It is that time of the month again to share with you all the books I have read this month. Considering I had a ten-day reading and blogging slump, I managed to remain consistent with my current quota of around 10-12 books per month. I’m rather surprised by that.
However, before I get to those, I have a couple of late July books that I read after I posted that wrap up.
And from what I’ve worked out, it was with Body Double (book 4 in the Rizzoli and Isles series) that I reached my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge target of 60 books. I could change it and up my challenge but I find it more pleasurable leaving it at that and just riding out the rest of the reading year.
Body Double by Tess Gerritsen- 4.5 stars
A re-read, like with the rest of the R&I books in this post. This fourth instalment is predominantly about Maura and her character background. I like this one a lot because it plays on nature vs nurture and makes Maura question her role as a medical examiner. In this respect, you can see the similarities between book Maura and TV Maura, although her biological parentage is different. Nonetheless, Jane also has some interesting character development in this novel, mainly in terms of her relationship with Gabriel Dean, and that sets up the next book (Vanish) really nicely.
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn- 3 stars
I did not enjoy this book as much as I expected and I ended up skim reading most of it. I wasn’t really a fan of the writing style and I would have much preferred to have stayed in the Victorian era than keep flicking back and forth to the present day.
All by Tess Gerritsen:
Vanish (5) – 4 stars
The Mephisto Club (6) – 4 stars
Keeping The Dead (know as The Keepsake in the US) (7) – 4.5 stars
The Killing Place (8) – 3 stars
The Silent Girl (9) – 5 stars
Re-reads so I can finally get around to reading the newest book in the series. There is an eclectic mix of stories with these books and a couple of them are not to my taste, but the writing is still at the same standard and I’m looking forward to re-reading the books I have left to finish.
The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs – 3 stars
I’m not sure if it is down to the writing style, but I didn’t enjoy these as much as I would have liked. I also felt a little lost when it came to some of the character details so I think I need to read more of the Temperance Brennan books to understand what is going on.
Investigating Murdoch Mysteries – 5 stars
A fantastic companion to the tv show spanning series 1 to 8. The quality of the book is amazing from the binding to the photographs inside. The only downside is that it made me realise how much I miss the character of Dr Emily Grace.
Flesh and Blood: My Family in Seven Maladies by Steven McGann – 5 stars
From the actor who gives us the fabulous Dr Turner in Call the Midwife, Steven McGann takes us on an interesting journey into his family history and how certain maladies have shaped his identity. I suppose one of the best ways of describing it is BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are but as a book. He’s right when he says history is all about the people, and as I was reading, I couldn’t help think about similar situations that my own ancestors would have been in. I found it fascinating and I am definitely waiting for the right time to pick it up in hardback.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – 4 stars
A surprising and touching YA Contemporary that I could not stop reading from the moment I bought it. What I loved about it the most was the friendships and the fact that the romance didn’t take over the entire plot.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard – 4 stars
Although this is primarily a YA romance, and something I don’t usually go for, this one touches on something a lot more important – finding and feeling comfortable with your voice and identity. One of the ways that it is done in this book is through British Sign Language, and I am beyond thrilled that a language I care a lot about is finally getting the accurate fictional representation it deserves. With Steffi being Hearing, and Rhys being Deaf we also get to see both worlds combine, and the accurate portrayal of their individual feelings were really relatable to me. I did have to skim over a couple of passages that took me by surprise, but all in all, it was a good book and one I’m so glad to own.
Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter – 5 stars
This is such a great story about Rosalind finding her voice and knowing that she can be heard. It also touches on the power of those words and how they can affect people positively and negatively. It is one YA Contemporary I am glad to have read and it is certainly a contender for being my favourite of the year so far.
And that is that.
Not including the late July books, that makes a total of 11 books.
So that’s my reading month, what has yours been like?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!