Howdy, me again! Just dropping in with another reading update. The fact that we’re onto Part 3 already and that we are past the midway point of the year is ridiculous to me. Where does the time go? I don’t get it? Can we have at least 2 weeks back please?!
So let’s dive straight into my recent reads…
21. Black-eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin – This book follows Tessa the only survivor of a serial killer. The book jumps between teenage Tessa, just after the event, to her older self when the convicted killer is appealing the case. The suspense and drama in this book were brilliantly done and the twists were definitely unexpected. However it wasn’t an easy read, I definitely got lost between chapters when things flicked back and forth, normally I don’t have a problem with this, but with Black-eyed Susans I had some issues remembering what era we were in. That said it was an enjoyable read and I’d definitely pick up Heaberlin’s next book.
22. The Marvels by Brian Selznick – Fi has been on at me to read this book for way too long, but I’ve always had a reason not to. In my defense this book is thicker and heavier than the Order of the Phoenix, so you know it’s really not a book that you want to carry on the commute. Anyway, I picked the book and a long weekend and got stuck in. And of course promptly fell in love with it. The book has two parts, which are set in different centuries, while still being connected. The first half is all pictures, in fact let’s call it a graphic novel, and it pulls you straight in. I found myself intrigued, and enthralled, and suddenly I’d gone through 100+ pages in what felt like minutes. And I guess that’s part of the purpose of this book. To get people invested with the pictures so that they won’t even notice when they’re reading the written part of the book. I found this a wonderful and gripping read and it transported me straight into the story, and then it ended and I was incredibly sad. I could have continued to read this story for days….
23. Private Sydney by James Patterson – it’s been awhile since I’ve ready anything by James Patterson which is why I picked this book up even though it’s been sat on my shelf for a few months. To be honest a lot of James Patterson titles have become a bit predictable for me, but luckily not this series. It’s got the suspense and cliffhangers that I’ve come to expect from Patterson.
24. The Watchmaker of Filligree Street by Natasha Pulley – This was an impulse kindle buy which I loved it. It’s finding books like this that make me love my kindle more. There’s so much more to this book that I expected. The history aspect of the plot had me hooked straight away and I pretty much loved all the characters, even the evil ones! Although my favourite was definitely the mechanical octopus!
25. All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – I’m so pleased I stumbled across this title on Netgalley. It had me hooked after the first few pages and I finished it within two days, thanks to my daily commute and a Tuesday evening doing nothing but reading – bliss. The book did jump around a bit which sometimes made it hard to follow, but the plot intrigued me from the start and I was aching to discover how all of the characters fitted into the story and how the truth was going to be revealed in the end, because if there’s anything I know by now, it’s that the truth is always revealed in the end. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then I would recommend you give this a go.
26. One by Sarah Crossan – This one as another recommendation from Fi, which I was skeptical about at first. I don’t often enjoy books about twins, so I tend to steer clear, but as this was about conjoined twins I hoped I feel differently about the book. This follows Grace and Tippi as they leave the safety and security of home schooling and head into the outside world of High School. This book is also written in verse, yes verse. The whole book. I thought I’d find it weird, but actually I didn’t at all. Yes the first few pages were odd, but then I got used to it and it just didn’t register at all. Of course I loved this book. When will I learn that if Fi recomends something I will probably love it! It’s emotional and heartbreaking and just beautiful. I can completely understand why it’s won so many book awards this year.
27. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Yet another YA title that i’ve read this year. What can I say? These are just the best written stories with unending varied and interesting material to immerse in. All the Bright Places tackles the subjects of abuse, bipolar and suicide and is well done, but I still don’t believe that teenagers at school really talk like that. Maybe in America, but I did not go to school with anyone like this, and it frustrates me. But if that’s the only problem I have with this book, then I can deal with that. The story is a good one and the characters are likable and intriguing enough that I wanted it to work. I do wish other characters were explored more though as I’d like to understand how certain things were allowed to happen. But then I guess that’s the point of books, we have the opportunity to think through and mull over things in a way that the book characters obviously don’t have.
28. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill – You may have seen me tweet about this book recently, it’s utterly heartbreaking and I think it’s such an important book, and one that everyone should be made to read. The book follow 18 year old Emma through the aftermath of rape up to the trial date. The book is written from Emma’s perspective and through her we see how it is effecting her, her family and the community. I think that anyone who reads this will be angry, I hope they will be anyway, as it’s a very stark and truthful look into the victim blaming and rape culture of our society. I won’t say much more, instead i’m just going to leave you with this line “They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
Also this month I’ve reread two of my favourite books of all time. I’m not going to review them because I think it’s clear by now what I’d be saying. So i’ll just let them sit here in all their fabulousness instead!
29. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
30. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling