I managed to read two books in September, so that was nice. ‘Obernewtyn‘ by Isobelle Carmody was the first cause, as you should know by now, I love a bit of YA. I’ve been meaning to read this author for years as she’s quite well known in Australia but somehow never got around to it. It’s your basic fantasy YA. Overall, I found it enjoyable enough and a very easy read. I wanted to get to the end to find out what happened, but I’m not really invested in the characters enough to keep reading the series. The second book I read was ‘Purple Hibiscus‘ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is fast becoming one of my favourite contemporary writers. Her writing is thoroughly engaging and her characters are masterfully constructed so you can’t help but be engrossed by their stories. I also find her scene setting really powerful, and I enjoy her characterisation of Nigeria, and Africa. Having grown up in sub-Saharan Africa, I feel a lot of it viscerally, in a way I’ve never experienced before (take for example Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’, which I enjoyed, but it never felt real, not like Adichie’s Africa feels real.) And of course the story itself is powerful, and harrowing, and also inspiring. Definitely reading more Adichie.
The Demi Lovato track puts me in an ass-kicking mood. And new Sam Smith, finally.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Meh. I wanted to like this. I really enjoyed the first one as a fun spy romp that sort of took the piss out of spy films, and I generally also like Michael Vaughn’s work, but this was suuuuuuch a waste of time. Too long, unnecessary scenes, story decisions that didn’t make much sense, and also drawing something that could have been a fun little joke out for far too long. It just didn’t really make sense and it took the things that really stood out in the first film (i.e. the church fight scene) and tried to re-do it again and again. And sadly it just didn’t have the charm to pull it off. Also why would you have the comedic genius of Channing Tatum in your film and then not use him for most of it? What a waste. Probably just setting up the buddy comedy that will be Kingsman 3. Ugh. Who can be bothered? So yes, ultimately disappointing, you’re better off just watching the first one again.