Huh! I didn’t do a July wrap-up because I thought I hadn’t read any books that month, but I’ve just looked at Goodreads and noticed this one:
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus.
It feels absolutely ages since I read this book now, but I remember I did really enjoy it. I felt it focused too much on the love story in the end, but it was definitely a book where I really wanted to know what would happen next and wanted to keep reading. If you’re looking for a quick, light read, and you like YA, this is a good one to choose.
It has an interesting premise: basically the movie The Breakfast Club goes horribly wrong. Five high school students, all belonging to certain cliques, are in detention together when one of them, Simon, suffers an allergic reaction and dies. The police treat the death as suspicious and it transpires that each of the students in detention that day had a possible motive for killing Simon.
And here are the books I read in August:
1. Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella.
Every so often I have the urge to re-read The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, which I did in August. As usual it made me want to read more Kinsella books. I’ve read the books up to Shopaholic and Sister before, but stopped because the series is a bit too formulaic for me to read them all in one go.
I really enjoyed this one. I liked the introduction of Becky’s sister Jess, who is her polar opposite in terms of spending habits. Jess tries to teach Becky how to curb her shopping addiction, and Becky obviously just isn’t having it. It creates a really good dynamic that hasn’t existed in the books up until them. Becky has always been surrounded by people who reprimand her for her spending, but they do little more than tut and shake their heads. Jess is really shocked by Becky’s wasteful attitude towards money, so it makes this book a bit different to the others.
2. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.
I considered reading Shopaholic and Baby next but again it felt too formulaic to continue with that series so quickly, so I decided to try one of Kinsella’s non-Becky Bloomwood books instead. I’ve only read the Shopaholic series and Finding Audrey before so didn’t really know what to expect. As it mentioned Instagram, I figured it would be similar to Shopaholic.
At first sight, it is similar. It’s set in London and there are lots of people around the main character who love labels, though she can’t afford them herself. In the end, though, it wasn’t really about glamorous London life, but about Katie’s home life on the farm. It was more about Katie finding herself and not trying to be this idea of what a Londoner has to be. It was good!
3. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.
I was still in the mood for light holiday reads so I carried on with Kinsella. I chose this one because the synopsis reminded me of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: both books are about women who have an accident and lose their memory of the last few years. They both wake up finding that their lives have turned out completely the opposite of what they expected. What Alice Forgot definitely does it better, but it still makes for a really fun read.
In Remember Me?, protagonist Lexi wakes up after what she thinks was a night out with friends, but actually it’s several years later and she has crashed her Mercedes, which baffles her because she thinks she doesn’t know how to drive. It turns out she has been promoted from someone who the manager didn’t know the name of to someone who is invaluable to the business. She is married to
a gorgeous man and has a walk-in wardrobe full of designer suits. It’s too good to be true, of course. She is no longer friends with the girls she used to be so close with, and quickly she realises her marriage isn’t as perfect as it seemed.
This is probably my least favourite Kinsella book that I’ve read, possibly because it reminded me so much of the premise of What Alice Forgot, which was a much better and more intriguing book. Obviously most Kinsella books are predictable – that’s kind of the genre – but I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen the whole time with this book. Lexi was also not a great main character and felt quite vapid compared to protagonists like Becky Bloomwood. I did enjoy it though, and if you’re into chick-lit (god, what an awful term), I’d recommend.
I’ve been rereading the A Series of Unfortunate Events books throughout August. I’ve got two books left to read and want to reread the first 11 books before I finish the series, so it’s all fresh in my head and also to prolong it because I really don’t want it to end! I’m currently rereading The Vile Village and am eagerly anticipating season 2 of the Netflix show.
Apart from those Vastly Fantastic Dramas (geddit?) I also reread Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi. This was one of the best books I read in 2016 and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. If you’d like to read my review, click here. If you want. You don’t have to.
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