Hi! Happy August! The start of this month marks one month of book blogging, which is pretty exciting! I’ve decided to do a little wrap-up post where I recap all the books I’ve read/bought this month and detail my plans for August.
- When the Moon Was Ours // Anna-Marie McLemore // ★★★☆☆ // I had mixed feelings about this one. Read my review here.
- Maus II // Art Spiegelman // ★★★★☆ // Super good graphic novel about the author’s father’s life as a Holocaust survivor.
- Fangirl // Rainbow Rowell // ★★★★☆ and a half // Omg this book! I wasn’t a huge fan of Eleanor and Park, but I am SO glad I decided to read Fangirl. Read my (very short) Goodreads review here.
- The Hidden Oracle // Rick Riordan // ★★★☆☆ and a half // Pretty good, but not as good as the original Percy Jackson books. Read my review here.
- An Ember in the Ashes // Sabaa Tahir // ★★★★☆ // Really good overall, but there were a few things that were kinda annoying. Read my review here.
- I Kill the Mockingbird // Paul Acampora //★★☆☆☆ and a half // The whole concept was kind of stupid.
- Save Me a Seat // Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan // ★★★★☆ // Cute, diverse middle grade story about friendship and overcoming differences.
- 5 to 1 // Holly Bodger // ★★★☆☆ // Interesting premise and format; half is verse and the other half is prose.
- Queens of Geek // Jen Wilde // ★★★★★ // This book is awesome! Deserves all the hype, definitely recommend. Read my very short Goodreads review here.
- Re-gifters // Mike Carey // ★★★☆☆ and a half // Sweet, diverse, graphic novel.
- Kindred Spirits // Rainbow Rowell // ★★★★☆ and a half // Omg this novella is awesome! About a Star Wars nerd (#me) who waits in line for four days to see The Force Awakens!
I feel pretty accomplished for finishing this many books! I am way ahead on my Goodreads challenge (my goal is 72.) I may post reviews of some of these books later this month—if there are any in particular that you’d really like to see, drop me a comment! I will add links to the list above as reviews are posted.
At the last minute, I decided to participate in booktubeathon last week. For those of you who don’t know, booktubeathon is a week-long readathon hosted by booktuber Ariel Bisset where readers all around the world (you don’t have to be a booktuber to do it) attempt to read seven books in seven days. Each year, there is a set of prompts for added fun, along with daily youtube and instagram contests. Here are this year’s prompts:
- Read a book with a person on the cover
- Read a hyped book
- Read a book in one day
- Read a book about a character that’s very different from you
- Read a book completely outdoors
- Read a book you got because of the cover
- Read 7 books
I managed to read all seven books and complete all of the prompts, so I am super proud of myself! It was fun, I was able to check off some of the books on my never-ending tbr, and I now feel super accomplished.
Books #5-11 on my list were all for booktubeathon. (I started An Ember in the Ashes before the challenge started, but I decided to count in anyway.)
Umm…there’s no such thing as too many books, right? Yeah, let’s go with that. Anyway, I got a lot of books this month.
Books I bought that I’ve already read
I bought a couple books that I’ve already read but don’t own and I wanted to have a copy of them.
- Keeper of the Lost Cities book 1-5 // Shannon Messenger // One of my favorite series!
- I’ll Give You the Sun // Jandy Nelson // Another fave!
- Out of My Mind // Sharon Draper
- The Unwanteds // Lisa McMann
- Half a World Away // Cynthia Kadohata // Not pictured because my little sister is borrowing it
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before // Jenny Han
- Bone Gap // Laura Ruby
- This Song Will Save Your Life // Leila Sales
- Friends With Boys // Faith Erin Hicks
- All the Rage // Courtney Summers
- The Distance Between Us // Reyna Grande // My summer reading book for school
- Carry On // Rainbow Rowell // Omg I can’t wait to read this!
- Queens of Geek // Jen Wilde // See ‘books read’
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // Mackenzi Lee // This came in the July Owlcrate box
- Daughter of the Pirate King // Tricia Levenseller // And this came in the sale Owlcrate box I ordered—I believe it was the March box.
- Lunar Chronicles coloring book // Not pictured
I won a giveaway last month! I actually won two giveaways on the same day, which was pretty awesome. 😉 Anyway, one of the giveaways was for book depository, and I got these two books:
- Let the Sky Fall // Shannon Messenger
- When Dimple Met Rishi // Sandhya Menon
I am super excited to read both of these!
Here are all of my book-related blog posts from this July…
(clicking the link in the caption will take you to the post)
I have a lot of books to read in August! Hopefully, I’ll be able to put a dent in my tbr pile and finish most of my library books. Also, I have to read my two summer reading books for school.
- The Distance Between Us // Reyna Grande
- Homegoing // Yaa Gyasi
- I Am Malala // Malala Yousafzai
- Feathers // Jacqueline Woodson
- Keeper of the Lost Cities (reread) // Shannon Messenger
- Shadow and Bone // Leigh Bardugo
- A Court of Thorns and Roses // Sarah J. Maas
- Flying Lessons and Other Stories // Ellen Oh
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // Mackenzi Lee
- When Dimple Met Rishi // Sandhya Menon
- Carry On // Rainbow Rowell
And…that’s it! Do you like this wrap-up format? I think I do! How many books did you read in July? Did you do booktubeathon? Have you read any of the books on my tbr list? Let’s chat in the comments!