August Wrap Up

August is officially over, and with it ends what is most definitely my best month of reading so far.  I read five whole books this month, and am halfway through three more.  That’s pretty good going for me.

It also means that I am finally on track with my Goodreads challenge.  This could just be the year I finally read 50 books.  Can you tell how excited I am about this?!

However, as much as I did manage to read quite a few books this month, there weren’t too many that I felt very strongly about or that I really enjoyed.  A lot of the books I read were just kind of average reads for me I enjoyed but didn’t really feel a whole lot more for.

That said, I’m still pretty pleased with my reading this month, and so here are all of the books that I got round to during it!

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I started out this month in possibly the best way by reading a book that has instantly become a new favourite of mine.  I honestly am not 100% sure what made me pick this book up, but one thing that I know is that I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did.

I loved pretty much every single thing about this book.

From the amazing characters who I couldn’t help but root for, to the spectacular plot that just hooked me throughout this story.  There were so many different aspect to this book, and somehow all of them managed to work together and intertwine to create a story so rich and so complex that you can’t help but just wonder at how well it was all executed and written.

 Everything about this fantasy was just done so well.

I honestly could not have asked for more from this book and am so happy that I choose to pick it up.  Now I just have to wait till next year for the sequel!

Rating: 5/5

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I then decided to pick up a book that I have been talking about needing to read for months now, and am pretty sure I was only really motivated to finally read it because I realized just how often I was mentioning that I needed to read this one.  This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, and so follows Elias, Laia and Helene after the events of the first book.  I personally loved the first book in this series, and so, I have to admit that I did go into this one with pretty high expectations again, but even with that in mind, I definitely did not love this book as I thought I would.

I enjoyed it, and I would say I liked it for the most part, but that’s about it.  For me, this one unfortunately just fell flat.

Compared to the first book, this one just failed to draw me in at all.  At no point doing reading this one did I feel invested in the story, or in most of the characters, and was honestly tempted to put it down a fair few times whilst reading it.  I also felt this one lacked alot of the unpredictability and some of the amazing plot twits that I had adored from the first one.

That said, there were still some aspects of this book that I did really enjoy.  I enjoyed how Elias was still someone who I rooted for and who I liked as a character.  And yes, while there weren’t as many epic plot twists in this second book, there were still some that took me completely by surprise, and I did enjoy where the plot went in this one.

But all in all, if Helene Aquilla was not a part of this book, then I have serious doubts about whether I would have reached the end of this one.

Rating: 3/5

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After feeling myself begin to slip back into a reading slump after A Torch Against the Night, I knew that I had to pick up a quick, easy read that I was really excited about.

This one follows Lisa, who as her part of her application to the second best psychology programme in the country meets Solomon, who hasn’t left his in three years, as she attempts to help him finally leave the house and treat his agoraphobia.

I was a little worried going into this one because of the topic it is dealing with, but in the end I did enjoy this one.  I loved Solomon as a character, and really enjoyed reading from his perspective, and generally thought his anxiety was portrayed well.  I thought the overall plot and story itself was good, and adored some of the friendships that formed during this book.

However, by the end of this books I did not like the character of Lisa at all, and was not a huge fan of either of how the story kind of moved away from the central plot for a little bit.

This is also an extremely fast paced book, and one that I actually found moved a little too fast for this story.  I personally would have preferred a slightly longer book with a little more detail within it, but overall I thought this book was just a good, easy read.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Next up I decided to finally pick up a book that I knew would be a perfect summer read, and one that I actually picked up specifically for that reason.

In this book, we see Lina travel to Italy to fulfill her mother’s dying wish for her to get to know her father, only to arrive to receive a diary of her mothers that may reveal more than Lina ever expected it to.

I enjoyed this book, with its all its cuteness and summery-ness.  I liked how there were several different aspects to the story and how it worked on almost a dual timeline with the use of her mother’s diary.  I really enjoyed how easy this book was to get to into and how quickly it drew you into the story, and I loved the setting of Tuscany.

But, overall, there was nothing about this book that made it much different to alot of other contemporaries out there.  I enjoyed it whilst I was reading it, but this is definitely not a story that will stay with me for a long time.

Rating: 3.5/5

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After Love and Gelato, I decided to continue making my way through some of my summery contemporaries with this one that I have been wanting to read since it first came out last year.  Since I somehow didn’t get round to reading this one last year, I was determined to read it this summer, and thankfully that I did, for I ended up really enjoying this one.

 This one follows Andie as a political scandal leaves her summer completely open as her plans fall away and leave her forced to embrace the unexpected.

Again Morgan Matson somehow managed to create the perfect summer read that you just couldn’t put down.  I loved the characters in this and how they all seemed to grow and develop as the story went on.

And, as always, I adored the romance.  I would be perfectly happy if this book was just 500 pages of these two being happy together.

Rating: 4.25/5

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What books did you read this month?  Which was your favourite?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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