, and his brand of crazy-good sex toys that are slowly turning women into hysterical, homeless basement dwellers who only resurface to restock their batteries. It's a weird plot, but it's - excuse me - pretty juicy, especially if you'd like to consider my theory that Palahniuk maybe possibly wrote Beautiful You as a feminist counter-novel to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Buy 'Beautiful You' here.
All I Know Now - Carrie Hope Fletcher
This is the only piece of non-fiction you'll find in this round up. I bought Carrie Hope Fletcher's debut memoir/advice book because I'm quite a big fan of her Youtube channel and the topics she discusses on it. That said, as much as I thought this book was an honest, relatable, intelligent piece of hindsight overviewing Carrie's teenage years, the first half of the book didn't really do much for me. It's aimed at her audiences median age group, which I think is about fifteen. However, the second half of the book discusses ideas like 'complexly imagining people', honesty and internet-ettiquette, which are all topics I love reading about as I'm quite passionate about them all. It was an easy Sunday-morning read, full of personality and voice, and to be perfectly honest - even though it wasn't life-changing, it's left me pretty excited to see what Fletcher comes up with as a novelist (apparently she's working on a piece of fiction at the moment) because she really does put a lot of voice into her writing, and that's what you want.
Buy 'All I Know Now' here.
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Of all the books I've read recently, I probably enjoyed my foray into Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's body of work the most. Americanah is the story of Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who moves to America for University, there she discovers the concept of race as a 'black American' or, as a Nigerian woman who is not a 'black American'. Ifemelu starts a blog, writing about the concept which was previously alien to her, and through her writing she is transported back to Nigeria, and reunited with her high-school boyfriend, Obinze.
Adichie is a stunning writer, and it was interesting to read a more diverse voice discussing issues relevant to cultural exchange, race and the relationships we all have with our language, countries, selves and each other.
Buy 'Americanah' here.