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?

July 2016 Monthly Reads.

Leicester, UK

Are we already in August? I feel like July whizzed by without me even taking a breath and if you blink Christmas will be here.

I got a great feedback from the last instalment of this so I decided to put it as something I do regularly because it's quite fun to reflect on the books I've read.

Reading this month hasn't been as productive as I had hoped with school out of the way for 6 weeks I would spend more time reading, but actually I've spent a lot of the last three weeks working on getting my blog reviews up, popping over to events, working my summer job and having some me time on top of all of that.. it's impossible to do everything you cast your mind to.

I've read two books this month as well as enjoyed a magazine too, they deserve to be in my monthly reads too (even if sadly they don't count towards my Goodreads Reading Challenge).

So let's dive into it, my July monthly read post!

1. The Last Act of Love - Cathy Rentzenbrink ★★★
If your after an emotional read then this is definitely one of those! The story takes place in 1990 where a guy named Matty is knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, suffering serious head injuries. He was left in a permanent vegetative state. 

We follow his sister and her parents as they take care of Matty and adapt their lives around Matty to ensure that he is looked after as much as hes loved. With raw emotional and upmost honesty we experience the unimaginable pain of losing Matty and the decision which changed their lives forever.

Little do we know that this story in fact is the author, Cathy Rentzenbrink's story and as I found out the true identity of the girl I couldn't stop the tears flowing. The book will well and truly tug at your heart strings and help you acknowledge what pain is experienced by an ordinary family.

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon ★★★
I decided to read this book after undertaking a course on Autism at my school job and I was looking forward to seeing what this book was like. 

The story follows young Christopher John Francis Boone. He knows all of the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although he is gifted with a superb logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. The story begins with his neighbours dog, Wellington, being killed. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes. 

This novel is definitely funny, poignant and fascinating in it's portrayal of a young person who shows us a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. You can definitely see the characteristics of someone who has autism and I definitely emphasised with his character through this book. I found this book hard to get into it and was disappointed with the lack of enjoyment I got from this book, nevertheless it's worth a read.

3. GLAMOUR UK August Edition 2016 ★★★
I have an on and off relationship with magazines, in particular the ones full of celebrity gossip because I just don't get why it's so enjoyable to read to be honest. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest issue of Glamour so much it inspired one of my most recent blog posts. 

I also know I wasn't the only person who enjoyed this month's issue as there was so many Instagram images of this issue along with it's pretty great Benefit cosmetics freebie! ;) 

I can't wait for the month of August for reading, I plan to read tons of Roald Dahl books to celebrate his 100th Birthday whilst also enjoying the brand new Harry Potter book! I've ordered mine to arrive today so I can't wait to dive into it, I feel like August may be a great reading month!

What are you reading at the moment? 


  1. Oh I've been eyeing that first book up in Waterstones - I think I might have to take a trip back and buy it now :) X
    Sophie Cliff

  2. I love this series! Definitely keen to read the first one, handy you'd posted this because I'd totally forgotten the name!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

    1. Thanks Kirstie, it's definitely good for some reading motivation (because I never really have any these days!) Yes you must read the first book, it's so good! A really surprisingly strong read!

      Emmie x


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