recently read: july


Last month I read, read, did some more reading and then continued to read. My family and I had two weeks on holiday in Crete and most of that time was spent reading (and sunbathing of course) and although July finished several days ago now I wanted to do a blog post just talking a little about each of the books I read.

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling: I'm not going to go into detail about it as I think most people know about these but I hadn't actually read the entire series all the way through for a couple of years and I'd actually forgotten just how much I love the books; all the one liners and silly little conversations between various characters and the way of foreshadowing things that you don't register straight away.. but they still make me laugh (and cry) as much as they've always done and are still way up in my all time favourites.

The Radleys  by Matt Haig: this was a book I kind of picked up at random and is about a family of vampires living in surban England and how their lives change as their secret unravels. The way it's written took me a little while to get used to as it's quite jumpy in perspective which meant that I didn't understand a few things until several pages it occurred; I'm not sure I'd recommend it until I've re-read it as I honestly can't really remember my initial opinion; but it was funny in some places and sad in others and overall a fairly good book.

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe: Lucy is one half of a used-to-be-long-distance couple (Kaelyn & Lucy) and I've watched their youtube videos ever since they started uploading them, seeing how happy they each were in their relationship gave me the courage to accept myself and the confidence to give other people the chance, but this  I read it all in one sitting and cried several times (I actually read it twice and cried just as much the second time); this is the book I needed when I was fourteen, seventeen and now.  Totally completely recommend it to everyone, especially if you're a girl who also hearts other girls but also even if you're not. Lucy has so perfectly written about and described her feelings & emotions which I also experienced and went through in a way that I can never quite do and I'm determined to get my friends to read it.

A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence. M. Krauss: a non fiction book about stars and space that I'd been putting off reading for several weeks that really wasn't as scary or confusing as I thought it would be. It was written in a really easy-to-understand way that didn't come across as being patronising!  If you're interested in space and learning about really cool clever people from the past then this is definitely a good book to pick up; it's factual but wasn't just a cover to cover onslaught of information being fired at you.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by "J. K. Rowling", John Tiffany & Jack Thorne: hmm.. well. I read this two weeks ago and still have no idea what I think of it. Part of me is thrilled because helloitsanewharrypotterthing?! but part of me is just, right, okay..moving on then.. I will say that from a drama student perspective this reads like it has to be on stage and not paper; even with the stage directions it just doesn't really flow or come across very impressively; it needs to have all the written directions performed and flying props as physical objects to  see to bring it to life, on paper it just falls a little flat of the standard you kind of expect from a Harry Potter product.  It was still good but I just feel like it could have been better (also Albus+Scorp4ever is something I've never really given any thought to but oh my goodness yes.)
#The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: this was another re-read of an all time favourite; I can't even explain how much I love this book, or why, but honestly it is amazing.  The writing, the characters, the themes threaded through the entire book, all beautiful and beautifully done.  It's been out for years but if you haven't got round to reading it then honestly just go pick up a copy and read away because this is the book that means the most to me and if even one more person reads it then I'll be happy.

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher: I wanted to read this originally because it was Carrie's book and it sounded cool; and then I read it and fell in love during the first chapter.  For me it's definitely a book I'll be re-reading sometime soon; it weaved around so many themes and I had so many emotions while reading this, so well written- especially for a first fiction book- and if you haven't read this then I won't spoil anything but it's so quotable and there were parts that made me laugh and parts that had me sobbing into my cup of tea.

My favourite two books, new books anyway, were undoubtedly Girl Hearts Girl and On the Other Side

Have you read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments!

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