I read 7 books this month too, which is cool, although I expected to read more. Now that school has started, my reading has dropped so much and I really hate that... But here are the books I read in August! Ps : don't expect too many for September, it's probably all going to be Percy Jackson books. Hehe.
1) Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
This book had a very slow beginning in my opinion. The first 200 pages were hard to read for me, and I thought of dropping it multiple times, but I really loved Cinder as a character, so I continued. And I was NOT disappointed. Ok first of all, all those plot twists really made me confused but so excited and the ending is so frustrating because I NEED to know what happens after! I want Scarlet NOW! This book was a 3.5/5, but I will round it up to 4/5, because I really did love the last part of the book.
2) The Picture Of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
I'm so glad I read this book, because I've been needing to get back into reading classics again! This was a great short book, around 200 pages, so it was faster to get through. The summary of this book sounded very interesting, and I was disappointed to know that what I thought would happen didn't happen. Basically nothing happened in the first hundred pages, and the most interesting part was the last 5 pages. It did have a bunch of symbolism, and dealt with topics like superficiality and the importance of art. I loved the idea, with the picture becoming loathsome instead of Dorian himself, although the book was an incredibly slow read. I also hated all of the characters except Basil... It was a good book nevertheless, and kept me thinking. I'm definitely considering rereading this book later in the year, because summer isn't the best season for me to get into classics. For now, I'm giving it a 3/5.
3) Breathe (Sea Breeze #1), by Abbi Glines
This was an interesting read. It was my first N.A. ever I believe and I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like a Y.A., which was a good transitioning book. I liked the characters overall, the writing style and plot not so much, but I was expecting it in a way. Most reviews say that this book is incredibly cheesy, which, to be fair, it was. And it was the type of book where the characters fell in love after a day of knowing each other. However, I loved the fact that sex wasn't taboo in this, and reading it didn't make it feel like such a great deal, like some Y.A. books do. It was also a really quick and entertaining read, that reminded me loosely of the infamous Stephanie Perkins trilogy, since the following books in the series are about characters found in the first book. I gave this book a 4/5 on goodreads, but it was more of a 3.5/5. Full review here.
4) Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson
This one was a hell of a good book. I can't believe I didn't read this earlier. It's the kind of book that you buy and want to read right ahead, despite your overflowing TBR shelf. And that's what I did. I finished the 400+ pages in less than 2 days because of how good it was. The characters were what I loved most about this book. The plot was amazing, the writing also, but the characters were so perfect. #SquadGoals. The friendship they built and the adventures they go on were so fun to read about, and if I could read this book again without knowing what happened, I totally would. The ending was so satisfying as well, and finishing this book left me smiling and happy. No doubt 5/5 for this one. Full review here.
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
This was obviously a reread, and I don't know why but these books get better the more you read them... It must be the magic. Sirius's letter makes me cry every single time, and this is hands down my favourite Harry Potter book. 5/5, duh.
6) Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
This is the kind of book that makes you think after you finished it. It dealt with hard topics, such as suicide, high school shooting (in a way), and a really messed up character. The way this book was written was amazing and unique. There were uses of footnotes in a very liberal and different way, where the story would basically continue in the footnotes. The "Letters From The Future" added a cute and happy moment in this book, where 90% of the plot is very sad. I gave this book a 4/5 on goodreads, because the ending left me unsatisfied and confused, and I definitely wanted more.
7) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
I cannot believe I didn't read the series before. This. Book. Was. Awesome. I learned SO much about Greek mythology, first of all, and it just made me relive all the emotions I lived when reading Harry Potter for the first time. I feel lucky to be able to be with Percy on his adventures for the first time... Beware for my tears when I finish the series and the Heroes Of Olympus series. 1000000000/5.
Well, I read another 7 books this month which is pretty nice. Now that school has started, I won't have time at all but I'll do my best to get these up!
PS : I've been considering making a YouTube channel, because talking about books seems so much more fun than writing about them... Any tips? Thanks!
My first wrap up blog post! This is so exciting!!!
July was a good month when it came to reading. I was in the most horrible reading slump from February to June... That's like 5 months. Because of a book I had to read for school that made me scared of reading, and also because of YouTube and those endless nights of binge-watching my favourite youtubers. However, I picked up Divergent in late June, and restarted watching booktubers...and boom. The booknerd in me was born again. Sooo, here's a list of the books I read this month!
1) Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
I have an entire blog post dedicated to this book and why I won't be finishing the series. I enjoyed Divergent a lot, but Insurgent wasn't for me. I'm a lot more into character-driven books, and Insurgent was action-packed. It was good, I will admit, and I can see why so many people loved it, but to me it was a 3/5.
2) Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
I have a blog post dedicated to this one too, and overall, it was a great read. It was light and fast-paced, although it dealt with a very touchy subject. I liked it as a Y.A. book, but honestly, I didn't find that the topic of anxiety was well handled, and a lot of moments left me "uh?". However, maybe I'm just stupid, because I don't know much about anxiety? This was a 3/5 as well.
3) Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Now this book was GREAT! It was such a fun read and kept me entertained for so long! I loved the characters, especially Levi. Oh my goodness. I loved Cath, and related so much to her, probably because my name is Kath and I'm a massive, massive, fangirl. And I love Harry Potter. And I will be majoring in English. And I'm socially inept. However, there were moments when I was confused, for example when Levi (I think) said something like "that's like saying Harry Potter is gay", when Simon Snow was supposed to be the Harry Potter of the book, wasn't it? Nevertheless, I loved this book, and it was a solid 4/5, or 4.5/5.
4), 5), & 6) Anna, Lola and Isla, by Stephanie Perkins
I can't believe I only read these books this summer! I have a post dedicated to how much I loved this trilogy. It left me so happy and gooey inside and wow. I literally have nothing but good things to say, but if you want to see a more detailed review, check out my review post. Anna and Lola were 5/5 for sure, and Isla was a 3.5/5.
7) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan
WGWG was the first book I read in July, and a great way to start the month. It was a light, fun and entertaining read and kept me going. The double narration was such a great idea, and it also gave me a first impression about Levithan's writing style, which I really liked. I did find that the book was slightly pointless, because although the ending left me satisfied, I didn't see the point of the whole story. It dealt with interesting subjects, like friendship, love and LGBT topics, but in such light ways that I didn't feel blown away. If you're looking for a good summer, fun read, this one is for you. To me, it was a 4/5.
So I read 7 books in July, and I'm happy I got to read 7, but I'm disappointed that I only read Y.A. contemporaries... I will try to read more classics in August, and I'm glad to have gotten some of these super popular books off of my TBR list!
I hope you liked this post, comment if you have any questions, I'd be glad to answer!