Book Reviews | August Reads


I find that I tend to go through highs and lows with reading - sometimes I love it and can't get enough, and sometimes I find that I never have enough time or that there is always something else I'd rather be doing. At the moment, it's definitely the former - I'm devouring books at the speed of light and absolutely loving it. I think reading is one of the only ways I can really, truly switch off - it's a form of escapism like no other. And recently, I've been finding that there is nothing I'd rather do more when I get in from work than light some candles and curl up with a book. Bliss.

I didn't get through quite as many last month as I expected, but I read some good'uns. Here are my August book reviews...

Not Working - Lisa Owens

I picked this book up in Waterstones after reading a couple of good reviews and had high hopes, but unfortunately I found it a bit disappointing. It's written in a diary style (think Bridget Jones' Diary, but less funny) from the point of view of Claire, who quits her job to find her true vocation in life. I don't know if it's because the subject matter feels a bit overdone at the moment or whether I'm just a bit of a cynic, but to me this book just felt a bit predictable and meh. But, as I said, I have read quite a few good reviews of this, so maybe it's just me!

Wildflower - Drew Barrymore

This book is described as "a portrait of Drew's life in stories" and that's exactly what it is - a collection of personal essays that give you a different perspective on a life that has been well documented in magazines. I'm a big fan of Drew Barrymore so I knew that I would enjoy this book, and while a couple of the essays we're a little bit OTT, some of them were incredibly moving and poignant. My favourites were the essays written about her children and friends - it reminded me that no matter what walk of life you are from, friends and family are always the most important thing.

Letters to my Fanny - Cherry Healey

This was without a doubt the best book I read this month - I absolutely loved it! Written by TV presenter, Cherry Healey, this is a relatable, hilarious and moving book, full of anecdotes that will have you laughing, crying and nodding along in agreement. Cherry opens each chapter with a letter to a different part of her body, including "Letters to my Brain" and "Letters to my Tummy", but this book is about so much more than her relationship with her body. It covers everything from the importance of female friendships to forging a career as a woman with children, and her candid honesty makes this a very poignant read. Definitely one to add to your Amazon wishlist.

This Modern Love - Will Darbyshire

I'm gonna be honest - I had never heard of Will Darbyshire before picking this book up. I just loved the cover and the blurb sounded right up my street. Will Darbyshire is a YouTuber who crowd sourced letters, stories and photographs about the state of modern romance to help him through a break up, and this book is a collection of some of the best he received. It was such a lovely and thoughtful read and was totally gorgeous too - a perfect addition for your coffee table.