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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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