August in Review

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I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I’m positively thrilled for August to be over. I absolutely loathe winter. There’s something about the dark and the cold and the rain that I find utterly demotivating. If I could, I’d put on my warmest pyjamas and bury myself under a pile of blankets on 1 June and hibernate until 1 September. If I was uber wealthy, I’d have a house in each hemisphere (preferably by the beach) and spend six months in each for year-round summer.

Seeing as neither of those options are viable, I’ve been reading heaps. Mostly crime and YA. Here are the ones I’ve reviewed so far:

Breaking Light

Breaking Light

Karin Altenberg

Genre: Literary fiction

A slow-burning story of atonement, resilience and the desire for acceptance.

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The Last One

The Last One

Alexandra Olivia

Genre: Speculative fiction

A promising, yet ultimately simplistic exploration of misplaced faith and disillusionment.

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The Secrets of Wishtide  

The Secrets of Wishtide

Kate Saunders

Genre: Historical fiction / cosy mystery

A fun and cosy Victorian mystery with a pragmatic and pithy heroine and a delightfully twisty plot.

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The Final Murder

The Final Murder

Anne Holt

Genre: Nordic Noir

A dark and sinister thrill ride, full of twists and turns.

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the-assassin-game

The Assassin Game

Kirsty McKay

Genre: YA thriller

A wickedly fun thrill ride for horror fans.

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Black

Black

Fleur Ferris

Genre: YA thriller

A thrilling and sinister read about the monsters we become when fear gets the better of us.

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Tell us Something true

Tell Us Something True

Dana Reinhardt

Genre: Contemporary YA

A warm and witty coming-of-age story about love, lies and what happens when the two get tangled up.

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I’ve still got a few excellent August reads in my ‘to review’ pile, most notably, Laura Lippman’s Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber) and Delia Ephron’s Siracusa (Blue Rider Press).

In September, I’m excited to finish reading Kathleen Glasgow’s Girl in Pieces (Delacorte Press), which I’ve just started and am loving! Also,Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue (PanMacmillan Australia), Malcolm McNeill’s The Beginning Woods (Pushkin Press), Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth (Bloomsbury), Jay McInerney’s Bright, Precious Days (Bloomsbury) and Teddy Wayne’s Loner (Simon & Schuster), to name just a few!

What were your favourite August reads and what titles are you excited to get stuck into in September?

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