I don’t think I’ll ever top August 2017 wrap up no matter how much I read in the future! August has been such a good month for reading – really, I’ve done nothing but read and I couldn’t be happier cause I had so many books to catch up on (I still have a long way to go) so when I got busy and couldn’t sit and read – was constantly listening to audiobooks so as not to waste any time! (catch ups. So many catch ups!).
so, I read 17 physical books and listened to 5 audiobooks. I have written reviews on some of them (click on the image for redirect) and will definitely review a few more in the weeks to come because let me tell you….a lot of these books were just simply gush-worthy!
…Now, let us begin! Books are displayed by my ratings on Goodreads.
My 5 Star Reads:
- Strange the Dreamer – Simply magical book with magical characters.
- The Queen of the Tearling – The most delightful surprise of this entire list.
- The final Empire / The Well of Ascension – one of the best epic fantasies and probably the only trilogy where I gave all three books 5 full stars! Review on TFE is up.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – This was one of the audiobooks I’d listened to after hearing raving reviews about the AB and wow! I could not have been more pleased. The narrator Christian Coulson just knocks it out of the park in bringing Monty to life. The review is up.
- Vicious – A book about psychopathic villains…need I really say more?
- I Am the Messenger – This book holds such a special place in my heart. I instantly fell in love with Ed and I found him relatable on so many levels (now that I think about it, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad one).
4.5 Star Reads:
- Midwinterblood – ‘I will live seven times, and I will look for you and love you in each life’. I picked this up on a whim – something I could read in a day and well, let’s just say that I’ve now made it my mission to read all Marcus Sedgwick books. A hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking story of two lovers whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting over 10 centuries ago. But what made me fall for it was the way it was written, where seven different stories eventually tie together in the end.
- Frozen Tides – This was such a big step up for me from book 3 (Gathering Darkness).
4 Star Reads:
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Though a huge step up from the first book and I had so much fun reading it, I couldn’t give it full stars cause I found some of the plotlines to be predictable, therefore wasn’t that shocked with some of the revelations.
- Unravel Me – I am so happy that I made it through the first book because this one was amazing! My favourite out of the whole trilogy. I listened to the audiobooks of all three books despite owning the HB copies cause I simply didn’t feel it really. I started reading Shatter Me and the way it was written just felt draining so I opted for AB.
- The Raven Boys – This was my last AB. I really liked this book cause the characters just felt unique and so unlike the typical YA Fantasy characters. They felt real and relatable and the plot left me wanting more.
- Gathering Darkness – Not as great as books 1, 2 and 4 but not as…confusing? as book 5. The review for this is up.
- The Unseen World – This just made me melancholy through and through. I felt so heavy from beginning to end…ugh this was such a sad but amazing read!
- The Knife of Never Letting Go – Ness balances this super dark themed book that touches on so many underlying social and cultural issues by pairing it with a lovable and hilarious boy as the protagonist.
3.5 Star Reads:
- Ignite Me – This was nowhere near Unravel Me. I had issues with a lot of things. For starters, most of the things that happened here were too far-fetched for 17-16-year-olds which made it unrealistic and unbelievable. Secondly, alright, I LOVE WARREN! let’s make that clear (he was the only reason I continued on with this trilogy) BUT!…ugh! I was so annoyed with the so-called “revelations” concerning him – which was obviously done to push the Juliette/Warren agenda on the readers. I completely appreciate that, however, I wish the author had tried anything else but that! which, for me, felt like a cop out by completely erasing and/or justifying all his deeds.
- First We Were IV – This was good! it started and ended with a bang but I took a few points off cause the middle dragged so much and it was unnecessarily long. But the ending simply crushed me! and when I say that, I mean, it literally left me depressed and right after I finished reading it I went straight to bed!.
3 Star Reads:
- A Darker Shade of Magic – After the greatness that was Vicious I was in such a high spirit to star The Shade of Magic series. It felt flat and though I liked the lead character I just couldn’t get into the story nor any of the characters for that matter. Nevertheless, I will definitely continue on with the series as I’m told it gets better.
- Shatter Me – No book has taken me this long to get into. I only pushed through so that I could read Unravel Me and Ignite Me. And what do you know! it does get better (at least with UM).
- Crystal Storm – *Sigh*… I feel cheated! All I can say is that Morgan Rhodes better come up with GOLD in book 6 to make up for the mess that was…this!.
1/2 Star Reads: (My First 1/2 Star Ratings)
- 2 Stars:
Why We Broke Up – I finished it and I had no idea what I got from it at all! I only felt my wasted day. At the very least I’d expected some kind of heartbreak or sadness but – the narrator was so utterly stupid who kept making one dumb decision after another that it was just too hard to feel any kind of sympathy for her.
- 1 Star:
Final Girls: Full review is posted (just click on the image) because if I start, I’m afraid won’t stop.
So that’s it! I am so happy I got a chance to read all of these (though half of these books were not in my ACTUAL August TBR pile. I went with mood and spontaneity!) and hopefully, September will be just as good!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!