Hey lovelies, I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a bookshelf post but I have my reading mojo back! Let’s get to it, this month’s top reads are:
Under A Dancing Star By Laura Wood is first up in this month’s bookshelf and honestly it was such a lovely read. In the 1930s England, Bea has grown up kicking against the conventions of the time, all the while knowing that she will one day have to marry someone her parents choose – someone rich enough to keep the family estate alive. But she longs for so much more – for adventure, excitement, travel, and maybe even romance. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy with her bohemian uncle a whole world is opened up to Bea – a world that includes Ben, a cocky young artist who just happens to be infuriatingly handsome too. Sparks fly between the quick-witted pair until one night, under the stars, a challenge is set. And I shall say no more other than I genuinely loved reading this book.
The Girl of Ink and Stars written by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is about Isabella, who lives on the island of Joya, in a township ruled by a strict Governor. The townsfolk aren’t allowed into the forest that surrounds the town and haven’t seen the rest of the island in decades. Isabella is desperate to explore, as she has a fascination with the island’s mythical past and finally gets the chance when her best friend runs off into the forest. Very much different from what I have read before but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to others.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a heartbreaking book about mental illness and its powerful effects on the person suffering from it, and the people around them. Finch and Violet meet on top of the bell tower at school. They both consider jumping off, but save one another from doing so. Finch is suicidal while Violet suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Finch persuades Violet to be his partner for their U.S. Geography ‘Wander Indiana’ school project, dragging her away from the comfort of her clique: the popular kids. They explore every inch of Indiana and see everything it has to offer before they have to graduate. Finch teaches Violet how to live when all he wants to do is die. This book is full of heartbreak, laughter, life and death and it’s so beautifully written!
A Monster Calls written by Patrick Ness is an unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. I have had this book in my to-read list for ages and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!
Love Sharuni xx
//21st August 2019//