I have been cracking on with my ’50 Before 50′ reading challenge, and here are the three books I’ve been getting into over the Easter break…

Book 13 Menopocalypse by Amanda Thebe

This was a non-fiction book I picked up from the library, all about the menopause/peri-menopause and how women can make themselves stronger and more resilient. Whilst it had a few interesting takeaways, like many books I’ve seen on this subject lately, it felt pretty negative and off-putting.

Book 14 A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

This was a borrowed book which I read in relation to my upcoming English dissertation. The book centres around a male character as he volunteers as an Ambulance driver in Italy during WW1, and explores his growing disillusionment with the war, as well as his relationships with the people he meets.

Whilst it was an interesting read and is considered a classic, I found the female characters quite wooden and not very believable. I guess it is a book of its time, because Hemingway chose not to represent the female experience in the book, but it did mean that I found it difficult to engage with.

Book 15 Mary Ann In Autumn by Armistead Maupin

As none of the other books I had ordered from my local library had arrived, I decided to turn to my own book shelves and read one of my favourites in Maupin’s Tales of The City series. This is the penultimate book of the series, and sees one of my favourite characters, Mary Ann Singleton, return to San Francisco at a time of crisis in her marriage and her health. As she reconnects with some of her old friends and lovers, she realises that maybe her love of the city never really left her.

That’s it for this week’s update – I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these or what you’re reading right now! Let me know in the comments : )

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