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Books read in July 2015

This month I chose some of the summery books in my TBR pile to match the sometimes sunny weather here in England this month:

The Last Summer Of Us – Maggie Harcourt

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Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can’t escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship – perhaps forever.

The Sun In Her Eyes – Paige Toon

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Amber was three when a car crash stole her mother’s life. She doesn’t remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she’s trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

As Ethan and Amber grow closer, married life in London feels far away. Then Amber receives a letter that changes everything.

Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson

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Taylor Edwards’ family aren’t close but when they receive some life-changing news they decide to get to know each other again, spending one last summer together at their old lake house. But Taylor is faced with the past she ran away from. Her former summer best friend is still living across the lake and still as mad with Taylor as she was five years ago, and her first boyfriend has moved in next door …but he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. Can one summer be enough time to get a second chance – with family, friends, and love?

Dear Daughter – Elizabeth Little

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Hollywood It Girl Janie Jenkins has it all.

The looks, the brains, the money, the fame.

Oh, and the murder conviction – for killing her mother.

Out of jail and on the run, she’s determined to prove her innocence and find out what really happened the night her mother died.

The only problem?

Janie’s not totally sure that she is innocent…

Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham

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From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

Book of the Month:

It was another difficult choice this month as all the books I read I enjoyed and can recommend! It was a great reading month 🙂

But I have chosen this as the once that I was most gripped by:

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

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Pregnant by accident, kicked out of home by her father, 27-year-old Jane Graham goes to ground in the sort of place she feels she deserves – a bug-ridden boarding-house attic in Fulham. She thinks she wants to hide from the world, but finds out that even at the bottom of the heap, friends and love can still be found, and self-respect is still worth fighting for.

This book was written in the 1960’s and as such has some dated views, it’s a novel of its time – an unmarried pregnant woman thrown out by her father who goes to live in a tiny flat in an undesirable building. But the voice of Jane draws you in from the first page and your root for this girl unsure of her future as she faces having a baby alone. At its heart, it’s a coming-of-age story with a host of well-drawn characters who come into Jane’s life as she grows to love and accept both herself and her baby. I wished all the way through for a happy ending for Jane, and I think it’s a book I’d re-read in the future.

What have you guys been reading this month?

Victoria

xoxo

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