August has been a book-heavy month for me, which has felt wonderful. I grew up with a librarian for a mum, so as a child and into my teens you’d regularly find me ignoring the world with a book, and secretly staying up late into the night to demolish novels in one sitting. But I’ve been quite sporadic with reading for a while now; I think since going away to uni (all those many years ago), the appeal of Netflix or endless hours spent scrolling on Instagram has gotten in the way of my reading anything much.
Since moving away recently and finding much more time spent solo on my hands, getting lost in fiction is something I’m really enjoying. I’m finding that time spent commuting on the tube is best spent getting stuck in with a new read, as it really helps distract from how bloody hot it is down there!
So here’s a little summary of all the books I’ve managed to read in August and everything I plan to read in September. I think I might make this a monthly feature, a little ‘This Girl Is Reading’ post at the end of every month – let me know if that’s something you’d enjoy reading (and also let me know about any books you’ve enjoyed reading recently too!)
What I read in August…
Everybody Died So I Got a Dog – Emily Dean
This book was recommended to me by one of my work friends, and it did not disappoint! As the title of the book is quite revealing, I’m loathed to give anything else away, but this book is just so well written. From the way it handles grief and loss, to the irreplaceable nature of pets and the unconditional love they keep in endless supply for us, it’s just a brilliant emotional read. If you’re anything like me though, keep the tissues on hand for the inevitable cathartic cry-fest!
The Course of Love – Alain de Botton
‘The partner truly best suited to us is not the one who miraculously happens to share every taste, but the one who can negotiate the differences in taste with intelligence and good grace. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate dissimilarity that is the true marker of the ‘right’ person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it shouldn’t be its precondition.’
Anything about love/relationships is usually a winner for me, and this book was no exception. It’s such a simple idea for a book; basically just the story of a relationship from the beginning, through the initial stages, marriage and children, but with some really insightful interjections about relationships as a whole. I found myself recognising a lot of things in my own relationship from this book, including things I hadn’t even had a name for before. I don’t want to give too much about this one away, but it’s a really great read for anyone who wants an insight into their relationship or has an interest in why people in couples behave the way that they do.
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
My reads this month seem to be running along a theme – which wasn’t on purpose, actually! It’s taken me a while to get around to reading this one, but I finally succumbed to the hype – of which it is completely deserving. This book really is an ode to female friendship, which is something I’ve been trying to make more time in my life for; from my new (and old!) work gals, to my family, my Cardiff pals and those who I only know through blogging or Instagram, this book really reminded me of why female friendships are just the best.
What I plan to read in September…
I’m hoping I can read even more this month, especially with all the great recommendations I received on a recent insta post! Here’s what’s topping my list so far:
The Light Between Us – Katie Khan
Normal People – Sally Rooney
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman – Anne Helen Peterson
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Leave me more book recommendations below – I’d love to hear about the books you’ve read and loved!