Reading for Fun: July

Remember my ‘Reading for Fun’ New Year’s Resolution? (If no, click here) As this month comes to a close I thought I’d give you an update…

These are the books I’ve managed to read (for fun) throughout the month of July:

  • The Intimate Confessions of a London Call Girl by Belle de Jour

I really hate to say this about any book, but I hated it. You can tell from the tone she could be a great writer, but the subject matter was a bit too much for me.

  • Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

Quaint and gentle, nothing too dramatic or thought-provoking, just some general niceness.

  • Fall Love by Anne Whitehouse

Peppered with some truly stunning descriptive passages but it seemed to go on for quite a while without that much happening. Available for free download here.

  • Dial M for Monkey by Adam Maxwell

Another one available for free on Feedbooks (here). Short stories are still not my favourite, but I did enjoy his dark, slightly twisted sense of humour. My favourite was probably ‘The Holy Face of Gary Barlow’ (surely it gets points just for the name?!).

  • The Liar by Stephen Fry

Written by a genius, but the book was not as amazing as he is. Just ok.

  • 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The first in the much talked about trilogy, apparently loosely based on the Twilight saga. The shock factor was the main appeal, especially to start with.

  • 50 Shades Darker by E.L. James

The shock factor had time to wear off, but still easy reading. Not a Nobel prizewinner, but an alright book for the bus.

  • 50 Shades Freed by E.L. James

My least favourite of the three, I didn’t like the fragmented ‘flashback’ style she went for in this one.

I severely doubt that I’ll be reading as many books for fun as I have such looong set books to get through before the start of September, but I’m going to try to stick to my resolution of “at least one”.

D x

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