Augusts reads – five brilliant books

A good book is very magical

The wisest of woods from the queen of writing – J. K. Rowling. (source)

Before I sat down to write this post I thought I’d read barely anything in August, hence why this post is arriving a week into September. As really what’s the point of updating you on my reading challenge when I haven’t got anything to update on? However, I then realised the point of this blog and in particular this challenge was to up date you on my reading habits on a monthly basis, it was a way of being held accountable for my reading. If I want to start a challenge – then surely I have to finish it. So I got over myself and got writing, only to realise I’d been wrong. I actually had a good reading month! After all five books is really quite a good amount for just one month. Although really if I think about it I’ve not read anything for most of the month, as the first three books were read in just one week. Thank goodness Wales happened as since then I’ve been finding it really hard to get into any book I pick up. I’m hoping that with my upcoming week in Portugal things will improve after all I’ll have lots of time and not a lot else to focus on (apart from food!), here’s hoping that plan works anyway! So what did I think about the five books that I did read, well…

  1. First up was the work manuscript, which I obviously can’t tell you about as it’s not out till next year, but it was honestly such a brilliant read! It’s the third book in a brilliant series, and I’m so pleased that this book doesn’t disappoint, it’s really very good.
  2. Book number two was Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. I’ve mentioned in the past how much I enjoy these books and this still stands. It was really good to learn more about the characters and see how the story is developing. I can’t wait to read book three as I think it’s going to be brilliant when the two groups of characters start working together – I think we’re in for some trials and tribulations, and of course humour. Oh I love these books.
  3. Harlan Coben is one of my favourite crime writers, and Six Years is another excellent book. It really does keep you guessing until the end and he creates a really interesting character who is faced with some really interesting situations and decisions. I can’t even fathom how you would react when finding out some of the things he does. I highly recommend it!
  4. The Enemy by Charlie Higson – This book was truly amazing, I loved it! It’s a books with such brilliant writing and a great story, coupled with hideously gory parts (so gory that I almost felt sick!). It’s also a wonderfully interesting concept, which has you second guessing what you would do in a similar situation – I still don’t know. I also couldn’t help but loving all the characters. My final thought on this book is how it reminds me so much with Lord of the Flies, in the way that it gives children responsibility and questions how they would react.
  5. Last weekend I finished Private Down Under, which is by James Patterson. I’m a big fan of the Private series and you’ll be pleased to know that this book is just as good as the rest of the books in the series. The best thing about this book – apart from the fast pace, interesting characters and intriguing cases – is that it’s reminded me how much I want to go back to Sydney. I love that city so much and it’s great to read about areas that I know, even if only a little.

So that’s what I’ve been reading – what about you, what did you read in August and what did you think about each book? I’d love to know!

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February’s Books

February’s book reading has been VERY successful as I’ve finished six books and I’m on my seventh. That puts me a fifth of the way through my challenge for the year – hooray! This makes me think that it could be possible for me to complete it, well as long as I don’t suddenly have a week or two of bad reading, fingers crossed! So what have I been reading and what did I think of the books….

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – I’m actually fairly ashamed to say I’ve never read this book as it’s such a classic. How I’ve managed to get through the past 20-something years without reading it, considering I’ve always been such a book-worm, I’m not sure but now that I have I’m not sure I understand the massive amount of love for this book. I just wasn’t really a fan of any of it – sorry to all the Black Beauty fans out there.

The Twits, Roald Dahl – I loved Roald Dahl’s stories as a child. I must have read George’s Marvellous Medicine about 30 times and Matilda is one of my all-time favourite books – up there with Charlotte’s Web in my opinion. But somehow I never read The Twits and now that I have I LOVED it! It’s so brilliantly imaginative and funny, although wildly dark at the same time, like all good Dahl stories.

The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey – I read a sneaky proof of this book as it’s not out until May and it was really, really good! I’ve not read any Rick Yancey books in the past, but I’m tempted to now I’ve read this one. It’s a brilliant postapocalyptic/dystopian novel on a par with The Hunger Games with well-written characters and suspense on every page.

Insurgent, Veronica Roth – It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t read book two of the Divergent series even though I was a huge fan of the first book. I’m not sure how I let this slip through my fingers, but I’m very glad I remembered and have now read it. It’s brilliant and it’s as good as book one – the characters keep you guessing what their going to do next and it’s definitely left me intrigued about book three. How’s it all going to end?!

Private: No. 1 Suspect, James Patterson – I love James Patterson’s novels as they are so easy to read and all about the suspense. I find them the perfect beach read or read when you need something that doesn’t involve much effort or thought. And this book was no different. Plus I’m fairly new to the Private series so it was good to find out more about these recurring characters.

Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan – This is one of about five Rick Riordan book on my book list and as per usual the book didn’t disappoint. The reason I love these books is that you learn so much! It’s been years since I did any Egyptian history, in fact it was about 18 years ago, so it was good to be reminded about some of the myths and legends and to see how Rick Riordan weaves it all in to a brilliant story that always keeps you gripped. Definitely one to be added to your list if you’ve not read it before!

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