Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Wrap-Up

Hi, everybody! It's time to wrap up the reading from August. August was a pretty chill month for me, I didn't really go anywhere or... do anything... so I got  a lot of reading done! (By my standards, anyway.) Despite some slumpiness halfway through, I did finish 9 books this month!
(All the links lead to my review on Goodreads, so if you want more in depth thoughts, check those out!)
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen - I wanted to like this one since it was a gift for my recovery, but I had such problems with the antagonists. They were basically racist, sexist, and infuriating. They weren't even people I loved to hate. I just flat out hated them because of the qualities listed above. I thought the writing was fine and I liked the style! I just didn't enjoy the plot of this particular novel of his, and couldn't connect with the characters, not just the villains.  ★★☆☆☆
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery - I loved Anne of Green Gables by the same author, so my expectations were high for this one. (Plus I bought it with the gorgeous yellow Sourcebook Fire cover! And it did not disappoint. Gah, my love for this book! I loved all the characters. All of them. (Well, almost all.) Even Aunt Elizabeth. As an aspiring young author myself, I could connect with Emily and found a kindred spirit in her. I also just really enjoyed the writing style of this book. And something that happened at the end really took me by surprise and almost made me cry. ★★★★★
Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull - This was a middle grade, and also a book that I bought this month! (I don't buy books often, so I'm always happy when I do.) I just really like the concept of familiars in general (such as the Daemons from The Golden Compass). So I liked that aspect! I really flew through this quick, and I think that younger audiences would really enjoy this one. I certainly did, and I'm not really the target audience. It was a bit young in writing but had lots of diversity with characters and an interesting and engaging plot! ★★★★☆
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - I was very much in a Harry Potter mood this month, so I re-read this one! (Why this one? It's one of the only Harry Potter books we own. We really need to buy a whole set.) It's one of my favorites of the series and I very much enjoyed it this time around as well. Quidditch! Luna! Hogwarts! ★★★★★
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer - I also have a review of this one on my blog, but it's pretty similar to what I said in my Goodreads review. This one was entertaining and a fast read with an interesting idea behind it. It's not often you see time travel in contemporaries, after all. However there was quite a lot of insta-love! I didn't really know what to rate this one since I did enjoy it but had problems with it in certain places. I did end up settling on ★★★☆☆
The Novice by Taran Matharu - So many people dislike this one, and so I went in with the lowest of the low expectations. However I actually quite liked it? Was it an epic masterpiece, no. But it did have Pok√©mon elements and I'm always a sucker for that. Plus it had a great friendship dynamic and was easy to read. I thought it was a very fun and light read and I actually really liked it! ★★★★☆
Homecoming by Kass Morgan - Speaking of disliked by the general population, I read the third book in the 100 trilogy this month! I'm one of the few people in this world who actually find the books quite fun reads? I didn't like the first one, but the second I loved. And this was pretty good too. I thought it wrapped everything up nicely and I can't wait to watch the TV Show! ★★★★☆
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes - My favorite book of the month, people. Hands down. Maybe even of the year so far. This one was so good and I can't believe I waited for so long to read it! I loved how complex everything was underneath the surface, but I never got confused. I have a feeling that the books will just keep getting better and better. All the twists and turns and shocks from this book have stuck with me and it's been more than a week since I finished it. I just can't get it out of my mind! I'll be writing up a blog review of this soon, I hope! ★★★★★
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove - Another middle-grade book, and this one was so beautiful. The design crew of this book should be hired for every book, ever. There were ruffled pages. And the cover of the hardback has this awesome thing where there's a  silhouette on the book itself, and you can see it through the jacket... hard to explain, but so pretty. Plus this book was all about maps, which was awesome. It had one of the most unique worlds I've ever read, and everything I want in a Fantasy Novel. Pirates! Epic Train Escapades worthy of Mission Impossible! Spunky Heroines! Creepy Villains! Maps! It was a great time. ★★★★☆
That's it! That's all the books I read in August and I'm a bit prouder of it than I should be. I had a good reading month as far as quality goes too, so that could be why. I hope you all had a good reading month and have a great reading month this September!
Until next time, happy reading!


  1. You definitely did great reading-wise in August. I was stuck at a temporary Summer job that ate up all my free time so I only finished 1 measly book. I was reading 3 but I only managed to finish 1. Yay for Harry Potter ♥ I enjoyed the Novice too in the same way you did: it's not perfect but it was enjoyable. I adore Anne of Green Gables but I have yet to read Emily of New Moon. I want to though :) Glad to hear you loved it so much! I also still need to read Falling Kingdoms and Spirit Animals. I'm glad that you enjoyed both, I can't wait to check them out :D Happy September! x

    1. It was so great to read Harry Potter and get back in that world again. Emily of New Moon was so great! Emily is more intense of a protagonist than Anne was, but I love them both in different ways. You definitely should read them given the chance! Thank you and thanks for commenting!


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