Roar – by Cecelia Ahern

30 06 2019

As a dedicated Cecelia Ahern fan of course this jumped to the top of my reading list!

It’s a book of 30 short stories, each about a woman, none of which is given a name. A lot of the stories have a moral or political message, it’s a pretty feminist book, but the ones I enjoyed most were those that had the slightly fantasy flavour that some of her novels had.

For example, “The Woman Who Ate Photographs”, where the woman develops a secret habit of eating old photos, each of which fill her with the memory and feelings from that moment!

One of my favourites was probably “The Woman Who Wore Pink”, which speaks of a world where everything is completely split into blue and pink, right down to the chairs you sit on in a coffee shop – not segregated, they can be at the same table, but everything is allocated and everyone wears a coloured wristband to identify their gender. Just a really interesting idea to dig into for a few pages.

I don’t tend to read short stories much, but it was a nice change to read these bite size snippets rather than one continuing story. I don’t think I’d do it often as you get way more flow in a full blown novel, but as I say a nice break, especially as the previous book I’d read had taken so long!





Girl In The Mirror – by Cecelia Ahern

27 05 2015

I’ve always prided myself on having read every novel Cecelia Ahern has written, but I hadn’t ever gotten around to the two short stories she released about four years ago.

These definitely were a step away from her usual light chick lit, here’s a brief bit of blurb for each story.

Girl in the mirror
This was a lot darker than the usual, a story about a grandma who has all the mirrors in her house covered in dark fabric, and finding out the reasoning behind that. It got pretty creepy, probably best not read before bed!

The Memory Maker
Another experimental thing going on here in that the main character was only ever referred to as “he”, and the story jumped all around in time, so got pretty confusing in places. It was about a guy who had created a machine able to put memories into peoples heads. I think of the two I preferred this one, but they were definitely both a bit odd!

girl in the mirror