July and August Reading Wrap Up

Wednesday, 5 September 2018
This has not been a summer full of books for me. But that's ok because life gets in the way sometimes. However, But... I have read some really good books over the past few months. And I'm finally trying to get through all of the books that are on my Kindle. I swear I think I've been reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post for about 3 years that book is so damn long...

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Everyone and their dog was reading this book so who was I to not join in? In this memoir, journalist Dolly Alderton tells us little anecdotes about romantic, friendly and familial love. It was really enjoyable and felt more like a collection of blog posts than a heavy read. It was also broken up by little chapters of lists or recipes. I liked it in that it felt like a book that I could pick up if I had 5 minutes or 30 minutes to spare and still get a little chunk out of it. That being said. I did find Dolly's stories to be a little unrelatble at times but however, I'm probably not the target audience. I gave it 3/5 stars. Did I find it as amazing as everyone has been saying? No. But did I enjoy reading it? Yes. Am I writing my blog posts now like Josh from Love Island?  You betcha. 

Becoming by Laura Jane Williams
I've been a big fan of Laura Jane Williams's Twitter account for a very long time. So I was pretty excited to read her memoir (sex memoir) and snapped it up when it was on sale for 99p on the Kindle bookstore. This book details everything Laura learnt about sex when she became celibate for a year. And also other stories and anecdotes about her life. I wanted to like this but honestly, it kind of bored me. I don't know if it was just a mistake to read it after Places I Stopped On The Way Home and Everything I Know About Love but I just found it a bit self-centred and lacking in a take-home message. I gave it 2/5 stars. 

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain
This fiction novel written by GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain, follows the lives of 4 British-Bangladeshi sisters as they struggle with love, money and family issues. It was a fun, easy read but at times felt a little stretched and unbelievable. That being said, I read most of it on the flight home from Prague and I was looking for something that was going to be good for a little bit of brain-dead reading. I gave it 3/5 stars in the end. It was a fun story, just not the best written.  

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
This book blew me away. I'd never heard of it until I won a copy in Emma's giveaway. The story follows the life of Deming, born in New York City as the son of an illegal immigrant. One day, his mother goes to work and never comes home. He's adopted by a white family and loses his connection with his family and his culture. But as he becomes an adult, he wants to find out what happened to his mother. If you're a fan of Little Fires Everywhere then you'd love this one too. The writing had me hooked, pretty much from page one. I read this before bed, I read it on the bus, I read it on my lunch break. Couldn't put it down. 5/5 stars. 

Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
Ok, Ok, I know what you're thinking. Hayley weren't you spewing this book's praises just a few months ago. Yes. And I read it again. And it was brilliant, again. Ruby Tandoh's no fucks given guide to food is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled with eating. This book challenges the messages of food guilt that we are constantly bombarded with and it's so refreshing. My copy is heavily annotated as I just heavily agreed with everything she had to say. And there are some fantastic recipes in there too. 5/5 stars. 

As always, send any book recommendations my way!

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