It’s honestly terrifying how we’re into May already. I could talk about how 2021 has just felt like 2020 Part Two so far, but I’m going to try and focus on the positives instead. The latest statistics show that 14.9m are now fully vaccinated in the UK and, here in Scotland, we’ve been moved down to Level 3, meaning that we can now meet friends and family in gardens and public spaces and that businesses can gradually start opening up again. I know not every country is experiencing this gradual return to normality, though. The situation in India is dire and Turkey has just entered its first full lockdown. And yet there are still people who genuinely believe that Covid-19 is just a flu or a hoax. I unfollowed a Glasgow-based alternative therapies centre on Facebook yesterday because its owner was spouting absolute bullshit about how the vaccines are gene therapy and stated that they wouldn’t be ‘treating’ anyone who’d had any of the vaccines because of this. Social media is great for a lot of things, but it’s infuriating that people like this use it as a platform for spreading disinformation and misinformation. If you’re one such person, do everyone a favour and get off the internet. Peddling lies and false information is making what is already a horrific situation even worse. Moreover, the level of disrespect such behaviour shows towards those who have been affected by Covid is unfathomable.
Jeez, this is supposed to be a post about the books that I read in April. Let me just take a deep breath and have a sip of my tea…
…there. I’m feeling slightly calmer.
So, books! I read some pretty good books in April, all of which are listed below. To read my review, click on the book title.
Hellishly Ever After, Nadine Mutas
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami
A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture, Violet Fenn
What did you read in April? Let me know in the comments!