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Dear Diary: What I read in August and September 2016

August

I was in America for the first two weeks of the month so I didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped – in fact I only read one of the three books I took away with me and that was How not to Disappear* by Clare Furniss which I had been sent by the publisher a while back.

While it’s primarily a YA novel the themes that this book deals with are really important and as well as being a typical journey of self discovery for the protagonist it also touches on dementia and how the memories that we have are what make us who we are. How awful must it be to lose yourself with absolutely no control over what you do or do not remember. I did find that the plot moved quite slowly though and as I was reading it in small snatched amounts of time sometimes it did feel as though nothing was happening but the payoff was worth it.

Even once I returned from holiday I found myself super busy with a trip home to Aberdeen for a long weekend and then preparing for our office move which was at the end of the month so I’ve only really had time to listen to audio books since getting back although I did manage three this month.

The first was The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty who has quickly become a favourite of mine thanks to Rosalyn recommending a few of her novels to me before. You’d think from the title that this would be a novel about discovering exactly what the secret is but actually this is revealed fairly early on in the proceedings. Instead the author does what she does so well and intertwines the lives of the three female narrators together in such an intricate way.

I couldn’t get enough of Caroline Lee’s gorgeous Australian accent so I started listening to yet another Liane Moriarty book this time Three Wishes. Unlike The Husband’s Secret or Little Lies there isn’t much of a mystery to this story and I think it’s my least favourite of hers that I’ve read so far. That said Three Wishes was also Moriarty’s first ever published novel so of course her work would improve over time and you can already start to see the development of her own style. I think my main problem with this one is that not very much happens, it’s more a glimpse into a year in the lives of the triplets each with their own set of every day problems.

My final Audible selection of the month was You’re the one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher. I’ve previously read almost all of Gi’s books and really enjoyed them but I have to say this was my least favourite of the lot. It was another book that didn’t seem to go anywhere and very stereotypical with the whole can girls and boys really just be friends thing. I found all three main characters to be quite annoying and just wanted to shake them by the shoulders at times to get them to actually DO something. Bit of a disappointing way to end off the month really.

BOOKS READ THIS MONTH: 4
BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 31
BOOKS READ FOR POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE: 17

September

You’d think, or maybe just hope, that being unemployed would mean that I’d have a lot of time on my hands for reading but actually that’s not the case at all and I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts/having Netflix on in the background while I’ve been job hunting instead so this months reading list is fairly short with only three books on the list I’m afraid! Not only that but it’s another Liane Moriarty fest… whoops!

First up, What Alice Forgot and after the slight disappointment of Three Wishes I felt that Moriarty was back at what she does best – slowly unravelling a mystery at the perfect pace. Alice wakes up after an accident having lost memories of the past ten years of her life. While there were many things I couldn’t relate to directly it did get me thinking about my own life and the differences between me at 20 and now at 30! Since turning 30 I’ve been feeling a little lost and how I imagine I should have felt at 20 whereas at 20 I was in a long term relationship planning to buy my first property with him which is kind of where I feel my life should be now. Like I said, thought provoking!

I’m not sure if they somehow sensed that I was on a Liane Moriarty binge or something but NetGalley offered me early access to her newest book Truly Madly Guilty*  – Moriarty is on form with this one, teasing the reader with what actually happened at the BBQ, making you believe everything her characters are going through and still able to surprise you with the direction that she takes the plot.  This is probably my second favourite of her novels, it was a truly fantastic read and reminded me of just how good a well written mystery could be!

I realised towards the end of the month that I hadn’t made much progress on the reading challenge I set myself at the start of the year so I gave Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a listen as my “book that’s more than 600 pages”. I get the sneaky suspicion I’m not going to  complete the list but it has at least pushed me to try new genres of book that I wouldn’t have otherwise. As for OotP – it doesn’t hurt any less with every reread. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Harry Potter was my first ever fandom and holds such a special place in my heart there is no other fictional world I’ve fallen so head over heels with and if that’s a cliche then I don’t even care.

BOOKS READ THIS MONTH: 3
BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 34
BOOKS READ FOR POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE: 18

*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.
The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

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