August 2017 Wrap Up And September Hopes (because I never stick to TBRs)

Excuse the paragraph-long title ๐Ÿ˜‚

This month. Was. Awesome. Awesome in the introvert-holed-up-at-home-reading-all-the-time way, because I got a solid month of reading done. Of course my TBR is still taller than Big Ben but baby steps ๐Ÿ˜€… ๐Ÿ˜ญ

1. The Books

Here’s what I read;

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | 421 Pages: Of this series, this is my least favorite. Probably because of what happened in the other books that made me aware of everything behind the characters’ choices that happened here. But I still loved this book so much.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher | 220 Pages: Don’t come after me with pitches and forks, but I didn’t like this book very much. The MC seemed annoying and whiny, and I hated her choices and how she wanted to have the upper hand by threatening them with those tapes. I know the book is supposed to show how wrong her choices were, and I liked how the Play and Pause thing made me go through it real fast.
  • Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire | 136 Pages: *sigh* This book was so short, yet it was so good. It succeeded in making me love the characters, understand the world building and be gripped to the events, all in less than 200 pages. It was marvelously done, and I wish it was longer so that I could see more of this world.
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo | 156 Pages: It satisfied my thirst for a good WWI book. So many Historical Fiction books are about WWII. Yo, authors, WWI was awful too xD So yes, this book made me tear up ! Not outright ugly-cry-with-scrunched-face-and-snot XD But as in, one subtle tear falling noiselessly on the pillow ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This book brings to light injustice towards soldiers and life on the front lines in WWI ( spoiler alert: it sucks there). PLZ READ IT AND FIND ME
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | 626 Pages: I don’t remember being blown away very often in this book. But I didn’t have a book blog by then, didn’t take notes or anything. So I remember quite a deal less than if I had taken notes. All I can say is that I started it because I heard incredible hype about it, and my expectations were too high *sniff sniff*
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | 662 Pages: Now this book, was so much better. It took off with the series and blew me away multiple times. I’m really glad I picked up this series this summer, because it’s been on my TBR since literally 2015 #shame
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | 517 Pages: Omg, this might be the most featured book on my blog. I talked about it in my review, on my Tome Topple Wrap Up, The Reading Quest Update, and this is the fourth time XD Nobody told me book blogging can be this repetitive xD Just… Here’s my review XD
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | 376 Pages: I’ve been hearing about this book since the beginning of summer, so it makes since I’ll snap and read it so that I stop hearing about it ( because that’s how the world works). This book made me gasp multiple times. Need I say more ?
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud | 714 Pages: I found this one had cool graphics, gets fast-paced and gripping at the end, and sends a message to not waste your time because it’s precious. Life is precious โค
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi| 401 Pages : SO MUCH LOVE. The writing style of this books is out of this world. I want to reread it, and I finished it, like, last week or something. Here’s my review, for you all curious and wonderful souls reading this <3!!
  • The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan | 339 Pages : This might be the only book I read this month with half a sense of humor XD I miss reading Rick Riordan’s books, and look forward to the next one in this series ( and in the Magnus Chase one, badly, GIMME DA BOOKS)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth | 535 Pages: This was a reread, and it surprised me how much I missed on the first time I read it, and how many amazing scenes I completely forgot about. So I immensely enjoyed the reread. And even though it took me 5 days to reread it, I didn’t mind in the least. It was comfortable to reread this. I’ll be rereading Insurgent not too long from now !
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody| 362 Pages: I literally just finished it xD I’ll be posting a review of it soon. The worldbuilding is admirable, but I found it hard to get attached to the characters. The finale kept me reading until I finished the book, though.

2. Stats

My favorite part โค Let’s count everything up!

  • Books Read: 13

  • Sum of Pages: 5465

  • Average Pages: 420

  • Longest Book: The Sculptor – Scott McCloud

  • Shortest Book: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

3. Readathons

Just this month, I participated in 3 readathons. Told you it was a busy month xD

  • Tome Topple : 2-week-long readathon centered around tomes ( books with more than 500 pages that aren’t bind-ups): Tome Topple Wrap-Up
  • Back To Hogwarts Cram-a-thon: a 24-hour readathon with pages counting as points to the Hogwarts House you’re joining. TBR and Wrap-Up
  • The Reading Quest: Technically this one is still going, but it started this month and I’m in, so it counts because I say it does xD It’s an RPG video-game-like readathon with books giving you Experience Points and pages read giving you Health Points and you can level up and do quests and have a character class and SO much fun <33 The Reading Quest August Update

September Hopes:

This September I’m hoping to read as many as possible of these books:

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
  • Flame in the Mist by Renรฉe Ahdieh
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

I feel like if I don’t include every book on my TBR here I’ll never read it, even though I know that’s not true. Just like I know I probably won’t read half of these and I’ll be too busy reading new releases I’ve been dying to read, like Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and The Language of Thorns, or Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust and TOWER OF DAWN ( which is released next week and I’m in a crisis right now hElP oMg)

Thanks for sticking along for this wrap-up !

How was your reading month ? Did you meet your own expectations, fall behind or surpass them ?

9 thoughts on “August 2017 Wrap Up And September Hopes (because I never stick to TBRs)

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  1. You really did get in a solid month of reading! For me, ACOTAR is my least favorite of the three, ACOMAF is my favorite, and then ACOWAR was a near perfect ending to that trilogy. I can’t wait to continue on with the story and see how the stories of the other Inner Circle members play out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thirteen Reasons Why is on my current TBR (or list of books I’ve been meaning to read sometime in the next month or two). I’m keeping my expectations a little lower than usual due to the mixed reviews I’ve read so far! And I agree. Daughter of the Burning City had some great world-building, but finding an attachment to the characters was not as easy as usual. I liked Sorina and Luca well enough, but I wanted to like them more.
    I’m excited to see your thoughts on House of Furies. That one was a bit of a disappointment for me but the writing is undeniably strong. And I’m so so excited for Warcross! I really hope it’ll be as good as early reviewers say it is ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great post and happy reading!

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    1. I agree, ACOWAR was spectacular ! I didn’t know it was really an ending, and that the next books are the Inner Circle’s, so I’ve been confused all my life till now ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think, in Daughter of the Burning City, that everything came too fast. The illusions were also said to be like main characters, but not shown to be so ! My sis actually started House of Furies and she didn’t like it either, but I’ve read Madeleine Roux’s Asylum series and I guess I know what to expect ? I don’t know, I still want to read it XD
      Anything by Marie Lu is a charm for me, really ๐Ÿ’™ I don’t read the praise about books though XD It gets my expectations too high and then I end up not liking the book somehow ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I like to think it’s Bad Luck *dun dun DUNNNN~๐Ÿ‘ป* because I’ve never seen any bookish urban legends and I’m making one ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. LOL. Yeah, I think ACOWAR was the end to Feyre and Rhys’ personal journey. I think the following books will focus mostly on Nesta and Cassian, I think. I sure hope so, at least… And I completely agree! The illusions were left standing on stage right when they should have been at the center of the stage with Sorina and Luca (WOW, look at that. This book got me thinking I’m in the circus…) I didn’t know Roux had another series! Is Asylum good?
        Oh god, that happens to me all the time haha. I’ve stopped reading reviews before buying a book I really want now, because of how many times I’ve been disappointed in the past year. Too much bad juju, too much Bad Luck, going on there haha XD LOL

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      2. *throws salt behind shoulder* Totally XD Or when you realize the part they wrote about in the synopsis was the best part ๐Ÿ˜‚
        It is ! It’s a trilogy and it’s got creepy photography like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The first book might be a bit slow, but it improves from there. The second book ends with a super creepy cliffhanger ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s certainly got that eerie setting !

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      3. Itโ€™s like a movie trailer that shows all the good parts and leaves you with NOTHING when you watch the movie in the theatre LOL. Trailers, reviews, and synopses nowadays got me straight up evading all the information that tells me what the storyโ€™s about. Most of the books I pick up now are on recommendation and I havenโ€™t even bothered to read the synopsis LOL

        Sounds cool! Even though I havenโ€™t read Miss Peregrineโ€ฆBut Iโ€™ve flipped through the book once or twice, so I see what you mean. I love eerie settings, so I might give it a try! Especially if itโ€™s better than House of Furies ๐Ÿ™‚


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