Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August wrap - What I read in August

What I read in August - August Book reviews

Honestly, I feel like August was a slumpy month for me, when it came to reading. Although I did manage three books so it wasn't that bad! I also finished reading one that I started in July. So I guess that's FOUR books finished in August.

Here are the books I've read this month -

The book theif book review

I read 'The Book Thief' The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 
This has been on my TBR list for a long time. I'd already seen the movie which I really liked. The narator of the book is death, which I wasn't really sure about to start with but I ended up truly loving it. I really enjoyed the book a lot. Set during the holocaust in Nazi Germany about a little girl that goes to live with a childless couple who also end up hiding a Jew in there basement! I connected well with the characters and although the book was a fairly long book (552 page !!) I was hooked and found myself reading it quite fast. You can read my full review here

The Girl Who Just Wanted To Be Loved by Angel Hart. (full review coming soon)
"Eight-year-old Keeley looks like the sweetest little girl you could wish to meet, but demons from the past make her behaviour far from angelic. She takes foster carer Angela on a rocky and very demanding emotional ride as she fights daily battles against her deep-rooted psychological problems. Can the love and specialist care Angela and husband Jonathan provide help Keeley triumph against the odds?"

A foster care story by Angela Hart. I have read books by this author before and really liked them. Beautifully written and quite fast paced. And whilst parts of this story is upsetting because Keely had been through rather a lot in her short life. She was taken into foster care by Angela and her husband who gave her a home and loved her. Keeley had many problems which Angela and her husband try to help her through. Angela and her hubby are wonderful people who have been fostering children for many, many years. If you like Cathy Glass and Casey Watson books, I'm certain you will like books by Angela Hart, too!

Finding Tiperary Mary by Phillis Whitsell. (full review coming soon)

"The astonishing real story of a daughter’s search for her own past ¨C and the desperate mother who gave her up

‘I lit the candle and prayed for my birth mother, asking God to take care of her. It was as if I had made some kind of connection with her. Even at such a young age, I found it difficult to understand, but I always feared that she was in danger and needed my prayers. It was the only thing at the time that I could do for her. I feared that she might be coming to some harm and that she was not happy, but I was helpless and had nobody to talk to about my feelings. The only thing at that time was to pray that her guardian angel would take care of her and keep her from harm.’

Phyllis Whitsell began the search for her birth mother as a young woman ¨C and although it was many years before she finally met her, their lives had crossed on the journey without their knowledge. When they both eventually sat down together ¨C the circumstances were extraordinary, moving and ultimately life-changing.

This is a daughter’s personal account of the remarkable relationship that grew from abandonment into love, understanding and selfless care." 

Another true life story. Phillis was put into an orphanage when she was just eight months old and cared for by nuns. She was eventually adopted when she was eight years old by a Catholic couple who already had there own children. Phillis tells her story of how hard it was growing up adopted and how her adoption was a secret and not talked about very much. Phillis goes on to become a nurse. Eventually she decided to search for her biological mother. She doesn't know much about her adoption, if her mother had any other children or even where her mother lives now. She does learn that her mother is an alcoholic. Phillis realises her and her mother have actually met before in her adult life but is her mother still alive? Is it too late? 
I really found this story interesting. Phillis is so brave sharing her story and her feelings with the world. I connected well with Phillis and this book is written really well! 

The sisters by claire douglas book review

I also finished reading 'The Sisters' and you can read my review of 'The Sisters' here.  

What are you currently reading?

Sarah xXx

August book wrap up


  1. I really loved The Book Thief. I don't think I've read a negative review of it yet. It's just one of those books you can't help but to love and cry over.

  2. Well done on your books! TBT is so long so you did so well reading that plus the other two lol! xx