I have no idea where August went, but somehow it is already gone and September is suddenly upon us, which means its time for another wrap up! As I also didn’t get a chance to wrap up my reading and everything for July, I decided to combine the two previous months, especially as for me, they felt much more like one, extremely long month than two.
Overall, I am pretty proud of how much I managed to read during these last two months, especially considering I was away from home for 4 weeks of it, and was really busy even when I was at home. I also read some amazing books, a few of which have become new favourites of mine, and so that definitely makes up for those few that unfortunately didn’t live up to my expectations.
So here are all of the books I read in July & August!
As a newbie to this author, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story about growing up and discovering who you are. Although there were a few problematic things that didn’t sit entirely right with me, almost everything else about this book I thoroughly enjoyed, from the realistic characters to the beautiful writing style and story itself.
(trigger warning: sexual assault, drug abuse, death)
I was really hoping to love this mystery story, but unfortunately it was just not for me. I loved the concept of this novel, but in reality it simply meant watching our characters randomly waste time instead of trying to figure out a mystery whose twist wasn’t that exciting in the first place. On a more positive note, I did enjoy Marisha Pessl’s gorgeous writing, so I am still excited to read more of her work in the future.
(tw: death, suicide, depression)
This epic fantasy was so good! It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was fully engrossed in this futuristic yet medieval world of ruthless queens and deadly assassins. I adored all of the politics and intricacies of this story, so much so that I am already desperate to return to this complex world in The Invasion of the Tearling.
(tw: rape, abuse)
Time travel mixed with music and family rivalry is definitely my sort of read! I really enjoyed watching Etta and Nicholas travel through time, exploring different places and slowly growing closer together throughout this novel, even if I do wish we got to see them do it a little quicker than we did. That said, this book does earn extra points for allowing me to read about characters in Cambodia whilst there myself (I may have got a tad excited when I discovered this…)!
This was the dark circus story of my dreams! This tale of magic and mystery was everything I wanted it to be and more, as I found myself transported back in time through Erin Morgenstern’s beautiful writing. All I want is to wander the Le Cirque des Rêves with Celia, Poppet and Widget by my side.
I read this to prepare for the movie release (we’ll ignore the fact that I never got round to seeing it…), and so surprised myself a little when I actually ended up really enjoying it! This dystopian world felt fresh and genuinely scary, with Ruby and the gang likeable characters whose adventures and attempts to survive I loved reading about.
(tw: sexual assault, PTSD)
I am so sad that I didn’t like this book! I was really looking forward to a fast-paced story filled with romance and mythology, and unfortunately all I got was a rushed story with characters I had no connection with at all. I am a huge fan of Amanda Hocking, but this book just missed the mark for me.
What books have you read over the last two months? Which was your favourite? Have you read any of these – what did you think?