So I thought I would start a little segment on my blog that I know is very popular around the book blogging community and that is to discuss what I read in the previous month and what I intend, or hope to read in the following month. So here goes nothing, this is my August Wrap Up and my TBR for the month of September!
August for me was going to be a very relaxing month, so I anticipated that I would get through quite a lot of books! As it was the height of the summer holidays and I had a week's holiday abroad, I planned to get through loads of books. I have every other summer in the past, so why not this one? Unfortunately my reading month didn't go exactly as well as I would have hoped as I only managed to get through 6 books. However, I don't actually think I did too badly considering 3 of those books were over 400 pages - one of which hit 600 pages! In the week I was away I managed to read 4 books and then the other two were read before and after the holiday! So this month was filled with some extremely pleasant surprises and some books I knew were going to be amazing! I just hope my luck continues! In terms of my reading challenge, which I have already completed, I have read 57/50 books, meaning that I am 24 books ahead of schedule! I am still baffled that I managed to read that many. Perhaps I shall boost my reading challenge up unofficially to 75. Let's see if I can do it, shall we? So without further ado, let's see what books I read this month and my opinions on them!
1. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (5/5 stars)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am going to find it so difficult to wait until early 2017 for the sequel. I am in great need for this book now and you can bet I am going to be picking up anything else this author writes in the future because she writes gorgeously! It was such an unusual concept to have two boys who physically could not meet and tell their story through their letter correspondences. I found it so unique and it worked extremely well to the author's advantage. A truly unique tale of two boy's impossible friendship and their extraordinary determination to live beyond their labels.
2. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (4/5 stars)
There aren't words to describe my happiness to be back in the world of Rick's imagination. There is something special about Rick's books, something that is so enticing and exhilarating about the stories he tells that has me coming back to them time and time again. As Rick has clearly stated in previous interviews, his obsession with Norse mythology has always been grand, and he has always wanted to write this story. It's very clear to see the passion that Rick has put into this novel, and he should be extremely proud of it because it is truly fantastic. Rick has really stepped up the boundaries in this book, bringing the usual traits that are reminiscent of Rick's work whilst also bringing something new and refreshing to the table.
Going into this book I knew I was in the mood for a sci-fi and Illuminae was exactly what I was craving! Told in a variety of hacked documents, Illuminae weaves a tale of suspense and danger that at the same time touches the hearts of it's readers. All in all, this was a very powerful debut collaboration for these authors. It's such an effective and unique tale that whilst targets powerful sci-fi tropes, brings a fresh new twist on the idea.From reading this book and seeing all of the hype that surrounds it, I can clearly see that this is going to be a popular series to look out for! So keep your eyes peeled!
So those were the 6 books that I read in the month of August! As for September, with school starting back up and the hope of work, I can expect that I might go back to my regular reading schedule of when travelling to and from work, and at night before bed. We'll have to see. I'm also puppy sitting for two weeks of September so I am expecting to be held up a little bit because as much as I love Oscar, he can be a little devil sometimes and doesn't always liked to be ignored for reading! So without further ado, here are the books that I am anticipating reading in the month of September!
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (Currently reading)
- This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
- What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
- Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
- A World Without Princes (ASFGAE #2) by Soman Chainani
- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Let me know in the comments below what books you read this month and one book you're looking forward to reading next month! Are any of you going to be reading one of the books I'm reading this month?