August 2018 Wrap Up

TBR (1)

This month was a little all over the place for me, I was pretty slammed with work so I’m very impressed with how much reading I was able to read despite that. I’m also pretty happy with my progress; I started three series, caught up on one, and made a huge dent in my summer TBR. I had made it a goal to read a lot of my contemporary during the summer and I achieved that.

 

Autoboyography
by Christina Lauren
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh my, what a sweet book. I really liked the balance of seriousness versus the, not fluff, but just sweet. I really liked the way it countered passion with sensibility. Like yes, you two may love each other very strongly but stop to consider what that may bring in the long run, especially with his family. I feel like that line of thought isn’t something that is brought up very often, its always love conquers all and everything else will work out with no thought of how it affects a family.

All Your Perfects
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, I loved seeing this journey of a husband and wife finding their way back to each other and the light Colleen shone on such a difficult topic and how it affected not only Quinn but the way it affected Graham too.

Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

There were a lot of things I really liked about it, it’s such a unique world, the action, and the writing is great. I adore the characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next. However, it felt a bit slow for me, pacing wise, there was just so much set up. It starts up with the narrator telling us about the legend of the girl and then we start off at the beginning of the story and it was just a little slow, not bad, but just know that its there.

Ice Like Fire
by Sarah Raasch
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I finally read this! Yay! I am so proud of myself. I didn’t fully enjoy it, Meera is frustrating to me most of the time, there was a lot of travel, and unnecessary suspense. Also, both of her love interests are trash and I can’t stand either one. I did really like the ending, it was an amazing cliffhanger and I can’t wait to get to the next one.

 

 

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a great coming of age story that deals wonderfully with grief and picking yourself back up when you feel crushed and lost from the death of a loved one.

The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am so glad that I finally read this, there was just something about picking it up this time, that just felt like the right time. I believe the last time I read it, I only read to page 85 or something like that and before that to page 50. I was not a fan of the beginning and how perfect the main character is and I’m still bothered by her because of that. Once I got used to the time period it was a little easier, and Kelsea’s passion and care for her people very quickly won me other. I’ve heard amazing things about book 2 so I am going to be reading that sometime soon.

Dreamland
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I have conflicting thoughts on this, on one hand, the topic of domestic abuse is very important for everyone to read about and to see how it affects everyone, how people get sucked into them, the way it affects mental health, and how people are afraid to leave. The only thing I didn’t like about this was most of the characters didn’t feel real to me, like Rina and her boyfriends didn’t feel like real people. I also wish that this had been a dual POV between Caitlyn and Cassandra. I would have really liked to see something from Cass.

What I Thought Was True
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I was really bored throughout this story. There wasn’t much to keep you hooked and there was a long time setting up rich vs poor setting, which is ridiculous since its such a common and well-known theme.

 

 

What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Again I was a little bored through this, it was also another instance where I enjoyed the side characters more than the main characters. That’s something that’s happened to me every now and then with a Sarah Dessen book.

Wanderlost
by Jen Malone
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I was really looking forward to this, the whole setting was what appealed to me at the get-go, to be a tour guide through Europe. One of the stops was Prague! I was so frustrated by Aubree and how mopey she was about having to be in Europe instead of being in Ohio.

From Twinkle with Love
by Sandhya Menon
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was so fun and fast paced. I just wish there had been more detail about the filming process and also some more of some the side characters. Another thing I was thinking about is that I heard Twinkle is supposed to be a relative of Dimple? Like I swear I heard that somewhere but there was no mention about that. There was a mention of a cousin in California, was that the reference? I would have loved to have seen a connection between the two books even if it was just Twinkle reading about a web development program in California…

Twinkle as the main character was a hit or miss for me throughout the book. Sometimes I felt bad for her from the way she was constantly being treated, yet I hated how she never realized that she was constantly using people and that it was never an issue.

Van Life
by Sarah Leamy
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I loved how this was written. I talk for my pets all the time too so seeing her create (probably accurate) dialogue for her pets was so relatable.  I also enjoyed hearing about her travels and it was inspiring for my own road trip that I’m planning. (Sadly I will not be a van though)

 

Mistborn
by Brandon Sanderson
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow, okay yeah I loved this. Seems a little counter-intuitive because it did take me so long to read it but that was all on me and not the book. I just was not in the mood for fantasy so I didn’t even pick this up most days. When I did read it I was enthralled!

Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I am so heartbroken! This book hurt me deep down and removed some of my heart! I get to join the heartless club now!

This Adventure Ends
by Emma Mills
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was another fast-paced and fun read. I loved the hunt for this painting and all these characters were just precious.

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was so fun! I was a little hesitant to jump into another Austen novel after Persuasion but I loved this. It was so funny and I loved that Catherine had this overactive imagination and tried to make it feel like she was living in a gothic novel because that sounds like me to a T.


my favorite book of the month: Mistborn
my least favorite book of the month: What I Thought Was True

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