What I read in September 2019

I had a very busy September, and didn’t record on paper what I read (I’ve never forgotten to do this before) therefore have missed a couple books from this list. This month I read all physical books apart from HP (I have the series on my kindle). Enough rambling, the first book I read this month was;

  1. Harry Potter and the half blood prince: I’m sure you’ll know by now that I am only just reading/watching the HP series as an adult.. I actually saw the movie before reading this one, thus flew through this book as I didn’t quite need the same level of attention. I much preferred the book to the movie, as they missed so much out! This is so far one of my favorite HP books. Only one more to go!
  2. The kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: This is by far the best book I read in September. I’ve had this book on my TBR for years, and can’t believe I waited this long to read it. The story is very emotional, and some may find aspects difficult to read. I would recommend this book to everyone!
  3. Home girl by Alex Wheatle: I picked this book up at the library on a whim. I really enjoy books based in foster care, and thus this book appealed to me. It was an easy read, found in the YA section, but a little young for me. I still really enjoyed the story, and how it included many important topics.
  4. The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Too many words to fit on here, separate blog post coming!
  5. I also read a YA book about a mum with agoraphobia, and her son also doesn’t leave the house, until one day he decides to explore. They name rooms in the house after cities. For example, the kitchen being Paris. When exploring the boy meets another boy with the same name. I’ve googled and cannot find the book anywhere. If anyone knows what I’m trying to explain,please comment! Very odd for me to not write my books down…
  6. I’m now writing this in October and have finally finished the last Harry Potter book, so expect a blog on my opinions of reading HP for the first time!

What I read in July 2019;

The first week of July was a crazy one for me as I read 7 books in one week! I even surprised myself. I did a whole separate post on these books, so check that out below!

Then in July I started reading the Harry Potter series (See previous post), so the majority of my reads from the rest of this month have been from this. I finished the first 4 books in July, and am currently reading the 5th book so I’m sure it’ll be in my August monthly round up haha. I shall be doing a separate blog post on the whole HP books once I have completed the whole series! (My kindle states I have 25 hours left)

The last book I read before starting the HP series was ‘Joyland’ by Stephen king. This was one of the books from my previous month of reading outside of my comfort zone. I always assumed Stephen King books were scary, so I stayed away from this author, despite being greatly intrigued by how ingenious Stephen King seems to be. This had a underlying spookiness to it, but it wasn’t scary at all. (Coming from a complete wimp). It was based around a college aged boy who went to work in a theme park over summer break, where the whole story is based. No spoilers! I actually really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend! 4.5/5.

Therefore, I read a total of 12 books this month, which is a decent amount, and puts me further on track to completing 100 books a year. July reads have all been books that are very outside of my usual reading. I do miss my typical YA contemporary book, but aim to finish the Harry Potter series before I started anything new. I flew through the first 4 books, but to my understanding,they get a lot longer from this one? What was your favourite book you read this month?

An adult who has never read Harry Potter?? ;Book review

Not only have I not read a single Harry Potter book, I have never seen any of the movies… Unlike the rest of the world population, I have never been interested in Harry Potter. This is mostly due to my dislike of anything fantasy/dystopian ect. I made it through childhood, high school and even college without delving into anything Harry Potter related. As an adult now, I am going to attempt to see if it’s amazing as the world perceives it to be. You can walk into any mall, and see merch everywhere, every book store is sure to stock every copy.

After my friends forced me to watch the first movie, I knew if I were to watch the rest I would have to read all the books first. (of course!) Therefore, a few days ago I read the first book, and really enjoyed it, despite seeing the movie the day before. The book was better! That’s what book worms say, and it is very true in this case. As a very opposed to Harry Potter person, even I was screaming at the movie for missing details from the book. (not literally). I enjoyed it, it was an easy read, which I flew through.

I am just about to start reading the 2nd book! I am not going to do a blog post after I have read each one, but I’ll definitely do one after I have read them all. I don’t even know how many there is… Haha! I’m really not a fantasy fan, so I might take breaks between the books. Or I may have it all finished next week, no pressure! Have you read/seen all the Harry Potter books? If so, which is best?

‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov; Book Review

I first began to read this book as a young teen, and found the literature too difficult, and therefore put the book down. It wasn’t until this week, nearly a decade later that I decided to pick it up again. This time the language was not difficult to read, like I had expected.

I went into this book with an open mind, briefly knowing what the novel is about, but nothing more. I enjoyed the eloquent language. I was intrigued how the reader knew what horrible crime was occurring, yet the main character didn’t write in a wicked way. He knew of the severity of his actions, and stated many times the wrong of what he was doing.

Lolita herself I found difficult to imagine, as the description of her did not match the image I has composed in my mind. I also didn’t expect her age to be of preteen. The story was saddening, yet I enjoyed the way it was written. I suggest being of mature age before attempting to read this novel, not because of the more advance language but due to the nature of paedophilia.

I now understand why everyone adores this book, and I too agree everyone needs to read this book. Have you read this well known book? I’d definitely recommend to all adults! It is an average length book, but I read in just one day as I didn’t want to stop reading. I’d give ‘Lolita’ 5/5.

I read 7 books this week? I.e; 7 mini book reviews

I may have lied a little bit in the title… as technically I have only finished 6, and am reading the 7th currently haha. Just to point out, I don’t always read the same amount of books each month, it all depends how much I get into reading. If you read my last post you’ll know I am using this month to read books outside of my comfort zone. Therefore, these books I am going to share are not typical ‘Flower in the brain’ books.

The first book I read last week was ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. My last book post was a review of this novel. You can read it here at; https://flowersinthebrain.blog/2019/07/15/the-light-between-oceans-book-review/

I just finished ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’m not sure I would have picked this book up by the blurb, but I really enjoyed it, It contains a lot of sadness, and I did cry a few times. It is about getting a call knowing you are going to die in the next 24hours. I would class it as a romantic fiction too, Definitely my favourite book by this author.

‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus is a little on the cheat side, as it is a YA book, but the mystery part would have stopped me picking this us, and I do not like ‘scary’ things haha. This book wasn’t scary in the slightest, which proves to not judge a book by it’s cover. (which I am guilty of) This turned out to be a typical YA book, which meant I loved it! I particularly enjoyed how the chapters were split between all the characters. It was a mystery, which I figured about before finishing, but still found it enjoyable. (sorry,no spoilers). I’d give this a high rating of 4.5/5

Next, I read ‘The Elephant Tree’ by R.D. Ronald, which was very much outside of my usual book choice. I find the first half of this book slow and repetitive, the last quarter engaged me most. This book was a little too gruesome for me, it is surrounded with heavy drugs and violence. So would not recommend for younger readers, or those like me who dislike violence. I’m glad I read something different, but am not sure I would recommend this one.

A very quick read by Paul Kalanithi; ‘When breath becomes air’. Again, a book I really enjoyed. It followed the life of a neurosurgeon who had been diagnosed with cancer. It reminded me of the book ‘This is going to hurt’. A short, but enjoyable read, that I think everyone should read!

My favourite book this week was ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov. I have written a separate post to review this book. So watch out, as it’ll most likely be the next thing posted on my blog.

I am currently reading ‘Joyland’ by Stephen King. This is a huge ‘stepping into new territory’ moment, one of which I’m a little afraid. Stephen King is an author I am very intrigued by, yet have always been too afraid to pick up. I am only 50 pages in, and so far I am not petrified haha. I will update once I have read a little more.

‘The Light Between Oceans’; book review

I’m never sure how to start a book review, so I am going to begin with the first thing that comes to mind; Surprise! I was incredibly surprised by this book, not particularly due to the story, but how connected to the location and the characters I felt.

*spoiler free mini description* ‘The light between oceans is a Australian historical fiction based after the first World War. The main character; Tom, after the war becomes a lighthouse keeper on a very remote island. After marrying, and bringing his wife to the isolated island, a baby and dead man wash up upon the shore in a boat. The wife; Isabel cannot bare to part with the baby, and both decide to keep the baby as their own. I won’t spoil what comes next, you’ll have to read’

I have a habit of reading contemporary books, so was surprised at how much I loved how the book was based in the 1920’s. I thoroughly enjoyed the location, and scene setting at Janus Rock, and the lighthouse. I felt like Isabel with the love she had for the baby. Tom was a distant character emotionally, but I still very likeable. For some reason, I very much like the two men who delivered the supplies by boat, and friends of Tom.

This book is emotional, and put my mind in two different opinions on the situation of the baby, which definitely pulled my heart! I read this book quickly, because I was gripped! By the cover and description, I usually wouldn’t have picked this book up, other than that this month I am delving into new genres/books I wouldn’t read. I am glad that this change bought me to read this book.

I would definitely recommend this book, giving it 4.5/5.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay; book review

As I’ve recently been deciding whether I want to go into medicine once I have finished my current degree, my interest in medicine based books have also increased. ‘This is going to hurt’ was a book I have seen often, so thought it would be a good place to start. It is a book about a Doctor in the UK working for the NHS.

If you have been following me recently you’ll know that I have been in my worst reading slump to date, months long! I don’t think I have finished a book since the end of February… ‘This is going to hurt’ got me out of that slump! I don’t often do book reviews, unless a book has a large impression on me. Oh boy, did this one! I started it in bed one evening, and stayed awake until 2am to finish it. (I don’t ever sleep late) I just couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting!

There are many reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Firstly, I learnt lots. At the end of every chapter he explains the medical terms he used, and makes it easy for a non medic to understand, which I think was great! Secondly, it was hilarious! The sarcastic humor that doesn’t get old, heightened by the fact of how serious the topic of medicine is. I smiled a good few times whilst reading!

I’m going to try not to put any spoilers in, and if there is, it will be in this paragraph. The ending… I hadn’t read anything about this book before picking it up. I was not expecting it to end the way it did. It quite saddened me. I put the book down with a huge sigh. I haven’t seen if this author has any other books, but I hope so, and shall be adding to my TBR if he does.

I’d rate this book 5/5. Definitely my favorite read of 2019 so far. Next on my reading list is ‘Trust me, I’m a junior doctor’. I’d recommend, even if you don’t have an interest in medicine. Have you read this this? I’d love to hear your opinions.