Monday, 8 September 2014

books read in july and august

Autumn is the best time for reading as everyone knows.
It's also just the best season in general... for weather, scarves and pumpkins.
these are the books I read in the summer though.... let me know if you've read any of them and what you are reading now!

Books read in July
Friendship by Emily Gould - this was an interesting, light but smart read about friendship between women in their early thirties. I enjoyed it, but don't think it's going to stay with me a whole heap.
I loved you More by Tom Spanbauer - Spanbauer is Bert's favourite author and this book is pretty remarkable. It goes beyond fiction into that searing into your soul thing that doesn't happen very often. 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - A young adult book that i'd heard lots of good things about. I enjoyed it, but didn't feel that it was anything special.
Affinity by Sarah Waters - I read this for reading group. I always enjoy Sarah Waters and this book was interesting and readable and has stayed with me, but, man it was bleak.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - this is also a young adult novel and I though it was exceptional! The main character is a teenage guy who perhaps drinks too much... but even though threre are some difficult 'issues' dealt with here it is never moralistic, which is unusual in a teen novel. Highly recommended!
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff - loved this memoir about a woman working in a literary agency in the late 90s. Salinger is represented by the agency so often phones up, and on one remarkable occasion actually visits the office! This is a book about reading, relationships and first jobs. Great stuff!
Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi- I love the way Donna Farhi writes about yoga, she is super wise.

Books Read in August
The Mockingbird next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills - 
Enjoyed this gentle memoir about living next door to Harper Lee when Harper was in her 80s. It's not just about Lee, but also lots about the author. Love this kind of book.
American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning by Kate Sweeney - Thought this was going to be right up my street as I love good non-fiction and also stuff about death and death customs. Although there were lots of interesting things here and I enjoyed sections it just didn't all hang together for me. 
California by Eden Lepucki - ooo, now this was good! I'd seen lots about California and was really interested in reading it even though it was apocalyptic fiction which as a rule I have no time for. I was really captivated by this, which had more of a commune feel rather than a dystopic one. I think you guys will like this one too! it has great writing and I'm really up for reading more by this author.
Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville - So Brandi Glanville is on Real Housewives and used to be married to Eddie Cibrian who left her for LeAnne Rimes.... these kind of things make me excited. I understand that not everyone is similarly affected. If you are interested in such matters, this is a fun and slightly bitchy celeb memoir. 
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - I previously enjoyed Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and while this one wasn't quite as good as that it's still a super lovely (and sad) summer read. 
Mommywood by Tori Spelling - I like Tori Spelling, she's fun and self deprecating whilst also being really hollywood. This memoir is about marriage and kids, so not as much fun for me as her first memoir which was about the 90210 years...
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford- a reading group book that was in the main light and funny with hints of darkness (such as the upcoming war). Really interesting stuff and will be reading more Mitford!

A good couple of reading months I think and a nice mixture of books. I'm going through a bit of a young adult phase at the moment, so I'll report back on those next time.
This year I have read 54 books so far and am looking forward to cosy nights in under crochet blankets reading more.

1 comment:

  1. What an incredibly diverse reading list you have, I am always inspired! I am a binge reader myself, I get into one author and just keep reading them for ages. Right now I am working my way in correct order, through Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books. I can hardly wait to get home from work and pick up my Kindle! I own several of the books in paper back, but the large print setting is so wonderful, as I can read without messing about with glasses (old lady problems!)


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