Wow, another month over and plenty of books read. I’ve finished making the decision this month to make books, and book reviews a more prominent part of my blog. After hitting a rough patch last year when my health got in the way of my bookwormlike tendencies I’m now picking up steam again with my reading. I’ll continue to do a monthly round up of what I’ve read but expect to see more reviews from now on.
This month’s words came in:
“Plan B” by Emily Barr
“Outlaw : The Legend Of Robin Hood” by Tony Lee, Sam Hart and Artur Fujita
“Black Swan Rising” by Lee Carroll
“The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder” by Holly McQueen
“Grave Sight” by Charlaine Harris
“Grave Surprise” by Charlaine Harris
“An Ice Cold Grave” by Charlaine Harris
“Mousetrapped : A Year and a Bit in Orlando, Florida” by Catherine Ryan Howard
“Going Beyond Google : the Invisible Web in Teaching and Learning” by Jane Devine and Francince Egger-Sider
A real mixture this month. Some fiction, a graphic novel, a memoir and my first textbook of the academic year. I’ve just invested in some new books so I imagine next month will look equally varied.
Another belated reading post, I really need to think about writing these posts sooner!
In September I read:
“Lockdown” by Sean Black.
“See Jane Date” by Melissa Senate.
“Slightly Single” by Wendy Markham.
“The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets” by Eva Rice.
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.
“I Heart New York” by Lindsay Kelk.
“Jenna’s Cowboy” by Sharon Gillenwater.
“The Disengagement Ring” by Clodagh Murphy.
“Chinese Whispers” by Marisa Mackle.
“Girl in a Spin” by Clodagh Murphy.
“Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella.
Another month with 11 books, a lot of those were read on holiday and I can already see that now I’m at uni I’m not reading anywhere near as quickly. I need to find more time for reading in my days, I’m sure that as I carry on settling into my new routine my reading will pick up again.
I’ve just realised that I haven’t done my books post for August. Here’s a quick run down of what I read.
“Drawing With Light” by Julia Green.
“After You” by Julie Buxbaum.
“Life’s That Way” by Jim Beaver.
“Good In Bed” by Jennifer Weiner.
“A Romantic Getaway” by Sarah Monk.
“Slam” by Nick Hornby.
“The Wish” by Sasha Blake.
“The Adventuress” by Audrey Niffenegger.
“Dark Secrets: Legacy of Lies and Don’t Tell” by Elizabeth Chandler.
“Almost True” by Keren David.
Eleven books in total, varying from brilliant to not very good with one fairly indifferent read along the way.
I read three books in July. I would have sworn it was more!
“When I Was Joe” by Keren David.
I thought this debut YA novel was absolutely brilliant. I started reading it late at night and actually had to argue with myself to put it down because I needed sleep, I would have read it in one sitting if I could have done. Set against a backdrop of teen knife crime and witness protection the central characters are balanced brilliantly, whilst I felt sympathetic towards them at other points I wanted to shout at them and give them a well-deserved shake! Definitely a book I will be recommending.
“Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s a Groundhog Day type of tale, when the lead character is killed early in the book that should be the end of the story. Instead she gets to relive her final day again and again, each day she makes changes and learns more about herself and life in these repeats of her last moments than she ever had when she was alive. It’s beautifully written and left me thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it.
“Forbidden Pleasures” by Jo Rees.
Read for The Summer Reading Challenge I talked about this book here.
In June I read 4 books. They were:
“Rich and Mad” by William Nicholson.
I read about this book in a blog post and thought it sounded interesting so gave it a go. I think the blog post was suggesting it was a modern equivalent to Judy Blume’s “Forever”, whilst I doubt it will end up with the same rite of passage status I thought it was an excellent read. I think the teenage me would have enjoyed it too.
“The Ice Cream Girls” by Dorothy Koomson.
I have loved every book Dorothy Koomson has written so far. This, her latest, has a slightly different feel to her previous books but I loved it all the same. My only disappointment was in the child characters, the previous books have had me falling in love with the wonderful children in them but in this book the two children took a pretty minor role.
“Love Letters” by Katie Fforde.
I always think of Katie Fforde books as slipper-like and “Love Letters” was no disappointment. A lovely lead character with a love of books, set against a backdrop of both the English and Irish countryside made for a lovely read. I enjoyed this book sat in the garden, idea summer reading.
“Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” by Bryan Lee O’Malley.
A slight change of pace, I decided it was time I explored the world of Scott Pilgrim. I still haven’t quite managed to make my mind up about what I think about it, but I’ll definitely be reading at least another volume. Maybe then I’ll have more coherent thoughts and comments to make.