AUGUST WRAP UP
are you hanging in there as the year whizzes by? Because it’s time to wrap up another month.
August was #ARCAUGUST for me. I didn’t really participate in the community stuff as I haven’t had time to, but I did make it my goal to read only my ARC’s and to read A LOT of them.
I think I did okay when I compare this to some of my previous reading months, so let me tell you how my reading month went.
*SORRY THIS IS SO LATE, NO INTERNET MEANT I COULDN’T UPDATE THIS POST*
THE ESSEX SERPENT
This was the one none review book that I read for the month. This was lent to me by my co-worker and it was so interesting to read. I loved the gothic vibes that this had, and how when you compared it to Melmoth, her second novel, you can see that she has a particular style that leaves you questioning what is real.
EVERYWHERE, EVERYTHING, EVERYONE
This was just not for me. It was a childishly written YA that felt far more like a YA with slang and shortened words that make the work feel dated. I couldn’t get past page 100 of this in all honestly.
This made my heart feel full. I’m keeping things spoiler-free but I definitely ran out to get the Booktopia Exclusive edition after finishing this. It was a dark adult urban fantasy that was full of morally grey characters and murder. I really enjoyed it. TW for rape though, please be careful lovelies.
This was a fun, quick, easy to read domestic thriller. It was full of interesting characters that you either loved or hated and an Australian setting that made it feel relatable in a scary way. This was a great palate cleanser as there wasn’t anything super unique about it but it was a nice read. TW for drugging, talks of past self-harm and mental abuse.
NAVIGATING THE STARS
MARIA V. SNYDER
I think the best way to go into a Maria V Snyder book, is with low expectations. Her characters are one-dimensional mary sues & her Love interests are broody guys who fit the typical 2010 scene. I have to admit that having ALL her characters like this (I’ve read three different series starters of hers and they’re all like this) is disappointing. The only saving grace is that she is talented at world-building.
THE GIRL KING
I can’t explain the multitude of things that didn’t make this book for me. But that doesn’t eman it was findamentally bad, I just really couldn’t enjoy it due to the sister hate and a bunch of other little things that really bothered me, but I’ve now forgotten. What can I say, I don’t like to waste my time being angry at books.
This is, quite honestly the best sci fi book I’ve read this year, and it is in my top three sci fi books of all times. I loved the character development that happened throughout this novel and the sci fi elements just felt perfect. I was crying towards the end of this book because I loved it so much.
REAPER AT THE GATES
This was painful to read. I loved the first two books, and like alot of other readers, this one wasn’t for me. It felt like a useless middle book that suffered from second book syndrome, and in all honesty, I wasn’t even slightly invested until the 200 page mark, where it got really good. It was frustrating that I had to wait so ling for it to get good though.
THE LAST WIDOW
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I had never read a Karin Slaughter before, and once I got past the multiple perspectives at the same time thing, I found that I was pretty engrossed in the story. The only reason it’s not getting a higher rating is because the start was too choppy and the ending was unsatisfying.
MY TOP 3 BOOKS WERE…
- SKYWARD – BRANDON SANDERSON
- NINTH HOUSE – LEIGH BARDUGO
- THE EX – NICOLA MORIARTY
ARCAUGUST wise, I read 6 review books and DNF’ed 2 books. I think for me, that was actually really good. It got my Review pile down to four ( A new book arrived and I didn’t get to FRANKLY IN LOVE, LEGENDARY & IN THE AFTERLIGHT ) But overall, I am very happy.
What did you read this month? Did you find a new favorite?
Let me know down below!