When I was thinking about writing today’s wrap up, I was convinced I didn’t have many books to talk about because I felt like I hadn’t really done much reading in August – only to realize that I read four books and two poem collections! And I’m currently about 15% into my eARC of A Jigsaw Of Fire And Stars too, so that’s a pretty decent reading month over all!
As most of you guys probably know, we took a hiatus towards the middle of this month and I am now slowly coming back to blogging and trying to figure out how things are going to work around here in the future as I will be blogging by myself from now on. Sandra shared more about why in her post yesterday, which you guys should read if you haven’t yet. And wish Sandra all the best for the future while you’re at it!
And now, before I ramble even more, let’s get into this month’s wrap up, shall we?
Books I Read
PS. I Still Love You & Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
After finishing the first book in this trilogy during this year’s booktubeathon and enjoying it quite a bit, I knew I had to continue this series as long as it was summer and that’s exactly what I did! I remember constantly wondering when a certain character would make an appearance because I had heard so many people talk about him and he finally did in PS. I Still Love You and while I enjoyed our time with him, I was even happier with the fact that he never really got in the way of the main couple. And I have to say, Always And Forever, Lara Jean was probably the book I related to most and I am so happy Jenny Han decided to expand this into a trilogy! I loved joining Lara Jean during her senior year and seeing her go off to college! Such a fantastic trilogy and definitely worth reading! I’d also highly recommend the audiobooks for this which is how I read them all!
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Can you guys believe I finally actually read this? Had any of you gotten tired of me always mentioning how I was going to read The Bane Chronicles at some point? You won’t have to hear about any of that anymore because I finally read this book after having it for almost three years… I should be ashamed of myself. This novella bind-up really made me fall in love with Magnus Bane even more (if that is even possible.) and made me sad that we probably won’t get to see certain dynamics on Shadowhunters because they were so much fun in here! I also listened to this on audiobook and it made the reading experience so much more fun (I was reading along in my physical copy) and helped me actually get through this book! I am now also 100% ready to learn more about James Herondale. Yep. Luckily (and hopefully) I won’t have to wait too long because the first book featuring James is supposed to be realized in March of 2018!
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I had tried my luck and requested an eARC of Dear Martin on NetGalley and by some miracle, I actually got approved for it. And then something weird happened.
Usually, I don’t touch my eARCs until really close to their release date (usually pretty last minute) but I just could not stop thinking about this book and decided to start reading it the day I got approved for it. I finished it in just over three hours and in one sitting. I just simply couldn’t stop reading once I got started. This was such a great book and I loved that our main character was a member of a debate class which gave the author the opportunity to have her characters discuss major plot points organically. I am still trying to write my review for this one but I can’t seem to find the words? Just know that I really loved it and I 100% think you guys should pick this one up on October 17th!
Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur
This month marks the first time I voluntarily picked up a collection of poems (or a poem in general, for that matter) and I am so glad that milk and honey was my first introduction into poetry collections! I read this in one sitting and spent the entire first chapter either close to tears, in tears or crying. It was quite the roller coaster of emotions.
I really loved Rupi’s writing style and her way of story telling! Thanks to her, I actually want to try and read more poetry collections in the future.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
I feel like most of us have probably heard of both milk and honey and the princess saves herself in this one as far as poetry collections go, so once I finished milk and honey and let a couple of days pass I decided to pick this one up too. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy or connect to this one at all. But I have no idea what it is about this one that didn’t get to me. It’s okay though because we obviously aren’t going to connect with everything we read.
Books I Got
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I was very, very lucky to win an Amazon gift card by the end of last month and since I had stared at the hardcovers for Strange The Dreamer for ages at that point, I figured that’s what I would use my gift card on and I was so excited when the book finally arrived from the states. It is absolutely stunning in real life. Now I have both the audiobook and a physical copy of this and I can’t wait to get to them because I haven’t heard a single negative word about this book since its release. I need to know what this is all about. But I have other books I need to read first and I hate it. Eventually, though. Eventually.
The Library Of Fates by Aditi Khorana
Recently, I signed up with this German website that holds giveaways for upcoming releases and the first one I saw was for The Library Of Fates and I jumped on that giveaway so quickly! I had talked about wanting to read this book before and even shared it in one of my New Releases posts earlier this year, so I knew I had to at least try and get my hands on this book by joining the giveaway and I got a copy! Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten around to reading it and I’m sure the time period for when you are supposed to have read and reviewed it is almost up, so I really need to get to it already. Also, the German edition is so pretty – even the naked book underneath!
What I Posted
Seeing how we went on a blogging hiatus for more than half of August, there weren’t really many posts published, but I definitely had a few that I really enjoyed and wanted to share with you guys in case you missed them!
- Blogging Struggles: Feeling Stuck – I had been having a really difficult time trying to blog ever since the end of July and I talked more about it in this post
- 4 Ways To Mark Up Your Books – After I talked about how much I love my marked up copies of books, Nikki had suggested I write a post about how I do it, which I did here
- 6 Series I Really Want To Re-Read – I’ve really gotten into re-reading books again this year and I shared some series that I want to get back into
- TBR Spotlight: 7 Authors I Want To Read – I shared my second installment of my TBR Spotlight series and talked about some of the authors I really want to read in the future
There we have it! Phew, this post has gotten quite long and if you read it all the way to the end, thank you! It means a lot. I will do my best to maybe not ramble as much in future wrap ups. No promises, though. I’m a rambler.
What are some of the books you guys have read this month? And what are some of the books that have made it onto your shelves this month? Were you reasonable? Or did you buy way too many books? Let’s chat in the comments down below!