Thursday, 2 October 2014

Monthly Book Reads







I have been reading A LOT of books over the last month and it's fabulous. I don't know why I've suddenly got the motivation to read lots but I am enjoying myself. I've been constantly reading so this is going to be a post about the books I've been reading through-out September and into October.

(From left to right, top to bottom)
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I have read Rainbow's other books 'Fangirl' and 'Eleanor and Park' and figured I should read this one. This book is actually Rainbow's first novel but I read the others before and loved them. The cover of this book is so quirky I love it. Anyway, this novel is about a man who works for a company but his job role is to basically read other people's emails just to check any topics they must be discussing that breaches their rules. The man begins reading a couple of his colleagues' email and gets addicted to their lives. Sounds awfully creepy but it ends so well. I teared up at the end, God I'm such a sucker for a happy ending.

2. IT by Alexa Chung

Ok, so this isn't exactly a novel, it's more of a fashion bible. It's the intricate thoughts of the wonderful woman that is Alexa Chung. It's a very easy read, a book full of lots of pretty (Instagram/Tumblr style) photos that I simply adored. The cover is beautiful and the pages just feel so nice. I recommend this book if you don't read much, you like fashion/make up and Alexa Chung. She talks about her style icons, the fashion of her era and the art of applying eyeliner. Yes, it is an art and she masters it well. 

3.The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Don't you just love the cover of this one? I do. I brought this book after buying The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as the covers were kinda similar and they fit the same genre. This book is about a young boy who struggles with family life, his mother dying young and his father re-marrying, but one day finding himself entering a secret garden that completely changes his life. It's very magical, focusing on the creatures and stories of traditional fairytales and well written. I enjoyed it so much, one of those books that you just cannot put down until it's finished.

4. We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

It's currently Thursday evening and I brought this book Tuesday and I have already read it. I was struck by the first few pages and the structure of it. It's a new release, published this year in fact and you can tell whilst reading with references to iPhones and modern technology. Such a good read, I didn't put it down. The plot is about a family that have grandparents that live on a very grand island and the generations of the grandparents visit every summer for a bit of fun. It all seems well and good until one of the grandchildren has some kind of terrible accident but doesn't remember any of it. This character goes back a couple of years later to piece together the puzzle because her memory isn't accurate. The ending made me gasp, I just didn't expect it. A wonderful read.

5. One Day by David Nicholls

I purchased this today actually, in a charity shop. I've been meaning to read this for ages and I finally got it. I'm also currently half way through the film adaption and I'm thoroughly enjoying that so I'm guessing the book is just as good. I'll let you know when I finish the film and read the book.

6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

This book is a sequel and I haven't read the first one but I still brought this. Normally I don't do this kind of thing and I'm not sure why but I was so attracted to the cover in the bookstore that I couldn't leave it. I'm reading it at this moment and so far, so good. It's about a man in a band who was once (and maybe, kind still is) in love with a girl called Mia in high school and by chance, happens to find her and meet up with her. Typical kind of love story. It's set in New York which is so nice because I absolutely dream of going to New York one day. 

7.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Leaving the best till last. I pondered buying this book because I had heard mixed reviews but I'm so glad I brought it. The style of writing reminded me of The Catcher in The Rye which is why I think I loved it so much. It's a semi auto-biographical novel, briefly set around the tragic events of Sylvia Plath's life. I have this book where when I'm reading if I like a quote, I'll write it down and there's so many quotes from this book in that book. I just, really, really loved this. I wish she wrote more novels and wish she lead a more happier life, but then if she lead a happier life, would we be graced with the absolute beauty that is her writing? No, probably not. 10/10 would highly recommend reading. Definitely my favourite book at the moment. 

My blog is such a mixture of posts and I should probably set a theme but I'm happy and people are reading my posts so it'll stay the same I guess. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed reading these books over the last month.