Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting my Monthly Reads for August 2017. August was a pretty good reading month for me, as I really knuckled down and got a lot of my university reading done. I read a total of 6 books in August, with 3 being university reads. Keep reading to find out what I read in the month of August…
Perfect Prey by Helen Fields.
(I was sent an ARC of this by Harper Collins/Avon.)
I took part in the blog tour for this novel (find that here), and ended up loving it so much that I also reviewed it separately (which you can find here). This is an exceptional crime novel, jam-packed full with gory murders and the mystery of “whodunnit”. The detective team must work hard to figure out who the killer is, but will they make the discovery before it’s too late? I thoroughly enjoyed this read, despite getting a little bit lost in the sub-plots at times. Highly recommend this novel!
All That Man Is by David Szalay.
This is a required read for my English Literature “Last Year’s Novels” module. I went into this was very low expectations, but ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would! The novel is split into 8 parts with different characters – I found that I really enjoyed some parts, but was uninterested in some of the characters and enjoyed these less. A pretty good read!
Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler.
I was looking forward to this book, but it ended up really disappointing me – so much so that I stopped reading it halfway through and moved onto something else instead. I became extremely uninterested in the plot, didn’t like or care about any of the characters (they felt very wooden to me), and the writing wasn’t exciting or particularly good in any way. I would definitely give this one a miss if I were you.
Anatomy Of A Soldier by Harry Parker.
This was another book set for my “Last Year’s Novels” course. I was really intrigued by the premise to this book and was interested to see how the writer would pull it off (all the chapters are all narrated by a different “object” rather than a character/person). However, it fell extremely flat for me. The narration-by-object really distanced the reader in my opinion, and stopped me from feeling anything for any of the characters. I just felt that it was really mediocre overall and could have been so much better.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.
I won’t say too much about this book, as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. This is the second instalment to the “YOU” series, and although it wasn’t quite as good as the first book, I still really enjoyed it. Narrator Joe is as dark but charming as ever, and we see him embark on some new adventures and overcome some new challenges in this book. I’m really excited for ‘YOU’ (the first book in the series – reviewed here) to be made into a TV series!
The Natural Way Of Things by Charlotte Wood.
This is another book required for my “Last Year’s Novels” module. I won’t go into too much detail here as I have a full review coming soon on my blog – so keep your eyes peeled for that! This is an extraordinary contemporary feminist module, and I believe that it’s an extremely important read. It made me feel so many different emotions, and it reinforced the importance of talking openly about sexism and gender. Highly recommend this to you all!
Happy reading 🙂