My summer reading

I haven’t written a monthly reads post in ages, so I thought I’d update things by recapping what I’ve read over the summer so far:

Friend Request by Laura Marshall


This book had me hooked from the outset. The psychological thriller follows the narrator Louise, who, after receiving a friend request from a long-dead friend, begins to grow increasing paranoid. Gripping, and with a thrilling twist at the end, this book definitely deserves the 5 stars I have given it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


I love a good dystopian fiction, so I really enjoyed this thought-provoking book by the fantastic Ray Bradbury. Set in a future where the mere possession of a book can put a person in danger, I found the story really made me reflect on the importance of writing and reading to our society. What’s even more amazing is that Bradbury wrote the book in just 9 days!

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham


I found this book to be bizarre and strangely captivating, although I occasionally found my attention drifting as I lost the thread of the story. This is also set in a dystopian world, where genetic mutants are outlawed, and the main characters’ differences mean they are separated from their society. I think the idea of the novel is good, and it is well written. However, for me, it was not so much of a page turner as some of the other books I’ve read.

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin


Similarly to The Chrysalids, it took me some time to get through this novel, as I found it a bit slow-paced. However, I refused to abandon the book and I was gradually drawn into the life of the main character Shevek, as he travelled from his home world of Annares to the planet of Urras to pursue his work as a physicist. Le Guin’s work is well-crafted, and once I was immersed into the novel I quite enjoyed it.

Before I go to sleep by S.J.Watson


I picked up this psychological thriller in a second hand book store, and had finished it within a few days! It follows Christine – who has a rare form of amnesia which means she forgets everything about her identity when she falls asleep – as she attempts to record her past in the form of a diary, discovering that the truths she has been being fed do not entirely add up. I was hooked on the book, and found myself empathising with Catherine, desperate to find out the truth about her situation. I would highly recommend this book, and as it is the same genre as the novel I myself am writing, I found it very inspirational!

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