August turned out to be a very slow reading month for me. I went into it with plans to read a lot, but plans changed, the kiddo and I moved to a new apartment, and therefore August was eaten up by packing, moving and unpacking. Not a lot of time left over for reading. But we got it done, we are settled, and school went back this week which means we are slowly getting into a new normal, and a new schedule.
So August was a slow month, I only managed to read 4 books. Between packing and moving, I couldn’t find a ton of motivation to squeeze in some reading time. And priorities. Hopefully September will be much better.
Lil’s Bus Trip by Judy Leigh. I had mixed feelings about this book, and a love/hate relationship with the main protagonist Lil. It is a fun story, a group of people on a mini bus trip around Europe. But at times, Lil made it feel like a very long bus trip where all I wanted to do was get off. And at other times, I quite liked her, and was glad I stayed on. Lil’s daughter Cassie is a lot more likeable, and I enjoyed her scenes a lot. This was my first book by Judy Leigh, though I have plenty more on my TBR.
The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. This was a re-read for me. I read it as a child and loved it, and wanted to read it again. I still have my soft spot for Tracy Beaker, but as I’m now older, I will say that some of her shenanigans and constant whining did start to get a bit much after a while. I am slowly working my way back through Jacqueline Wilson’s work, and can’t wait to hopefully get stuck into some more.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. I really liked this book. It was gritty and covered a lot of plot in such a short book. I flew through it, I think it only took a few hours to finish it.
The Dollhouse: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter. This was my favourite read in August, and the only book of the month that I rated 5 stars. It is a creepy middle grade with a haunted house element to it. It would have been a bit much for my 7 year old to handle, but I definitely enjoyed it. You can check out my full review of The Dollhouse here.