Friday, 31 July 2015

July Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone. I started July feeling really motivated to read as many books as possible this month. I didn't read as many as I would have liked to but I still read 8 books this month which is the most I've read any month this year. So overall a success. If you have a look at last July's reading wrap up I read 20 books! I definitely do not have the time or dedication to do that any more. August is the last whole month of the summer for reading so I really must get on it. My TBR pile currently consists of 10 books and I have another book in the post. This month also features the BookTube-A-Thon readathon which is normally when I get a lot of my summer reading done. If you want to find out more about the readathon then here is the Twitter account for it!



Life With A Sprinkle of Glitter by Louise Pentland - Oh no, 'another YouTuber book' you say. Well actually, this one is pretty decent. This book is set out like a little guide and there are a ton of chapters on different things like friendship, travel, crafting etc. Louise actually started out as a blogger and I've read her blog for a very long time so I feel pretty confident saying that she wrote this herself, no ghost writers involved. This book is actually quite short as it contains a lot of pictures which is kind of dissappointing. It did feel like I was just reading a collection of blog posts. That being said I still did enjoy reading it and can see myself reading through it from time to time. I gave this one 3/5 stars, it was good but didn't blow me away. If you want to read my full review of this book then you can do so here

The Periodic Table by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon - If you've read my blog for a while then you will know that I am a total chemistry geek. So how could I not love a book that gives an in depth analysis of the periodic table? This book gives an element by element run down of the periodic table along with absolutely stunning pictures. It has quite a nice, chatty writing style which is quite nice when reading non fiction. I have to admit I think I would have gotten bored if this book was just fact after fact after fact. The sort of information it gives are things like when and where an element was discovered, who discovered it, where does the name come from, is it toxic to humans, what are its uses etc. I found this book totally fascinating and gave it 5/5 stars. I would totally recommend this book to any chemistry/science fans. I'm sure you'd love it just as much as I do. 

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison* - AHHHH. THIS BOOK! Ok if you've read my Wee Reviews post then you'll know that I absolutely loved this book. It's a pretty soppy YA romance novel so if that isn't your thing then be warned. Personally I love a good mushy YA novel every now and then so this book just came to me at the perfect moment. I read it in a day. This book is about two teenagers who meet at a part before they start university. They are both really stressed out as they don't think they've made the grades to get into the unis they want to go to. I feel like this book totally captures that restless summer feeling you get when you get fed up with the summer and want to get back into being productive and studying again. Just me? Obviously not. This book does contain some adult content as virginity is quite a big topic here. So this book probably isn't the best one to read if you're younger or just really easily offended. But I loved it and rated it 5/5 stars. 

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald - This is an absolutely beautifully written book. A young boy goes missing and everyone is presuming he is dead apart from his best friend and his younger brother. So the friend and the brother go on a mission to find him. The writing style is very beautiful. This is kind of like the children's version of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. So if you enjoyed that book then I would definitely recommend this one. I think this book is aimed at younger teenagers but as an 18 year old I have no shame in admitting that I absolutely loved this book! I gave it 4/5 stars as it was a bit too short for my liking. I don't want to talk about this too much in case I ruin it but I still really recommend it!

Paperweight by Meg Haston* - This book is about a girl who wakes up and realises that her family have sent her to a rehabilitation programme for people with eating disorders. She is also struggling with a drinking problem as well. I really enjoy books set in this sort of setting, as bad as that sounds, as I find things like that really interested. Stevie's brother had died a wee while before she was admitted and she blames herself for it and so this book also has an element of dealing with grief. This wasn't an easy read but it was quite a quick read. I found it to be really fast paced but that did not sacrifice character or plot development. I gave this one 5/5 stars and would recommend it(although maybe not if you have an eating disorder). Meg Haston is definitely an author I want to see more from. 

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - This was the book of the month for the #sassybooks book club that I run with Charlotte from Colours and Carousels. If you haven't already seen my blog post about this book then you can read that here. This is a really dark novel set in a world where women are created by men and raised to be good companions or concubines. The novel is set through the eyes of Freida, who is one of the girls in her final year of school. It explores what happens when women are seen as objects and how it effects them mentally. The girls in the school all compete with each other to be the prettiest and the skinniest and that is also really hard to read about. I couldn't really find the words that I wanted to say whilst reviewing this book as it is so unlike anything else I've ever read before. I would definitely recommend this book and I gave it 5/5 stars but I would be cautious as it is very dark and could be potentially triggering. 

Motherland by Jo McMillan* - This is about a young girl whose mother is a communist. Her mother gets the opportunity to go and teach in East Germany and this book switches between their life in England and their life in the German Democratic Republic. I wanted to like this book so much. And I tried so hard to like it. But it was really, really boring and the characters were all really, really annoying. I wanted to slap this child's mother so many times whilst reading this book! I lost interest at around page 80 and finished it because I felt obligated to finish it. I'm not saying that this book is bad and that you shouldn't read it but I just didn't enjoy it at all. Definitely not for me. 1/5 stars. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - This one is about a girl who writes love letters to boys she has a crush on but never sends them. One day she comes home to find that her dad has donated the box she kept them in to a charity shop and someone has sent all the letters out. So this book is about how she deals with the aftermath of that! That definitely isn't something I would ever want happening to me! I enjoyed this book as it was a nice and easy read but there are a few things that annoyed me about it. Can we just take a moment to talk about how it's not ok for high school and college age characters to still call their dad 'daddy'. It just seemed so weird and misplaced and gave me the boke every time I read it(that's Scottish slang for; it made me want to puke). And the main character seemed really naive and soppy at times. And whilst it does get a bit boring with that leading trend at the moment where female YA characters are always brutal, strong and fearless, it's not nice to read about the other extreme either. This book was ok and I don't regret reading it but it didn't blow me a way. I probably will still pick up the sequel on Kindle though! I gave this one 3/5 stars. 

What is your favourite book that you've read this month?

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