July Wrap Up and August TBR

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It’s time for my monthly Wrap Up and TBR post!

The aim of this reading game is to help me read more books and hopefully get on top of the ever-growing To Be Read pile.  The more books I read, the more books I can buy.  The more books I can buy, the more books I can read  It’s a win-win, right?

Books I Read in July

The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner4*
Second Best Friend by Non Pratt – 3*
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig4*
The Invitation by Keris Stainton – 4*
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace – 4*
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace – 2*
Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood – 5*
My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton – 4*

Even though July was a busy month for me work-wise, I still read more than I had originally planned.  Perhaps I should have used the time to blog instead… *guilty face* I read a lot of ebooks from the library in July, so unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent picture for this blog post.  Remember to keep using your libraries folks, they’re amazing!  

Book of the Month

Another clear winner here this month, and of course it had to be Floored.  The only 5* read for me this month, this collaboration novel between seven of the UK’s top authors is a piece of UKYA history.  More please.

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August TBR

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne | Vox by Christina Dalcher | Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is Holly Bourne’s latest release, and fun fact, it was the first book I bought at YALC (but certainly not the last…).   I couldn’t resist the lure of getting my hands on it a few weeks earlier than official publication.  The exclusive enamel pin also sweetened the deal, I must say *winks*.   Considering I have loved everything Holly has ever written, I have nothing but sky-high hopes for this book and I can’t wait to talk about it in a full review.

Vox by Christina Dalcher is another book I couldn’t resist buying at YALC, again a few weeks earlier than publication.  Billed as a reimagining of The Handmaid’s Tale, Vox imagines a world where women are only allowed to say 100 words per day.  If they go over their limit, they will receive a painful electric shock.   This debut sounds electrifying (pun intended) and I hope it lives up to the hype.

Finally, another book I bought at YALC, AND GOT SIGNED is Almost Love by Louise O’Neill. Louise is one of my favourite authors, so I am not sure why I hadn’t got my hands on her debut adult novel sooner.   This tale of obsessional love sounds right up my street, and I will cherish my signed copy forever *hugs tightly*

What will you be reading in August?

Daniella x

1st August 2018
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  • Reply Abigail

    I loved Floored! I just wished there was more of it in honesty. I pre-order are we all lemmings and snowflakes on kindle so that’s definitely on my TBR for August. I actually think I read the most books I’ve ever read in a month in July as I managed to read six books which is quite a lot for me, particularly as at the start of the year I was only getting through two or three a month. I am currently reading letters to the lost but I also have a lot of books I want to read.


    2nd August 2018 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply Daniella

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes! x

      24th August 2018 at 1:27 pm

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