August in Reading

Well, I actually did it – I finally caught up with my reading for the present month. I was so behind on blogging about my reads I was starting to get night sweats about it. Boy, am I really thankful for setting my target lower this year!

It may be a little bit into September but this post was written in time, I just didn’t want to overload my blog with so many posts at the beginning of the month. I guess I need to get a better grip on this scheduling thing huh.

So, onto the books!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne (and lots of other people, who exactly wrote this?!?)

You can read a better review about this book here but I was super duper excited to get my hands on it when it came out. I’d been ignoring the hype for a while about this transcript because – hello – it’s a play transcript not a proper book. Nonetheless I got my head around reading the layouts (that’s what you get for having an a-level in performing arts) after I’d caved and brought my copy for half price on the last day possible to pre-order.

Overall, I liked this book in the end. Could I have done it better? Have I read fanfics with stronger, more fulfilling endings for my favourite characters? Maybe, but who cares.

This transcript and play was created with JK’s input and blessing so it is canon and I respect that she’s taken the time to put all of her additional work into this universe out there. From Pottermore you can tell that JK has so much extra information to share about Harry Potter and I’m eagerly awaiting the Fantastic Beasts films even though I’ve just this second had a little Mel moan about how unexciting reading the screenplay for that will probably be.

I guess that a lot of us are so close to this series that’s it’s quite hard to be satisfied with whatever comes out of it nowadays.


Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

The second in the Noughts & Crosses series and the first book I hadn’t read yet. I won’t go into the details of the plot because I think a) a lot of people have read it and are familiar and b) if you haven’t then I don’t want to spoil it.

Months on after the events at the end of the last book we see the world through Sephy and Jude’s eyes. Jude is a brute and I didn’t even like him in the first book so no surprise there but Sephy just got so annoying. I get it, she’s got post-natal depression and is reeling from what happened in the first book but I can’t believe she goes so bonkers from the letter she gets from Callum. Girl, concentrate on your baby and listen to those supportive women around you. I wanted to scream at her to stop holding those strong grudges and get help. I think another character calls out at that Sephy does everything the hard way as a young woman and they couldn’t be more right – I really hope she has a personality transplant in the next book because I just couldn’t come to get on with her anymore or I atleast want to understand why she’s written that way in this story. Watch this space!


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I picked this one up from the library because I’ve never read it before and whenever I see a ‘classic’ hanging around I always make an effort to read it.

I only know about this book from pop culture references because, I am a child of the 90s and I didn’t get out much back then. Yeah, I used to play out and make mudpies and all that but I was far too young to read this book back then and when I was into reading it sounded like a total bore to teenage me.

Sadly, at twenty-six it was a total bore afterall.

I struggled, and struggled to finish this. The language is hard for me to wrap my head around in these types of books because it slows my pace down and as a usually fast reader with an overflowing TBR that’s frustrating to Hell. My imagination wasn’t captivated and I think I’ve watched too much TV to find this scary or a stark reflection on human nature as it’s claimed to be. Or maybe I just needed to have more appreciation for a classical book?


After Alice by Gregory Maguire

We love a bit of Alice in Wonderland in this house, so much so that our wedding next year is going to be Alice themed. When I saw this I had to read it and one day Rick came home with it from the library – f yes!

I got told off for reading this before him but my God, I wish I hadn’t now. There’s some harsh reviews about this book and I don’t blame them, I’ve read better versions of the original tale because this was utter tosh.

Yup the prose is great and Maguire has caught the essence of prose when it comes to a whimsical oldie-worldy Britain but… ach… the story is pants. I liked Ada, she was awesome but there was not enough of her. Basically this book is meant to do what is says on the tin, it’s set after Alice disappears down the rabbit hole and then lots of other characters spend this book prancing around looking for her (oh that child, she’s always off having little adventures and being all dreamy – how uncouth) whilst Ada actually goes down to Wonderland herself by accident… and is followed by someone else who there’s no point of them even being there for this story.

Oh… I hated it. I wish I’d never read it. There.

Have you read any of the books in this post? Let me know in the comments.