July 2015 Twitterature

Welcome to Twitterature for July, time off coupled with some illness made for a great reading month in terms of books finished – not so much in terms of the quality of some of the books. As always linking up with the wonderful Moderns Mrs. Darcy.

how she does it


How She Does It: An everywoman’s guide to breaking old rules, getting creative, and making time for work in your actual, everyday life. by Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy): An interesting & thought-provoking look at different & innovative ways to fit in work in unusual ways.



World Without End by Ken Follett (The Pillars of the Earth #2): The story drags on, the characters are very one-dimensional & have completely unrealistic ideas & insights. At 1000+ pages I’d #SkipIt



The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: 5 beautiful sisters commit suicide one by one over the course of a year. I feel like I should’ve liked it, but I couldn’t care about any of the characters. #SkipIt

eleanor park


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: My favourite book of the month! Sweet, innocent, heart-breaking, will bring you right back to your #FirstLove. Highly #Recommended (Full review here)

the hidden plague


The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa by Tara Grant: While I’m lucky enough to not have HS, I know people who do & wanted more information to help them (+ as I have other autoimmune diseases a lot of the info is relevant to me too). #Recommended

mind over medicine


Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D.: Thought-provoking, full of references to scientific studies. I might not agree with Dr Rankin on everything, but I wish the conventional medical community would take this more seriously. #Recommended (full review here).

land of dreams


Land of Dreams (currently $5.93 for the Kindle edition) by Kate Kerrigan (the final installment in the trilogy, start with: Ellis Island & City of Hope, both currently $6.16 for the Kindle editions): I LOVED Ellis Island & City of Hope was okay, but Land of Dreams was frankly a disappointment. #SkipIt and read her earlier stuff instead (The Miracle of Grace & Recipes for a Perfect Marriage).

the books of rachel


The Books of Rachel (currently $5.22 for the Kindle edition) by Joel Gross: Loved the premise of this book: 500 years of young Jewish women named Rachel, telling the story of the Cuheno family. In reality the book was poorly written & I didn’t care much about any of the characters. #SkipIt


What have you been reading lately?
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  1. My husband started the Ken Follett series and was turned off by the sexual references. It’s so disappointing when highly recommended books end up being such duds!


    • Hi Laura, welcome and thanks for commenting!
      I don’t always mind some sexual references, depending on how it fits into the story, but I would say that Follett does tend to have several gratuitous depictions that just doesn’t add anything.

      Similarly for The Books of Rachel, it has a rather gruesome torture scene, which doesn’t really add anything to the story.


  2. I know people who adore The Virgin Suicides, and I’ve been feeling like I “should” read it. Now I feel entitled to skip it. 🙂

    (Have you read Middlesex? I was only okay on The Marriage Plot, but Middlesex is still on my TBR list.)


    • I haven’t read The Marriage Plot, but have heard great things about Middlesex, still considering picking that one up at some stage.



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