As usual it has been a fantastic month of reading! I managed to read a wide mix from general fiction, fantasy and non-fiction. The final reading list looks like this:
The Crash of Hennington by Patrick Ness
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
I must confess to reading one YA novel however it was chosen for my book club and therefore I had to read it! I thoroughly enjoyed going back to some of my favourite authors but I also discovered something new; I was delighted and surprised by the ideas and thoughts presented in The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss (find my review on my home page). I am really impressed with this book; Moss presents such a simple, honest and down-to-earth look at what feminism means and I certainly urge others to read it. Patrick Ness and Jasper Fforde were their usual brilliant selves and my second favourite book for the month was Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling. Adult fantasy has always tripped me up a little but I slid into this one easily. I love the characters and the setting and I cannot wait until book two comes out!
We also read our second book club book in The Harp in the South by Ruth Park. It is an Australian classic I had not read before and I enjoyed the messages it shared. They say that a classic is a book whose message remains relevant through the generations and I believe this one is no exception. A great read!
As we welcome in September, I feel as though I need some help in reaching my 2014 reading challenge goal. I am just over two thirds of the way but I still have a huge pile of adult books I would love to get through as well as an ever-growing pile of YA. So I have followed in the footsteps of many others and created a ‘To Be Read Jar’. That way, the choices will be random and I will have a good chance of getting through both piles by the end of the year! Well… that’s the plan anyway!
Don’t forget, the next two book club books are Magician by Raymond E. Feist (discussing from September 8) and The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (discussing from September 29th). I hope you get a chance to read them both and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Happy reading xx