What I’ve Been Reading In August

What I’ve Been Reading In August

For some reason August was a horrific month for reading, I think with festivals, trips and just generally being out and about I didn’t get my evening routine of reading very often.

The first book I read of course was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child inspired by a J K Rowling story. I was kind of gutted to see it was the screenplay script, but in hindsight I shouldn’t have been as the script existed and to make it into a book would have taken quite a while. I am very happy with the way the story progressed but I found with just stage directions you didn’t feel a lot of emotion for the characters like you usually do with books, but overall still a great story. Part of me wishes I hadn’t read it before seeing the show because now I am going to know what to expect but I don’t think I could hang on that long.

Next up I read the second volume in The New 52 series of Suicide Squad entitled Basilisk Rising which was hugely enjoyable and gave me a chance to explore new characters and a completely different storyline to how the movie came out. I am really enjoying this series of graphic novels and have the next few to keep me going, but hopefully these won’t take me quite as long to get through.

The final book I read in August was ‘You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out and Finding Feminism’ by Alida Nugent. This was actually I book I picked up when I was in New York as it looked really interesting and I have got pretty into reading memoir style books. This was a great read as Alida talked about her difficulties with bulimia, trying to get the ‘perfect’ body, trials and tribulations of her sex life and other areas. I’m definitely going to be trying to read more non-fiction books so this is a great start.

What have you been reading recently?


  1. Francesca Nelson
    September 2, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    If thats a dry month for reading you are a better woman than I! Haha I just don’t have the time or space to read 3 books a month! I’ve heard mox reviews of the cursed child and as its a script its sort of put me off!! I really like the sound of the last book so I may order it and read that next!!

  2. September 2, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I admit to never having read Harry Potter. Last month I read Where My Heart Used To Beat Sebastian Faulks, The Sunrise Victoria Hislop and Me Before You Jo Jo Moyes – I enjoyed them all.

    • September 2, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      I love me before you! Such a beautiful book x

  3. September 2, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I have been good and started reading again! YEAH! I picked up a book of short stories during a trip to Hadrian’s wall that have been written by a wide range of writers whilst sitting in a special writing station at various points along the wall. I’m really enjoying the mix of stories – Life As Mrs R

  4. Angela Milnes
    September 2, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve heard about the harry potter book and it sounds interesting. I think i will get my hubby a copy for his birthday.

  5. September 2, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Lots of good reading there this month! Ive only managed to read one book. Will need to up my game as have a few on my to read list!

  6. September 2, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I too have a copy of the harry potter book that I need to read.

  7. September 2, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I really want to read the Harry Potter one but the fact it’s a script puts me off a little.

  8. September 2, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    The screenplay format would take some getting used to but I do want to read The Cursed Child at some point. I’m glad the Suicide Squad graphic novels have been good.

  9. Tanya Brannan
    September 3, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I am in two minds about the new Harry Potter book – I haven’t dared buy it yet as I am worried that it won’t be was good as the others, even though I know it’s not the same thing!

  10. September 3, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I have really struggled to do more reading this month too!

  11. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    September 3, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I’m always jealous of your ability to read graphic novels. I really want to enjoy them and the stories are SO my cup of tea, but I really struggle to get the flow. Also, not read the new HP for this exact reason, totally want to see the play first!

  12. September 3, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I have not read as much in August either but I do want to read the Harry Potter script, I have heard that it is good!

  13. Beautyqueenuk
    September 3, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I still don’t know whether or not to read The Cursed Child, I am so on the fence x

  14. September 3, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Massive fan of book but I’ve been big into audiobooks recently. My wife and I first read each other’s suggested books before meeting. We knew were very different in choice but it was certainty an ice breaker.

  15. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    September 4, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I haven’t read that much in the last month – time to fill up my kindle for September!

  16. TalontedLex
    September 4, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    ‘You Don’t Have To Like Me’ sounds great, I’ve added it to my wishlist!

  17. September 4, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I’m still wading through ASOIAF at the moment but finding GRRM’s writing style so hard going. You Don’t Have To Like Me sounds really interesting, I’d definitely want to read that one. x

  18. Sarahjane
    September 4, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I haven’t read the cursed child, just can’t read screenplays. But I’m glad it’s a good story as I’m desperate to see it!

  19. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    September 4, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    I’ve read a couple of Regency novels this month but not much else apart from Erin’s books!

  20. Annie Brooks
    September 4, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I need need need to read the new Harry Potter book! I actually need to read lots more!

  21. September 5, 2016 / 9:43 am

    I bought a copy of that Harry Potter book but my teenage son is reading it first. I’m still working my way through Book 2 of the Outlander series and thoroughly enjoying it.

  22. September 5, 2016 / 10:05 am

    I have really wanted to read the Harry Potter book but haven’t gotten round to buying it yet, heard a lot of good things about it.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  23. Tooting Mama
    September 5, 2016 / 10:12 am

    My little boy has started to read Harry Potter, we’ve moved him on from A Diary of a Wimpy Kid (phew!). I like the sound of You Don’t Have to Like Me – I am going to check that one out.

  24. Melanie Edjourian
    September 5, 2016 / 10:25 am

    I’ve been meaning to get a copy of his, I’d love to read it.

  25. September 5, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I *loved* the show, but haven’t got round to reading the script yet – may have to be an autumn project!

  26. September 5, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve yet to read the new HP, but I am excited about it. I’m prepared for it being a screen play written piece too so I know not to be disappointed. x

  27. kerry norris
    September 5, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    You read more than me! I still haven’t read hp but it’s on my list x

  28. Mrs H
    September 5, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I really want to read the new Harry Potter book. I read lots of plays at university and loved them. So I think I would quite enjoy the script aspect. But that is the main criticism I have heard about it. That it is difficult to engage with it fully because it is s script and not a novel. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  29. September 6, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I haven’t had no time to read books last month, but I will check some of these titles.

  30. Amy
    September 6, 2016 / 10:04 am

    I never realised that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was actually a screenplay script – interesting. Good reading picks 🙂

  31. Yvonne
    September 6, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Oh I really wanted to read the new Harry Potter and didnt buy it because it was a script. I am wondering if I should take your advise now and see the play first, if I ever get to see it that is!

  32. Laura Haley
    September 8, 2016 / 10:21 am

    My holiday reading is Catlin Moran’s Moranthology-I’m definitely going to be looking out for Alida’s book it sounds right up my street.

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