Today is the last day of September and winter is right around the corner here in England. With another month behind me, I have another handful of books to review as part of my 2017 Reading Challenge. I’ve now only got 3 months left to finish 17 books. Keep tuning in to see how it’s going!

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

“I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomanics, chauvists, emotional fuckwits or freeloaders, perverts.”

That sees No. 18 completed on the reading challenge: A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile.

I’ve read the first Bridget Jones novel before (way back in college to be exact), which makes it 10 years since I last read it. And I have to say: it’s still just as witty and funny as ever.

For those of you who’ve seen the movie (or read the book), you’ll know just how silly Bridget can be, and what kind of predicaments she finds herself in – we’ve all been there! For me, the book is better than the movie. Plus it’s an easy read as it’s written in diary form, so you’ll whizz through your copy! Bridget Jones’s Diary: I give you 4 stars!

2. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

“She’s a jellyfisher: You have a conversation with her that seems all nice and friendly, then you suddenly feel like you’ve been stung and you don’t know where it came from.”

That completes No. 26: A book by an author from your home country.

When it comes to book series, I’m a little OCD and prefer to read one straight after the other (where possible). So as soon as I’d finished book 1, book 2 wasn’t far behind it.

The second novel in the series isn’t as good as the first, but still makes for an enjoyable read. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, I give 3.5 stars!

3. Choosing the Perfect Puppy by Pippa Mattinson

“Most of us accept that owning a dog will change our lives, but many of us are not aware of just how different things will be once a puppy arrives.”

A great excuse to tick off No. 10 from the list: A book with a dog on the cover.

Yeah, that’s right: my other half and I have decided to welcome a new addition to the family. We have yet to decide which puppy we’d like to go with, but we have narrowed it down to a handful of breeds, which include:

  • Rough Collie
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Border Collie
  • (… plus a few more)

Does this mean we will stop travelling forever? No. But it does mean we will be taking a slightly slower pace in order to give our new puppy the start in life it needs.

But fear not! I still have loads of awesome advice and travel inspiration to come your way, plus we still have Iceland and New York City early next year to look forward to. We plan on welcoming a new puppy in the Spring months. Everyone say aww…!

Anyway, Pippa Mattinson is a brilliant blogger over at The Happy Puppy Site and has written a series of puppy books. Choosing the Perfect Puppy has been super informative in helping us to narrow down our search. We’ve subsequently bought The Happy Puppy Handbook too so that we can ensure we’re going to be awesome parents to our little bundle of furry joy! Choosing the Perfect Puppy, I give you 4.5 stars!

4. Lady Susan by Jane Austen

“Facts are such horrid things!”

That completes No.3 from my reading challenge: A book of letters.

This book has been on my shelf for such a long time and I have now finally ticked it off my reading list. As one of the lesser known Austen novels, it’s not widely discussed or talked about, and this could be partly down to it not being the best of her novels.

But I love a good epistolary novel, which meant this one ticked most of my boxes. One thing to note: don’t expect to like the main character Lady Susan. She’s rude, fickle and selfish… yeah, I went there! Lady Susan, I give you 3 stars!

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”

And that’s No. 11 completed: A book by an author who uses a pseudonym.

So, first things first. Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. She’s written a series of books under this guise, which focus on a Private Detective named Cormoran Strike. Throughout the trilogy, he solves various complicated criminal cases. You may have seen the TV show Strike on BBC1, which echoes the books.

I’ve had these novels on my bookshelf for several years, but have never gotten around to reading them… until now! I think it was the 500+ pages that was putting me off a little bit as it takes dedication and time to devote to that kind of reading.

But since the TV show came out, I was reminded to give them a go. And boy, am I glad I did? I don’t usually read crime novels, but this one was great. I’m definitely going to give the others a go soon.

I believe this is J.K. Rowling’s first foray into the world of crime fiction, which explains why parts of the book jumped a little or weren’t explained as well as they could have been. But all in all, this was one hell of a page turner! The Cuckoo’s Calling, I give you 4.5 stars!

Well, that’s some more books ticked off my reading list. Keep tuning in to see how my reading challenge is going!

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Text Sources:

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996)
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (1999)
Pippa Mattinson, Choosing the Perfect Puppy (2017)
Jane Austen, Lady Susan (1871)
Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013)

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