Book Reviews | July Reads

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Book review time again eh?! How did that happen??? July was another good month for my reading challenge and I read some corkers. I've already got my books for August lined up and I can't wait to devour a couple of them while sat in the Spanish sun in a couple of weeks - bring it on!

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination - J.K. Rowling

I'm not sure that this really counts as a book as it's the transcript from the commencement speech that J.K. Rowling gave to the graduating class of Harvard in 2008 and so it's not very long, but I wanted to include it as I really enjoyed reading it. It won't take you too long to rattle through but there are some really important points that it's good to remind yourself about and some of the typography and illustration in the edition I picked up was really beautiful. I think this book would make a great gift for anyone who likes a bit of inspiration from time to time.

Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online - Emma Gannon

If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past month or so then I'm pretty sure you will have seen something about this book as everyone has been going crazy over it, and rightly so - it's an absolute MUST READ for anyone who remembers MSN and dodgy dial up connections. I devoured it in one sitting and it filled me with nostalgia as I remembered the awkwardness of trying to figure out how social etiquette worked online. I found the chapters about friendship and feminism really inspiring too. I really wish this book had existed when I was a teenager trying to navigate an unfurling digital age.

Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes

This is the sequel to Kepnes' debut novel, You, which I read (and loved!!!) back in January. I was so excited to get stuck into this and be reunited with one of my favourite ever literary characters, Joe, and I was not disappointed. This book delivered everything that I loved about You - an intense storyline you can get lost in, believable settings and characters that you love to hate. If you're looking for something to devour on the beach this summer then you really need to pick both You and Hidden Bodies up.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy - Jon Gordon

You've probably all realised by now that I'm a big fan of reading anything that promotes positivity and a happier approach to life, which was why this book made it's way into my basket when I was at Waterstones last week. I read it this weekend and it was just the reminder I needed that we might not be able to choose what happens to us, but we can absolutely choose how we respond to it. It was a little bit cheesy in parts, but it definitely did the job and inspired me to choose a positive attitude more often and to focus on what I really want to get out of life.