aka The month I shocked myself.
I attempted 24 books, of those I completed 19, DNF‘d 2, put one on hold and am currently working my way through 2. I also took part in quite a few month-long readathons (too many to mention) but I thought I’d show you the Harry Potter one.
Harry Potter Bookish Blocks
(If I hadn’t started and stopped so many books, I definitely could have gotten through more of these blocks for sure.)
Pardon me while I gush…
Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The queen of cute has struck again. I must read all things Albertalli. Write more of them…now! My goodreads review says everything that I felt while reading this book. Read it if you want…
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I gave my thoughts on this book, and this man, here and here.
Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity # 2 by Victoria Schwab
Beautiful ending, but of course, I can never have enough of this world and crave more! I don’t want to say much more than, August hurt me in this one but he still needs to be protected at all costs. Do not expect warm and fuzzies from this one. The Monsters of Verity are a real mirror of life, there isn’t always happily ever afters in store and not everything goes according to plan.
The Raven Boys: The Raven Cycle # 1 by Maggie Stiefvater
Gaaah! I drank the Kool-Aid guys. And I’m okay with that. I’ve been a hardcore fan of Maggie’s after reading Shiver but I held off on reading this one because of all the hype. I’m really glad that I caved and read it after all. Gansey…oh Gansey. Marry me? It isn’t a book that you immediately fall in love with, but the love creeps up on you and then BAM! Gansey and the Raven Boys are in your heart forever.
Drink the Kool-Aid with me. Sip, sip.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A much more satisfying ending than Eleanor and Park, by far. I really didn’t want this one to end, I enjoyed it a lot and I want to read Wren and Cath’s fanfiction (Carry On) now. Simon and Baz are my new OTP.
Insomnia by Stephen King
Weird, but good and bittersweet. If you don’t mind being confused throughout an entire novel, feeling as though you are sleep walking even as you read, then pick this up.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My first Neil experience which did not disappoint. It was bittersweet to let this one go. Who do I send a petition to to get a spin-off of The Man Jack and The Jack of All Trades? Who????
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden (ARC)
True to the spirit of the original in a way that makes you want more of Anne, in what ever form you can have her. Our little redhaired wild child.
The Wee Free Men: Tiffany Aching # 1 by Terry Pratchet (ARC)
The Wrinkle in Time I was looking for. Tiffany is a strong willed little girl, and no one can touch her, a true carbon copy of her grandmother. I want to see how her adventure turns out for sure. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong female lead and an age appropriate adventure (meaning safe for younger readers).
1984 by George Orwell
Freakishly possible. Like, we ALL know that Big Brother is watching, but the level of control over people’s lives in this book is scary. If that were ever to become a reality, I don’t know how many of us would survive the initial stages. I think this is a must read for everyone.
These Broken Stars & This Shattered World: Starbound # 1 & 2 by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
A slightly less action packed Illuminae, but captivating in its own right. There’s romance, angsty and hate-to-love romance, but it counts. It’s a fun read if you don’t take it too seriously, and I need to see justice served to our resident bad guy. So, onto book three, I say!
The Little Red Wolf (Graphic Novel) by Amélie Fléchais (ARC)
Little Red Riding Hood but with our famous Red being a wolf and our antagonist being human. If this wasn’t a perfect example of human’s interaction with nature, then I don’t know what is. Perfect for readers of any age with very captivating art..
Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy # 1 by Leigh Bardugo
She is queen! I am as hooked by this one as I was with Six of Crows. Read this EVERYONE! It is the return (introduction) to the Grisha world, so if you’re missing it then this is the best place to bury your pain. The Darkling is my new bae. Love, love, love!
The Journal of Curious Letters: The 13th Reality # 1 by James Dashner (ARC)
This is a good one for fans of the Daniel X series by James Patterson. A quick paced story about an extremely young boy fighting baddies, the future of the world hanging in the balance. Heartbreakingly, there was some math in this one and idk if I’ll ever be the same again. This chick does NOT voluntarily read things with math in them! 😥😥😥
Night of Cake and Puppets: Daughter of Smoke & Bone # 2.5 by Laini Taylor
‘This must be what feelings are.’
Reading this reminded me of my love for all things Zuzana. She is a badass, fiercely loyal friend, but she is also secretly a softie on the inside. Can there be a spin-off of just Zuze, please? Laini? Please?
The Magicians: The Magicians # 1 by Lev Grossman
So, when I first heard of this book, it was because of the TV show on SyFy (which I enjoy), and then I heard the words ‘adult Harry Potter’ and I WAS SOLD! Except, this was a bit slower than I bargained for. Please let me know if this series is worth continuing, because there was a whole lot of nothing happening for a chunk of this one and it kinda bored me at points.
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (ARC)
The Secrets on Chicory Lane by Raymond Benson (ARC)
This one surprised me at the halfway point. Before that I was convinced that I would either DNF or give it, at best, 2 stars. But, somehow it hooked me. I was curious about what actually happened all those years ago, and there was a satisfying amount of closure for both the reader and Shelby. Be warned that there may be some triggering elements in here. (I listed them on my Goodreads review.)
What have you read this August?