This year has flown by, but then August came along and seemed to last an absolute lifetime. August was a really busy month for me. One filled with travel, visiting friends and throwing myself head first into work. I visited Brighton, Liverpool and Bristol and spent too many hours to count tube hopping around London. Even though it was busy, I still managed to slot in a little bit of time for reading. If it wasn't for all of those long train journeys that I did this month, I don't think I'd have read half as much as I did! In September, I'm going to try to go back to making time in my schedule to read, instead of just picking up books when I'm on the go. But anyway, back to August. Here is what I read over the last month.

How To Stop Time, Matt Haig
The first book I read this month was Matt Haig's How To Stop Time, which I've been eagerly waiting for since I first heard that Matt was busy writing another book. Any readers of my blog or people who just know me in general will know how much I adore Matt's writing. Reasons To Stay Alive is my go-to book for when I need to feel okay again and The Humans is one of the most beautifully written pieces of fiction that I've read in recent years. Of course, it'll come as no surprise that I adored How To Stop Time. This book tells the story of a man who ages much slower than the average human and so has been alive for centuries, but is still young. Matt captures what it means to be human so beautifully in all of his books and this one is no exception. It's poignant, lovely and such a perfect story.

Everyone is Watching, Megan Bradbury
I picked up Everyone is Watching in a charity shop on a whim (I completely judged it by it's cover, sorry 'bout it) and was really excited to read it. It's a fictionalised version of the stories of many real life people, such as Walt Whitman and Robert Mapplethorpe, who helped to make New York City what it is today. This book is really lovely and I adore the idea of a novel which focuses on the lives of different individuals within one city, especially the fictionalised accounts of real people. However, I do think this book would be better suited to somebody who has actually been to New York. The fact that I've never been there, so couldn't really picture any of the beautiful imagery, left the book feeling a little flat for me. All the same, I could appreciate how beautifully written this piece was.

The Gifts of Reading, Robert Macfarlane
This lovely little book arrived in the post for me this month from Josh, a very thoughtful friend of mine. It's an absolutely tiny volume (like 30 pages long), so I feel like a bit of a fraud including this on my list of books that I've read this month! Of course, I flicked through this little book very quickly, but it has some great messages in it that I ended up noting down in my iPhone notes so that I can come back to them when I need them. The book is a short essay from Macfarlane on our relationship with reading and how a book can deeply change a person and stick with them. I agreed with every word I read and I would definitely recommend this as a quick read to any book lover.

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen me say that We Were Liars was my favourite book that I read this month. I was a little late to the party with reading this one, as it's been on my radar for a while now with so many different people that I know recommending it to me. Somehow, I've managed to avoid any spoilers in all of this time and I'm so glad that I did. We Were Liars tells the story of the beautiful and rich Sinclair family, who all meet every summer to sped time on their family island. With each summer, the family begin to unravel and the mystery begins. I loved this book so much because it shocked me. It's not often that I'm unable to predict the twists and turns of a book, but with this one, I really didn't. I'd 100% recommend squeezing it in as your last summer read.

The Little Book of Lykke, Meik Wiking
Finally, I read The Little Book of Lykke this year, which was very kindly sent to me by Meik Wiking and Penguin Life. I've already written a full review of the book here, so I won't go into too much detail on it. Briefly, I will say, if you've ever suffered with any kind of mental health problems and have found that mindfulness has helped you with this, I'd definitely consider picking up The Little Book of Lykke. It's all about how to find happiness and how different people around the word achieve it. It's packed with so many fantastic little tips and just feels like a really hopeful and happy read.

So that's what I read in August. As always, thank you for reading!


  1. The Gifts of Reading sounds beautiful; I'm going to track it down. If you liked that try I'd Rather Be Reading - similar theme with a few essays but loads of gorgeous artwork too.

    1. Let me know your thoughts on it! And thank you for the recommendation - I'll definitely have a look into that :)