July Wrap & August TBR (of sorts)

Hey everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick)

So my July TBR pile had four books on it… and I read five! Woop!

…except three of those five books weren’t even on my TBR pile, so technically I failed at completing it. Sigh. I’ve been struggling with sticking to my TBR piles – I’m fine for the first couple books, but then I go off track and feel guilty when I don’t read what I’m supposed to. Which is frankly ridiculous because the only person who actually cares is myself.

For these reasons I’m going to stop making lists of the exact books I want to read in a month – instead I’m going to name two or three (depending on their length, etc.) that I really want to get around to and set a number of books I want to read over that month. This way, I can be more flexible and ditch this absolutely pointless sense of guilt.

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So anyways, this is what I read over the month of July:

A God in Ruinsreview

The Lies of Locke Lamorareview

The Muse review

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (review coming soon)

Attachmentsreview

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 Overall, July was a great reading month for me – I thoroughly enjoyed all five of the books I read. 🙂

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August TBR:

Reading goal = 5 books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Name of the Wind

A new Harry Potter book guys! Finally! I mean, yeah it’s a play, but it’s something! And Fantastic Beasts comes out later this year!

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So what are you guys planning on reading in August? I’d love to hear from you!

lizard

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Read: July, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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Summary from Goodreads (link here):

It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.

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Review:

This book is fluffy kittens. It’s hot chocolate and freshly baked goods. It’s warm hugs.

In other words, Attachments is a whole heap of sugary sweet cuteness.

I’m not usually a contemporary reader, but I always make an exception for Rainbow Rowell books – they’re amazing. Her writing style is brilliant and endlessly humorous, especially in the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer; these chapters feel like a realistic email conversation between friends, whilst at same time building up enough personality and backstory for each character in order to let the reader get to know and like them. I love how Rowell shows their friendship, how they’re always there for each other and supportive, forgiving of each other’s mistakes and willing to be honest about things.

This book was a fabulously quick read – honestly, I managed it in a day. I’ve been needing something lighthearted and fun lately, and this ticked all the boxes. It’s got a nice feeling of resolution at the end and the story never drags.

Also, I’m adding a little shout out to my favourite character, Doris. What a lady! Seriously, I want a Doris to share dinner with and give me useful life advice. She’s awesome.

So, yeah. I don’t really have much more to say…? Attachments is just a solid book, filled with adorable relationships and funny exchanges. It’s the perfect uplifting summer read.

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Best Quote/s:

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”

“I’m too old to be lying to other people’s mothers,” Doris said.

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If you like this try:

Rainbow Rowell’s other books, Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

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Has any one else read Attachments? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

lizard

 

Friday 56

It’s Friday 56 time again!

This is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.Friday 56
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

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You may recognise today’s quote from the 56th page of Rainbow Rowell’s delightfully adorable (and kinda creepy/stalker-y, let’s be honest) adult contemporary, Attachments.

“Don’t mind these shitheads. I had to bring them, it’s my turn to be designated driver. They won’t kill our game, though, they hang in the kiddies section.”

“No worries,” Lincoln said.

“What?”

“No worries!” Lincoln wasn’t worried. He didn’t have any game to kill.

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I really enjoyed this book – hopefully I’ll have a review up soon! Has anyone else read Attachments? I’d love to know your thoughts!

lizard