July Book Round Up

July was a bumper month of reading for me. I don't know if it was the procrastination or the trying to set time aside, but I managed to get through 6 books and started a 7th! After heading to the HarperCollins Big Book 18 event in June, I wanted to read through some of those books as my collection is now piled up in our lounge and Scott is getting a tad annoyed with my hoard!

I have to say that I was blown away with pretty much everything I read this month. I was also expecting them to be good as nearly everything is by an author I've already read and enjoyed.

Reading List July

 11 Missed Calls - Elisabeth Carpenter

This book follows the story of Anna, who believes her mother died 30 years ago. When a note appears she starts to question everything she has ever been told. And then a body turns up.

I really loved the idea of this book, I loved the way that the timelines and the point of view led the story. But the ending seemed a tad too unrealistic for me to truly say that I loved it. It seemed it was more family drama than thriller, and I'm still questioning where the 11 missed calls happened. Maybe I was a tad lost with this book, the idea was fantastic, but something felt missing.

I Was Born For This - Alice Oseman

Angel is obsessed with the band The Ark. She lives and dies by them. Jimmy is their frontman, suave and confident on the outside, but on the inside is slowly crumbling. Things can never be as good as they seem, and when these two meet unexpectedly, strange things start to happen.

I loved this book. I loved the fandom aspect, how the twists and turns played out. How famous people are seen versus how they really are. I also found it a bit of a social commentary about the fine line between obsession and liking a band. A fantastic story that left me hooked! Can I find out more please?

Why Mummy Swears - Gill Sims

I've reviewed this for the Mumsnet Book Club, so I'll link the review here. But in a brief synopsis the story is such a true representation of parenting that I think every mum can relate to some part of the story. Whether it's the flustered husband that refuses to help, the children that bait and taunt each other until screams of "MUUUUUUUMMMM" are heard. You just want to laugh and nod along at what a slight cliche your life has become.

Lullaby - Leila Slimani

Again, this is another Mumsnet Book Club book (review here) and a thriller that I loved. Here's what I wrote about it. Both of the women in this novel showed strength in different ways, yet also showed that struggling and mental health is still something that should be spoken about. How being the perfect parent, nanny or even family member isn't easy and how letting cracks show is better than trying to glaze over them.

Monday's Not Coming - Tiffany D.Jackson

Monday is missing. Only Claudia her best friend seems to notice that she's gone. No matter who she asks, no one will help her find her friend or even give her a straight answer as to where she is.

Based on the Washington girls disappearances, this perfectly written book had me hooked from the first page. I was a huge Fan of her first book but this is just WOW! An honest, raw and sadly relevant book about mental health, abuse and searching for the truth. One that you won't put down and one that you will hand on to everyone you know.

The Fear - C.L Taylor

When Lou ran away with her teacher to France, she didn't realise the type of person he was. Now age 32, she discovers he is doing the same again. She doesn't know how she will stop him, but she's determined to stop this predator once and for all.

I honestly couldn't put this book down. I read it until the early hours just to know what happens. It did take me a bit to get into it, but as soon as the story developed I was hooked. It's a fantastic and claustrophobic book that will look at abduction from the eyes of the victims and those on the outside of the circle. It's honestly a tad disturbing but is such a good read I highly recommend. And the twists and turns just make is even better!

Lullaby Leila Slimani

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