Hi everyone! August has been an incredible month for me. I am getting ever closer to starting my PGCE and I have also been reading a lot which is brilliant. I caught up with one of the bigger books on my TBR with Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I also finished You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry, Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Here’s a little run down of what I thought of each book!
As you know, I am a fan of the Twilight films- ultimate comfort watches for me when I just want to switch my brain off for an hour. However, much like when I read Twilight, Midnight Sun just didn’t do it for me. There seemed to be too much in this book. Too much filler, too many self-references to Edward’s inner monster (that got boring and annoying really quickly). I do think that if I had loved the books as much as the films then maybe the book would have been better but it just felt unedited and unnecessary. I gave it 2 stars and felt quite deflated that a book so big, which took up so much time, didn’t have the payoff I wanted.
I cannot describe my love for Henry’s novel, Beach Read. It was one of the best books I read last year so maybe I went into this one with unreasonably high expectations. Overall the characters and writing were fantastic. The downfall of this book for me was the plot. As someone who is fairly new to the Romance genre I am still trying to figure out which tropes I like and which I don’t. Unfortunately for this book it contains a trope that was an immediate dislike for me, friends who liked each other all along but never said. The lack of communication was frustrating and the moment where the main characters realise their mutual attraction seems forced and rushed over. I gave this 3 stars and I am looking forward to reading Emily Henry’s next offering, Book Lovers.
A new favourite read. As I’ve said before I love Jane Austen and I love Jane Austen retellings just as much. This book places Lizzy and Darcy in the middle of a murder mystery. It is fantastic, I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun mystery read and who are already fans of Austen or just the Regency period in general. What made this book a complete 5 star read for me was the introduction of characters of colour, the feminist elements and even though I have read and loved Pride and Prejudice so many times this book still kept me guessing as new twists and turns revealed themselves! I was thrilled to discover this is the first book in a series and I cannot wait to continue reading!
I came across this book completely unexpectedly whilst watching a YouTube video of ‘controversial’ books. The blurb of this book pulls no punches, this book does exactly what it says- a brother and sister fall in love. I was tentative going into this read, not knowing what to expect or how it would make me feel due to the content. However there is a disturbing beauty to this book. It is so well written and the characters hardships and personalities feel so real. I gave this 4.5 stars but I would say check the trigger warnings before picking this up for yourself. On TheStoryGraph I put TWs as: incest, child abuse, neglect, drug abuse, alcoholism, abandonment, adult/minor relationship.
So there are the four books I finished in August! It is a very varied mix of books and I did start Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier but that won’t get finished until the start of September! What did you read in August? Were there any 5 star reads for you? I would love to hear about any!