August 2019 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up

Another month has come and gone, this year is going by so fast and I’m not ready for what fall and winter will bring on. I’m already exhausted by the thought of all the socializing I’m going to have to do for the holidays. But I have an event planned for almost every month for the rest of the year so thats exciting.

But lets talk about the reading I did for August.

 

 

King of Scars
by Leigh Bardugo
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this and thought it was a perfect start to my month, I know there are some mixed reviews on this and I can see where those are coming from but if anyone has ever read any of my Leigh Bardugo reviews, you know that my favorite character she has written is Zoya. And the fact that she had her own POV and her own story to tell love, she’s my fave and this solidifies it.

Aurora Rising
by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was such a fun sci-fi read. I love the action and the school setting, the characters all felt so real and fleshed out. I think my favorite thing about the book was the chapter dividers of the files about the different divisions, history, alien species. Those dividers filled in so much about the world without being overwhelming or info-dumpy.

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I picked this up thinking that I was simply going to enjoy it or merely like it, but I was wrong, I loved it. I’ve thought about it so much since and I loaned it to my grandma when I finished it because she lived in Alaska though not as off-grid as the characters. Lenny reminded me a lot of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, they had similar narrative styles and a similar naivety. Also, the descriptions Kristin Hannah uses to build the setting of Alaska was magical.

 

 

The Obelisk Gate
by N.K. Jemisin
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this, it was fantastic and well written. I loved that Nassun had her POV so we got to learn what was going on with her and her journey.

The Stone Sky
by N.K. Jemisin
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was an incredible finale, everything came together so nicely and had a really satisfying ended.

Sorry, I’m Late, I didn’t want to come.
by Jessica Pan
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Since I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, I’m very picky about the books that I’m willing to take a chance on, and I’m glad that I did with this book. I related so much to Jessica Pan in her struggles and adventure. I did write a review that has more of my thoughts on it.

 

 

Red White and Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, my heart! I don’t even have words for this. Alex and Henry were fantastic characters and all of the minor characters were fleshed out as well. All of the interactions were just amazing. Alex had so much sass that I couldn’t get enough of, he had me constantly laughing and I would have to stop to read passages aloud to my bf because I knew he would find it funny as well.

The Dazzling Heights
by Katherine McGee
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Last month I read The Thousandth Floor and really enjoyed it, since then I’ve been really looking forward to reading the Dazzling Heights but it was a little bit of a letdown. I was a bit bored with the plot and the characters actions, some of the interactions didn’t feel believable and at one point I kind of stopped caring, there’s a point in the story were the actions and motivations take a 180 out of nowhere and suddenly enemies are friends again and someone is in love with someone else and I just didn’t care for the execution. I do have the Towering Sky on my TBR so I’m going to give it a shot and see if the story gets better, but I read the synopsis and I have to say that I am very confused. It feels like there could be a whole new book that goes in-between book 2 and 3.

Girls on the Verge
by Sharon Biggs Waller
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m always a sucker for some girl power feminist centered novels and you get a lot of that in here. Even though there’s some man-bashing that isn’t appreciated I was able to set that aside and still enjoy it. The journey and struggles are very real things that women have to face and I admire Sharon for being able to write something that is so personal and vulnerable.

 

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a bit of an impulse both as a buy and a read but I was looking for something quick to read to get me in the reading mood and this definitely helped. It took me a moment to get used to the verse writing but it’s such a powerful story and the poetry style really enhances it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
my rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m sad to say that I didn’t really enjoy this, I really struggled to get through this and as a result, I kind of feel myself to be in a bit of a slump right now. I couldn’t really get into the story and so many of the characters didn’t feel real to me if you told me that some of them were imaginary characters that Enzo created I would fully believe you with no questions asked. Sadly this just wasn’t for me and was a disappointing end to the month.


Favorite of the Month: The Great Alone, I’ve thought about this a lot since I’ve finished it.
Least Favorite of the Month: The Art of Racing in the Rain, Just not the book for me.

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