Well hello there July! Hasn’t this year just flown in? This month has been a bit crazy, but there is always time to read books! I am still a little bit behind on my reading challenge, but I am quickly catching up on myself now that I am in a bit more of a routine. So, lets get into June’s book reviews…
This one had been on my list for so long, so was excited to finally get my hands on it.
14 year old Johanna Morrigan has decided to kill herself. Not actually kill herself, just who she is. She reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. It is a hilarious coming-of-age story of a young girl trying to figure out who she wants to be in the big bad world. As Dolly Wilde she becomes all that she has ever wanted to be and what she imagines grown up, sophisticated women are. She has some hilarious encounters with boys, but my favourite part was he describing her first UTI. I was laughing out loud!
Caitlin Moran has really nailed what being a girl is like as you grow up and hasn’t shied away from talking about EVERYTHING! This is a must read for everyone, truly a brilliant book!
This is a book I didn’t really have any intention of buying, but I found a copy of it from the 80s so picked it up and had a read.
Animal Farm seems to be one of those classics that is always on those ‘books to read before you die’ lists. The story takes place on Manor Farm. The owner is Mr Jones, who is a drunk and lazy. One day he forgets to feed his animals and a rebellion brews amongst the animals. Led by the pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, the animals take over the farm. They rename the farm and vow to only work for the benefit of those who walk on four legs. As the years go by, the values of the rebellion are forgotten and corruption comes to Animal Farm.
I am still pretty unsure of what I thought of this to be honest, but I guess its another ‘classic’ ticked off the list!
I was reading this one on the bus one day when someone asked me about it because apparently it was Barack Obama’s favourite book of 2015!
This is one of my favourite styles of book, where it goes between two characters perspectives. It almost felt like the book was in two halves. The story is all about the relationship between Lotto and Mathilde. They are tall and beautiful and fall madly in love at age 22. Their relationship is followed from the beginning, firstly through Lotto’s perspective. He shares his history and the moments leading up to meeting Mathilde and falling in love with her. He shares his career’s highs and lows and the love he has for his wife. The second half of the book comes from Mathilde. She also shares her history and the fate she created to meet Lotto. What begins to look like the perfect love story starts to unravel and reveal secrets that are hidden away in their marriage. The plot twists nearer the end of the book are so unexpected that you are hooked until you reach the last page.
This book is my little happy book and if you have read it you will totally understand what I mean by that. Actually, the first time I read it was in the original french and I just fell in love. I have no idea where my french copy has gone, so I just go back and re-read the english version.
The story is just beautiful. The story follows the Little Prince as he leaves his tiny home planet and his beloved rose and explores the universe. On his way to planet earth he mets different humans and learns all about grown ups and their weird ways. On earth he meets the narrator in the dessert and forms a wonderful friendship with him before returning home. The book is short, but leaves a long-lasting impression on the reader that makes it truly unforgettable.
This book is a collection of 12 incredibly powerful and beautiful short stories. Each one explores the ties between people, Africa and America, through different characters and narratives.
I am not going to go through each story, but will say that my favourite of them all was The Thing Around Your Neck. It was such a different way of telling a story of a relationship forming between a man and a woman after she immigrates to America. Each story is just so beautifully crafted, and captures you from the very first sentence right through to the end. Each story could easily be a full novel in its own right, but these 12 short stories work perfectly together in this collection. I just couldn’t put it down!
I also wanted to read this book soon because I was lucky enough to get tickets to see her during the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, so keep your eyes peeled for that happening!
So that’s it for June’s reading list. Next month the challenge is to only read female authors, which I am excited for!
What have you been reading lately? Have you read any on this list, or have any recommendations for me?