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The Book Wrap Up : August

Another month down, another month closer to me another year older and being able to celebrate my birthday (yay Virgo time!). Anyway, it also means that it's time for another book wrap up. So let me know share all the books I read this month!

August was another good month. Now you might remember during the month of July I read 10 whole books! Well August was another good month and I am so confused about how I am finding this much time to read when I have been busier than ever. Anyway....this month I read a total of _ books. I have also been lucky this month to read some advanced copies of some very exciting books coming out this month (or in the coming masks). Let's just say there are some amazing books you'll need to get your hands on soon! So let's get into them!

Beside Myself : Ann Morgan

Ellie and Helen are twins. Helen is the leader. Ellie just follows. One day they thought it be fun to swap places for a bit. It was all fun and games until Ellie didn’t swap back. What followed for Helen was a nightmare she couldn’t wake up from.

This book was gripping from the start. Written with a chapter from the past, followed by a chapter from the present, it gives this sense of something ominous coming, where you are constantly guessing the ending. However, the ending didn’t do it for me.....I felt like it was quite anti climatic and that the tension wasn’t resolved in a way that left me satisfied. While the opening of the book was so exciting, the latter left me wanting something more.

Book Depository | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

An Anonymous Girl* : Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (coming Jan 2019)

You’re invited. Seeking women 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Jessica Farris signs up to a study, thinking that all she will have to do is answer a couple of questions and then collect her money and go. Each day, the questions grow more intense, until Jess can no longer decide who and what she can trust. Caught up in a web of lies and deceit, is it too late for Jess to get out now?

A book I couldn’t put down! What started as a seemingly simple task for Jess gets larger and larger. The questions that are asked makes you question your morals - would you do the same? As the tasks get bigger you find yourself questioning Jess’s actions and the actions of Dr. Shields. While it’s not clear what her motive is. I love that you get the perspective from both Dr. Shields and Jess, giving you little bits of insight to what might actually be happening and why. By the last 100 pages you can’t put it down because you just need to know what is going to happen. The ending does not disappoint!

Book Depository | Dymocks | Amazon | Angus and Robertson

A Thousand Perfect Notes : C.G. Drews

All Beck has ever known is the piano. Ever since his mother had a stroke and can no longer perform, she has been living through him. Day in, day out, all his spare time is spent practicing. Learning the notes. Perfecting the pieces. All for her. Until he meets August. And she changes everything.

Can she save the music that he has hidden away?

Sam from She Writes About It, sent me this book and since reading it has basically been forcing it upon anything (that's how you know it's good). As a musician and a music teacher, this book made me angry. The way his mother treats him. Forces him to practice, it made me so angry. I felt so sorry for Beck. But I was hooked. I had to know if he managed to get his music out. I had to know what happened. It was so well written and made you fall in love with Beck.


Book Depository | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade* : Cheyanne Young (coming Oct 2018)

There is no way around it, we’ve come to the day where Raquel’s best friend, Sasha, dies. She has died of cancer. There’s nothing Raquel can do to change that. She’s left with overwhelming sadness, until the first letter arrives. She has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt, starring a boy - Elijah. Is he the answer to helping her move on?

Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read recently! It was beautiful and sad and heartwarming all at the same time. I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. It teaches you to understand grief, to not judge a book (or a person) by its cover, and to have fun, despite the sadness that might be lingering. I wish the story of Sasha and Raquel could have been longer, but it was such a beautiful story!!

Book Depository | QBD | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine : Gail Honeyman

This was one of those books that I bought but kept putting off reading. When I finally picked it up, I was blown away.

Meet Eleanor: a fairly average person. She leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. She is happy. Until, one simple act of kindness shatters the wall Eleanor has built around herself.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than... fine?

Such a beautifully written book! It is simple, easy to read and so hard to put down. It’s funny, unpredictable and moving. Your heart laughs with Eleanor, cry’s with Eleanor and learns how to put everything back together. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Book Depository | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson


Otherworld : Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

They promise that the Otherworld can make your dreams come true. That in Otherworld, you can be whoever you want to be. It’s addictive. You won’t want to leave. But is it all as good as it looks?

When freak accidents start leaving people in a coma, some people start to question that everything is as it seems. Is the Otherworld take over a good thing? Or a disaster waiting to happen?

I really enjoyed this book! I’ve heard some mixed review, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to know about the love story between Simon and Kat. I had to know that everyone survived and that it was all ok in the end. Naturally, I hated getting to the end and it ending on a cliff hanger (DAMN SEQUEL’s!!), but I can’t wait for the second one to come out in October!

Book Depository | QBD | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

#FashionVictim* : Amina Akhtar (coming Sept 2018)

Working in fashion, there’s so much to do. Plan the next spread, choose people to photograph, kill so and so, find the next blogger to work with, the list goes on. How Anya can fit it all in is a mystery!

But Anya doesn’t have everything she wants. Not like Sarah Taft.

When Anya starts to work at La Vie, funny things start happening and when the first body turns up, terror ensues. Who has it out for the people at La Vie? Is anyone safe?

So well written that I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened to Anya, I had to know about the people being murdered and about the friendship “blossoming” between Anya and Sarah. It’s addictive and so well written. It makes you constantly question the sanity of the characters involved. Would highly recommend!!

Book Depository | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

The Sunday Girl* : Pip Drysdale (coming Sept 2018)

We all know the feeling of heart break. When someone we truly love let’s us down, we want to get back at them. This is exactly what Taylor Bishop wants to do. She wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth just like he destroyed her. But when seems to constantly be one step ahead, how will her revenge plan work. With strong Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep vibes, this is a story of a girl on a mission to get out.

I do have to say, this book took me a little while to get into. We jumped straight into the story and I felt a little lost for the first 50 pages or so. However, once I got hooked, I couldn’t put it down. From the moment she utters the line “this was the last time I felt safe” I could not stop reading and spent every spare minute wanting to read this book. I do feel like Taylor got a bit let off the hook in the end, with no eyes on her, I was kind feeling like she should get caught out a little, but I was also so excited that she escaped. If you loved The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep, than I would highly recommend this book!

Book Depository | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

It Ends With You* : S. K. Wright 

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous - she's perfect. She is the girl everyone wants to be best friends with. When she goes missing and her body is found a couple of days later in a ditch in the forest there is only one thing everyone wants to know: who did it?

All fingers point to Luke, the slightly obsessed boyfriend. All the evidence points to him as well. But is everything as clearly laid out as it seems? 

I absolutely loved this book. While I found the start a little bit slow, once they found her body and started to pin the crime on Luke I was hooked. It is very cleverly written, told from six different perspectives throughout the book, give you a different side of the story each with each new chapter.

I had my guesses about who killed Eva, and it wasn't the person that ended up behind bars. I also wasn't given answers about the character I suspected...which has left me hanging a little bit. 

But ok, can we talk about the last chapter too? Because OMG!!!!! HOW CAN YOU END IT LIKE THAT AND LEAVE ME HANGING!! I NEED ANSWERS!!! Following another character revealing something and then fobbing it off as a 'joke' I have completely questioned everything that I thought I knew from this book. SEQUEL PLEASE!

Book Depository | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon | Booktopia | Angus and Robertson

Kindred Spirits : Rainbow Rowell

Elena loves Star Wats. If you cracked open her heart, Star Wars would spill out. So with a new Star Wars movie coming out, she has to be one of the first in line to see it.

A sweet short story about a girl in a line with a boy. It was short, sweet and funny. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in a quick read! 


And there ends another good month of reading! I read another book that has made the list of one of my favourite books EVER (Eleanor Oliphant if you didn't pick it up), so it was a good month! If you can't wait until next month to find out what I am reading, make sure you check out my Goodreads account to keep up to date with what books I'm reading.

What books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments, I am always on the hunt for new books to read! xx

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