Hello there! Today I’m going to be talking about book-related things, which took place in July…
I didn’t even finish a whole book in July! But, the book I did make some progress with was Paper Towns by John Green. As of 31st July – according to Goodreads – I was up to page 94 (30%). Although now, I am on page 136 (44%)!
I think it was taking me so long because I was almost just waiting for Margo to go missing (it’s not a spoiler as it says it in the blurb). However, I feel that the blurb saying that she disappears, is almost giving too much of the plot away. Despite that, I feel more sucked into the story now that the mystery – of trying to find Margo – has started!
Now it’s time for the books I have borrowed from the library, in July…
Firstly, I have borrowed the book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, from the library.
This book follows a boy named Bruno, whose family – during WWII – moves to a new house. From this new house, Bruno can see a place in the distance, which contains strange people. Bruno goes adventuring and comes across a boy at this place, who he then befriends.
I am looking forward to starting to read this book, as I love historical fiction books – especially those set in either WWI or WWII! I’ve already watched the film – I know: *gasp*! And I’ve actually watched it more than once *even bigger gasp*! Although, I’ve heard the ending of the film is different to that of the book, and I’m still excited about actually reading the story. I’ve also heard that this book is sad, and makes people cry, but I’ve don’t think I’ve ever – yet – cried at a book, so we’ll have to wait and see!
The second book that I’ve borrowed from the library is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
This book follows a 15-year-old girl – Lina – from Lithuania, also during WWII. One night, Soviet officers come into her home. She is subsequently separated from her father, whilst her, her mother, and her younger brother embark on a journey to Siberia. The book then follows Lina and the – rest of her – family, on their journey.
Again, with this book being set in WWII, I am very excited to read it! I think this book is quite unique, since I don’t think I’ve heard of/seen any other YA historical fiction books that are start in Lithuania/Siberia! If you’ve heard of any others, please let me know in the comments!
The third book that I have borrowed form the library is The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner.
I’m not going to give a synopsis for this book since it’s a mystery, so it’s probably best to keep the plot a mystery! However, I will say that as well as being a mystery, there is also an element of time travel in the book! I am looking forward to this book as well, especially because of how the mystery in Paper Towns is sucking me in at the moment.
I like the cover for this book, and I think that it would be pretty without the dust jacket on as well! But sadly, I can’t probably look (as it is a library book).
During July, I also borrowed the book License to Spill by Lisi Harrison, from the library. However, I don’t have a photo for this book as I have already returned it – without reading it. I did this because, upon arriving home and looking on Goodreads, I discovered that this book was the second book in a series! Then I looked on my library’s website, and discovered that they don’t have the first book in the series. So, I took it back, as I only like to read series in order.
And finally on to the books I bought in July…
I only bought two books in July. The first book was Paper Towns by John Green; as I’ve already talked about it, I won’t talk about it again!
The second book I bought in July was Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.
This book follows Naila, whose parents don’t allow her to be friends with a boy, let alone start dating one. Her parents have said that they will be the ones who will, one day, arrange a marriage for her. However, Naila breaks this rule by going out with Saif. When her parents find out about this – unsurprisingly – they are not pleased! So, her parents decide to take her on a trip to Pakistan, in order to discover her roots, where subsequent events unfold…
I haven’t heard about this book very much, but I’m still looking forward to reading it! I was also excited to find out that Aisha Saeed is one of the founding members of We Need Diverse Books!
That’s it for July! I apologise about the synopsises for the books: I don’t think I have got the hang of them yet! I’ll be posting my plans for August soon, but for now… What are your thoughts on any of these books? What did you read in July? Let me know in the comments!
Please pardon me rabbiting on, and I hope that I’ll see you again on my future posts…