July Reads 2015

I’m a bit late with my reading round up this month as I’ve been away for just over a week enjoying myself in the Lake District at my boyfriends parents place.  I’ve loved it, but I am back on now so time to fill you in on what I’ve been reading in July.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap…‘Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms – as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.’It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

I was sent this for review as part of the Waterstone’s Blogger Bookclub.  It took me out of my comfort zone but was a great read but a bit longer than I felt it needed to be.  See my full review here.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

This was a gift from my Japanese loving friend Leann who has her own blog that followers her love of Manga, Anime and more.  Last year she got me the Sailor Moon DVD box set and this year for my birthday she got me the first manga!  it’s girly, silly manga at it’s best and it’s a really light, fun read but I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with how the action was portrayed.  I thought if I hadn’t seen the anime I might not have completely been able to follow what was happening.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

eves are designed, not made.The School trains them to be prettyThe School trains them to be good.The School trains them to Always be Willing.All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world.companion . . . concubine . . . or chastityOnly the best will be chosen.And only the Men decide.

The last book I finished this month was the Sassy Books read of the month, Only Ever Yours.  It was dark and it really affected me, it’s an emotional read and I definitely recommend it.  Check out my full review here.
What is on your reading list this month?  Don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads so we can share our thoughts amd I also have a #karissreads2015 hashtag over on Instagram.

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