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Dear Diary: What I read in July 2015

So I have to start this out with a little brag here, one of my friends David has had his first book published and it’s pretty incredible! As someone who writes myself I know how much work and pain goes into even the shortest of compositions so to actually persevere with an entire novel, make it to the end, edit it and still think that it’s worth someone reading is a pretty awesome achievement on its own. To then have someone else concur that it has potential and agree to publish it is incredible and I could not be happier.

There wasn’t really a lot of information about The Figment Wars: Through the Portals around before it was released and I didn’t press David for any information. While it’s exciting that a friend has achieved a life dream and had their work published it also brings with it a dread like fear: what if I hate it?! I’m happy to say that this fear did not come true and I absolutely adored David’s first novel. The story is well paced with excellent character building along the way and no lengthy build up to the actual plot. I’m not going to give anything away but the world building of the Realm of Imagination is so rich it completely drew me in. The best bit? This is the first of a series and I can’t wait to read more!

I’ve been meaning to read something by Neil Gaiman for a while as it seems that loads of my geek friends are huge fans. Sadly I have to say that I was extremely disappointed in the first of his books I chose to read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’ve since been told that this is the worst of his works to date but that doesn’t really make me feel any better about the fact that I wasted time reading what I can only describe as complete and utter tripe. I genuinely have nothing good to say about this book whatsoever. I still plan on giving Neverwhere a go simply because it’s set in London(ish) but I’m not sure if I’ll bother reading anything else by him after that.

As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago I finally restarted reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling for what I think was the third or fourth time after having watched the BBC production of it. I found the book so much easier to follow with this overview of who the characters were and of course the book goes in to a ton more detail about the lives of them all than the show did. True to what I was told the ending of the book was evening more depressing and I found myself in tears desperately hoping for a magical happy ending that never came. I’m not sure I’d ever read this book again but I am glad that I finally made it to the end.

This month I also discovered the delights of Audible, a service I’ve not really been convinced by before as I wasn’t sure how I’d feel having someone else do the reading for me. I started my 30 day free trial with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which was read by sci-fi fan favourite Wil Wheaton (Wesley in Star Trek: The Next Generation) and oh my goodness I think I may have found my new favourite book! I’m not sure if it was Wil’s voice, the amazing nods to the 80s or memories of when I used to game but I loved every second of it. I whizzed through it in less than a week which would have been impossible had I been physically reading it as I was able to listen while walking to and from the tube station on my commute rather than just when I’m on the train.

I doubt it will ever replace my love of actual reading but it’s definitely an easy way to up the number of books I can get through in this lifetime so I’ve signed up to a years Audible access upfront. This way it equates that each audiobook costs around £5.25 rather than the £7.99 per month cost of a subscription and I don’t have to wait for the month to be over before I can download my next book!

BOOKS READ THIS MONTH: 4
BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 16
BOOKS READ FOR 30 BY 30: 32

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2 thoughts on “Dear Diary: What I read in July 2015

  1. Aw, I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I’ve read a few of his other books before that (inc. The Graveyard Book which is another kids book). I despised Stardust tho which so many other people seemed to adore, ha.

    1. Ha sorry but I just could not get along with it. I kept hoping it would get better but it wasn’t for me I guess! I love the movie version of Stardust so maybe I’d like that too but tbh there are too many books in the world to read ones I only *might* get along with! x

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