I was hoping to increase my reading this year and was planning on reading loads of books through the summer. But things haven’t gone to plan. July and August have been stressful months for me with a few family problems and money worries. So not done any reading really. In fact, I am still reading the same book I started 2 months ago.

But it’s been a while since I last shared what I have been reading, so even this is my August post, these books were read a few months ago.


My August Reads - Book reviews


Shine by Andy Cope & Gavin Oates

This is a different kind of self-help book. It explores all the rubbish things that life can throw at you and helps you laugh at them in the face.

The book is filled with comedy but also backed up by facts. There are mentions of petrol pump fever and toilet roll fever and fake stress to irritable bastard syndrome. The last one, I know plenty of people with this! And I have definitely got the toilet roll fever. It drives me mad!!

shine book review by Andy Cope & Gavin Oates

Wonder By R. J. Palacio

This is a story about August Pullman also know as Auggie. Auggie is a 10 year old boy that was born with a facial deformity¬† and is just about to start school for the first time. I really loved this book and how it is told from different perspectives. Some chapters are told by Auggie, others are his sister Via, her boyfriend Justin and Auggie’s friends Jack, Summer and Miranda.

The book is about not only how Auggie has to cope with starting a new school with a severe facial deformity and all the stares and questions, but also how others see Auggie and how his presence affects them.

I really loved this book and my 8 year old daughter also read it and loved it too. It’s a real feel good book, that helps lift your spirits when you are down. 5/5 stars – unforgettable.

wonder by R.J. Palacio


Daddy Day Care by Jonathan Tindale

Daddy Day Care is a book for new dads and curious mums. This is a book written by a stay at home dad and all the fun and stresses he faces with a some comedy thrown in. It’s not a normal ‘How to look after your baby book’ more of a everyday life as dad with a baby. What to do when your the only man at the playgroup, or where to look when all the mums are breastfeeding.

This is a great book for new dads, told by a dad himself.


Daddy Day Care by Jonathan Tindale


Be a Llama & Be a Mermaid by Sarah Ford

These are fun picture books for adults. Filled with cute pictures of a llama showing you how to be a llama and a mermaid showing you how to be a mermaid. These are great little novelty books and would make a lovely gift for someone.

Be a Llama & Be a Mermaid by Sarah Ford


Hoakes Island by Helen Friel & Ian Friel

This is a brilliant kids books. You have to follow clues and solve mystery to save Hoakes Island. The book comes with a magnifying glass to find hidden objects and a map. But this is no ordinary mystery book. The pages are not read in order and to find out which page you need to read next you have to complete a puzzle.

This is a brilliant book to read and do with mum and dad, or even with the whole family. I used to read some similar books like this when I was little and I use to complete them with my dad. This is a tradition that I would love to carry on with my kids, but I have never seen any similar book until now!

Hoakes Island by Helen Friel and Ian Friel Book Review


That’s it for now. Hopefully I will have got through a bit more of my ‘to read’ pile next time I write one of these posts.

Let me know in the comments which of these books take your fancy?


I received some of these books in return for a review. All opinions are mine

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10 comments on “Our August Reads – Book Reviews”

  1. I still need to read Wonder, it’s the first time I’ve watched the film first. The Llama and Mermaid books look so cute!! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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