So yeah...this is late. I just wasn't feeling writing about books this month, which has turned against me now since I can't remember much about anything I read! But July was a pretty good month for reading anyway. I finally finished the Ice and Fire books! And I read a classic that somehow escaped me in childhood. Actually it probably didn't escape me, I just actively avoided anything 'old fashioned' looking as a kid, odd considering how many books I could devour in a week. Also I'm afraid I didn't get a chance to take a new picture so this one is slightly inaccurate... You can check what I'm reading as I go on Goodreads though.
A Dance With Dragons - After The Feast by George RR Martin - I...kind of can't remember much about this book...That's not good...Well I wouldn't want to spoil it for all the 'TV show only' readers anyway so probably just as well ;)
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild - I totally loved this book. A nice little story about being positive and helping your family and doing something worthwhile because, in those days, being an actress or dancer was great but it didn't get you into the history books. I snorted a bit reading that, since that's probably the most likely way to become famous now!
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard - I've still not seen the film. I liked the book though, even if it did feel a bit rushed. Told through the eyes of teenager Henry, it tells the story of how he and his mother sheltered an escaped convict Frank, and how Henry's feelings towards the pair of them change as Adele and Frank start to fall for each other. It was a pretty 'meh' story, but I enjoyed comparing it to the movie trailer in my head.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - A few people had told me how funny this book is and that I must read it but I always steered clear, thinking it would be stuffy and dull. I didn't find it hilarious but I did really enjoy it. Orphan Flora has decided to inflict herself upon a family member to avoid getting a job (probably easier done in the 1930s than now I imagine) and she chooses a rural farm filled with stereotypical relatives to stay with. Her schemes to turn them all into civilised human beings made for an interesting read...
The Palace of Strange Girls by Sallie Day - A nice easy read, following the Singleton family as they holiday by the sea in the 1950s. The stories of the daughters were far more interesting than reading about the parent's problems, although I'm a sucker for books set around this period so I didn't mind much.
The Glass House by Sophie Cooke - Vanessa has been expelled from boarding school and sent back home to live with her secretly abusive mother. This girl was basically the complete opposite to me (rebellious, good at hiding her true feelings and covering up for the 'bad guy') and it just made me frustrated at her the whole way through. Which I guess is a good thing since it draws you into the book. I can't even remember how it ended now but I know I liked it, despite the difference of opinion with the writer.