Wow, it feels like forever since I last did a wrap-up (in April I think?). I don’t know why I took a break from posting these, because I always have so much fun doing these posts. Though to be honest, I’m thinking I did it because I read hardly any books those past few months.
Thankfully, I read 12 1/2 books last month! If it weren’t for Booktube-A-Thon, I probably would have read like half of that, so I’m really glad I decided to participate. I’m also finally all caught up on my Goodreads goal of 70 books (previous 85)m which is such a relief. Though I’m sad I know I won’t be able to read 85 books, in the end I’m glad I lowered my goal.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – This book was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a lot more from it, but it just didn’t deliver. This book was slow and dragged on a bit at times as well. A solid 3/5 stars
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I really enjoyed this book! I’ve never read a book from the point of view of a Muslim character either and the representation was great. In the end, I felt like everything wrapped up a bit too quickly and the writing wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t really have a problem with it. 4.5/5 stars
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Everyone seems to be loving this book, but I will admit, I only somewhat enjoyed it. It wasn’t as funny as I was expecting and I kind of got bored? Nevertheless I loved the travel aspect and the little mystery and adventure mixed in. 3.75/5 stars
The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport – This was a quick read about the last family of the Romanovs. I love history, but recently I’ve become really interested in the story of the fall of the Romanovs, which is why I decided to pick this book up. 4/5 stars
Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie – I wasn’t expecting to love this book, especially since I have a hard time with anthologies. I liked some stories, others not so much, and some were just kind of meh. Overall, it was still a fun book to read. 3/5 stars
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Booktube-A-Thon: Read a Book with a Character Very Different from You) – Wow! The Hate U Give is easily one of my new favorite books of all time. I listened to the audiobook, which I think makes this book just that much better as well. Seriously, if you have not yet read this, you definitely need to. It’s so so so important and just overall an amazing story. 5/5 stars
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (Read a Book with a Person on the Cover) – This book was quick and enjoyable. The main character kind of annoyed me at times, but other than that, I really liked this book! It also features a romantic asexual main character and shows her trying to figure out her sexuality. 4/5 stars
The Waking Land by Callie Bates – I wrote a full review on this book here, but let’s just say that this book was not good at all. I ended up DNFing it over halfway (when I DNF after halfway, I usually count it towards my reading goal) because I was so fed up with this story and the characters. 1/5 stars
Frostblood by Elly Blake (Read a Book Completely Outdoors) – I ended up just skimming this book after awhile so I could finish it for Booktube-A-Thon. you all know Red Queen, right? Well this book was like Red Queen, but even worse. 2.5 stars
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Read a Sequel) – Yet another disappointment. This book was a huge step down from This Savage Song for me. I almost DNF’d it because I was so bored and kind of confused, but at the same time I still enjoyed the writing and the characters. 3/5 stars
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Read Seven Books) – I started listening to the audiobook of this one because someone recommended it to me and I guess it was alright. It really drags on and not much happens until the end though. Towards the end, I just kind of started zoning off while listening. 3/5 stars
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Read a Hyped Book) – Honestly, I was expecting this book to just be kind of okay, but I ended up really enjoying it! The beginning was a bit boring, but other than that, I loved this one. 4/5 stars
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Read a Book in One Day) – I wanted to find a short book for this challenge so I bought this one at Target, but looking at it now, I don’t think this book was really any shorter than the book I originally chose for this challenge. I really enjoyed it, but it didn’t live up to all the hype. 4/5 stars
Okay, that was a lot XD Anyway, at the end of June my family came up to our summer home and I was told to expect to be here for only a week, so I brought three books with me. Well no, we ended up staying for just over a month. So when I was in Canada for Canada Day and to spend time with family, I went to Chapters and bought like four books (they were having a sale) and then I kept buying more books all month. So now I have to figure out how I’m going to hall them all back home.
Last month was lots of fun though. I spent a week and a half in Canada with family and a lot of time here at our cabin with my other family members. I went to Glacier National Park (we just drove through though) and took that photo you see above of me reading. We have the prettiest views here, so I always take about a million photos for Bookstagram when I’m up here.
Other than that though and doing lots of reading, I really didn’t do a whole lot last month. I mean, in June I travelled for two weeks, so it was nice to have a month to relax after school and a trip until school starts again at the end of this month.
I also feel like All the Bright Places and Flame in the Mist are overhyped… I didn’t really like them. I’m interested with the Romanovs too, so I’m adding it to my tbr! 🙂
I’m going to start Flame in the Mist soon! :)) Hope I’ll enjoy it. I loved I’ll Give You The Sun! I think I also read it in one day, but that is a while ago.
All the other books that you’ve read look great, too! I’ve been seeing The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue everywhere. Maybe I need to pick it up, too 🙂
Have a lovely August!
Here’s my July Wrap Up.
xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm
I read Saints and Misfits this month, too! It was for the BookTubeAThon challenge of reading a book about a character very different from you. And you read SO many books that I’ve been meaning to get to! Especially The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – I’ve been looking forward to that for so long! My favorite book that I read this month was definitely I Believe in a Thing Called Love – it was so funny!