Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Wrap-Up

Oh, dear, I certainly haven't been keeping up on my Wrap-ups have I? First, I forget a June Wrap Up, and a July Wrap up, then I forget a Bout of Books Wrap up (Or rather, I don't know what to say in a Bout of Books Wrap up! That and being lazy of course.) But here we are, responsible me with an August Wrap up. I may have one more post later today, the Beautiful People Meme, or I may have a Summer Wrap Up to make up for the months of missed Wrap ups.

All ratings out of 5 stars as usual, and if I did a review for the book already, I shall link it with the mini-review. All mini-reviews are spoiler free.

This month I read 7 books.

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Finished on August 10th I picked this book up because of the hype and excitement around it. Besides, High Fantasy is my favorite genre and I really wanted a new series to read my genre from. It was good, I'm not sure if it was spectacular like I had expected, but it might also have been how long it took me to read it. My full review is here. However, sometimes it takes a while for me to warm up to a series.
    Take the Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima for example. If you look at my May Wrap Up I wasn't a huge fan, but now that series is among my top 3 favorites.
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin SloaneRating: 4 Stars
    Finished on August 12thThis is another book I'd been hearing quite a lot about. And I ended up really enjoying it, I did. It was a fun fast paced read with enough mystery and geekiness to whip through and still enjoy. I read it while camping which was the perfect time to read it, in my opinion.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest ClineRating: 5 Stars
    Finished on August 17thI forgot to mark this one/review this one on Goodreads because I'm a stinky fish-head. But yeah, I remember just reading and reading this one because I could not put it down. I loved the action in it. Ernest Cline did a great job with plot and writing style. There were a few points that I felt didn't need to be included in the story, but overall I'd still say 5 stars.
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Rating: 5 stars
    Finished on August 19thI read this one for the Bout of Books Read A Thon, so if you were following my updates you probably heard quite a bit about it. This book gave me all the feels, to say the least. It was an extremely powerful book that I personally believe deserves more attention. I loved it and if you like the sort of "darker" contemporary reads, this is a hearty recommendation from me.  
  • Six Months Later by Natalie D. RichardsRating: 3.5 Stars
    Finished on August 20thI've heard next to nothing about this book, but I read the first couple pages as well as the back of the book and decided to give it a try. It was a perfect Read a thon read, very quick and suspenseful. I finished it in one day and it was enjoyable enough, obviously I liked it if I read it in one day! ha ha.
  • Leviathan by Scott WesterfeldRating: 4 Stars
    Finished on August 23rdSo I'd heard good things about Scott Westerfeld and saw this full trilogy at the library, so how could I pass it up? This book had such wonderful picture accompinements to it, ones that fit the book perfectly. It was an alternate World War I, with clankers-- machines, and darwinists-- who used fabricated beasts. It was very good.
  • Behemoth by Scott WesterfeldRating: 4 Stars
    Finished on August 27thThis was the second book in the trilogy, and it was every bit as good as the first. Some questions were answered, but other questions popped up. It was a very good mid-point for the series.

    Currently Reading:
  • Goliath by Scott Westerfeld 405/543 pages read thus farAs you can certainly guess, this is indeed the third book of the trilogy. The final book is really good so far, it might be my favorite of the three based on what I've read. I'm going to read more of it today!


  1. I really have to read Throne of Glass. You're the fifth or sixth person to rate it pretty high. Plus, I'm always into fantasy! ;)

    1. Yes, you do! It took a bit for me to get into, but then... I was hooked! Fantasy is awesome :D


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