Books Read in August 2015

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | 2 comments

 

Remix Non PrattRemix by Non Pratt — YA contemporary. I loved Non Pratt’s debut, Trouble, and Remix has been one of my most anticipated books of the year. The story of two best mates, their friends and ex-boyfriends during one weekend at a festival, it’s hugely entertaining, whilst making lots of smart observations about friendship, self-confidence, relationships and sex.

 

Song of the Sea MaidSong of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull — Adult literary historical. I grabbed a signed copy of Rebecca Mascull’s second novel at its launch in June. An intelligent, historically fascinating story about a female scientist in the eighteenth century, and the struggles she comes up against because of her gender and scientific beliefs. 

 

 

Death Bringer Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant 6) by Derek Landy — YA fantasy. I so love this series. I’m reading it years after everyone else, but it has the benefit that I never have to wait for the next book to come out! The series has got progressively darker, and the twists in this instalment were immense.

 

 

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro — Adult literary sci-fi. A friend recommended Never Let Me Go as a good example of world building without info-dumping. Much of NLMG is a mystery — we know there’s something odd about the characters’ lives, but don’t know for sure what until the end of the story. This is the kind of novel that takes some mulling over to appreciate, so I’ve been enjoying hunting down other readers’ reviews and thoughts about it.

 

Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones — Children’s fantasy. A modern classic that loads of people seems to love. Fantastical and madcap, which isn’t quite my thing, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

 

 

 

The UninvitedThe Uninvited by Cat Winters — Adult historical fiction / paranormal. I loved Cat Winters’s YA debut, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, so was excited to pick this up. Quite slow paced, but the last section was excellent.

 

 

 

Only Ever YoursOnly Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill — YA dystopia, and winner of this year’s YA Book Prize. I can see why it’s received so much attention. Only Ever Yours examines how life could be for women if obsessions with beauty, weight, and female stereotypes were taken to an extreme. Though the world is futuristic (and very bleak), I found lots to relate to, especially the constant comparisons / insecurities / popularity games / twisted friendships between the teen girls.

 

And my favourite read of the month…

 

The Lost and the Found

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke — Truly gripping YA contemporary. Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

What was the best book you read in August?

2 Comments

  1. Yay! Loved Remix as you know. I also just finished reading Only Ever Yours. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet but I’m looking forward to writing my review. I’ve been meaning to read Never Let Me Go for ages, and I think I’ll try it soon 🙂 Off to read your review of The Lost and the Found now!

    • Thank you, Ashleigh! Only Ever Yours is an interesting one, isn’t it? Looking forward to reading your review of it!

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