The Book List(s) #20 | So Lucky & Queenie

So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter & Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 
The Book List(s) #20

Now it won't come as any surprise to you that I've manage to squeeze in a lot of reading lately, all because of this little strange thing going around right now (I've decided from here on out the C-word will not be mentioned on this blog; one blog post addressing it is definitely enough!) where we've all been given heaps of free time to fill. Well, with all this given free time, I've managed to finish up 2 books in the past 2-3 weeks, a record for me? quite possibly. Two rather different books, but both fiction, both female-lead. The first, 'So Lucky' by Dawn O'Porter, which follows three separate womens narratives, who all thread together as the story progresses. And 'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams, which follows Queenie herself and all her life trials and tribulations..

So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter

I'll say from the off this is one of the best books I've read in a long long time. It's centres around three women, living very different lives; Beth, Ruby and Lauren. It's styled so you are following Beth and Rubys stories separately in each chapter, finishing with a Instagram post from Lauren; her caption illustrating her side of a story. It's a juicy, unputdownable book that gets better with each page, ultimately making you feel proud to be a woman. 

The story centres around Laurens up-and-coming wedding to a Millionaire Dragon's Den star, Gavin - your typical run of the mill good-looking and he knows it guy. Beth stories flicks between her being the Wedding Planner of said wedding (with Risky, her assistant who is a brilliant character from the off) as well as her relationship problems with her husband; developing since the birth of her son four months prior.   We then hear from Ruby, who is a mother to 18 month old Bonnie, finding it hard balancing the responsibilities, her job as an image retoucher and managing a tough medical condition.

The book cleverly weaves all three women together in the most entertaining and exciting way. I loved the book throughout and genuinely connected with each character. I've not read a book by Dawn O'Porter before, but know of her and after finishing 'So Lucky' I'll definitely be picking up another.  It's the perfect book to make you laugh out loud as well as really feel for each character, as she portrays each with such amazing details. I'd give it a strong 5/5!

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

With Queenie, I have to be completely honest, I wasn't as impressed. Despite it's rave reviews and outstanding praise, I failed to see it as a stellar read. Of course it wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it touches on some very important issues and Queenie, the books protagonist, was a character most girls can connect with.

The story centres around Jamaican character Queenie who is currently on a break from her boyfriend Tom. Living in Brixton, with traditional, strict grandparents. The book follow her through the ups and downs of her career, relationships and her struggles with mental health issues. With the addition of the twists and turns of her friendships too, which does provide some comedy - her friend Kyazike being particularly funny throughout. 

On the whole, like I said it's not a terrible read. I just personally found nothing huge happened; it felt more of a continuous tale of Queenies life. I'd say it was perhaps a 3/5 as the themes feeding through the book of the struggles black women still face in society today, in particularly when Queenie attended a Black Lives Matter protest, are incredibly important to talk about and to educate readers. 



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