Dear Diary

Dear Diary: What I read in September 2015

I was on holiday at the start of the month and managed to whiz my way though  A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger which I was gifted a while back at the Soap & Glory screening of The Duff. (Kody also wrote the book that the movie is based on.) Whitley sleeps with a guy on graduation night who of course just happens to be the son of her dad’s new fiance. The rest of the book pretty much goes exactly how you would expect it to. Predictable yes but a great Summer read nonetheless!

I’m only counting this next book as a half because I didn’t realise that The Time Stopper is a sort of prelude to the series Mind Dimensions by Dima Zales. This was both a good and a bad thing in that a) I managed to read through it super quickly but b) it left me wanting more, more, more! I’m trying really hard not to buy any more books at the moment, not even kindle ones so I’m going to have to put this series on hold for a bit.

While I was at home I found the copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that I thought I’d lost so obviously I had to give it a re-read. There is nothing more comforting to me than a Harry Potter book and this is one of the best. While I was home I also gave my niece The Philosopher’s Stone to read for the first time and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it!

I arrived home to a copy of Zeroes* by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti and was slightly worried that I wouldn’t have it finished in time to review it this month due to the sheer size of it, 546 pages! I needn’t have worried though as the story was so compelling I could hardly put it down and finished it in 6 days. This book is pretty much everything that I look for in a YA novel; diverse, well thought out characters – different chapters are written from different points of view which helps us get to know each of them a bit better and you can barely tell that there are three different writers which helps the flow, a fast moving plot and a few cheeky superpowers thrown in for good measure. I was really happy to learn that this is just the first of a trilogy as I can’t wait to read more about the Zeroes!

I still haven’t finished listening to The Night Circus because my headphones broke on the way home from Atlanta but as you may have read I won a pair at the #SoundsOfSennheiser event so I’m sure I’ll be able to review this for y’all in next months post.

BOOKS READ THIS MONTH: 3.5
BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 35
BOOKS READ FOR 30 BY 30: 41

*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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