Books I’ve Read Lately September

October 4, 2018

You may, or may not, have noticed that I missed out my August reads last month. If you’re really that curious they are on my Instagram but, as often happens, life got in the way and I didn’t get to blog about them which is a shame as I read some really good books last month. Still, I’m back on track with my September reads and I have some great books lined up for the next couple of months so I’ll look forward to sharing them with you in the future. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

If you have Netflix you’ll likely have heard of the film version of this and if you’re anything like me you may have already watched it several times. It’s a very sweet, teen film and the book is just the same. In the very best possible way it’s cute and fluffy and an easy read. It reminds me a little of Simon Vs The Homosapian Agenda or Fangirl in that it’s just a real feel-good, romantic story. These authors seem to nail those precocious teenage feelings perfectly which is why I think so many older people read YA; those teenage dramas are the same whatever generation you grew up in and we can all relate.  There are another two books following on from this one which will be in my October round up!

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

This wonderful little book I picked up in the library purely as I’d seen it a fair bit on Instagram and other people’s blogs. I had no idea what it was about and didn’t have any wild expectations about it. From the very first page I fell in love with the writing, I was totally hooked and invested in the characters. It reminds me of Big Little Lies in that the story unfolds from different characters view points and it is so clever the way in all weaves together in the end. I just adored it and several people has recommended her first novel, Everything I Never Told You which I will definitely read. 

Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas

Yes, another Sarah J Maas book! I’m re-reading the Throne of Glass Series before her final book is released the end of October. I’ve re-read a few of them before but never all of them back to back and it’s interesting going through them again as a series. I think I’ve upped a few ratings on Goodreads as they seem better in the context of the other books. They are brilliant YA Fantasy and Sarah J Maas has a way of just drawing you into the world and the characters. The writing can be a little cheesy but she certainly has me addicted to it; I’m so looking forward to the final book!

Ottoline and the Purple Fox – Chris Riddell

I may have cheated a little with this one as I read it with my son at bedtime. I’d bought it him for his birthday and then discovered he’d read the whole thing without me! I insisted we read it together at bedtime so I could hear the story which was actually lovely as he’d tell me snippets of what was happening next and giggle at the jokes. If you have a child who is just going onto chapter books then I’d highly recommend Chris Riddell books as they are illustration heavy which makes them a nice transition away from picture books. There are a few books in the Ottoline series which is probably aimed at 6+ and he also does the Goth Girl books, which I love, but I think are better suited for 8+. 

Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what books you’re reading at the moment.

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2 Comments

  • welliesontheschoolrun

    Fab round up, Hayley, I think you and I like a lot of the same stuff reading wise. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before looks like something I might enjoy, I wonder if I should sneakily watch it on Netflix first? 🙂 xx

    October 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      You can definitely watch the film first Gail, in fact I think it may be better to do so as it takes a little bit from all three of the books and puts it into one film. Please do watch it and tell me what you think 😉 I watched the film first and it didn’t ruin the books for me. I like that we have similar book tastes, it means I’m always eager to take your recommendations! xx

      October 4, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply

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