Thursday, 1 September 2016

August Reading Wrap Up Part 1

August has been a fantastic month for me in terms of reading. I think it's because I've been working full time hours and my building doesn't have signal. Which means that I've been having my whole lunch break as uninterrupted reading time. If I'm reading something during my lunch hour I'll often get so into it that when I get home I'll often start reading it after after I've cooked dinner. Meaning I've been tearing up the books I've been reading. It feels great to get back into reading lots of books again as when I'm at university I don't have a lot of free time for reading. I've almost completely emptied my Kindle again this month with just some really long ones to go. It's my goal for September to finish those ones off and that way I can buy some new books without feeling guilty. We'll see! But for now here are the books I read in August and what I thought of them. I've actually decided to split this reading wrap up into two as I just had so many books that it was just going to be far too long! Part two will be published on September 7th so look our for that but here are the reviews for the first 6 books I read in August!


What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne - After reading, and loving, the first two books in this series I couldn't wait to read the final book in the trilogy. I downloaded it to Kindle the day it was released and enjoyed it from the get go. Whilst I really enjoy Holly Bourne's writing I do find her characters to be a little irksome at times. This was no different but on the whole the book was the best out of what I've read so far. The main theme is feminism and the main character starts a month long project where she calls out every example of sexism she sees. Pretty impressive! I really enjoyed this and it was exciting to series wrapped up. I think there will be an update book soon that shows you were all the characters go next and I'm looking forward to that too. 5/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne - I really wanted to like this. I really did. But it just felt so 'meh'. First off I want to say that I understand that this is different because a) it's a screenplay and b) it's not written by J. K. Rowling. But she did approve of the story so why is it so weird. This read like a really crap, wet fan fiction that I honestly just didn't enjoy. I don't want to give away many spoilers but for example I hated all the 'alternate realities' and WTF was the trolley lady scene all about?! Spikey spikes. WTF seriously? I wish I hadn't read this. 2/5 stars. 

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane - I really enjoyed It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane but I was a little disappointed with this one. For a start, they were both so similar. Both books about women who end long term relationships and wonder what to do with their lives. I still enjoyed this book and the characters were a lot of fun - in particular her colourful group of friends - but I couldn't help but draw up the similarities. If I hadn't have read It's Not Me, It's You then I think I would have loved this but reading it felt like a bit of a waste as I felt like I already knew the majority of the story. I gave it 3/5 stars but I'd say it's more of a 2.5 although to be fair this was published first. 

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - I've wanted to read this for a long time because this is a book narrated by a dog. I love books. I love dogs. So it sounds pretty ideal. Enzo is narrating his life with his owner and almost plotting his own end. He is old, tired and wants to leave this world as he believes he will be reincarnated as a human. It's so sad but also really heartwarming. The only thing that I didn't like is that Enzo's owner is a racing car driver and Enzo watches all his tapes on TV. Enzo often uses long explanations of racing techniques to refer to life problems etc. But as I've never had much of an interest in this I found it a little boring/confusing. Still a great book though and the ending made me cry. I gave it 5/5 stars. 

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman - After being a big fan of the Netflix series I thought it was about time I read the book! The book and the series are both very good but in different ways. It's a little confusing as a lot of the series character's are based on the book characters (or real life people should I say) but have different names so it can take a while to work out who's who. The book is really interesting but I still find Piper to be a little annoying. She keeps going on about how her offence was really old but it takes a while for her to realise that she played a role in the drugs trade that has hurt so many people. She also seems a little stuck up, she comes across as thinking she's a lot better than the other inmates. But overall the book was still an interesting read although if I'm honest I think the show is actually better. 3/5 stars.

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake* - This book is set in a post WW2 American-occupied Japan. It's about a young girl who writes a letter to an American general who she believes will help her find her sister. I don't know an awful lot about Japanese history so this book opened my eyes a little and was really interesting. The character of focus changes every chapter which is a writing style I like but haven't read in a while - I think it gives a really good, wide perspective on the story. What I liked about this is that is sounds like a romance novel but it's actually about the love within a family and the love that exists between friends. I really enjoyed this book and raced through it, I read the whole thing in a day! 5/5 stars and I can't wait to see what else the author produces.

And those are the books that I read this month! Let me know if you've read any great books recently and don't forget to come back in a few days time to catch the second part of this reading wrap up!

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