[Book Club] December Reading!

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed the November reading, so now it’s time for December reading.

The theme for this month is Christmas, so festive books abound.

Our reading choices this month are:

Pick one (Or all!), and this is the book we’ll be reading for the month of December!

I hope you all like the choices, and we get the chance to discuss them at the end of the month!

[Book Discussion] Red Phoenix by Larry Bond

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Red Phoenix by Larry Bond is a military fiction book. It follows the story of war between North and South Korea told mostly from an American perspective.

The book is okay. I had a few quibbles with the book, the characters are very stereotyped, the Americans are big, brave and macho. The South Koreans are obedient, the North Koreans are evil, etc.

One of the only prominent females in the book, Anne, started off really well, but in the end followed a very typical ‘I’ve found a man, and I love him and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him.’

Also, if I hear the phrase ‘frozen rice paddies’ one more time, I think I might just have to lash out.

Despite its faults, the book is entertaining. The beginning is intriguing, it kind of wavers towards the middle, and then picks up again toward the end.

The biggest success, for me, was that the book made me want to read more about Korean history and the history of the Korean War. It’s a perfectly decent book, and I can see why people would like it, and I did enjoy reading it, but it is also not typically a book I would have stuck with.

The book was also very well executed, it followed a lot of characters and different countries. They were all set up well, and once you learnt names and places you remembered them well.

My two favourite characters of the book were definitely Kevin Little and Lieutenant Rhee. They were the two that really stood out to me, and I found myself really wanting to find out how everything was going for them more than anyone else.

What did you think of the book? Let me know in the comments!

[Book Review] Born Lippy by Jo Brand

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Born Lippy: How to do female by Jo Brand is hard to categorise. Filed under Philosophy on Amazon, the book can also be seen as somewhat of a self-help book, too.

For those of you who don’t know who Jo Brand is, she is a comedian, and her biography can be found here.

I have personally never read anything by Jo Brand before, but I have seen her on television occasionally, and was somewhat in the know of what her personality is like.

Born Lippy is insightful in it’s own ways, as Brand discusses growing up and feminism. It’s a book that reads loud, but that doesn’t deter from the message that Brand is trying to portray.

Set out in different segments on how to deal with certain situations, Jo Brand is giving her own experiences and her own advice on things she has done and would like to have changed. The message of the book is simple, but also needed, look after yourself, and know how to do it well.

The only drawback for me, personally, were a few grammatical and spelling errors in the book which could have been picked up by the editor before it went into publication. Some of them I couldn’t tell if it was slang and colloquial, but there were definitely a few errors in there.

Overall, it was good easy read, funny at the right moments. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a bit of fun, and a different look at the way feminism is viewed today.