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The Book Wrap : 2019 Vol III

It is a little crazy to me, that out of ALL the posts I post on my blog, my bimonthly wrap of books read is my most popular post. You guys clearly love knowing what I read about! Anyway, without further adieu, it's time for another wrap up!

The last two months were actually quite busy with books. I was quite surprised with how many I read. Maybe it was because I was on school holidays for part of April, or because I was sick at the start of May, but for a period of time I was reading a new book every second day.

Choice Words - A Collection of Writing About Abortion : Louise Swinn

At a time when abortion is still a criminal act in some parts of Australia, and near impossible to get in others, Choice Words is a plea from writers, activists, politicians and more to speak out. It is a collection of stories of people’s experiences of abortion. From doctors talking about the medical practice behind it, to historic recounts of what abortion used to look like, and stories of people getting abortions.

This book really opened my eyes. I had no idea that, in Australia, it is still illegal to get abortions. And while it’s not something that is prosecuted regularly, it is still something that COULD happen. I was fascinated reading these stories. Some broke my heart, some made me angry and some inspired me to want to do something to help. Would highly recommend giving it a read! I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's important to understanding a part of Australian society.

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Unconventional : Maggie Harcourt

Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing...until author Aidan Green - messy haired and annoyingly arrogant - arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi's life is thrown into disarray.

In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can't be planned. Things like falling in love...

This book was so sweet and so lovely! I smashed it out in one night because it was so lovely. Watching Lexi's life get thrown into disarray when she meets an interesting man, one she can't quite work out. My heart just melted for her. Oh young love, so sweet!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

The Au Pair : Emma Rous

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now, as an adult, Seraphine is mourning the loss of her father, and going through his belongings she discovers a photo. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby. Who is the child and what really happened that day?

This book WAS SO GOOD! I honestly could not put it down once I started. I was hooked. I just needed to know exactly what happened all those years ago and who the child in the photo was. It plays out beautifully, changing between present day and past, to the Au Pair Laura. You get insights into little things that happen, as the tension builds until the end. I had a feeling I knew what was going to happen, but it was still shocking. So well written. I highly recommend!! 

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Truth or Dare : Non Pratt

How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention, but if it means helping Sef Malik, she’s up for it. Sef is willing to do anything to help his recently disabled brother, even putting Claire’s love and life on the line. How far is too far?

A really lovely little book about pushing the boundaries when faced with significant challenges in life. It explores how a serious injury on a family member can affect you and your choices, while also exploring the ways people are happy to help. Very much up there with Rainbow Rowell and John Green in writing style. I found it really interesting that it was written in two parts, but each on at a different end of the book (you flip and turn the book around when you’re ready for the next part). I think this was a really clever way to separate the stories. It also gave interesting insight to the actions of both Sef and Claire. Such a lovely little read!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Five Feet Apart : Rachael Lippincott

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

I will admit that I did this in the wrong order, I saw the movie before I read the book because I honestly didn't realise the book existed. It is a lovely little story, in the likes of John Green! It makes you cry so hard, but also fills your heart with love and joy (oh young love!) It was also nice to realise that the movie is almost a perfect replica of the book, didn't leave out or skip over and of the important sections of the book. Overall a really lovely little story. 

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

The Flatshade by Beth O'Leary

 Tiffy and Leon share a flat.

Tiffy and Leon share a bed.

Tiffy and Leon have never met.

When Tiffy needs a flat quick and cheap, and Leon needs a extra cash quickly, they two end up in a flatshare. Tiffy gets the flat at night, while Leon gets the flat during the day. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window...

I FLIPPING LOVED THIS BOOK! I honestly could not put it down. It’s light heartened and sweet, while still dealing with some intense topics. It took me back to the early days of falling in love, as Tiffy and Leon leave each other notes that just make your heart melt. Written from both Leon and Tiffy’s perspective, I love the way that Beth has used a completely different voice for each character, almost as if the book had two authors (yes, I had to check there was only one 😂). It was beautiful and funny and sad and everything I want from a Rom Com. Possibly one of the best books I’ve read all year (or up there at least!!)

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Life On the Leash : Victoria Schade

Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it. All that changes when she meets her newest client, Charlie Gill. The only problem? Charlie is taken.

I absolutely loved this book! Another one that I smashed out in less than a day and couldn't put down. I don't know whether it was the dog lover in me or what, but it was beautiful. It was sweet and so well written that you are left wanting to steer Cora in the direction that she should be going. I don't know what else to say, it just left my heart so full and would recommend it to anyone wanting a nice, light hearted book to pick you up!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton : Anstey Harris 

Grace once had the beginnings of a talented musician, but can no longer play her cello publicly after a traumatic incident at music college. Now she builds string instruments, while having a long distance affair with David, the man who has helped to rebuild her life. After David saves the life of a young girl in Paris, his sudden fame brings to light the real state of his relationships. Heartbroken, Grace abandons everything, including her competition winning cello. Soon blossoms unlikely friendships that help her to discover there is more to life than love.

Utterly amazing!!! I can see why this has rocketed in popularity. It is so beautifully written that it will leave you in tears, both happy and sad, as it explores the reality of relationships and heartbreak. I was almost in tears for the whole last third - happy and sad tears of course - because it all just happened so beautifully. When she finds out the truth of what happened at college, when her friends push her to do something she couldn’t imagine doing. I just want to tell you about it all because I loved it so much. So you should read it and then come talk to me about it please.


Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD


The Taking of Annie Thorne : C.J. Tudor

When Joe Thorne gets an email saying “I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again” he knows he has to go back. When Joe’s sister, Annie, disappeared when he was a child, it broke he’s heart. But then she came back. Only, she wasn’t the same. Now that time has passed, he must come to terms with what happened in order to put an end to what is still happening in his home town.

Another great novel from C.J Tudor. I will admit, Chalk Man still takes the cake for me and I expected a little more from this one, but it still gave me thrills and kept me on the edge of my seat. It bounces from present day to past as you slowly piece together the whole story. It gives you snippets to just keep you guessing. Truth be told, I would never have guessed what happened to Annie or the ending. However, I was a little disappointed that the build up was kind of slow and it only gave you a couple of pages of real chills. I may have just been expecting more, after reading the Chalk Man, but it just didn’t excite me as much. The ending was really interesting though, and I do hope it leads into a sequel!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD


The Kiss Quotient : Helen Hoang

Stella Lane thinks math is the only way to unite the world. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Aspergers. teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice—with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

Such a fun little book! I am loving reading books with quirky voices lately. Real voices, of real people. This book fits perfectly into that category! Stella Lane wants to understand relationships and in doing so she falls in love herself. It will make you laugh and break your heart. But it leave you with so many warm fuzzies. But it’s also kind of sexy, which is not what you expect from such a unique voice!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

Dumped, Actually : Nick Spalding* (coming July 2019)

When Ollie is very publicly dumped by “The One”, his seemingly perfect world dissolved into misery. Until a bizarre chance encounter on a rooftop with a suicidal man in flip flops. While most would seek out the support of those close to him, Ollie reaches out to his subscribers, writing all about his break up. What follows is a series of soul seeking adventures recommended by his readers. With the support of all his subscribers, can Ollie mend his broken heart and find happiness again?

One of the funniest, most heart felt books I’ve ever read. I very rarely laugh out loud when reading. It takes a lot, but Rolf Harris jokes while camping with deers peering in, that makes me laugh out loud. Hearing all of Ollie’s adventures spoken about so honestly are just so funny. Then of course he figures out the root of his problems and it’s sad and raw. It takes you on the full roller coaster. It was refreshing reading a romance novel from a male perspective. Absolutely loved it!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

After the Party : Cassie Hamer

An unexpected gift left at her daughter's fifth birthday party in the form of a little girl pitches Sydney mum Lisa Wheeldon into events both hilarious and life-changing.

When a young girl doesn't get picked up from a birthday party, Lisa's life is flipped upside down. Going from having two daughters to three, trying to fit in with the other mother's at school and helping her sister prepare for her wedding. What more could life throw at you? A great story about love for children and family. It keeps you on the edge the whole time. It's so well written that I couldn't put it down!

Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD

I know I said last Book Wrap Up that I had read some really lovely books, but I think I also read some really lovely books this month too. Thought provoking, heart warming and just light hearted books. 

What books did you read recently? I am always on the hunt for new books (not that I really need more, but let me know in the comments below!) xx

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