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.

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August 2016 Monthly Reads

Leicester, UK

I'm sorry that this instalment of my monthly reads is later than expected, It's because I have been attempting to finish one book in particular for this post to be produced.

It also feels like August went by so quickly and I can't believe we're in September and it's starting to feel more like Autumn, it is my favourite season after all so I can't wait to get all cosy on the sofa with a book in the evenings.

I'm gutted I only managed to read 3 books this month, I have decided if I don't get much read this month that I'll collate two months of reading together!

1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Pt1 & 2 : JK Rowling ★★★
I'm sure you've seen enough talk about this book to last you forever and I have been dying to talk about it since I read it at the start of August. I couldn't wait to read it when it was released and soon as it arrived I stopped reading another read to give it a whirl.

Being a massive Harry Potter fan I had been waiting for this book to be released for absolute MONTHS and quite frankly I was disappointed by it. It was nice to return to the magical world once again and be introduced to the new characters. The plot for me wasn't strong enough, it felt way too predictable and loose. I would have liked more a unpredictable plot than what had been provided to us. I believe that after reading this book that it should have definitely been left at the end of Deathly Hallows! It probably didn't help being in script form making it quite difficult to stick with.

2. Matilda : Roald Dahl  ★★★★
Roald Dahl is one of my ultimate favourite childhood authors and I was driven to ensure I read his books again and so I decided to grab Matilda off my shelf and give it a read. Matilda is one of my favourite characters created by Roald Dahl and I relate to her well as a book worm! I didn't realise after reading this book that I hadn't read it for so long because the plot was a lot quicker than that within the film production.

I loved the characters just as much as I did when I read it when I was younger. Who didn't want a teacher like Miss Honey?

3. Letters To My Fanny : Cherry Healey ★★★
I've spoken about this book to death this month, having mentioned it in my August Favourites post recently too! It's such a good book and it's one that I want to pass around to numerous females in my life, it speaks volumes! The book made me smile, think and laugh and relate to so many different subjects. Cherry is a natural at producing humour and whit in her writing style and being such a fan of the documentaries that she's been in the past on BBC Three I felt like I could hear her reading the book to me and you know that means it's a bloody good read!

I would urge everybody who is female to read this book, it's so good and definitely my favourite read in August.

What are you reading at the moment? 


  1. I adore Roald Dahl and associate his books with my childhood. My favourites are The BFG and The Twits. I've also bought The Cursed Child but haven't got round to reading it yet, the fact that it is a script is probably putting me off it slightly, but I won't judge until I've tried it!

    Love Amber - ambambe.com xx

    1. Me too, he's definitely an iconic childhood author that you can revisit over and over again! Yeah definitely give it a read and let me know what you think, I've heard such mixed reviews!

      Emmie x

  2. I read Letters to my Fanny this month too and absolutely LOVED it x
    Sophie Cliff

    1. It's so good isn't it Soph?! It's just a book that will have you thinking and make you smile :) xx

  3. I'm with on the HP book, it just wasn't enough compared to what I was expecting

    Mel ★ www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  4. Loved this blog post, letters to my famny sounds intresting so I may have to jump on the wagon and give that a read :) I also love Roald dhal as a child so I wouldn't blame you for having that as off your reads. His imagination was just brilliant



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