September Reading Wrap Up

I didn't read so much when I was in hospital but since I've gotten home I've been a proper bookworm! I've barely been online because my head's been in a book instead but I'm so pleased to have gotten back into reading again. So I thought I'd do a little reading wrap up of mini reviews, hope you find a new read for yourself!

september reading wrap up, the great gatsby book review, on green dolphin street book review, the cursed child book review, the girl on the train book review

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | I have a bit of an obsession with 1920's America so have  read loads on Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda but I hadn't actually read any of his work before so thought I'd start with the most famous of them all. It's known for Daisy and Gatsby's doomed love affair but I really liked the exploration of the American Dream too - there's a real murky undertone to it's glitzy exterior. If you're not usually a fan of the 'classics' or you want to kind of ease yourself into them gently then I recommend The Great Gatsby as the language is beautiful but still easy to understand - just be prepared for heartbreak! Or at least give one of the many film adaptations a go, Baz Luhrmann's is my favourite - Leo Dicaprio may have something to do with that...

On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks | Talking of heartbreak, this book had me sobbing! Set in 1950's America and based around an affair between married Brit Mary and divorced American journalist Frank, it has similar themes to The Great Gatsby - disillusionment, adultery and things not being as carefree as they seem. It wasn't obviously sad, like Birdsong was for example, but I feel like as we get one life it's important to do the things that make us happy (another theme of the book.) I don't know, I guess I just don't like sadness and heartbreak! Like Mary, I felt torn between her husband Charlie and Frank - in the end I was actually #TeamCharlie, which surprised me to be honest. I'm a big, big fan of Faulks' work (see more reviews here), he's never the cheeriest of reads but so far each book I've read has been really memorable. If you're going to read just one of his books go for Birdsong!

The Cursed Child: A Play By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne | Now before I start, I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of Harry Potter himself - he drove me mad in the books although he wasn't quite so irritating in the films. I enjoyed the books but I didn't love them for that reason, which was why I wasn't too sure if I'd like this. I had no problem with the fact that this was a play, I actually really enjoyed reading something that was written in a different way! Harry, Ron and Hermione are in this but it's based more on Harry's son Albus, who is just as much as a whiny git as his dad. Harry also really annoyed me in this but I loved the character of Scorpius, Malfoy's son. All in all though this was such an enjoyable read, I've not read any of the Harry Potter series since the last book was released so it was good to revisit that magical world. You can also really tell J.K. Rowling wrote this despite not being a novel and having other writers involved, it just has her special touch! It looks like a massive book but because of the format it's written in it was actually a super quick read too.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins | My aunt lent this to me when I was in hospital and I basically devoured it! Although I found the ending to be a bit silly I really loved how twisty the book was leading up to its conclusion and it certainly kept me guessing the whole way through. Weirdly I could relate to the main character Rachel and her anxiety over missing memories as I too had the same thing kind of - except mine wasn't caused by alcohol and I didn't think I'd murdered anyone! But I think Hawkins describes the feelings of anxiety very well which at points made me feel worse, so maybe give it a miss if you're feeling particularly vulnerable. It was a great, addictive thriller though and I can't wait to see the film! As for whether it's better than Gone Girl? For me this was a wilder ride!

What did you read in September? Do you have any recommendations?


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