Hello everyone! Here we are at the end of another month and the beginning of a new one! For some reason, August seems to have gone by slower than the other months this year. Maybe because I’m ready for summer to be over and fall to start but the universe wants to play a cruel trick on me? I don’t know! Anyway, I had a pretty good reading month in August. I finished 7 books and a total of 2,442 pages (this includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). Not as good as last month’s 10 books, but still a solid reading month!
Books Read in August
I kicked off August by reading Want by Cindy Pon, a book I had recently picked up from the library. I’d been hearing fantastic things about this book and I wasn’t disappointed! It was a really fun read with a great plot and pretty awesome characters! The only thing I’m disappointed about is that I have to wait until 2019 to read the sequel!
Next, I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord which ended up being my fourth 5 star book of the year! I don’t give 5 star ratings lightly but I really, really loved this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I had read one of Emery Lord’s past books, When We Collided, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it (I think I gave it 3.5 stars). This book was the complete opposite – I didn’t like it, I loved it! It’s very sad at times but there’s also lots of heartwarming moments that I adored! I definitely recommend this book!!
- The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace – 4 stars
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston – 3.5 stars
- Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – 4 stars (review)
After going through bit of a slump followed by trying to read a book that wasn’t holding my interest (more on that later), I picked up The Princess Saves Herself in This One late one night when I couldn’t sleep and flew through it! I really enjoyed this poetry collection (something I thought I’d never say) and I ended up tabbing a bunch of poems that I liked. This was poetry that was actually easy to read and understand and I think would speak to a lot of people.
The next book I read, Geekerella, I picked up on a whim while at the library. This book was a quick read that I finished in about 2 days and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t blown away by any means but it was a cute book that I don’t regret reading!
Next, I read Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas which I really enjoyed! I wrote a review for it (link above) so I won’t say too much about my thoughts here. I just have to say that I loved that this book featured a main character with anxiety. I don’t think I’ve ever read a fantasy book with this type of MC before! As someone who has anxiety, I really, really enjoyed this aspect. Read my review if you’re interested in hearing more of my thoughts!
The next book I picked up was The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi which I wanted to make sure I read before it was due back at the library. I believe this book was pitched as a “Steampunk Jumanji retelling” and that pretty much describes it! It was a middle grade novel where four kids were sucked into a game and had to win in order to escape. It was a pretty enjoyable read and I liked it!
The last book I finished in August was Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore which was a really interesting book. This book is categorized on Goodreads as fantasy, but I think it actually falls into a wide variety of genres – depending on which section of the book you’re reading. It starts off as a contemporary with a hint of mystery, then goes into a full mystery, then fantasy, then science fiction, and then fantasy again. This book was a wild ride that I really, really enjoyed! If you were a fan of choose your own adventure books when you were a kid, I definitely recommend you check out Jane, Unlimited!
Book I Put On Hold in August
- Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller – Put on hold at 100 pages
I ended up putting Mask of Shadows on hold for the time being because it really wasn’t holding my interest. It felt slow and boring and it wasn’t helping me get out of my current reading slump. I want to give it another try sometime in the future though!
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 70 books (lowered from original goal of 75)
Completed in August: 7 books
Completed in 2017: 50 books
2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 backlist books
Completed in August: 1 book
Completed in 2017: 14 books
3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in August: 3 books
Completed in 2017: 28 books
4. Library Love Challenge
My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in August: 5 books
Completed in 2017: 23 books
5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)
Completed in August: 1 letter
Completed in 2017: 21 letters