Over the past month I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging but I did manage to read a lot of great books. I thought I would do a wrap-up of the last two months in one post. I’m only going to do short summaries of what I thought as there’s a lot to get through.
1984 by George Orwell
I like how realistic this book is and how easily we as a society could slip into this dystopian world. The writing style was addictive and it was hard to put down.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
I didn’t love this as much as everyone else has but it was enjoyable. It’s a well-written book that really tugs at the heartstrings but I think it could have been condensed quite a bit.
Home Body by Rupi Kaur
This is a selection of poems and I really wanted to get into poetry this year but I just don’t understand the style that this poet writes. I enjoyed the aspects of her own life she brings to her writing but I did find some of the poems to be repetitive.
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
This is a sweet graphic novel. The characters came alive with the vibrant illustrations. I thought it was an interesting plot to have the main character be a YouTuber too.
One Night Only by Catherine Walsh
This is a fun read. It has a good romantic storyline as well as an interesting friendship and family dynamic. I loved the fact it is set at a wedding too.
The Maid by Nita Prose
The Maid is an addictive thriller and is definitely getting all the praise it deserves. I loved the unreliable narrator as well as all the trouble she seems to get herself into.
Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon
It’s an interesting read, looking at different artists and their career paths and the advice they give to other people who enjoy the craft.
Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things No One Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
The title of this book is misleading because it’s not telling us to steal from others. But to learn from them. This book didn’t tell me a lot but it was a nice insight into the creative world.
The Things I learnt and the Things I Still Don’t Know by Talitha Wing
This is another poetry collection and I thought a lot of them were great. I like how she shows the development from a young girl to womanhood by revealing her own trauma and successes.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
The Spanish Love Deception was not for me unfortunately. It’s been getting so much recognition and is talked about on Tik Tok but I just thought the story was very similar to other books I’ve read over the years and it was rather lengthy. I think they could have cut a few chapters.
Empress and Aniya by Candice Carty-Williams
I love this author! This is her first young adult novella. I adored the Freaky Friday vibes but also the seriousness of poverty and race that the author displays by showing the difference between the lives of the two friends.
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
There are trigger warnings for this book including death and a school shooting. It’s a raw and heart-wrenching read, playing out the emotions of the survivors. I loved how it shows the flaws of every character even though society creates an illusion that the survivors were heroes.
Fesur Gair by Tudur Dylan Jones
This is a Welsh poetry collection which I adored. I think I realised while reading this that I prefer poems written in Welsh than English. I particularly liked the poems set in different Welsh locations and the descriptions of various holiday destinations.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Brit Bennett is a wonderful writer. Her characters come to life in this novel and I was hooked from the start. I especially liked the insight into identity and how the decisions we make can lead to a different outcome no matter where one starts in life.
Happy People are Annoying by Josh Peck
Read. This. Book. I think even if you’re not a fan of Peck it’s a great read. It’s honest, raw and really gripping. I was a fan as a child but after reading this and learning about the actor’s journey, it’s made me love him even more.
Baby Love by Jacqueline Wilson
This young adult book is really addictive (I read it in a day) and it’s heartbreaking at the same time. I liked how historically accurate and educational this book is, especially as it’s interesting to read about the process of having a child out of wedlock in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite? Let me know by commenting below.
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