Hey guys! It’s time for another wrap up! I read 10 books this month and 2 graphic novels and I am so happy with how much I’ve read this month!
This month I did things a little bit differently – it was my sister’s birthday this month so I decided to give her all the power and pick out every book I was going to read. At least, it started that way. At the beginning of the month my sister – Anna – picked out 2 books for me to read. When I finished those she picked out another, and another and so on. It was going well and I was reading books I would not have necessarily gotten to for a long time, and I really liked that about this challenge. But by the third week of August I was getting a little fed up. I think I just felt like I wasn’t really reading what I was passionate about or what I was excited about and so I decided to give up and read what I wanted to read.
With that being said, I don’t think this challenge was a failure. It was nice to have someone else take control for a while and, at the same time, not having control really highlighted which books were the ones that I truly wanted to read. I think for a long time I’ve had so many unread books on my shelf it gets a little bit overwhelming when trying to choose what to read next. But having some time away from that power helped me see more clearly which books were important to me.
However, I liked reading books that have been on my shelf and TBR for a long time, so from this month onwards I am going to be doing the Down the TBR Hole challenge and picking one book that I have chosen to keep to read every month. It’s not huge, but for me I feel like this will be a great way to slowly tick off some books that have been sitting there for a long, long time.
What’s also unusual for this month is that I only read paperbacks. Some of you may think it’s not that notable, but I found it interesting. But that’s enough of my ramblings! Let’s get into the books!
As always I will be listing the books in the order that I finished them and the cover will link you to their goodreads profile if you want to find out more information about each of these books.
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone was already, in some ways, the first cheat of the month for me. I started reading this right at the end of July so technically doesn’t count as me cheating, but my sister didn’t choose it, so you decide.
I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading the Grisha Trilogy. When these new, gorgeous covers were released I picked them all up at the same time and I couldn’t wait to start reading this book.
I really enjoyed this book and it definitely did not disappoint. I love the world, I love the magic, I love the characters. I am so interested to see where the next book goes and this was a big hit with me.
I gave this book 4 stars.
2. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Okay, so into the books my sister did pick for me. I was so glad that this was one of the books she chose. As you may know this is a recent release and I had been dying to read it and it was perfect for August . I read a lot of this at the beach which was even more perfect and it was an amazing summer, contemporary read.
I haven’t read any Morgan Matson before so I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this but I really did. I loved how cooky and crazy the story was, even if, by the end, it got a little bit stupid. I was rolling my eyes in that endearing way and the whole story just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, which was exactly what I needed.
I gave this book 4 stars.
3. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
So maybe I lied, I also kind of cheated with this one. I started reading this in August and no, my sister didn’t pick it for me, but I always have an audiobook on the go and I didn’t have anything else downloaded so it’s not like she had anything to choose from.
I listened to this mainly in one sitting when I was stuck in traffic on a journey that ended up taking me 9 hours when it should have taken me 5. But I had Apollo keeping me company, so that was okay.
I enjoyed this a lot more than the second book in this series, but I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I usually enjoy a Rick Riordan book. I did love the end with all the puzzles and riddles – that’s right up my alley – but once again I just couldn’t connect with these characters that much.I gave this book 3.5 stars.
4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Now this is one I am glad my sister picked. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a book series that has been on my radar for a little while and I’d heard a lot of mixed opinions about it. I wasn’t sure how eager I was to read it but I did enjoy this read.
It wasn’t my favourite book in the world, and honestly, I really can’t stand Noah. I don’t really like Mara that much either. For this book, that was fine, but if I continue the series I can see that becoming a bit of an issue for me.
What I also did not like about this book is that it was pitched as a paranormal, ghost story, but there was such a huge chunk in the middle that was basically a romantic contemporary novel that I really did not care about.
With that being said, I ended up giving this book 3 stars.
5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
If you have been living under a brick for the last month you may not have heard about a little thing called the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie. That happened this month. And boy, was it amazing. I’ve already watched it countless times as I’m sure most of you have too.
I was excited for the release – as was my sister – she picked P.S. I Still Love You as the next book I read this month, just before the film came out on Netflix. I did enjoy this – it was cute and fluffy, I love Lara Jean and Kitty and Margot and their dad – but it did not live up to the first book. Peter really annoyed me in this book, and I wasn’t too fond of John Ambrose, so there was nothing that had me truly hooked. I am looking forward to reading the third book though.
I gave this book 3 stars.
6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
When my sister picked this book for me it was like I let out a sigh of relief. I had been so anxious about reading this book. I wanted to read it so badly, but with any book that is hyped up comes the worry that I’m not going to enjoy it. So when my sister picked it, it was as though the universe was telling me that this was it, this was the time fore me to read it. And I loved it.
I have written a full, I think spoiler-free, review that you can read here if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts.
I gave this book 5 stars.
7. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
This was the final book my sister picked for me this month, and the book that truly made me realise that I wasn’t reading what I really wanted.
I was really interested in this book, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. A lot of the writing felt clunky and the description was overdone. I also didn’t care about any of the characters, whatsoever, and the plot, for me, was kind of predictable.
However, this book wasn’t terrible and I would recommend picking it up if you like something a bit spooky and a bit mysterious.
I gave this book 3 stars.
8. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I don’t know what made me so desperate to read this book, but halfway through August I was just itching to get my hands on it. This was when I gave up on having my sister pick my TBR for me, but I am really glad I did.
I thought this book was fine. You all know I’m not the biggest Cassandra Clare fan, so I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary and, while it was certainly better than City of Fallen Angels, I still felt a little let down by this book. I just didn’t care about any of the story lines and, besides the infernal cup, everything was so predictable to me.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
9. Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Another impulse read for me here. I read the first volume of Saga over a year ago, but one afternoon in August I just suddenly decided I wanted to read the next one.
I really love this graphic novel series and I enjoyed where the story took this volume. The artwork is always so stunning and I really do love the fantastical elements of this science fiction story.
I wish I knew more about graphic novels to give it a fair rating. I know it’s good, I just don’t feel like I have enough information about this format to rate it myself just yet.
Enjoyment – 4.5 stars.
10. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
While City of Lost Souls was nowhere near my favourite book, it obviously made some kind of impact because I picked up this book almost immediately after finishing it.
Most of my way through this book I was enjoying it. City of Heavenly Fire was going to be a solid second place for me in this series after City of Glass. And then the ending happened.
Oh the end. It broke. If you know, you know. I actually cried. ME! I never cry. At anything. Ever.
What’s more baffling is that this book actually made me like Jace. Miracles do happen, and this is now my favourite book in this series. If you’re like me and struggling through books 4 and 5, stick at it. It will be worth it.
I gave this book 4 stars.
11. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Again, Volume 2 must have left a huge impact on me to make me want to read this so soon. It’s such a shame I don’t have a lot of money because if I did I would have bought the entire series by now and just sat down and read them all in one day.
Not only is this cover my favourite of all the volumes, this is definitely my favourite volume that I’ve read so far.
I loved all the scenes on Quietus and I really love Gwendolyn and I can’t wait to see more of her.
12. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This was, by far, one of my most anticipated releases of the entire year. For those of you who are new here, Victoria (or V.E.) Scwab is probably my favourite author, and for her to have 2 books coming out within a few weeks of each other is just insane for a fangirl like me.
I adored this middle grade story about a girl who can see ghosts. I loved Jacob and Cass and their friendship. I loved the world building and the mythology.
I’m hoping to have a full, spoiler free, review up soon, so stay tuned to hear more of my thoughts about this incredibly spooky read.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Some non-book related updates
- I met up with my friends from University for the first time since we all left and it was so nice to see them
- I went to Brighton Pride with my Uni friends
- I swam in the sea!
- Love, Simon came out on DVD in the UK – finally – and I’ve watched it countless times
- My sister and I reinstated our weekly cinema trips and we’ve seen movies like Ant Man and the Wasp, The Spy Who Dumped Me, and The Darkest Minds
- My Nan moved into a care home
- I’ve applied to dozens and dozens of jobs and yet I still have not had one interview
- I ran my first ever bookish giveaway
- I hit 1k followers on Instagram and reached 1k views on my blog
So that was everything I did/read in August. I’ve had a really good, yet somewhat uneventful month, but I am now just looking forward to autumn!
What was your favourite book this month? How many books did you read? Did you do anything exciting this month?
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