August Wrap-Up

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d start making my wrap-up’s regular, monthly posts instead of doing individual book reviews.

These wrap-up’s are going to feature short, snappy reviews on the books I’ve read during the month.

This month I read 5 books (not too shabby).

The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hill

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The foggy streets of London, a modern-day office block, an old hotel… This collection of short, ghostly stories takes you everywhere. Susan Hill is such a talented writer; her writing is atmospheric and suspenseful. Some of the stories are particularly eerie and would make the most perfect Hallowe’en read.

I absolutely devoured this book within a couple of days and, although I’d never read any Susan Hill before, I will definitely be looking to read more.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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Wow, what a book! I enjoyed this book immensely (that feels kind of weird to say knowing the topic of it) but it was such an incredible piece of investigative journalism and so well-written.

It follows the real-life story of one woman’s obsession to hunt down the Golden-State Killer in the 70’s and 80’s in California. The book takes you through the personal reasons why Michelle needs to discover his identity, all the crimes he committed through the years, and Michelle’s tremendous effort she put into discovering who this guy was. It’s such an incredible read and I was hooked from the get-go (though I couldn’t read it at nightime, for obvious reasons…).

This book was published in February 2018, the case unsolved. By April 2018, the Golden State Killer had been unmasked and the book had its happy ending.

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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller

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My first novel by Andrew Miller and what a great introduction to his work! This book is set in the early-19th century in Somerset. Captain John Lacroix has just returned home from the war and feels he cannot escape what he has been through. He sets out on a journey to the Hebrides to try and discover peace (but an English corporal and a Spanish officer are not far behind him…).

This book is beautifully written. The description of the Hebrides is just as stunning as the descriptions of the cities. The characters are very well-developed through out, and you never feel like the story has been rushed; it’s told at the perfect pace.

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Votes for Women by Jenni Murray

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This book made it onto my August favourites and it’s not difficult to see why. It is the perfect, short, companion to discovering more about feminism and the history of women’s suffrage. The book follows through the lives of pivotal women’s movement moments as well as important figures in the fight for suffrage including Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Emmeline Pankhurst and Nancy Astor.

Though I had heard of all of the women featured in this book, the book opened me up to seeing them in a whole new light, revealing information about their childhood, their personal relationships, their education, and their struggle for universal enfranchisement.

A must-read for anyone!

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Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue’s 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman

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An interesting look at how previously secretive Vogue operates, the daily life of its editor (Alexandra Shulman) and just how influential Vogue is on its 100th birthday. From producing the 100th anniversary edition (anyone remember the Kate Middleton cover shoot) to the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala, Alexandra Shulman contrasts her life as the editor of Vogue who hangs out with the Beckhams and royalty, to a mum who struggles with a constant leak in her home and deciding what to cook her family for dinner.

This book was very well-written; it was open, honest and non-pretentious (though I worried a book about Vogue would be the complete opposite to this).

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What did you read this month?

Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë xx

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