Summer 2014

06/07/14 – 06/07/14

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Liked the different narrations by Eleanor and Park

Also liked that it wasn’t love at first sight, and that Eleanor was still kinda awkward with Park, even after they got together

I’m excited to hear that DreamWorks have bought the film rights to this book!

07/07/14 – Didn’t finish

Season to Taste by Natalie Young

Gave up on page 20, after “She wrote on the label, RIGHT FOOT”

07/07/14 – 08/07/14

Black Chalk by Christoper J Yates

Initial thoughts: Intriguing. Who is the first person narrator?

Back stabbing, unnerving, and so very dark. Made me feel unsettled all night (which is great, in a strange way)

09/07/14 – 09/07/14

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Fluff. At least it gave me a break from Black Chalk

09/07/14 – 13/07/14

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

The gradual intertwining of the five characters’ lives was spot on

I ended up disliking the character who sometimes narrated in first person, even though he was supposed to be ‘generous’

13/07/14 – 13/07/14

The Diary of Ma Yan by Ma Yan

Ma Yan’s empathy for her mother, even when she was being scolded, made me feel guilty for all those times I’ve felt angry when I’ve been told off by my mother.

Her diary also made me realise that education really isn’t equal, and I want to play a part in changing that.

14/07/14 – 16/07/14

Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch

I vaguely remember reading ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’, Hatch’s funny memoir of his family’s trip around Britain, which is referred to once or twice in this book, which is about their trip around France

The taping baguettes to leg idea was so great! Must try that sometime (though not while wearing skinny jeans)

16/07/14 – 20/07/14

Sushi & Beyond by Michael Booth

Before reading Booth’s food memoir, my knowledge of Japanese food was limited to sushi from Wasabi and Wagamama noodles

Reading this book took me quite a while, mainly because I was constantly googling stuff like ‘dashi’, so I could see what it actually looked like

One of things on my to do list now is to one day go to Japan myself and try real Japanese food 🙂


Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson

Sequel to ‘Hunting Lila’

Totally action packed, and I liked the fact that Lila had to work on her ability, rather than being able to control it straight away

21/07/14 – 22/07/14

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

23/07/14 – 24/07/14

Cityboy by Geraint Anderson

24/07/14 – 25/07/14

The Piano Teacher by Yanice Y. K. Lee

26/07/14 – 29/07/14

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

29/07/14 – 30/07/14

Jounrye of a Thousand Miles: My Story by Lang Lang

30/07/14 – 02/08/14

Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

03/08/14 – 05/08/14

Where Underpants Come From by Joe Bennett

05/08/14 – 06/08/14

The Upgrade by Paul Carr


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