Books, Reviews

Summer Reads

I realised that I haven’t talked about books on here so far this year because I haven’t quite felt passionate enough about any I’ve read to recommend. But this summer two books have stood out for me and I am compelled to share them with you guys!

Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews


This is a pretty horrific story of four children locked in the attic by their mother and grandmother all due to their greed for the grandfather’s money. I don’t why it’s so compelling but I tore through this book and was desperate to discover if they make it out of the attic. There are some disturbing parts to it, most infamously it deals with incest, and of course the main theme is child abuse but I was completely gripped by it and have the sequel on my shelf ready to read. It was my first Virginia Andrews book and I can see why I’ve seen so many people online say how much they love her books, she can definitely spin a tale. Just not ones for the fainthearted 🙂

The Invention Of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd


This is  the story of two women – Handful, a slave living in the same household of Sarah Grimke who is presented with Handful as a gift for her eleventh birthday by her mother. Set in Charleston and spanning decades following these two girls as they grow into women, this book is a powerful story full of horrors of the time with characters you root for. I was surprised to read at the end that Sarah was a real person who became one of the earliest abolitionists and feminist thinkers writing manifestos and talking about slavery and equality for women along with her sister Angelina. This book left me wiping away a tear at the end and that was before I knew these women actually existed. An inspiring novel that kept me hooked from start to finish. I now need to read her earlier novel The Secret Life Of Bees, can’t believe I haven’t yet!

What’s been your favourite read this summer?



2 thoughts on “Summer Reads”

  1. I’ve been happily immersed in the 19th century (and the very early 20th). I discovered some very early mystery stories with female detectives, and it was like a new world opened up.

    First there was Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, written by Baroness Orczy, and that led me to Loveday Brooke, by C. L. Pirkis (how could you resist a book called “The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective”?).

    And then I discovered Anna Katharine Green, who was a successful writer of mystery stories ten years before Arthur Conan Doyle invented Sherlock Holmes. She wrote about two wonderful female detectives, Amelia Butterworth and Violet Strange.

    My only complaint is that, of course, once I read them all, there won’t be any more. I’m delaying reading the last Amelia Butterworth novel for that reason.

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