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Thursday, 6 July 2017

May & June Reads


If I'm honest May and June combined were probably the most unproductive months for me in terms of reading. I don't know whether it was a mix of not choosing the right books to read or whether I just wasn't engaged with it enough. 2 of the books I read over the last 2 months were actually really good and thought provoking, but one which didn't engage me at all and after a 3 week battle trying to get into it, I stopped reading it. 

I do believe that sometimes it's easier to give up whilst your ahead, don't force yourself to finish a book that isn't interesting you. With that in mind let's get stuck into chatting about the three books I managed to read. 

Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams ★ 
I absolutely loved reading this book back in May (feels a lifetime ago now!) Not only does it come with the most pretty front cover and best title but it's a book that really embraces the child like behaviour that definitely gets lost along the way as we grow up. I couldn't put it down and was really engaged in Laura's writing style and relation back to when she worked as a nanny. The short snippets on quotes or words of advice were really comforting and I took a lot of positivity away from this book. I've encouraged so many people to get their hands on it since, it's so good! 

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.   
This memoir by the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was one of the most powerful texts I have ever read and really highlighted the importance of education for all. Following Malala's story in her home of Swat Valley in Pakistan was really thought provoking to read and at times quite heart wrenching and emotional. I found it a difficult book to get into at the beginning but it wasn't long before Malala's voice and determination captivated my interest and I couldn't put it down. I feel like this book educated me on the developing state and influence of the Taliban and how that affected communities. Her work in developing education opportunities for young people is so inspiring and I would definitely recommend you give this book a read at some point.

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley  
Entitled as the 'Book of the Year' by Costa, I had highly anticipated that this read would be great and live up to it's buzz. It's sense of eeriness and haunting tale that I had hoped for didn't grab me whatsoever, leaving me struggling to connect with any of the characters. It had the foundations for a great plot but unfortunately for me it wasn't my cup of tea. Within 3 weeks of battling to get into the book, I decided to not go any further with it and stopped reading it halfway through. I'd be curious to see whether other people experienced the same thing with this read or even still enjoyed it.

What are you reading at the moment? 
thanks for reading,






17 comments:

  1. Ice Cream for Breakfast caught my attention right away! I mean, how could it not! I'm adding it to my list of books to check out! I have a feeling I'll be adding more to my list as I check out some other posts! :)

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    1. Definitely do add it to your list, it's a great book with a lot of fun in it! :D

      Emmie xx

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  2. I've had I Am Malala on my list to read forever, good to know you enjoyed it so much! Also, Ice Cream for Breakfast just caught my attention with the title! I'm definitely going to have to check it out. And I'm interested in the Loney to see what it's all about and why you couldn't connect with it, but I don't want to end up with a book I don't want to finish haha!

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    1. It was on mine forever too so I am glad I picked it up now because it was a good read! Aha I know what you mean, I heard loads of praise for it and couldn't believe how disappointed I was with it! xx

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  3. Thanks for the suggestions - I definitely want to check out Malala's book.

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    1. No worries, glad you enjoyed the post and definitely check out Malala's book! xx

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  4. very nice and interesting! I am always reading at night on the bed or when i travel by train! I am currently reading Kinsella's Cocktails for three

    xx
    lau
    www.malibluemymind.com

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    1. Me too, they're my favourite times to read a book for sure! Sounds like a great book :) x

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  5. Hello!
    I recommend The seaside summer kitchen by Gennys Colgan. it's the perfect summer book ��

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    1. It sounds great, I'll definitely look into the book :D xx

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  6. Thank you for the book reviews, I am always on the lookout for new books to read. Will definitely give Malala's book a try!

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    1. No worries - thanks for the comment! :) xx

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  7. I love this review!

    I've had I am Malala's book in my TBR for a while and you've given me the motivation to read it ASAP!

    Your blog is very pretty, I love it. I followed with bloglovin :)

    Beth | http://allthebrightplaces.co.uk xx

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    1. Thanks Beth! Yeah definitely give it a read ASAP and then let me know what you think!

      Thanks for your lovely comment about my blog too, really cheers me up when I am so critical about my blog and what I produce xx

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  8. The Loney never appealed to me, for some reason, although I picked it up a few times in different book stores! I'm trying to get more into the mindset of not battling on with a book if I don't like it. It's hard though! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. I think it's one of those that sound ok on the blurb but doesn't sit well with you and doesn't appeal to many people, I was gutted that I didn't enjoy it and so it felt like a wasted purchase. Yeah me too, it is hard because you'd like to think it may improve but it's not always the case :| xx

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  9. I have to read ice-cream for breakfast - it sounds like my kinda title.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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