During September I read sixteen books and think I can safely say that I’ve got my reading mojo back! I read some absolutely brilliant books this month and honestly can’t pick a favourite. Here is a list of the books I read (in the order I read them), I’ve not reviewed all of these books but will link to the ones I have.
Sophie Someone by Hayley Long
Fragile and Perfectly Cracked: A Memoir of Loss and Infertility by Sophie Wyndham
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Abroad by Katie Crouch
A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson
Somewhere in Between by Katie Li
Chronic Pain: The Mananagement Plan by Robert Lewin
Never Too Late by Amber Portwood
#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart by Jane St. Anthony
Bulletproof by Maci Bookout
Carefully Everywhere Descending by L. B. Bedford
Bright Stars by Sophie Duffy
Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda
It’s impossible for me to pick a favourite book from this list, I was lucky enough to read so many amazing books. I think honourable mentions have to go to A Parcel for Anna Browne and Christmas at Lilac Cottage because of the wonderful, magical powers these two books have to just make your day so much brighter and sparklier! I also want to mention #PleaseRetweet because it was the first book I’ve read in a really long time that had me full on laughing out loud. And finally I have to recommend Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart because it is such a beautiful, moving look at grief and yet remains uplifting. It’s a MG/YA book but I’d recommend it to everyone, especially people who have lost a loved one.
I’ve recently been binge-watching Teen Mom on Amazon Video while recovering from illness and I couldn’t resist buying this autobiography when it appeared in an Amazon email.
Never Too Late is Amber’s story, in her own words, about what really happened behind the scenes of MTV’s Teen Mom, and gives added insight into what led up to events that were shown on screen. This book covers Amber’s difficult childhood, her battle with addiction and her struggle to overcome severe anxiety and depression.
Amber is very candid throughout this book; she doesn’t shy away from the more distressing things that have happened in her life and she accepts responsibility for the things she did wrong. It would be very hard not to have sympathy for a lot of what Amber has been through, and all credit to her for being so open in this autobiography.
Never Too Late isn’t set out like a traditional autobiography, the style is very chatty and as a result some parts are a bit repetitive, and in other parts events that have happened have just been skimmed over. The timeline of her life is a little difficult to follow in places too, but again I think that’s because of the style of writing. Amber’s story feels authentic though, it is as if Amber is talking to her readers about her life rather than it being a structured account of her life.
I’m sure this book will be enjoyed by anyone who watched MTV’s 16 and Pregnant or Teen Mom, and of course to all fans of Amber Portwood.
I rated this book 6 out of 10.
Never Too Late is out now and available from Amazon