As I mentioned, my holiday was a bit of a reading marathon (just the way I like it!) but I didn’t realise quite how much. It seems my Goodreads Challenge target of 25 books might not have been ambitious enough…
#7 – Innocent: The inside story told from the outside – John Simmons
It was strange reading about how the company has come from such modest beginnings to being owned by Coca Cola. While I still love the smoothies, the packaging and the Big Knit, I think it’s taken a bit of the sheen off the brand for me.
#8 – 419 – Will Ferguson
A really interesting insight into the world of email scams. Despite it being fiction it feels like a balanced portrayal of both sides of the story.
#9 – Moranthology – Caitlin Moran
Perfect bite-sized chapters of Caitlin Moran’s columns to read when you need a pick me up! Made my first month of job hunting a little less painful.
#10-12 – Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegient) – Veronica Roth
EMOTIONAL TURMOIL. Those are the only words I can think of to describe the conclusion to this trilogy. Not the mindless teenage fiction I was expecting (especially not after watching the terrible film adaptation), but a heart-wrenching love story set in a scary reality that could actually happen. I cried more than at the end of Fault in Our Stars…
#13 – How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
While I love Caitlin Moran and it explicitly states the characters and situations aren’t based on real life, I can’t help but feel it sounds a bit too familiar. It is still a great, funny, coming of age book that makes you feel like life will be alright in the end, but the context is just a little similar to her writing about her upbringing to feel completely new and unread.
#14 – The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (a.k.a JK Rowling!)
Only after months of listening to Spotify adverts for Robert Galbraith did I realise it is JK Rowling… As exciting, well-written and intriguing as Harry Potter, but then again I’ve always loved a good murder mystery.
#15 – Fault in Our Stars – John Green
I’m a little scared to admit I was a bit disappointed with this book for fear of being massively judged! While I liked reading about life from a teenage cancer sufferers perspective, the way the characters talked to each other really put me off and I found the language quite annoying. Whether it’s because of this or because it’s a fairly short book so there’s not really time to get invested in the relationship, there weren’t as many tears as expected at the end…
#16 – The Book Thief
After finding out the narrator of the book was Death I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but it perfectly suited this portrayal of the Holocaust, showing the struggles and terrors 0f a single family as well as the terrible overall impact on humanity.
#17-19 – The Oslo Trilogy ( The Redbreast, Nemesis, Devil’s Star) – Jo Nesbo
Like I said, I love a good murder mystery, and these three were awesome. I’ve just figured out that the full Harry Hole series is actually 10 books so that’s the next month sorted!