August was busy and I didn’t prioritise reading as much as I should have! I bought a lot of books and topped up my TBR but, without further ado, here is what I read in August.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin was sold to me on premise. If you knew the exact date you would die, would you live differently? The answer is, of course, yes. This book follows a group of siblings who visit a woman who can tell them their death date. Most of them share their answer, one of them doesn’t, all of them remember their own. All of the characters were relatable in some way and we feel warm toward them. You read with a slight sense of foreboding, especially as it approaches the date. I loved the way we didn’t know if the proposition was true or not until halfway in and each character acted so differently in respect to their date. A very quick, very good read!
I stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter
I Stop Somewhere is a book about small towns, the natural violence of boys and the dangers of being a young girl. We listen to the protagonist set the scene and we learn of the sexual violence that’s happening frequently to girls in her town by the same group of boys. Though the protagonist is deemed missing, we wait to see if the effected girls and the protagonist’s father can hold onto hope and discover the truth. We see how having someone take your body can completely change how you feel about it. It’s moving and disturbing and brutally hits home about the way young boys dismiss, minimise and often get away with their crimes. A good book but take the trigger warning.
How do You Like me Now? By Holly Bourne
Hands down this is one of my favourite books of the year. I love it so much. This book follows a successful author who got famous off a book about not giving a fuck in your twenties and follows how her thirties is transpiring. Success is relative, with her gorgeous flat and globe trotting career but all her friends are putting up The Wall between them by getting married and having babies. The protagonist explores her feelings and considers following suit because that’s what you’re meant to do in your thirties, without really ever knowing if it’s what she wants. In fact, she might want to leave her boyfriend and redefine her writing genre but she doesn’t want to be doing the wrong thing at the wrong time when it comes to the milestones of life.
It’s a great book exploring the societal pressures of being a woman of a certain age. Being in my twenties, I’m only experiencing the odd few engagements and pregnancies, but twenties is too young for all that and most of us acknowledge that we’re doing fine so I can only imagine the pressure Tori is feeling as she is the one off track! This book is funny and heartwarming and relatable. I particularly broke when her relationship with her best friend started being affected by The Wall too. The whole wall seems so petty but it’s just a real phenomenon. Anyhow, just read it!
That’s all of what I read in August. I go away mid September so hopefully I’ll cram a few books in then!