Welcome to August! Here are some of my picks this month - impressively, I managed to squeeze in a few reads these past few weeks, despite falling into bed by 9pm most nights, totally exhausted.
Pretty Baby - Mary Kubica
I recently finished 'Pretty Baby' and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In summary: We meet Heidi, a kind woman from a comfortable life, who observes a young girl & her presumably infant daughter, popping up in various aspects of her life. Unable to resist her conscience, she invites her to stay at her home - and thus, we meet (and hear from) Heidi's extended family - husband Chris and daughter Zoe. Through several perspectives, we find out more about each character's history.
The theme of social responsibility - particularly in regards to homelessness and the care system - rings out loud and clear in the book. Mental health issues are also raised, meaning the novel could be an uncomfortable read at times, but that's understandable.
I really felt that Heidi was the true lead of this novel. Yes, Willow and baby Ruby were an integral part of how the story panned out - but ultimately it was Heidi whose past and present (& potentially future) were highlighted. She spiked my interest early on, and certainly towards the end of the book.
I'd recommend 'Pretty Baby' as I feel it was a story that hadn't been told before - and it was told very well. A great read.
Never Always Sometimes - Adi Alsaid
Sometimes we all need a book that we can read without thinking too much - something that isn't life altering, but is smart and easy and a happy escape from reality for just a little while.
That's what 'Never, Always, Sometimes' was for me. And I definitely needed it!
The story revolves around two best friends and their final months of high school. They find a list they had made in the early years of their friendship, that revolved around things they would NEVER do - but decide to spice things up by doing the opposite.
It's a sweet tale, written in two perspectives - his and hers. We meet interesting characters along the way & see the world through their eyes for just a little while.
A great little novel, and a nice way to remember the old school days. (Side-note: I feel old.)
What have you been reading lately?
Friday, 7 August 2015
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