Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Books


 
One thing I have never mentioned before on my blog is that I am and have always been a massive book worm and have spent many an evening unable to put down a book. I enjoy looking at other blogger's reading lists as I am always looking for something else to read. Here are the books I read in June and July.
 
The Traitor's Wife- Kathleen Kent (4 stars)
Synopsis: New England 1673, Martha Allen is sent to her cousin's home where she meets the Welshman with the mysterious trunk containing a red uniform. Meanwhile in London five assassins board a boat to the New World in order to capture Thomas Morgan, King Charles I's executioner.
 
Originally titled The Wolves of Andover, this book is a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter. It is absolutely fine to read this as a standalone book, I didn't even realise it was a prequel till I finished it! Based on fact, I really enjoyed this book as it is a period of history I know nothing about. 
 
Chinese Cinderella- Adeline Yen Mah (5 stars)
Synopsis: 'If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive.' Adeline's family considered her bad luck and she was made to feel unwanted. This is the true story of her struggle for acceptance.
 
Although a children's book, this heart-breaking story is something everyone should read. It is so moving to read about everything she went through before the age of 14. It has made me want to read her book for adults, Falling Leaves.
 
Safe Haven- Nicholas Sparks (3 stars)
Synopsis: When a mysterious young woman named Katie suddenly appears  in the small town of Southport, it raises questions of her past.
 
I enjoyed this book as lightweight easy read. Despite the fact that it follows the same old formula of Nickolas Sparks books there was an unexpected twist at the end.
 
The Fault in our Stars- John Green (5 stars)
Synopsis: Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
 
I'm sure I didn't even need to write a synopsis, is there anyone out there who has not heard of this book or seen the film?! My favourite books are the ones that make me laugh, cry and think. That is exactly what this does.
 
Longbourn- Jo Baker (4 stars)
Synopsis: 'If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats,' Sarah thought; 'she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.' Life below stairs at Longbourn is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, bearing secrets and the sent of the sea. 
 
As a Pride and Prejudice fan this book was an absolute joy to read! However even people who have never read Pride and Prejudice will enjoy this insight into the working conditions and position of women two hundred years ago.
 
Linking up with Nicole for Treat Yo'self Thursday
 
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
(P.S sorry this post is very word heavy compared to normal!)

14 comments:

  1. I have to get out and see the movie for Fault in Our Stars! I enjoyed the book...Not my favorite but highly enjoyable :) I just finished reading the Goldfinch...I loved it but I think that people either love it or hate it!

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    1. Same here, I really enjoyed the book but still haven't got round to watching the movie! Thanks, I will check out the Goldfinch :)

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  2. I read The Fault in our Stars (obvs) and I was exactly like you, I laughed, cried and thought so much about life and death and everything in between. I expected it to be sappy and yet it was wonderfully written!
    I also heard about Longbourn and I wasn't sure if it would be good, but I'll take your word on it! :)

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    1. I know the writing was so great, he didn't gloss over things and over romanticise the story like some books! I really enjoyed Longbourn!

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  3. Oh, Longbourn sounds interesting! x

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    1. It was! I would definitely recommend it!

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  4. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books! Plus, all these books sounds amazing!

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    1. It's such a great book isn't it!

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  5. Longbourne was on my list for this year after being in an Austen book club last year, but I can't find it in my library boooooo!!

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    1. You were in an Austen book club?! So jealous! Hope you find it soon :)

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  6. love this!! hope you'll do more book reviews in the future too :) i've had my eye on Longbourne, it sounds very interesting x

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    1. Thanks! Yes I'm planning to do a post like this every month! It is interesting, I love how the servants are given a story :)

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  7. Hey Anna, I'm a friend of Sophie's, I really need to get round to reading TFIOS! xxx
    I nominated you for the Liebster award. Check out my post to find out what you need to do :) http://lavendersunshines.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-liebster-award.html

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    1. Hi Mia, you definitely need to read it! Thanks so much for the nomination! :)

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