July Book Haul

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This month I splurged a little on some new books since I have definitely caught the reading bug recently. One of my goals this year was to read 26 books, something which I have almost completed at just over half-way through the year. I've started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and I am really enjoying spending Zach's nap time curled up on the sofa with a good book (my house, as you can imagine, is a total mess because of this!) I thought I would share what I've picked up, all of which you can expect to see in my upcoming 'Book Year' posts:


A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia-"the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives "wife lessons" from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory-every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity-and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseni
Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.


Letters to my Fanny by Cherry Healy
"This book is a love letter, to my body. In fact it's several letters - to every part from my brain to my belly. I spent most of my life hating by body. I forced it to survive on a diet of ham; I squeezed it into asphyxiating support pants; I accidentally cut my delicate area whilst trimming my lady garden. But now I've realized that it deserves some well overdue TLC.

This book is the story of how I've come to understand some vital life lessons, and started to love being a woman. I hope you enjoy it. Except you, Mum and Dad. You should stop reading now. It's for the best. I promise."


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Ani FaNelli has the perfect life. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts...

When a documentary producer invited Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, she hopes it will present an opportunity to prove how far she's turned her life around since then. She'll even let the production company film her lavish wedding: the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and fliming converge, Ani's immaculate veneer starts to crack. Will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for - or will it, at long last, set her free?


Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
This is not a cautionary tale about too much - or the wrong kind - of fucking. This is not a story of bad things happening to bad girls. I say this because I know you, Dex, and I know how you think.

I'm going to tell you a story, and this time, it will be the truth.



Have you bought any new books this month?


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