Hi team! I hope you’re all well on this fine Monday! Today’s edition of the book corner is my August reading update. Also known as the update where I hit my Goodreads 2017 challenge of reading 52 books. Hooray for that. I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to read so many books already but I’m pretty pleased with that. So onwards to see what delights I’ve read this month.
August Reading Update #1: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Nevermoor isn’t out for another couple of months, but I was lucky enough to get a proof ahead of time. It’s being billed as the big kids book of this Christmas and the next big magical series for kids. And it’s all of that and more. It’s the most brilliant book – full of fascinating characters, intriguing secrets and a magical story. Townsend has created the most phenomenal world for us all to explore and enjoy.
The story follows a young girl, Morrigan, who is seemingly unloved by her family and who is destined to die on her 11th birthday. Until that is she’s claimed by a crazy magician to become his hope at winning a place in the Wondrous Society – the city’s most prestigious (and secretive) organisation. Morrigan must compete in a series of Hunger Games-esque tasks with 500 other kids for the chance to enter the society. This is a page-turning adventure that had me hooked from start to finish. Most definitely a good book and most definitely not just for kids.
August Reading Update #2: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve always been a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, ever since I read the Shopaholic series. I was pretty obsessed with those books as a teenage if I’m honest! but it’s been a while since I read anything by Sophie, but thankfully My Not So Perfect Life is as brilliant as all her other books are. It looks at the reality behind the Instagram world and how selective we are on what we post and how bad that can be for us all in the long run. This was a classic tale of a girl our of her depth being pushed to the brink and losing everything before realising what’s important and following her dreams, oh and falling in love – of course! It was just the perfect summer read.
August Reading Update #3: Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, ever since it started getting hype last year, but alas time just disappeared. Until now that is. And I’m glad I finally read Orangeboy as it’s a brilliant book and I’d say essential reading for all. In the sense that you can see how people, particularly teens, can end up in situations that spiral out of control too fast for them to handle. And how doing the right thing isn’t always as clear-cut or as simple as you might thing. Patrice’s story is beautifully written and the teenage voices felt so real and correct. I can’t wait to read her most recent book, Indigo Donut, if it’s anything like Orangeboy it’ll be astonishingly good.
August Reading Update #4: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
This book is marketed as a gripping, twisty read and it’s most certainly that. It’s the tale of a young couple who are witnesses to a rape and the fall out of this one horrific act for all involved. About 50 pages in it becomes clear that it’s not just he said/she said in terms of the rape case. There’s definitely more going on in this story, as things aren’t quite what they seem and you quickly start to question the four main characters. In that sense it’s in the same vein as Gone Girl, with constant changes over who can be trusted. Sadly I felt this book went too far with that premise. I didn’t think it was necessarily plausible that certain characters acted how they did. Particularly in the reveals at the end. The last 60 or so pages were definitely a let down for me.
August Reading Update #5: S. T. A. G. S by M. A. Bennett
S.T.A.G.S is such a fun read, it’s packed with filmic references and set in a wondrously unattainable world. A world of shooting parties and country estates, servants and ballgowns at dinner. But underneath all of that S.T.A.G.S is about what we’ll do, or more correctly, put up with in order to make friends and be accepted.
If you’re a fan of Gosford Park and Cruel Intentions then you’ll love this YA read. It’s a page-turner of a book about a young girl, Greer who doesn’t quite fit in at S.T.A.G.S, the upper class boarding school she’s just started at. As a scholarship student she couldn’t be more different from the rest of S.T.A.G.S’ students who are all glossy and rich. With no friends at the school she jumps at the chance to attend an exclusive weekend of hunting, fishing and shooting at the country estate of Henry, the leader of the cool pack. But as the weekend arrives and her fellow oddball guests, also social misfits, start to get injured Greer begins to wonder if things are really as they seem… Who can she trust and will she make it back from the weekend in one piece?
So there we go, my five reads from August. Have you read any of these books yet, and if so, what did you think of them. Let me know!