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August Reading Summary

I was determined to catch up and keep up with my target reading this month in the hopes of making my 75 Books in 2013 challenge possible.

With this in mind, I read:

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman, 4/5* (Full review here)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 5/5*: One of those books that I have been meaning to read for ages, I finally checked it out of the library and I’m so glad I did. Managing to be hauntingly creepy at the same time as making you laugh is something Gaiman does brilliantly and I think this is one of my favourite books by him yet (that I’ve read). Perfect for children and adults alike, a definite must-read.

The Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian, 3/5* (Full review here)

The Painted Man (Demon Trilogy Book #1) by Peter V. Brett, 5/5*: This is the first Audiobook I have listened to in a long time and at almost 20 hours long it was a baptism of fire. I absolutely loved it – I had it on whilst I did housework, went out running and walking and whilst we were painting and decorating the new house – even at times it was probably anti-social to do so. I just so desperately needed to know what happened next! An epic fantasy set in a world where demons stalk the night and humans have long since given up fighting them and hidden behind wards, the story follows Arlen as he grows up and becomes determined to start the fight again. Intruguing and exciting, I have already started listening to book two – I have missed reading epic fantasy and listening to them in this way has let me rekindle the love despite no longer having the hours to sit and read them like I did at college and university.

Gus & Waldo’s Book Of Love by Massimo Fenati, 5/5*: An adorable ‘picture book’ about a pair of male penguins who are very much in love, Gus & Waldo explores the ups and downs of relationships and how even though sometimes people make mistakes and you fight it doesn’t mean it’s all over. After all, everyone knows that penguins mate for life 😉

Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, 4.5/5*: I read the first book in this series ages ago and loved it, so when I saw this in the library I just couldn’t resist it. It took a couple of chapters for me to reacquaint myself with the story and characters but after that I couldn’t put it down. Fast paced, exciting, full of emotion and still a lovely twist on the usual werewolf fiction, I laughed and cried as I read it. Not quite as good as book 1 but almost there.

Three Little Dinosaurs by Charles Fuge, 5/5*: I will write a full review of this next week, however I will say that this delightful storybook is a perfect addition to any child’s library. Beautifully illustrated and a simple but funny storyline, Tori & Arthur loved it from the moment they saw it.

This means overall I am now at a total of 50/75 – right on track!

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