June reads

This month’s been rather busy in terms of uni stress – I properly started my dissertation – so I haven’t read as much as normal, but these books are what I enjoyed on my down time.

‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

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This book was so inspirational, and instantly made me want to get up and chase my dreams!

Autobiography / Travel

4 out of 5 stars

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humour, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Steadman

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This book was definitely not what I expected, but at the same time it was a heartwarming story about family, love and loss that got me right in the feels.

Fiction

3.5 out of 5 stars

Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. 

‘The Golden Child’ by Wendy James

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Fiction

4 out of 5 stars

Blogger Lizzy’s life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness … Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth’s clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for. This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

Check out my full review here.

‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

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I couldn’t put this down, I devoured it in a day – such an inspiring easy read!

YA/ Contemporary

4 out of 5 stars

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.  

Amy XOXO

4 Comments

  1. July 2, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Thank you for this post! I love book recommendations ☺️

    • July 5, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      Your welcome so do I! Think that’s why my tbr pile is getting bigger and bigger 😂

  2. July 4, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    What did you think of Fangirl, I love that book? 😊 Also, was thinking of picking up Wild on our upcoming Waterstones trip (🎉) – yay or nay? X

    • July 5, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      I loved fangirl, didn’t want it to end 😞Oh my god wild was amazing! You have to read it, was so inspirational 😍 xx

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