Hello all! Another month is gone, so it is time for another book haul. September was a bit of quieter month so managed to get through a few more books, though I am still a tad behind on the 100 book challenge!
This was another one of those books that I was drawn into because of the hype. I try and not get sucked in, but so many people were talking about it so I had to find out what it was all about for myself!
It is 1969 in California and Evie Boyd is desperately trying to get noticed. She is typical teenage girl, she isn’t really sure who she is and feels like nobody understands her. One day she sees the girls. They are carefree and seem to be having all the fun, just what Evie is searching for. As she gets more involved in the group she falls away from her family and friends. She can sense the danger but she has a desperate need to be liked and to be a part of something. Life on the Ranch seems perfect, but not is all is as it seems.
This is one of those books that totally takes you by surprise. I had read plenty of reviews before reading it but I was totally blown away. I was hooked from the very first page and just couldn’t put it down. The writing was fantastic and made it feel like I was part of the group. It is certainly more intense than I was expecting it to be, but thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
This was a present I got my 9 year old sister, but couldn’t resist reading it before I gave it to her. It is the most beautiful book and it really should have a place in every home.
It is a book filled with bedtime stories, but not the usual princess/damsel in distress set up. It is the stories of 100 incredible women from past and present. Each story is a page long and showcases the incredible women and the things they have achieved. From Serena Williams to Coco Chanel, there is a wonderful selection of women from all corners of the world and all professions and walks of life. It truly was inspiring and hope that it will inspire my little sister and show her that she can do what ever she puts her mind to.
As you may know, YA is one of my favourite genres. There is such an amazing collection of YA novels right now, and this is by far one of the best.
This has been on my list for the longest time so I finally caved and bought it. It is one of the most emotional books I’ve read this year, I just couldn’t stop crying!
Steffi has selective mutism. She has been silent for most of her life and is used to being invisible. That is until she is introduced to Rhys in her final year of school. Rhys is deaf and is paired with Steffi as she can speak BSL. With Rhys she doesn’t have to talk, they find their own ways of communicating. Their relationship blossoms and shows that sometimes a whisper is as good as a shout.
This novel is more than just a love story, it is story that is relatable to so many people on so many different levels and it left me as an emotional wreck. If you pick this one up, be ready to cry!
Hide and Seek is the second book in Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series and was such a great follow on from Knots and Crosses. Living in Edinburgh I felt like this was one series I had to start making my way through.
During the summer in a old, run down housing estate full of squatters, the body of Ronnie McGrath is found. At first it looks like just another junkie who has died of an overdose, but Rebus’ instinct is telling him otherwise. With the help of a young detective and the female friend of Robbie, Rebus gets to the bottom of the murder. The investigation uncovers the dark sides of Edinburgh and shows that not is all as it seems.
Ian Rankin has me fully committed to the life of John Rebus now, and that was before I realised there was something crazy like 17 books in this series! His writing style is engaging and easy to read which makes them perfect for a quick read on the bus and before bed. So, if you are into crime and learning all of Edinburgh’s dirty little secrets then I would definitely suggest this series!
This is the second novel from Sue Fortin and after The Girl Who Lied I knew this was going to be a good one. Sue is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, her writing is incredible and continues to hook me from the first page. I can’t wait for more from her!
This was one of my holiday reads, and weirdly enough it was set in Brighton, where I was on holiday!
Clare and Alice are sisters. Alice was taken away when she was a young child by her dad after their parent’s marriage fell apart and they haven’t seen each other since. After years of searching for Alice she finally gets in touch. Their mum is over the moon but Clare thinks something isn’t right. After spending a few days together Clare starts to become paranoid and starts to lose control, nobody believes her suspicions and just puts it down to jealously. Maybe she is just jealous of the attention her sister is getting, or is there something more to it? Clare is determined to find out the truth of the girl claiming to be her sister.
This was a triumphant second novel from Sue Fortin. From the very first page I was invested in the characters and couldn’t put it down until I knew the answers. The twists and turns were so well executed and had my on the edge of my seat, I didn’t see any of it coming! I think that her writing is a lot stronger in this novel than in The Girl Who Lied, which I didn’t think was possible. A truly incredible psychological thriller that is hard not to love.
This one has been sat on my shelf for so long that I thought it was about time I read it. It was another holiday book because I knew with all that travelling I was going to get through a few books.
Four year old Noah isn’t quite like other four year old boys. He claims he can remember his previous life and is always asking to go back home to his mother. Janie, his mother, is desperate to help him. She has taken him to doctor after doctor trying to find a ‘cure’. It gets to the point where Noah is given medication when she meets Dr Anderson. Anderson has spent his life researching cases of children across the world who claim they can remember their previous lives. He has been writing a book and he needs one final case, and Noah is the answer. He takes Noah and Janie on a journey to find the previous life.
This is a beautiful debut novel from Sharon Guskin. From life to death and everything in between, this story really captures family and the love mothers have for their children, and the endless strength they have. An incredible novel that had me questioning my own beliefs on life after death. This such a cosy novel that is perfect for days cuddled up on the sofa drinking lots of tea!
So, thats it for September! see you all next month for more books!