Sunday, 3 September 2017

August Reading Wrap Up

August was a weird month for me. After reading a tonne of books in July, I thought I'd read a lot in August too. But August turned out to be a really busy month for me with trips to both Boston and Philadelphia. Whilst I had free time on the train, I didn't actually read which is usually how I get a lot of my reading done. I hadn't read a single book up until the last week of the month where I did all of my reading. So it may look like I read a lot this month but it was all in the last week of the month. Hopefully, September will be good. My trip to Texas will provide me with 8 hours of flight time plus travel to airports so I wouldn't be surprised if that helps me get a book or two out of the way.


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
This is a fiction novel about a young couple from the Middle East who become refugees after their home city is torn apart by war. This is a story about a couple but it isn't really a love story. In this book, portals appear over the world which allows en masse immigration. It discusses attitudes towards refugees and speculates what would happen if there were no barriers to stopping people fleeing war torn and poor areas. The writing was rich, deep and exquisite. It was thought provoking and brutal and I haven't really stopped thinking about it. 5/5 stars, you need to read this book.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
In this novel, two teenagers are set up to meet by their parents in the hope they will want to marry each other. Rishi is quiet and happy with his parent's suggestion. Dimple, on the other hand, is fiery and ready to stand out against the culture that wants her to care about husbands when she wants to care about college and her career. This is a fun YA fiction that's a little different from your average boy meets girl. I enjoyed reading it but found that the characters could be a little irksome at times - like all teenagers really. I liked that this book featured university age students as I feel like that's an age range that's often overlooked in fiction. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Ps I Still Love You by Jenny Han 
I read the first book in this series years ago but when I saw that this book was in my library I really wanted to read it. In the first book, letters that Lara Jean wrote to boys she had crushes on (and never intended to send) get mailed out and she has to deal with the consequences. I've matured a bit since I first read this but it was a nice, easy read but certainly cringy af. For example, the 16-year-old central character calls her dad daddy. I gave it 3/5 stars.

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen 
This book is about two teenagers who have to live together after their parents get together. Stewart is a socially awkward child genius and Lauren is the queen bee at school. This was actually one of the best YA novels I've read in a while. I wasn't overly keen on Lauren as a character but Stewart's chapters were very warm and endearing. I gave this book 4/5 stars as I wasn't super keen on how the novel ended but overall I was really pleased with it.

Carry This Book by Abbi Jacobsen 
This is a coffee table kinda book where the artist draws what she thinks famous people carry with them in their bags etc. It was fun to look through but I wasn't overly keen on it as I didn't really know many of the people. It was a good book just not for me. I gave it 2/5 stars.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
This is a graphic novel about a girl who starts playing in an online fantasy game. She sets out to take down groups of gold farmers - people who harvest gold in the game and sell it to people for real money. She talks to one and realises that he does this for his job in China and that he is very poor and that the game is his source of income. So this book assesses the morality of that and everything else. This was honestly one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while and I really enjoyed it. I gave it 5/5 stars and would recommend this to anyone who is interested in getting into graphic novels.

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
This is a YA novel about an overweight teenager who decides to enter a beauty pageant that's a really big deal in her hometown because she wants to improve herself confidence and bring a little bit of diversity. I really enjoyed this book and found the characters and the writing style to be bold and fun. It was also pretty funny at times and I've never really read anything like it. 5/5 stars and I'll be checking out her other novel soon.

August Reading Wrap Up 2014 // 2015 // 2016 Part One // 2016 Part Two

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