Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Goodreads: August Wrap Up!

I swear to God; I only wrote one of these posts about a week ago! How time flies when you’re having fun! Once again the end of the month is upon us and it’s time to take a look back over the books that I’ve managed to read this month. I’d say that August has been a pretty decent month, reading-wise, all things considered and I got through a lot more than I thought I would.

Like the vast majority of the general public, in the month of August I picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, another (much needed) contribution to the much beloved Harry Potter series. I’m still unsure as to whether or not I’ll be reviewing this one, as I have a fair few opinions that I’d like to share with everyone but it’s still pretty new so I don’t want to spoil anything for unsuspecting readers. Spoiler free is an option, of course, but that obviously limits the detail I can go into and stops me from referencing particular scenes. All in all, I enjoyed the story but it didn’t give me the same thrilling feeling that the novels did. A shame, but not entirely unexpected.

A book I have already reviewed on the blog is Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. My full review will obviously be a lot more informative but to summarise, I enjoyed the story but didn’t get the wow factor that I was expecting from Moriarty’s work. I’ve read books by her before and been absolutely blown away by them, but unfortunately with this one that wasn’t the case.

One of my work colleagues is a bit of a book lover just like me, which makes for interesting discussions when we’re on shift together. She recommended the book To Kill For by A.J. Carella to me- it was a free book on the kindle store so I downloaded it quickly and finally got around to reading it this month. I definitely enjoyed the read although the style of writing was a little outside what I normally enjoy. Regardless, it was a short and easy read and I loved talking about it afterwards with my colleague.

Sticking to my psychological thriller/ARC trend, the next book I got stuck into was Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington. I reviewed it here if you want to have a looksee, but long story short- this book was absolutely bloody amazing and I would recommend everyone have a go at it. After reading the A.J. Carella novel, I reciprocated and recommended this one to my colleague, as I mentioned in my review. She finished it and also loved it, passing the recommendation on to some of her friends as well! An absolute belter from start to finish.

My final completed book in August was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – trust me to end things on a heartbreaker! I have SO many things to say about this book so I’d suggest you read my review here. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, in all the right ways but I think you need to read it yourself to truly appreciate it.

I’m also currently a couple of hundred pages of the way through Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a book which is quickly becoming my favourite classic! I can’t wait to see where things go with it and how it ends!

In the month of August, I read a grand total of 1459 pages, again, a feat I’m pretty impressed with considering how I’ve been working full-time and managing a household alongside everything! I’m excited to see what September has to bring, book-wise now!


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