August has come to an end, which means it is the end of summer and the start of autumn. The end of a month, as usual, also brings a wrap-up of everything I have read that month. This wrap-up will also include an overview of how well I did at completing my TBR for the whole summer. Let’s just get into it though and enjoy the last post of summer 2018:
The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle
This was the first book I finished in August and it was really enjoyable. It is a book that I bought from the charity shop several years ago and I had forgotten about it for a while, but I found it again whilst I was clearing out my cupboards and decided to give it a go. It is a book discussing all of the books from history that have largely been forgotten or have had an impact on literature as we know it today. It was a fascinating read and it really made me appreciate how lucky we are to have the books we have to today.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I am very late to the party on this one because this was big back in 2017, but I finally got around to reading it and I loved it just as much as literally everyone else did. I honestly haven’t heard a single negative review of this book, which is pretty damn impressive. I have already put a full spoiler-free review of this book up, so if you want more details about what I thought about this book, then you can go and have a read of that.
Happy by Fearne Cotton
I picked this up from Tesco months ago because it is a book all about the authors own experience with depression. I hoped that it would help me with my own mental illness and it kind of did that and it kind of didn’t. A lot of the book was based on you doing the little acticities in it, which I didn’t really want to do, which is probably why I didn’t find it as helpful, but I did still like it. It was a quick read and it did have some useful information dotted throughout the book. The biggest thing I took away from it was the yoga though. I have been wanting to try yoga for a while, but I didn’t know how, but there are several pages in this book with pictures and descriptions of each yoga pose and it walks you through them. I found this super helpful and I have really been enjoying doing some simple yoga in the mornings to get me going.
‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and ‘A Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you saw my August book haul, then you would have already read a little about these books. I picked them up on a day in Nottingham and read them soon after because they are only about 5 pages each, so they are very quick reads. I have always been a feminist, but I am really interested in learning more about it from more reliable sources and from lots of different perspectives. these two books were really great and gave me all of the information I could need in a simple and concise manor.
4.75/5 and 4/5
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This was my 3rd time reading Fangirl now and I adored it as per usual. I am in a bit of a weird reading mood because I really want to read fantasy, but I also want to read contemporary and non-fiction and I want to re-read Harry Potter, which then leads to me not being able to decided what I want to read, so I decided to read Fangirl because it kind of ticks all of those boxes. It is a re-read, a contemporary, there are snippets or fantasy in it because Cath writes fan-fiction and, since I am currently trying to write a book, it is kind of like reading non-fiction because I’m ‘doing research’. Or that’s what I tell myself anyway.
Has Democracy Failed Women? by Drude Dahlerup
I had some mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I would say that I did like it and it was incredibly informative and very well-researched, but I think it was just a little bit beyond me. I don’t know very much about politics, so there were quite a lot of things that I couldn’t quite understand due to my lack of background understanding. I also felt it was a bit information heavy for my liking. I prefer non-fiction books that have the information broken up by pictures, quotes, fun facts and diagrams instead of just one big block of text because I feel it reads a bit like a text book otherwise, which is ever great. It did teach me a lot though, even if some things went a bit over my head.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Fallen was the last book I read in August and it was probably one of my favourites. I haven’t heard amazing things about this book and I had bought it originally about 3/4 years ago, so I wasn’t sure if I would still like it, but I really did. There were some plot holes, quite a few tropes and it was a little predictable, but I didn’t mind that because it was just a really fun romance novel. I was hooked the whole way through and I can’t wait to continue with the series. I have been describing it to people as the trashy romance novel always wanted. It has given me everything I wanted from twilight, but didn’t get.
I was surprised to see that I have actually read 8 books this month (although 2 of them were very short) because I feel as if I have read barely anything. I’m not sure how my reading will go next month as I am going back to school, but I am hoping to at least finish the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Before I sign off I just wanted to talk about how I got on with my summer TBR. If you have been reading for a while, then you will know that I posted a TBR at the beginning of July that covered all the books I wanted to read this summer. There were 17 books on my TBR and I managed to get around to reading 8 of them. I could have easily finished them all, but I decided to read some other books (mostly non-fiction actually) because I just wasn’t feeling the books on my TBR at the time. I am now though, so I will be finishing off that summer TBR into September and October. What have you read this month? Did you complete your TBR?
Goodbye for now!
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