July’s reading has gone a heck of a lot better than June. I’ve read a grand total of 9 books this month which considering how busy I’ve been I’m pretty happy with.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – 5 stars
This is one of my all time favourite books, it follows Jean Perdu and some friends as they travel through France in the Literary Apothecary bookshop barge. Perdu believes books can be used as medicine and he has a gift for knowing the book that each of his customers needs.
The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling – 2 stars
This follows Dora Damage who’s husband ends up unable to work in his bookbinding business because of illness and Dora has to take over. The actual plot is pretty poor but the descriptions of book binding was enough to drag it to 2 stars
Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton – 4 stars
Five Go To Smugglers Top by Enid Blyton – 3 stars
Five Fall Into Adventure by Enid Blyton – 3 stars
What can I say? It’s The Famous Five. I loved getting back into this world a bit, it’s been years since I actually read these books and I’d forgotten how much I loved the characters.
The Little Bookshop of Promises by Debbie Macomber – 2 stars
I wasn’t expecting much from this book, all I wanted was a light trashy romance set in a bookshop but I don’t even feel like I got that. The setting of a bookshop was all but absent and the characterisation was very poor, I really didn’t care what happened to most of the characters.
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer – 2 stars
This was a Y.A book about Jack a ships boy on the high seas, except Jack is actually a girl and she needs to keep that a secret. I just didn’t really get into this book, the storyline was quite predictable and unexciting. On top of that I tend not to like books with obvious accents in the dialogue so the pirate vernacular irritated me.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson – 5 stars
I loved this book. I’ve wanted to read it for a while and when I found it in a second hand bookshop I snapped it up. Lots of reviews talk about how funny this book was which did put me off because comedy isn’t really my thing but I was pleasantly surprised. Jon Ronson is an engaging narrator and I cannot wait to read more of his books.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snickett – 3 stars
I’m still working my way through this series, this one took me an age to read and I just didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the earlier ones in the series. I felt like this one went on a bit too long and I just want them to stop naming things that VFD stands for.