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Dear Diary: What I read in August 2015

Lots of “reading” done this month thanks to the wonders of Audible! First up I was missing Wil Wheaton’s voice so decided to download Armada by Ernest Cline to listen to on my commute. This wasn’t anywhere near as good at Ready Player One but it was still a great listen. It was always going to be difficult for him to match his incredible first novel and he didn’t quite manage it.

Then there was a buy one get one free offer on Audible so obviously I had to take advantage. Annoyingly there was only one book on the list that I was really interested in so I ended up downloading Nine Uses For An Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning as my “free” one. I read quite a few of her teen books when I was younger so I was interested to see what her adult novels were like and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It was a funny and painfully honest account of what happens when you discover the love of your life has been cheating on you with your so called best friend. As someone who has been in that situation it was difficult not to see parts of myself in Hope.

I took part in a week-long readathon mid month and tackled an actual real paper book. After 2 years of it sitting on my shelf since moving to London I finally read Summer Sisters by Judy Bloom. I loved the way that this book was written with each of the girls summers as a different section as you see them grow up and apart. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting and it was quite heartbreaking having invested so much time in each other growing up.

The nerd book of the summer You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day was obviously going to be on my reading list so when I found out that she narrated the audio book herself I decided to give it a go. I knew from the marvelous foreword from Joss Whedon that this was going to be something special, a bit like Felicia herself. What I didn’t expect was to see so much of myself in Felicia and to get so much reassurance from this book that actually, it’s OK to not always have it together.

I finally finished the Sherlock short stories, not much to add to what I thought when I read the first half of this book but glad that I can now remove it from my bookshelf!


Yet another audio book The Mowgli Stories was being offered for free when I logged in one day. At just 2.5 hours it’s one of the shorter things I’ve listened to this month. Voiced by Bill Bailey and Richard E Grant it felt more like an audio play than an audio book but that made a nice change.

I’m currently listening to The Night Circus after it was recommended to me by Katy and I’m hoping to get quite a bit of reading done on the plane to/from Atlanta!


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