It’s August now! I started back at university yesterday and I cannot believe that it’s my last semester. I’m really bummed about that. Anyway, let’s get into all the books I read in July and what I plan to read in August.
In July I read five books! Basically all of the books I read in July had some sort of mystery that relied on a big plot twist being revealed.
I See You by Clare MacKintosh
Rating: 5 stars
A thought-out story that is full of suspense.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Rating: 3.5 stars
Well-written with good characters, but it has a less than average twist.
Feel Me Fall by James Morris
Rating: 4 stars
A young adult suspense that is full of twists and secrets. Review.
Misery by Stephen King
Rating: 3.5 stars
A creepy story with a great premise.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Rating: 4 stars
I really liked the characters and reading about their secrets. (Brookie you should read it!)
Favourite Book of the Month: I See You by Clare MacKintosh! The writing was really good, and out of all of these books it had the most believable and original plot twist.
Reviews for these books coming soon! Even though I am very behind on writing reviews.
So far I’m going pretty well with my 2017 reading challenge. (Feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads.)
July Book Haul
These are the books I plan to read in August:
Simon vs the Homo-Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Selection by Kiera Cass
If anyone would like to do a buddy read for any of these books, please let me know by commenting down below!
My writing progress in June was really good (22,602 words). In July, there were not as many words written, but I’m still fine with what I produced. I decided to plan a different novel idea than the one I was writing for in June (don’t ask me why), and also wrote a short story that I submitted to a crime competition. The total number of words I wrote is around 10,113.
Melbourne Writer’s Festival
This year I’m going to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival! It is a week-long event for readers and writers between 25 August and 3 September. The events I’m going to are:
Sunday 27 August at 11am
Join two of the Festival’s most exciting YA novelists, Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Melissa Keil (The Secret Science of Magic), for a live ask-me-anything session about young adult fiction. Hosted by Danielle Binks (#LoveOzYA).
Angie Thomas: YA Activism
Sunday 27 August at 4:00pm
Giving voice to young black Americans and chronicling their experiences of racism, The Hate U Give is the year’s most outstanding YA novel. Hear from author Angie Thomas as she argues for writing that can turn the political into the deeply personal as a way to inspire action and speak truth to power. Be inspired by this young, outspoken writer who is ready to hit three truths home: that life fuels art, art mirrors life, and books can change lives.
Seminar: Writing Another
Friday 1 September at 6:00pm
Indian–Canadian novelist Anosh Irani (The Parcel) and Singapore’s Kevin Kwan (Rich People Problems) lead this seminar on how to write diverse characters without speaking over real-life identities, and writers’ responsibilities when it comes to storytelling.
I also might go to the Harry Potter day, but I’m not too sure yet.
Thanks for reading,