July Reading


I've read a lot this month (see my holiday reading post here) but without a doubt my favourite book in a long while is Adele Park's The State We're In

Now, if you're not familiar with Adele's work, I suggest you get acquainted asap because quite frankly, you're missing out. Her books are brilliant. 

She's written 13 books since 2000 and even though I love them all her past couple of her books About Last Night and Whatever It Takes were by far the best. 

Then came her latest, The State We're In which blew everything out of the water. 

Written across two generations, we meet Jo - a hopeless romantic on a quest to settle down, who wants a marriage as strong as her parents. We also meet Dean - a commitment-phobe who has been scarred by his father, a serial adulterer, and had a difficult childhood leaving him with more than a few issues. 

As their paths collide it becomes obvious they have more in common than they realise. And as their pasts catch up with them, will it mean a happy ever after? 

This REALLY is a roller coaster ride of a story. You'll think you've guessed the ending. Then you'll change your mind. But then everything changes again and you're left reeling. 

Even my housemate Rachael, who prefers really gritty crime books, was left weeping at this. 

I know I'm gushing, but it really is a brilliant read and Adele Parks best novel yet. 

If you're about to go on holiday grab or just need something to read on your commute, grab a copy/download it and let me know what you think! 


  1. I really need to get back into reading as you're recommending so many good books and I keep adding them to my 'to read' list! The problem is, I've put myself on a bit of a spending ban where books are concerned! I have a shelf full of 'real' books that I haven't even made a dent in, and then there are the numerous books on my Kindle app on my iPad. I promised myself I'd read at least 2 before the summer is out...best get cracking! x

    Donna | Miss Ruby July

    1. I always tell myself I can't buy anymore books... My bookshelves are about to cave in! xx

  2. So The sleeper just arrived the weekend, going to start it this week, then read this beauty! You have no idea how helpful your reviews are to me. I ususally browse amazon for hours looking for one I think I will enjoy. :-) So thank you huni x

    1. Awww, what a lovely comment - thank you so much. You've made my day!
      I shall keep the reviews coming! x

  3. I love Adele Parks.. I thought I spotted she'd written a new one but instantly forgot about it. Can't wait to read this now!



  4. Thank you for your lovely comment! Now following you too xx