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The Book Wrap Up : September


Is it time for me to make another comment about how fast this year is going? But in all seriousness, this year is going so fast and we are now into October and it's basically almost Christmas (which I am very excited about). Enough about that, let's get into the book wrap up!

This month was a bit of a slow month book wise. I read 7 books total and honestly, a couple of them weren't great (you'll find out in reviews below). HOWEVER, I did read one amazing series that made it hard for me to pick up another book for a little while afterwards. Let's just get into it:


How to Be Perfect : Holly Wainwright

**some potential spoilers** We welcome back the crazy Elle Campbell, who has holed up in and exclusive retreat where women pay thousands to mimic her extreme lifestyle and where she can hide away from the judgement post the Blog-Aahs’s catastrophe. Abi Black is back as well, she’s getting ready to marry her true love, only problem is, is that her ex husband is living in the shed outside and her sixteen year old daughter is getting famous on YouTube for all the wrong reasons. Then there is Frances Graham, who is struggling with her colicky newborn, absent husband and the WhatsApp mum group which is giving her major anxiety. How to be Perfect follows the story of these three ladies trying to find self-improvement through the cult taking over your phone.

Another cracker from Holly Wainwright! Funny, cringe worthy and at times, infuriating, but for all the right reasons! It was interesting reading a new story about Elle and Abi and seeing their competitiveness come back. It took me a long time to realise the problems happening between Elle and Ben, longer than it probably should have, and I didn’t quite get why she was so determined not to marry him. I was also a bit confused what Frances had to do with anything, and honestly, the secrets she was trying to keep from her husband frustrated me to no end. However, it hit me at the same time the importance of Frances and what was happening to Elle and then I couldn’t put the book down. Holly just has a great way of pulling you back in when you’re starting to ask questions. 


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What If It's Us : Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera*

** spoiler alert ** Arthur is in New York for the summer doing an internship. Ben is in tatters following the breakup with his boyfriend. When the two cross paths at the post office, their lives will be changed for ever.

From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked. Ben and Arthur cross paths when Ben is trying to post a box of his exes stuff back to him. When Arthur discovers that Ben also likes boys, his world changes. But what does he do? Forgets to get his number. What follows is a beautiful romantic gesture to get the two back together. It is the thing of movies, the dream! When they finally meet again, they have a rocky start but quickly find their feet.

Despite absolutely loving the book, the ending really let it down. When Arthur goes back home, he and Ben are still so in love. Ben organised a big romantic gesture to enjoy their last day today. But the epilogue? They’re mutual “best friends”, Arthur has hooked up with other people and the two seemed to have made no effort to see each other. If they are both so in love and have both gone to big efforts to show it, why did they not make the effort afterwards? They clearly still love each other....they never “broke up” with each other, so why are they suddenly just best friends. Was a bit let down at the end to be honest and it left me a bit angry....I JUST LOVE LOVE OK!


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So I just finished the new What If It’s Us by @adamsilvera and @beckyalbertalli and (aside from the ending) I loveeeeed it! 📸: Image from @topshelfbooks_ SPOILER ALERTS IN THE REVIEW: Arthur is in New York for the summer doing an internship. Ben is in tatters following the breakup with his boyfriend. When the two cross paths at the post office, their lives will be changed for ever. From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked. Ben and Arthur cross paths when Ben is trying to post a box of his exes stuff back to him. When Arthur discovers that Ben also likes boys, his world changes. But what does he do? Forgets to get his number. What follows is a beautiful romantic gesture to get the two back together. It is the thing of movies, the dream! When they finally meet again, they have a rocky start but quickly find their feet. Despite absolutely loving the book, the ending really let it down. When Arthur goes back home, he and Ben are still so in love. Ben organised a big romantic gesture to enjoy their last day today. But the epilogue? They’re mutual “best friends”, Arthur has hooked up with other people and the two seemed to have made no effort to see each other. If they are both so in love and have both gone to big efforts to show it, why did they not make the effort afterwards? They clearly still love each other....they never “broke up” with each other, so why are they suddenly just best friends. Was a bit let down at the end to be honest and it left me a bit angry....I JUST LOVE LOVE OK! *Book was requested as an ARC via NetGallery* ________________________________________ #amreading #booklovers #bibliophile #bookaddict #books #bookchat #goodreads #ireadeverywhere #greatreads #whattoread #bookworld #bookstagram #epicreads #bookaddict #bookchat #books #booksworthreading #booksofinstagram #whatifitsus #adamsilvera #netgallery
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Crazy Rich Asians : Kevin Kwan

When Nick invites his girlfriend, Rachel, back to Singapore for a wedding she has no idea that he is actually Crazy Rich and that the wedding they’re going to is one of the biggest events of the year in Singapore. As Rachel tries to navigate the family and fit in in a lifestyle she has no idea about, she finds herself wondering if she really knew much about him at all.

Can she fit in in a world she knows nothing about?

I am a book before movie person but I do kind of wonder if I would have enjoyed this book as much if I hadn’t seen the movie first. It’s rather heavy on the details about the Chinese history and the characters in the story. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good but sometimes I found it a bit overwhelming.

Overall I did really enjoy the book. It’s fun but gives you an interesting insight into the world of the “Crazy Rich Asians” I am excited to see what the next books have to hold.


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China Rich Girlfriend : Kevin Kwan

Rachel and Nick are getting married! Despite all the family turmoil their are starting their life together, but Rachel is starting to think about her father.

When Carlton ends up in a terrible accident, his mother does everything she can to protect him and nurture him back to full health.

What do these two have that makes them connected? Well you’ll have to read the book.

After reading the first one and being a bit weighed down in all the history and the family members, so I was expecting this one to be similar, however it wasn’t! It was easy to read, funny and sad at times too. It was a Singapore version of Gossip Girl and Dynasty all mixed into one. So much drama and so much going on all in one book. It honestly just got better and better!! Love it and can’t wait for the third book!!

 
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Rich People Problems : Kevin Kwan

Nick and Rachel have returned home after the craziness of China Rich Girlfriend and are settling in, only to get a call that Su Yi is unwell and likely not to survive much longer. As all the cousins rush to be by her bedside, drama is sure to stripy in Tyersall Park.

Now, typically with series, by the time we get to book three I am not super impressed. The story is often getting drawn out longer than it should be. However...Kevin Kwan just seems to get better with each book he writes!! I read this book the quickest out of all three and could not put it down! It was amazing! So much drama, but so many lovely little side stories as well. It was nice hearing more about some of the other characters as well. The Gossip Girl/Dynasty drama continued and boy was this book good.


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Love Spell : Mia Kerick*

Chance César is fabulously gay but is still working out his gender - “being stuck between the grey area between boy and girl”. Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible—except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. And so at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart. But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance win over Jazz’s heart?

I wanted to love this book. I love seeing more books about gender and sexuality coming out and the forum for these topics growing, however I honestly just could not get into this book. The narrator (Chance) is flamboyantly gay and in an over the top way and his style was not for me. I couldn’t get past the writing style in order to get into the story itself. While I know a lot of people loved the book, I couldn’t get past the talking style. 



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Sugar: My Life As A Sugar Babe : Monique X*

After her divorce, Monique decides to inject some fun into the drudgery of life as a single mother, by dating a wealthy older gentleman, which is known as ‘sugar daddy’ dating. It all starts out as a bit of fun, but when discovers a thousand pounds in her wallet, it changes everything. Soon she is living a life of luxury, travelling here, there and everywhere, all while having a stable income to support her children. Now she realises the truth: she needs to find a way out.

I really enjoy how this book started - with a bit of a glimpse into the life Monique is living, before jumping back to before it all began and unpacking how it is that she got into the 'Sugar Babe' business. However, it was after that that I honestly started to get a little bored. While it starts strong (and saucy), it all becomes a bit the same after the first sugar daddy. While I was hoping to be caught up in the romance and the life of luxury, I just got a bit bored....


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There it is! Another book wrap up done and dusted for another month. I didn't quite get through as many books as I had hoped, but fingers crossed I can get through a couple during the school holidays and get back on track. I'd love to hear what amazing book you read during September! Let me know in the comments below xx



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