Here’s the latest roundup of Books I’ve Read This Month! If you missed last month’s post, click here to view it. Enjoy!
#12: Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up by Grace Helbig
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I’ve wanted to for some time after reading Grace Helbig’s latest book, Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It (and of course, after I met her IRL: See my 50 Random Facts About Me! post from January for a cute pic of us two)!
Want to know how mnemonics (German: Gedächtnishilfe = memory-help) like #WORKPOOT, #APICKYCOP, #DIMPLEFAX and #DANCECROTCH can help you to grow into a well-rounded, sophisticated adult? Then I recommend this book to you! It is full of great tips and tricks to handle every awkward situation you could find yourself in once you become an adult – I found this particularly helpful, as I (relatively) recently became one!
#13: I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjørk
A really gripping, whodunit story about solving the mystery of the death of a young girl, the main characters involved being police officers… Not usually the kind of book I’d read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless! The characters for me were not relatable but I could build up some sympathy and attachment to some of them as the novel progressed. I’d recommend that if you do decide to read this book, to read it in as few sittings as possible, so do set aside some time for it – it’s over 500 pages long! It gave me a real insight into Norwegian/Scandinavian culture and the difference between expectations in society. So, if you want to read a psychological thriller, then this book’s certainly for you! I’m really looking forward to the sequel, which comes out later this year!
#14: A History of Modern Britain 🇬🇧 by Andrew Marr
This book is essentially a well-written account on how Britain has developed from just after WWII (Atlee) to almost present day (Blair: 2007). It was written by Andrew Marr: an extremely reputable modern historian, journalist and TV presenter. A long read at over 600 pages, it is quite possibly the longest book I’ve ever read! – but it is nevertheless well worth a read by anyone who is interested in the history of our little island, Britain. It is interesting not only historically, but also politically, as (even though it was written even before a referendum was fixed) it offers some possible explanations as to why we’re “Brexiting” from the EU, through our initial entry into the EEC in 1973 to the doubts that many had as early as 2007, when the book was first published. I, personally am extremely against Brexit, and still am, but reading this has given me at least an insight as to how the other (slightly more than) half want to leave the EU. To any of my readers who are outside of the UK: what do you think about Brexit? Is it well known in your country or have you only heard about it through this? I’d really love to know your thoughts!
I read this book as it was on the reading list for my History A Level specification although I’m sure that anyone interested in modern history will enjoy it likewise! As this book was published in 2007, when I was 8 years old, towards the end I found this book particularly interesting as I have, albeit as a young child, experienced some of the events myself in my lifetime as a British Citizen (e.g. 9/11 and later the 7/7 London bombings).
#15: Island by David Almond
A really pleasurable short story which was especially written for World Book Day. It contains the right balance of romance, tragedy and history, and I would recommend for anyone who likes to read books set in the countryside, far from civilisation! It’s a lovely book about diversity too, and is really good for getting perspectives of children/young adults living through conflicts in different parts of the world…
#16: The Maze Runner (Book 1) by James Dashner
Gotta say, I don’t usually read books of this type of genre – kind of an action, cum Sci-Fi sort of book, but kind of not – it’s hard to explain. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, more than I thought I would, although one thing that I’d say is that it did take me a while to get into it: it wasn’t until about 100 pages in that I really started to engage with the story. As I say, I’d usually read books more hypothetical than ones like this: closer to reality. However, I think I will read the sequels, if I enjoy book 2 (in the end) as much as this one, and I’d also like to see the newly-made film version of this too, as I always love seeing the difference between books and their adapted films.
I’d say that this book is good to read for anyone who loves adventure, in a complete different type of world to our own, as well as humans relationships, and negotiating the enemy…
That’s all for this month – hop you’ve enjoyed reading my reviews and that you feel inspired to perhaps read some of these books yourself! 📚