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September/October 2021 - This month's reading

Hello again!

It's been a hot minute since my last blogpost. And this is probably the most delayed piece I've written considering it's currently one day away from being December. Oh well, we're here now and that's what counts. I've had a tumultuous few months and I've barely had time to think let alone write so I'm excited I finally have the space to write a post.

I got through three books in September and October which I'm quite proud of given how busy I was over those months.

Let's get into it!

I read:

'The Cuckoo's calling' - Robert Galbraith

'what alice forgot' - Liane Moriarty

'the perks of being a wallflower' - Stephen Chbosky

To begin my rankings:

3. 'what alice forgot' - Liane Moriarty

2. 'the perks of being a wallflower' - Stephen Chbosky

1. 'The Cuckoo's calling' - Robert Galbraith

My reviews:

3 - 'what alice forgot' - Liane Moriarty

I quite enjoyed this novel. As a self-professed super fan of Moriarty's work I was excited to get stuck into another novel of hers. I found myself a little disappointed in comparison to some of her other work like big little lies and truly madly guilty but the novel was still an easy read with her usual engaging clever characters and plot that keeps you on your toes.

I found the love triangle a tired cliché but the reflective work of alice as the protagonist was truly excellent. If only we could all keep our memories and emotions from ten years previously and use that youthfulness to approach the current days challenges.

A lovely thought provoking novel.

Overall : 6/10, not my favourite of her works but a pleasant read none the less.

2 - 'the perks of being a wallflower' - Stephen Chbosky

I have found myself reaching for this novel a lot over the past year but instead of reading it I've been putting it aside for other novels that I haven't read before. I wanted to try and read as many new novels as I could this year instead of re-reading a bunch of old favourites.

But it's getting towards the end of the year now and this book has been begging for me to re-read it! It's safe to say it has aged brilliantly and I still love it just as much as I did the first time I got to read it. A true coming of age novel you empathise with Charlie and find yourself relating to his human struggle to find his place in the world.

I believe this is one of the novels written within my generation that I believe will be taught in high schools later in life. I can't wait to have a kid who comes home clutching this masterpiece that they have to read for their English class. Then I can re-live it all again!

Overall : 8/10 - I love this book! A classic read for my generation.

1 - 'The Cuckoo's calling' - Robert Galbraith

This book has been sitting on my shelf for almost an entire year! Every time I've gone to read it something else has popped up and piqued my interest instead. But I got there in the end and boy am I glad I finally read this! What a novel!

Strike is an entertaining, thoughtful protagonist. His history that is gradually revealed over the course of the novel is engaging and clever and he is easily a character the reader wants to get behind. I'm looking forward to reading more Strike novels.

The plot was BRILLIANT! I love a good murder thriller as much as the next person but I always hate guessing the killer correctly. It took me a good portion of the book to guess the killer and I was still surprised by the ending - well paced and shocking! Everything you could ask for.

JK Rowling showed that she knows crime just as well as she knows magic. I was enthralled form start to finish.

Overall : 9/10 - I loved this! A brilliant thriller that keeps you on your toes until the very end.

That's it from me!

Hopefully, I'll write again soon and get back into a flow as the year finishes up and my workload *hopefully* starts to decrease.

Till next time, Rhi xx


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