So, somehow it’s September?? This year is whizzing by, isn’t it? I have had a cracking string of reads through August, I’m so glad these brilliant books have found their way to me and they are quite a varied bunch:
- Never Greener by Ruth Jones
- The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap
- The Mystery of Three-Quarters by Sophie Hannah
- Release by Patrick Ness
- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
- The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning
My favourite of the month would have to be The Other Boleyn Girl, I was offered the chance to listen to a new unabridged audiobook version of it as part of the #PGBookClub, and it’s been a game-changer. Narrated by actress Vanessa Kirby, she is the perfect choice for this book and made listening a pleasure. I don’t know why I haven’t delved into historical fiction before, it was just brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough. While I did enjoy The Mystery of Three-Quarters; I was really anticipating it – perhaps too much – it just didn’t quite live up to what I was expecting.
I also had a nice mix of new and favourite authors: The Rules of Seeing was a strong, unique debut from Joe Heap, I’ll definitely keep my eye out for him in the future. And Release was the latest Patrick Ness read for me, I just love, love, love his writing style, storytelling and effortless mix of fantasy and reality.
I have a few reviews I am v. excited to share lined up for September already including an Agatha Christie classic and a quirky but enthralling read, Convenience Store Woman, by Japanese author Sayaka Murata. Very different to each other but both must reads. I’m also going to get back on the non-fiction train as I’m meant to be reading one per month, but haven’t recently. I was kindly sent Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman – a look at how women’s bodies are perceived and from what I’ve heard, a great read!
Until next month, happy reading!