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Books of the Month - September 2022

Current Read -

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

When I was 8 years old, a new book series began it's journey to the forefront of many teenagers and young adults lives. Whilst I at the time was sucked into the beautiful world of Harry Potter, the Twilight series grew momentum and gave everyone the vampire/warewolf crossover we were all craving.By the time I was old enough to reads the books, the films began to appear and so my education of Twilight began via the big screen.

I was captivated by the oddly calming atmosphere and I very quickly became a fan of Jacobs abs. What can I say, I was 13 years old. It never occured to me, although I was an avid reader, that I should pic up the books and read what formed the basis of one of my favorite movie series. Fastforward to the end of July 2022 and I was lured into a conversation around Twilight with a friend I met on holiday.

After mentioning my lack of knowledge for the books, I was instantly issued a warning to get myself on amazon and grab a copy of the first book "upon pain of death". I was told that much like the Harry Potter films, the Twilight movies were missing some key information and likewise some of the most important descriptive sections which had gotten lost in translation.

So, over the past month I have been reading the first book. I have to say that because I have seen the films before reading the books, my imagination is slightly tainted with the imagery provided for me. I find it is important to read the books before the films, even if the films never live up to the expectations my imagination sets. I have found the book easy to read and whilst I am only part way through, I am enjoying the interations between Bella and Edward. I feel more connected with the characters than before and find my understanding of their actions changed.

I'm finding this book to be a great introduction into more books of the fantasy, vampire/werewolf genre and feel sure that after this book series I will be keen to find more books of a similar nature to sink my teeth into (see what I did there *wink*). Whilst this book has been notoriously labelled as a teen romance, I do think the films speak more into this than the book and would reccomend this as a good read for any reader looking for an escape from our fantasy creature-less world.

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

Where do I even begin with this incredible book. Bridget Collins has captivated everyones imagination with this spellbinding story. As soon as you open it you are lead down a mysterious path where you can never quite guess its end. I loved how my imagination tried to form how the story would end with each new piece of information.

I devoured every word as it my life depended on it, with each turn of the page I new I was getting closer to the answers I needed. Collins has a form of writing which sculpts an atmosphere like Michelangelo sculpting an artistic masterpiece. The journey she has mapped out encourages you to really connect with the characters and understand their emotions and the context they come from.

The magical elements in this book were wonderfully intriguing. The notion that books in this story are banned and thought of as a form of witch craft elicits your mind to consider how incredible it really is to have so many storytellers and written artform in this world of all kinds of varieties! I have an awesome imagination (even if I do say so myself) but I couldn't dream up half the story Collins has written in these 445 pages.

If you're going to read one book this Autumn, let it be this one. This book is perfect for a cloud filled rainy day. Snuggle in with a cup of hot chocolate, wrap up in the biggest, softest blanket you can find and wander through this spellbinding fantasy.

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Read - Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane is one of my favorite authors when it comes to romance. Perfect on paper is the first book in a series following the story and love life of Waverly Bryson. When I was younger, imagining my future self, Waverly was the woman I thought I would become. She is successful in her career, has found the love of her life (or so she thinks) and is surrounded by incredible

friends who are with her for life.

Whilst it all seems perfect in the beginning, her story takes a turn and she finds herself dumped a week before her walk down the aisle. The strength this character shows to pull herself back up is amazing. This book is a look at how Waverly overcomes some of the toughest things she's ever had to face. You feel as though your living out her journey with her, whether encouraging her to keep going with her creative business venture or having a cold pitcher of beer at Dino's, crying tears of laughter when she shares another bad date. It's like your the fourth member of the friendship group. I found myself becoming more positive the deeper I read into the book.

I don't want to give too much away so you can read it for yourself. Luckily this is the first of four books following Waverly's story and I'm looking forward to reading what this kick-ass woman does next. If you want a book that will offer you feel good vibes, a strong female character, dating fails, inspiration and plenty of laughter this is where you need to be!

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Top of my TBR pile -

Girl Crush by Florence Given

Florence Given has been on my social media radar for a long time. Her first book 'Women Don't Owe You Pretty' is a Sunday Times Bestseller. It challenges the outdated and oldfashioned steryotypes forced on women and teaches us to start loving ourselves again. This book should be a fundamental read for women everywhere, reminding us that we don't owe men a single thing, "least of all pretty".

Florences new book 'Girl Crush' is a mordern day retelling of Jekyll and Hyde with some juciy dark fantasy undertones. I personally cannot wait to get myself into this book and find out why Given has once again made it to the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Care to join me?

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