Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

Wondering What To Read Next?

June 2016 Monthly Reads.

I've absolutely loved getting my motivation to read more recently.

With trips to the local library to inspire me and I no longer feel the guilt of not reading the books on my shelves, I'll get through them eventually and until then I'm having a buying book ban.

I've read 4 books during this month, I managed 3 in a time frame of a week and I've loved challenging myself to read more than one book at a time so I'm not getting bored. It's proving to be working.

I really hope I can continue this motivation and share with you the books I have read on a monthly basis. So here's my thoughts on what I read this month, enjoy.

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. ★★★★★
With the film adaption of this book coming out later in the year this is one book I have wanted to get my hands on it. It was my most enjoyable read this month and I can't stop thinking about the storyline even now. 

The story follows sixteen year old Jacob who after losing his grandfather sets off on a journey to a remote island off the cost of Wales, where he discovers the abandoned Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it soon becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. He wonders if they were dangerous or whether they may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow that they may still be alive.

This story came along with so many twists and turns and I couldn't put the book down once I started. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books, it finished on a pretty good cliffhanger!

2. Scott Pilgrim #1 (Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life) by Bryan Lee O'Malley. ★★★
Having a new found motivation to read more books it has got me curious about other genres. That's when I noticed Scott Pilgrim amongst the YA shelves. My boyfriend has often told me to give them a go so I thought why not? The comic surprised me to say the least as I can't decide still whether I enjoyed it or not. I found myself smiling at some parts so must be good shouldn't I? 
Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old who plays in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's also dating a 17 year old high school girl. Sound's pretty peachy until a gorgeous, fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts appearing in his dreams. I'll leave you to decide what happens next. Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle too? The short and easiest answer to give you is yes.  I would definitely recommend this to people who like me are curious about exploring other genres and giving things a go. 
2. Scott Pilgrim #2 (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) by Bryan Lee O'Malley.  ★★★
I managed to complete two of the Scott Pilgrim series this month, high five! This comic follows on from the last and is most famous due to it being adapted for a film a few years ago now. There are so many questions left unanswered after the first comic so I was intrigued to see where we went to next with Scott Pilgrim's character.
Does Scott and Ramona's relationship have a future? What about Scott's girlfriend Knives Chau? Aren't they still supposed to be dating? There's fights, dramas and secrets revealed in this next instalment. 
2. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson 
This was a book I saw my blogging friend Ali talk about on her blog and when I saw it in the library as part of their YA mental health awareness month. I thought it was great that the importance of understanding our mental health was spoken about with young people so books like this are really interesting to read without being too heavy about how to cope but how to understand what it is your feeling and realising your not alone. I would have loved a book like this in the early months of my diagnosis.
Juno Dawson has a really straight forward, factual and also lighthearted approach to mental health, with added information and support from a psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. The book covers topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders. Both people talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues amongst young people that is often hidden by a stigma. 
I couldn't put this book down and thought it was essential for young people and my generation to read. 
What was your favourite book to read in June? I've got my eye on a few books I would like to read in July and I have a big train journey to Manchester so I am sure it'll be perfect reading time! I also have my birthday so I'm hoping to get lots more reading done and lots more to share with you. 


  1. This is a great post. I really want to read the Scott Pilgrim books!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. They are surprisingly good, you should definitely give them a read!

      Emmie xx

  2. The Mind Your Head one sounds like something I would read. I've been loving All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven & Firefly Lane by Kristian Hannah. I've actually done a blog post on my recent book loves, called On The Shelf if you'd like to search that on my blog. Loved the post! x


  3. Miss Peregrine was SUCH a good book! I've been wanting to read the Scott Pilgrim books too but just haven't gotten round to picking them up yet. Such a lovely way to pass the evenings :)

    Vee // veeosullivan.co.uk

  4. Exciting post! Thank you for the cheerful morning that came after reading. I also have a ban on the purchase of books. I noticed that I have already bought them so much that I don't have time to read and even just open every of it. I am grateful to you for the list of your books, because I trust only an authoritative opinion and can't presume to read everything. Inspirations to you!


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