February Reads

Getting back into reading has been so relaxing!

Do you ever have those moments where you cannot put a book down and other times where you find yourself unable to read at all? I always seem to have these and never an in-between. This month has definitely been one of those I need to read everything possible; I even managed doing casual reading for university (never thought I would be able to do that!) as well as my own books. 

My book collection is fairly large and is getting bigger & bigger every time I walk into a charity shop.

The books I have read this month are: 

Lily and the Octopus – Steven Rowley
This book was in the ‘February Winter Collection’ at my local library and thought it looked like a good read. Oh my goodness, I read the book in a day. I literally could not put the book down AT ALL. I really love a book where I can fully immerse myself and forget what is going around me. This book really got to me emotionally as the main character is dealing with his dog, Lily, who has a tumour. The owner is unable to bring himself to call it a tumour and replaces it with a living octopus which is sucking the life out of Lily on purpose. I must admit that I cried, a lot, when reading this book. It makes it more emotional as the author, Steven, writes on his own experiences of his dachshund being diagnosed with cancer. I will definitely be buying this book and rereading it. 

“To focus, I think of how dogs are witnesses. How they are present for our most private moments, how they are there when we think of ourselves as alone. They witness our quarrels, our tears, our struggles, our fears, and all of our secret behaviours that we have to hide from our fellow humans. They witness without judgement.” 

Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Again, this was at my local library with Lily and the Octopus. I have seen this book everywhere but never got around to reading it, so I guess I am little late on the bandwagon. It is a famous play and I had no idea! This story is based on a boy, Christopher, who has Asperger’s and discovers that his neighbour’s dog has been killed. Christopher sets off to find answers, whereby creating his mystery novel which leads to revealing hidden secrets of his family. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
I probably do not even need to even introduce this book because you have probably seen or heard of the movie. I mean Audrey Hepburn and the LBD with her pearl necklace and a pastry in one hand. ICONIC. I did enjoy this book and was surprised how quick it took a read – it is only a 100 pages long. A lot changed from the book to the movie which kinda frustrated me a lot. I am not sure whether this book was a hit or miss for me. 

The Help – Kathryn Stockett
I have owned this book for 2-3 years and never read it – mainly because I forgot I bought it and therefore it got lost in my book shelf (piles more like). The book is set in the 1960’s, Mississippi and tells the stories of maids working for white families. I watched the movie when it first came out so I was looking forward to getting to know the characters a lot more in depth. I definitely was not disappointed. The whole book was heartwarming, sensitive and emotional. Do you ever finish and book and just feel I need to know more.. I really like the author’s acknowledgement at the end where she got the inspiration for writing her book due to a maid she had growing up. 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Paige .-.

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  1. 02/27/2018 / 16:33

    As much as I love the movie I think the books are usually even better. Looking forward to the help as a bed time read. Great post.

    • 02/28/2018 / 12:51

      Yeah I tend to try and read the books before the movies… I mean the amount of stuff they changed within the Harry Potter franchise – still livid haha!

      Thank you (:

  2. 1stephloves
    02/28/2018 / 15:16

    Lily and the Octopus sounds like such a good book. If I don’t give it a read myself I’m definitely going to recommend it to my mum, she loves books like that. Also how is it possible I DIDN’T KNOW Breakfast at Tiffany’s was also a book. It’s one of my all time favourite movies. I had no idea to was a book too. Definitely going to try and get my hands on this! Great post lovely <3 x

    • 02/28/2018 / 15:42

      If there is an animal on the cover of a book, then there is a 99% chance I will read it ha! I am so glad I did – honestly it is amazing. I felt completely numb after I read it & wanted to read it again.

      My library has a section dedicated to books which have been turned into movies; so that is where I found it. I really love the movie & have seen it countless times – but the book let it down for me a little.

      Thank you (:

      • 1stephloves
        02/28/2018 / 16:06

        That’s amazing, I love books that can do that to you. I’ve texted my mum straight after I read your post to tell her about the book haha. Couldn’t help myself.

        That’s so good. I honestly don’t even know where my nearest library is, they don’t seem to be as popular these days its such a shame. Aww no, that’s a shame 🙁 To be fair, I think I was shocked there was a book version of it because I can’t even begin to imagine how they would turn such a classic into a book. Can’t of been easy, and by the sound of things they didn’t do a fantastic job. Shame!

        You’re very welcome lovely xx

        • 03/04/2018 / 11:31

          Aww you’ll have to let me know whether you or your mum reads it!

          My library is tiny, but I didn’t start using it properly until I ran out of books to read at my university library (they have a small selection of ‘fun’ reading).

          The book wasn’t horrendous… I think just because I have seen the movie lots of times, and Audrey Hepburn is in it… so the book was a bit meh for me. If you read it though, let me know what you think!


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