Recently Read #27 | August & September

Recently Read #27 | August & September

I hit something of a reading slump in August and barely read anything which is frustrating but i just found myself not wanting to read. September i tried to get myself out of that slump and have been trying to make the effort to actively read more even if it is the odd chapter here and there, which did helped somewhat as i got through 3 books during Sept.


Recently Read #27 | August & September

Damage by Evie Ainsworth
Skater girl Gabi is struggling to move past a traumatic incident and turns to self harm to try and take away the pain. Massive triggers warnings with this book, if reading anything to do with self harm affects you so definitely bear that in mind if you decide to pick it up . I can't decide if i like this book or not but it does cover issues that are pretty common in today's society - things like self harm, anxiety, alcoholism and id say also depression too. I did find this book quite interesting to read - I've often wondered how people choose to self harm and have resorted to physically harming themselves, its something that I've never fully understood but this book made me see it from a different perspective and understand it a little better.
Rating: 3/5

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
I was really looking forward this book, the concept just sounded really interesting. It follows Alice, who has been diagnosed with Leukemia and her prognosis isn't looking good. Accepting her fate she decides to spend her final months righting wrongs. Enlisting the help of her friend Harvey she creates a crazy bucket list but just as her list is almost complete, she goes into remission. It alternates between perspectives and jumps between then and now to gives context to the story which helped but that being said, this just wasn't what i expected. I found it very difficult to sympathise with Alice; she was such a brat and constantly manipulated and used Harvey and to be honest was just a complete bitch. I don't know if she purposely written to be that way but i really disliked her, i get that having cancer and coming close to dying isn't easy but her attitude and the way she treated people just irritated me. It was an interesting read but it's nothing worth raving about.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #27 | August & September

One In a Million by Lindsey Kelk
It's no secret i adore Lindsey Kelk; her books are my favourites to read - they're so relatable and i just love her writing style so i was really excited to sink my teeth into her latest release. Annie has given up on love and is putting all her efforts into making her tiny business a success; infuriated by the Ad company across the hall she accepts the crazy challenge of making a random stranger instagram famous in 30 days. I believe this book was inspired by My Fair Lady, it's almost a modern retelling with the roles reversed and i really enjoyed it. It's not my favourite book she's released but it was still really enjoyable, it's a cute easy read and you really find yourself routing for the characters. I also loved how the concept of the story is modern, instagram is such a popular platform in this day and age so it's interesting to have it as a big part of the books plot. If you love chick lit and easy reads, id definitely recommend it.
Rating: 3/5

Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling
This was a random free book i found on amazon and it was only about 100 pages - it was an easy read, but it was nothing special, i don' feel like I'd have missed out had i never read it. Bayleigh gets sent to her grandparents in the middle of nowhere with no phone, ipod or access to the real world after shes caught sending a less than lady-like photo to a boy. Bayleigh is expecting it to be the worst summer of her life, until she meets the boy next door. It was okay, don't get me wrong but it was nothing groundbreaking and a very predictable story. I believe this is a series but i don't think I'll be continuing reading that.
Rating: 2/5

Recently Read #27 | August & September

Let's Just Be Friends by Camilla Isley
Rose has been in love with her best friend Tyler for years but has kept her feelings under wraps out of fear of getting hurt but being his friend is getting more and more difficult every years especially with each new woman he meets, in particular Georgiana. I'm a bit of a sucker for two friends falling for each other kind of story which is the main reason i decided to try this, but this book took a completely different turn to what i was expecting. It was okay, easy to read but wasn't a brilliant story. I believe this is a series so I'm undecided as to whether I'll continue on with them because there's a lot of other books i want to read first.
Rating: 2/5

What have you been reading recently?
Natalie xx

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