Looking back on July, I managed to read quite a few books which I'm rather pleased about.
There are a few books here which I absolutely loved and would recommend you put on your TBR pile right away. So do read on to see what I thought about these six books..
Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon - 4.5 Stars
I actually finished this in August, not July, however I couldn't wait to put up a review of this. Emma Gannon has her own blog, podcast (which features guests from Zoella to Louise O'Neill) and she is an all round fab person. I've seen people all over the internet raving about this and I'm joining them today. I loved reading about Emma's teen life from when she first discovered the internet, to when she was online dating. This book essentially follows her life as she grows up online, and I found the chapters about internships, her social media jobs and blogging particularly interesting to hear about. I loved the feminism she incorporated into this and the way she wrote about blogging made my heart soar with pride that I too have an online space to share my thoughts and feelings. Emma Gannon's book is super accessible and unputdownable.
The Girls by Emma Cline* - 3 Stars
The premise of this book was extremely intriguing and there was plenty of hype leading up to this book's release - I was so pleased when I was sent a copy from Penguin Random House. This is essentially loosely based on the Manson murders and follows the main character Evie's fascination with 'The Girls' - dressed in dirty flowing dresses with a slightly dark, ethereal feel to them. The Girls consists mostly of a steady stream of Evie's thoughts about the cult which she has walked herself into and the way she and everyone there seems to be enthralled by the ring leader Russell. In this case I don't think the hype lived up to what I read. The writing was beautiful in parts, very poetic and wordy which was different to what I'm used to reading. I did read this really quite fast - the book was very consuming and sickening interesting in a way. Don't get me wrong, it was quite fascinating, but was not my favourite book.
The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes* - 3.5 Stars
When starting The Fall of Butterflies, you are wound up into the world of Willa, who is quite a witty and funny character, verging on very cynical. If you know me this is one of my favourite character tropes so I was already off to a good start with this. I mostly enjoyed the dialogue in this book, the banter and humour. The writing style was a bit different and was from more of an unusual perspective which I hadn't seen so much of before. I enjoyed the commentary about the rich and poorer and accepting yourself for who you are. As books go, I found this to be good in parts but as a whole it probably isn't one that will stay with me or impacted me that much. Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy to review.
Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema* - 5 Stars
If you're an avid reader of my blog you'll know this was my favourite book of the month. I am so glad I got a chance to review Girl Out of Water after Walker Books sent it to me because it was a delight to read, and I wish I could loose my memories of it and read it again. It has an Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging vibe to it and is literally the perfect laugh-out-loud British teen comedy to complete in one sitting. There are those books that come around every now and then that you don't want to stop reading. The premise of this book is quite funny in itself, but you could find me laughing out loud many times with this - the protagonist Lou teaches three boys how to swim so they can compete in a talent show doing synchronised swimming.
On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher* - 3 Stars
The prospect of YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher bringing out a fiction book was an exciting one. I also loved the cover when I saw it and was extremely pleased to see the postman bring it to my door. On The Other Side includes magical realism and switching between the past and the present, following protagonist 82 year old Evie as she has to clear her conscience to step through to her heaven. While it was evident Carrie is actually a decent writer, has some wonderful ideas and was a pro at metaphors, I didn't find myself as enthralled in the story as I wanted to. There were some weaknesses with this book, such as the confusing time period and the writing being overly fluffy for me at times. I did however like the representation seen in this book and the little bits and pieces Carrie dreamed up to make this world of hers. Thank you to Hachette for providing me with a copy.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman - 5 Stars
I fell in love with Alice Oseman's writing when I read Radio Silence which is probably one of my favourite books this year, and it looks like Solitaire is going to make the cut too. Tori is an extremely cynical, sarcastic and pessimistic person who stumbles upon a society of sorts called 'Solitaire'. Basically all she does is blog in her room, and when she meets Michael Holden and a boy from her childhood, things start to get a bit weird. 'This is not a love story' proclaims the front cover, but it is a darn good book in my opinion. I think because I was already in love with her other book, I had to give this 5 Stars. I think Alice writes so well about teenagers and fan culture - please if you are looking to read one YA author I insist it's got to be her.
Which books are you most interested in?