This month I managed to read and review six books and unbox two book subscription boxes. Here is a roundup of my blog posts this month…
My first read was a book I have had on my TBR for years. I finally got round to reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt which tells the story of a boy growing up without his mother, and the painting which reminds him of her. It is a novel which covers themes of love, loss friendship and art which I really enjoyed. Another book I enjoyed this month, and perhaps my favourite was Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. This is a book which explores mental health and how it is impacted by modern life and the pressures that we face. As someone who has struggled with mental health myself I found this to be a very important book which has helped me out this month and made me feel less alone.
I always love receiving book post from Salt Publishing and this month saw the publication of Liminal, the debut novel from Bee Lewis. This was an atmospheric and compelling read in which we meet a pregnant amputee who moves to a remote area to start a new life with her husband and child, to move away from the troubling memories of her past. However, she soon discovers that not everything is as it seems and her husband may have something to hide which made for an intriguing read! My book club read for August was The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin which tells the story of four siblings who visit a psychic as children who gives each of them the date of their death. From this point we move through time and see how this prophecy impacts each of the characters, which I found to be a gripping and enjoyable read.
I was also lucky enough to receive a copy of Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale which was also published this month. This was a well written novel in which we meet Eustace, a man in his fifties who is undergoing treatment for illness, looking back at his childhood and the importance of music in his life. And finally this month I read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which is an ambitious and powerful novel which explores some difficult themes. Told through fourteen different perspectives and over continents and centuries this was a well written novel which deals with complex and difficult subject matter with sensitivity.
In subscription boxes this month I unboxed the August crime and mystery box from My Chronicle Book Box as well as my final Fairy Loot, the theme of which was ‘Mutinous Pirates’. I also received my second book from Rare Birds Book Club which I am hoping to read in September. I will also be receiving the ‘Rise Up’ Wonder Crate from Ink and Wonder which I will be sharing an unboxing of next month.
As always I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog this month and shared my posts, I really appreciate it; I will be back next month with more book reviews and subscription box unboxings! Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think!