Book, Review

August 2019 ~ Wrap Up

The Couple Next Door ~ Thrillers and mysteries aren’t my typical go to genre but following after reading just the first chapter of this I was gripped, I read this on a long weekend staying with family and could barely put it down.  I’ve seen this recommended a lot on instagram and it totally lived up to the hype, 4 stars.

Bonkers ~ If you’re a fan of Jenifer Saunders or any of her TV shows you’ll probably enjoy this a lot more than me – I did enjoy this, it’s a really funny book but I missed the Ab Fab buzz by being a few years too young and that’s probably what the majority of this revolves around, possibly one that would make a good gift to my mom; 3 stars.

The Truth Pixie Goes to School ~ A sequel to Matt Haig’s children’s book that seemed to take the world by storm at the end of last year, this continues in the same honest style. I’d recommend this to anyone, its a children’s book but I don’t think you need little ones to enjoy this, exactly the kind of thing younger me could have done with, 5 stars.

The Lady and The Highwayman* ~ A great historical fiction set in Victorian London, The Dread Penny Society are an underground association trying to save the young, innocent and vulnerable from those who would harm them.  Fletcher Walker has risen from street urchin beginnings to well known author of Penny Dreadfuls, stories sold in short volumes primarily to those less well off, he meets Elizabeth Black, also an author and headteacher of a girls school and the two find they share more than an interest in the less fortunate; I’ve written up my full thoughts here, 4 stars.

The Muse ~ Another historical fiction! I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Jessie Burton’s writing – full thoughts here, 4 stars.

Everyday Sexism ~ This book is now 6 years old but its still very relevant; Laura Bates set up the Everyday Sexism project to gather stories from primarily women on the kind of sexist behaviour they experience on a regular basis; everything from discrimination against pregnant women in interviews to cat-calling, this book is either going to make you feel less alone in your experiences or open your eyes to some of the horrendous things that are generally pushed aside, excused for ‘banter’ or seen as the ‘fault’ of the victim. If you’re interesting in finding out more you can check out the twitter and website set up for the project while you’re waiting for your copy to arrive, 4 stars.

The Prison Doctor ~ Dr Amanda Brown worked as a GP for over 20 years before she was offered a part-time role as a doctor at a 15-18 young offenders institution and moves onto some high profile, well known prisons.  It’s quite a quick read, Amanda doesn’t waste anytime with descriptive scene setting, this is eye-opening account of events that just keep on coming, one after another, would really recommend this, 4 stars.

The Night Circus ~ I’ve been wanting to re-read this for a while, it became a firm favourite when I read it in 2016 and the week leading up to my wedding seemed like a good time to pick it up; I’d forgotten how lyrically descriptive this was and right from the first few pages I was drawn back in.  Despite remembering most of what happened that didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed this, still a favourite, 5 stars.

How to be a Woman ~ Another nostalgic pre-wedding re-read which ended up being more of a listen after I remembered that this is one of the few things I have on audible. Caitlin reads the audiobook herself; this made my commute to work a lot more enjoyable for the last few days, 5 stars.

A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures ~ The last in the A Journey Through… series book four is completely dedicated to the history of the creatures encountered in the books.  I was a little apprehensive since we’re already had Fantastic Beasts but like the others in the series this looks at the real world fact or legend behind the creatures JK Rowling has chosen to include; ever wondered why we associate cats and owls with wizards or where the first images of a Hippogriff popped up then this little book could be for you.  This series is only available in ebook format, you can find out more from the Pottermore website.

HPReadathon wraps up this month with the last two books, I’ve found this a brilliant little escape from wedding prep;

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince ~ If I re-read this enough times will I ever get over the moment where Dumbledore dies, I’m really not sure, 5 stars.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows ~ Bringing the readathon to a close with a book that will always make me tear up; 5 stars.

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Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

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