September Book Haul 2017 | Wrap Up

So today, I thought I would do a little September wrap up since I managed to read a fair few books last month... probably because I'm so close to my reading target, gah! I can't actually believe it's already October though... but I'm not mad about it, this means it's finally socially acceptable for my living room to be full of pumpkins - phew, haha! It also means I get to break out all my spooky themed books which I am super excited about! I've decided for the whole month of October I'm reading only books with a spooky theme (be it something fantasy, thriller-y or flat out horror) and I think you all should definitely join me with this - I'll be publishing a TBR in few days with all the books I plan on reading, so if you need some inspiration pop back then! But yes, here's my September wrap up, I hope you enjoy my little reviews! Let me know in the comments what you've read this month, I always love some more book inspiration! 

ELEANOR AND PARK - RAINBOW ROWELL // I loved this. It really did make me feel all the cute, heart-warming feels, Rainbow Rowell perfectly summed up what it's like to be young and in love... I've never felt so giddy reading a book. Also, please can we just talk about that ending.. I'm a sucker for a cliffhanger but that was something else.. I WANT MORE!

IT - STEPHEN KING // Omg, did I actually just finish it..?! Needless to say, this is the longest book I have ever read and I would be lying if I said there weren't times when I was seriously considering giving up...and times when I'd work out how many pages were left and convince myself that it was do-able! I have to admit this was a slow read for me and at times the only thing that kept me going was creepy, suspenseful atmosphere that the book gives off and the fact that there were scenes that I found truly scary (which is something I've never experienced with a book before... particularly the one scene where that woman turns into a creepy ass monster really slowly - and the refrigerator. ugh.) One thing that I've seen mentioned a lot in reviews is the amazing way that King is able to get inside the heads of the children and really portray their fears - this was one of the things I really loved about It, it gave the book an extra edge and at times I really was feeling their fears as if they were my own! But yeah, if you're looking for a scary read for October - look no further!

A MAN CALLED OVE - FREDRIK BACKMAN // I have never ugly-cried so hard at a book. I loved everything about this heartwarming, charming read - I love the progression of the story as I started to see Ove as more than the bitter old man he is portrayed as in the beginning, and instead as the sweet, caring man he is underneath it all... Basically, the Grandad we all need! 

SEE HOW THEY LIE - SUE WALLMAN // I have to say this was kind of a bit 'meh' for me... the pace was fairly slow and I feel like I picked up on the mystery before any of the characters did, so I was dying to see the story progress. I did enjoy the 'cult-ish' vibe though, since I don't read many books with this theme... I did find it quite addicting!

ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING - LOUSIE RENNISON // I know. I'm surprised as you are that I haven't read this already - but if it makes you feel any better I've seen the film 103857294294 times and I basically know the script by heart... I'm way beyond the valley of the sad! As expected this book was a laugh from start to finish, each diary entry filled with Georgia's teenage problems took me back to when I was fourteen and the only thing that mattered were boys, friends and how I was wearing my hair to school the next day! Even though I'm probably a little bit too old now to read these books *dreams of being fourteen again* I loved every second and I can't wait to binge read the rest of the series... so glad there's still 9 books to go! It was so interesting to see how times have changed since this book was published back in 2005 too... particularly the fact that Georgia hopes and prays she isn't a lesbian in every single chapter - I feel like you would never see that in a book published nowadays! But yes, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced, easy, funny read and to everyone who wants to feel fourteen again... without botox!

MESSENGER OF FEAR - MICHAEL GRANT // I had high hopes for this book. After reading the synopsis and the back of the book which warns sensitive readers, I was expecting a darker read. The 'game' aspect also had me very excited as I was expecting some kind of Saw vibe... to be honest, I feel a bit cheated as it was not like that all. The fact that the book was also narrated by someone who had no clue what was going on just made things so frustrating and the whole thing was just a slow lead up to the twist at the end (which I had already figured a looonng time ago). It wasn't all bad though, I promise! The writing style was one of the huge reasons I kept reading and the creepier scenes were definitely stood out to me in this book. So to be honest, I don't know whether or not to continue with the series?!

WHERE THEY FOUND HER - KIMBERLY MCGREIGHT // I have to admit this book did start off a little slow paced for my liking- the beginning seemed to focus on the reporting aspect of the murder and it did turn into 'Journalism:101' slightly... which wasn't something I was too interested in I have to say! But the mystery really did keep me going and I desperately wanted to find out the truth about what happened. I also loved the way that everything fit perfectly together in the end. Can we just talk about the fact that literally everyone in this book was connected in some way though?! That did make things a little bit confusing! 


  1. Wow I'm super impressed! I've totally fallen off the reading bandwagon lately - Eleanor & Park is on my kindle all ready to be read soon <3

    G is for Gingers xx

  2. I'm starting IT tonight and I'm so excited to get stuck in but it will also be the longest book I'll have ever read so I'm not sure if I'm quite prepared for it. The only other Stephen King book I've read is The Shining and I really wasn't into it so I'm hoping IT will live up to my expectations.
    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging was on my "to be read" pile as a teenager but I never got round to it. The film is awesome but I don't think I could be bothered with the book now. I've seen the film too many times to imagine it in any other form!

    Raise The Waves