Hey folks,

How hot was August? I was so uncomfortable in this heat. I am ginger and made for winter. However, I did manage to get a lot of books read. So that is good.

Here is what I read this month:

  • Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christianson (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Almost Love by Louise O’Neill (Hardback)
  • Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva (Paperback)
  • Do Ants Have Arseholes? by John Butler and Bruno Vincent (Paperback)
  • Handpicked by Dani Oden (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (Paperback – Reread)
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (Hardback)
  • Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • It was Acceptable in the Eighties by RJ White (eBook)
  • Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano (eBook)
  • Lola Offline by Nicola Doherty (NetGalley Review Book)
  • Barbara the Slut and Other Stories by Lauren Holmes (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin (Hardback)
  • The DB List by Rebekah L Purdy (eBook)
  • What if He’s the One? by Kathy Jay (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Paperback)
  • Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield (eBook)
  • Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood (Paperback)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (Paperback)
  • United States of Us by Kate Sundara (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Perfect Strangers by Dani Atkins (eBook)
  • Witchcraft by Sophie Cornish (eBook)
  • Thirteen by Steven Cavanagh (Paperback)
  • Diary of a Beatlemaniac by Patricia Gallo-Stenman (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by Stephen Lee Naish (eBook)
  • I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman (Paperback)
  • Carrie by Stephen King (Paperback)

28 Books. Go Lisa. I also managed to get to 41% on NetGalley. Woohoo.

I am currently working on reviews for November and December so I feel like I am on the ball. I start back at work next week so I know my reading will slow down but I am feeling optimistic that I can get to 45% on Netgalley before the year is out.

The best books that I have read this month are:

Floored, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 13 Minutes, Thirteen and I Was Born for This. Check them out people.

I hope you have all had an awesome summer.

Lisa x x

Title: The Story Cure An A – Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

Author: Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud

Pages: 369 Pages

Publisher: Canongate Books

The Blurb

The stories that shape our children’s lives are too important to be left to chance. With The Story Cure, bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have put together the perfect manual for grown-ups who want to initiate young readers into one of life’s greatest pleasures.

There’s a remedy for every hiccup and heartache, whether it’s between the covers of a picture book, a pop-up book, or a YA novel. You’ll find old favourites like The Borrowers and The Secret Garden alongside modern soon-to-be classics by Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, as well as helpful lists of the right reads to fuel any obsession – from dogs or dinosaurs, space or spies. Wise and witty, The Story Cure will help any small person you know through the trials and tribulations of growing up, and help you fill their bookshelves with adventure, insight and a lifetime of fun.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

A few years ago I was off sick and bed bound for a few months and to cheer myself up I bought the book A Novel Cure – a book that acts as a guide for any ailment. If you have a tummy ache this book will direct you to a book that will make you feel better. And it really did. The novelty of the book was an element that made me feel better but equally it was great reading a book by likeminded book lovers that helped direct me to books I may never have come across.

When I realised that there was a second book that was aimed at a younger generation I couldn’t help but buy it. I love YA fiction and The Story Cure was equally, if not more, charming than its predecessor. The list of books with the accompanying illustrations was interesting and I definitely added a few to my TBR pile.

If you are struggling to choose what book to read next then these two books are a must have on your bookshelf.

The Story Cure: An A – Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud is available now.

For more information regarding Susan Elderkin (@susanelderkinUK) please visit www.susanelderkin.com.

For more information regarding Ella Berthoud (@Ellaberthoud) please visit www.ellaberthoud.com.

For more information regarding Canongate Books (@) please visit www.canongate.co.uk.

Title: Dead Girls

Author: Abigail Tartellin

Pages: 448 Pages

Publisher: Mantle Books

The Blurb

When her best friend Billie is found murdered, eleven-year-old Thera – fearless and forthright – considers it her duty to find the killer.

Aided by a Ouija board, Billie’s ghost, and the spirits of four other dead girls, she’s determined to succeed. The trouble with Thera, though, is that she doesn’t always know when to stop – and sometimes there’s a fine line between doing the right thing and doing something very, very bad indeed.

Tense, visceral and thought-provoking, Dead Girls is the new novel from Abigail Tarttelin, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Boy.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I absolutely adored Abigail Tarttelin’s novel Golden Boy and since then she has become an author whose work I will actively seek out and – in the case of Dead Girls – pre-order.

Dead Girls is the story of Thera and her best friend Billie. Thera is eleven years old, on the brink of going to high school and so very close to beginning the journey into adolescence. However, Thera has bigger things to deal with when the body of her best friend Billie is discovered. Her best friend has been murdered.

Since the murder, Thera has been visited by the spirits of Dead Girls – including Billie – and Thera sets out a vigilante mission to find and destroy those who committed the crime. With the adults in her life keeping secrets from Thera, she really begins to doubt who she can trust – even down to her own parents.

If I am being completely honest, I don’t know how I feel about Dead Girls. I know that it made me feel uncomfortable which is great because some books are meant to do that to the reader. They are meant to challenge you but I can’t be sure how I feel about it as a novel. I don’t know if I enjoyed having a child protagonist. I just don’t know.

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin is available now.

For more information regarding Abigail Tarttelin (@ajktarttelin) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Mantle Books (@MantleBooks) please visit www.mantle.panmacmillan.com.

Title: Hello, Sunshine

Author: Laura Dave

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavour.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

The Review

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave was a fascinating piece of fiction that focuses on the negative impact of celebrity and social media.

Sunshine Mackenzie is an internet sensation who is about to hit the big time with her cooking skills that has been championed over YouTube. Days before the announcement of a brand new TV show in which she will star Sunshine’s dirty little secrets are revealed to the world.

Within minutes her life is ruined.

Hello, Sunshine is a book about redemption, making the best out of a bad situation and also rediscovery. It was an absolute delight to read and was perfect for one sitting in the sun.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is available now.

For more information regarding Laura Dave (@lauradave) please visit www.lauradave.com.

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonschusteruk) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

Title: Hell on Wheels – The Incredible Story if “Rookie Roller Derby Queen” Cindy McCoy

Author: Karen Mueller Bryson

Pages: 115 Pages

Publisher: CreateSpace

The Blurb

This captivating biography reveals the details of sports legend, Cindy McCoy’s inspirational life story. Cindy escaped a difficult youth, in which she faced abuse and abandonment, by becoming a professional skater as a teen and travelling on an international roller derby team. Fans in Australia became like a surrogate family to young Cindy and she was soon voted Roller Game Rookie of the Year and Roller Game Queen of the Year, an honour that was never repeated. This moving narrative, about a young woman, who gave everything she had to the sport she loved, will appeal to fans of roller derby as well as readers of all ages just learning about this fascinating sport.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Hell on Wheels is the true account of the life of Cindy McCoy – a legend in the world of Roller Derby.

McCoy’s relatively short career in the Roller Derby was awash with travel, injury and personal sadness and in this short book we look back on her amazing journey and her achievements and we see how the Roller Derby has become a cult sport with a growing number of followers.

Hell on Wheels gives a good insight into one of the sports stars and leaves you wondering why Roller Derby is not prime entertainment.

Hell on Wheels – The Incredible Story of “Rookie Roller Derby Queen” Cindy McCoy by Karen Mueller Bryson is available now.