September reads

Last month I definitely did my fair share of reading! I went on holiday and spent most of my time by the pool with my face in a book. When we returned It was the first day of autumn and I definitely hunkered down in my dressing gown whenever I had some spare time. Here’s what I read …

 

‘The Deepest Cut’ by Natalie Flynn

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I couldn’t put this book down, and I have not cried at a book in such a long time. This book gripped me!

YA

4 out of 5 stars

‘Adam blames himself for his best friend s death. After attempting suicide, he is put in the care of a local mental health facility. There, too traumatized to speak, he begins to write notebooks detailing the events leading up to Jake’s murder, trying to understand who is really responsible and cope with how needless it was as a petty argument spiralled out of control and peer pressure took hold.’

 

‘If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things’ by Jon McGregor

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I was not a fan of this book. It was dull and nothing much happened. Let me know in the comments if you have read it, and what you thought of it!

Fiction

2 out of 5 stars

‘On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence – street cricket, barbecues, painting windows… A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever.’

 

‘The Darkest Minds’ by Alexandra Bracken 

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This book was a really good, easy holiday read, and I already can’t wait to read the second book!

YA

4 out of 5 stars

‘Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive. For now. A mysterious disease has killed most of America’s children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby’s parents sent her to Thurmond, a brutal state ‘rehabilitation camp’, where she has learned to fear and suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation’s only chance for survival?’

 

‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han 

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This book did not disappoint. I read it in the space of a day or two, and I’m definitely getting the second book on my next waterstones trip!

YA

4 out of 5 stars

‘Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.’

 

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

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This book was a good holiday read, and as soon as I put it down I wanted to travel travel travel!!!

Memoir

3 out of 5 stars

‘It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.’

 

What did you all read last month?

Amy XOXO

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