Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! Time again for my monthly reading wrap up. This month I've actually read quite a bit which I'm really proud of. Although I actually finished four of these books in the last week or two of the month. I think when it comes to reading I either get really into it or really struggle to keep focused. I enjoyed the majority of the books that I read this month which is a nice bonus too! I've got quite a few exciting books lined up on my Kindle for October too so hopefully that will also be a good reading month for me too! But without dallying on for too long lets get back to the books!


Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis* - This is a YA novel about a girl who is ravelling to Montana with her mother who is conducting research for her job. They stay on a local ranch where she starts to fall for the ranch owner's son, Cal. They take a trip one day but are almost killed in a freak accident. But at the same time she's reading a diary of a young girl in the 1880s and the story seems to be running in parallel with a similar accident etc. It's about how the current story intertwines with the old one. I enjoyed this but like most YA novels it did include quite a bit of 'insta-love' which is quite hard to trudge through as a reader! I gave this one 2/5 stars because it was enjoyable enough but it wasn't a great book and I wouldn't read it again.

Red Bones by Anne Cleeves - Red Bones is a murder mystery novel set on the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland. My grandad lent me this book and I really enjoyed reading it. An old woman is shot in what appears to be an accident but days later another death occurs on the island which is very weird. The detective in charge thinks that both deaths must be malicious and starts to look into it to find the killer. I love a good mystery novel so I really enjoyed reading this. I thought the characters were all really interesting but realistic and I also thought that the plot was really good and well thought out. I gave this one 5/5 stars as I really enjoyed it. It's actually in the middle of a series but hopefully I'll get round to reading the other ones soon.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan - This was last month's Sassy Books read and it seems to have gone down quite well. Marina had just graduated from Yale and was looking into a career in writing when she was killed in a car accident. This book is a collection of her fiction short stories and non fiction essays. Like all collections of work some were better than others but overall I really enjoyed most of them. I've written a full post about the book so if you want to read that and the other reviews then click here. I gave this book 4/5 stars as I enjoyed the majority of it but there were a few stories in it that I didn't really enjoy. Read my Sassy Books post here.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - You may remember that I wrote about this book in my books I want to reread post. And it was the first one I got round to rereading. This is about a girl in high school who kills herself. But before she does she records 13 tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she killed herself. And all the reasons are people and the story is told by one of the character's who receives the tapes. This book deals with some pretty heavy topics and it was the first book I ever remember reading that dealt with teen suicide and rape. So not necessarily an 'easy read' but still an important one none the less. I really enjoyed this the first time around and felt the same whilst rereading it. The story is fast paced and I found that I couldn't put it down. 5/5 stars.

MAUS by Art Spiegelman - Another reread for me! I first borrowed this out of my high school library but couldn't help but purchase it when I saw that is was discounted online. It's a graphic novel depicting the author's father's story of the holocaust. His dad was Jewish and Polish and managed to avoid the camps for a few years but eventually ended up in Auschwitz. Both his mother and father survived and this is their story. All the Jewish characters are portrayed as mice and the Germans as cats. This is an absolutely beautiful book and I really recommend it. 5/5 stars.

What was the best book you read this month?

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