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Reading Wrap-Up: August (2019)

Welcome back to anther monthly wrap-up! I read quite a few books last month, mostly thanks to the fact that I binged all of the Percy Jackson graphic novels, but I got some actual novels in there as well. I read 16 books total this month, including 7 novels, 8 graphic novels and 1 audio book! Let’s get started, shall we?

My Ramblings
One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1)

#1. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus– 5/5 (Review)

Okay, so I reread this book again. What can I say, it’s one of my favorites. I had it out on the coffee table because my mom wanted to read it, but I ended up just picking it up and reading it…. and my mom never ended up reading it. So. Maybe one day.

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

#2. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal– 5/5 (Review to come)

I finally read this! I got it for my birthday in June, but just never got around to picking it up. Then, I joined the Disney-A-Thon (#TeamMulan) and read this for one of the prompts! It was so good, it felt like I couldn’t put it down! I am so excited for We Free The Stars.

It was so cool to finally read this book, because I have been following Hafsah on Twitter and following her journey with this book almost since the beginning, and to finally read it was so fun!

Naturally Tan

#3. Naturally Tan by Tan France– 5/5

I had put a hold on this book as an audio-book because it was narrated by Tan himself, and it finally came in at the library at the beginning of August! I binged it in almost 1 day, and it was fantastic. I loved hearing how Tan met the other members of the Fab 5, meeting his husband, his adventures abroad, his childhood life, everything. Also, the surprise bits when Antoni made an appearance were so cute and fun! If you have a chance to listen to this book, I highly recommend that you do.

How the Light Gets In

#4. How The Light Gets In by Katy Upperman– 4/5 (Review)

I read this book for the HTLGI blog tour I participated in, and it was pretty good! Entertaining, romantic, emotional, and set on the Oregon Coast in a fixer-upper B&B! What’s not to love?

I read this book in a short sitting, and I enjoyed myself. There were also ghosts, murders, and drownings so make sure you check the top of my review (linked above) for a list of trigger warnings!

The Lost Coast

#5. The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta– 5/5 (Review to come)

This was a pretty highly anticipated book of mine this year, and I was so bummed out when I was denied my arc request. I put it on hold at my library as soon as I was able to, and months later, I had a copy! (Side note- Am I the only one who tries to return their ebooks as soon as I’m done with them if there is a long wait list so the next person in line can read it? I feel like that is just common courtesy but at the same time I know it doesn’t even occur to some people when it will automatically get returned once the week is up. Anyways.)

In my Goodreads review, I described this book as the perfect mixture of Maggie Stiefvater x Amelinda Berube, but super gay. If that sounds up your ally, then you should totally read this!

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

#6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi– 5/5 (Review to come)

Man, this book. SO. GOOD. I read it for the Disney-A-Thon, and the prompt was “Read a book that will suck you into the world, but only at night” so I picked this one because I had heard nothing but wonderful things about it, and I only read it at night. If you liked the Six of Crows series, then you’ll love this book. The ending gutted me, and I need the next book soon.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

#7. The Prince & The Dressmaker by Jen Wang – 4/5

This is another graphic novel I read, and I got it from the library. There was a huge hold list, but I finally got a copy! I read it pretty quickly, but I loved it! It was such a wholesome and cute book, and it really had some great characters. I loved Jen’s art style, so I can’t wait to read her next book!

Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1)

#8. Keeper Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger – 4.5/5 (Review to come)

This is one of the books I got for the Beach Blanket Book Club (Thanks, Girls Life!). When I first got it I thought the synopsis sounded pretty cool, but I never got around to picking it up. Last month I decided I wanted to try my hand at painting the edges of a book, so I chose this one thinking if I accidentally ruined it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world because it’s a MG and my sister has an extra copy, right?

Well, painting the edges turned out beautifully (Thanks, Vicky, for the tutorial!) but the only way to get each page unstuck was to flip through the whole book page by page. At that point I figured I might as well read the book, and I’m so glad I did. I have been looking for a nice long fantasy series that isn’t too heavy and still fun, and this is it exactly. I would recommend this book! Plus, book #8 comes out soon! I’m pretty sure this is a nine book series so if you want to read them before the last book comes out, you’ve got time!

#9-13. Percy Jackson and The Olympians graphic novels by Rick Riordan, books 1-5 -3/5

I was browsing Libby when I saw that all of Rick Riordan’s graphic novel adaptions had been added recently. In fact, so recently that I WAS ABLE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE COPIES WITHOUT HAVING TO PUT HOLDS ON THEM. I read all 5 in one day. It was awesome.

I loved the art style and seeing all my favorite characters, but I was sad that so many scenes I loved were missing. I understand that it just wouldn’t be interesting to see so many fight scenes, but we never saw the Medusa fight in TLT, or Gabe Ugliano , or a ton of other stuff!

#14-15. The Heroes of Olympus graphic novels by Rick Riordan, books 1-2 – 4/5

I like this series more than the first one, so these ended up getting a higher rating but I was still sad that scenes were missing.

Son of Neptune has always been my favorite HoO book, and the only thing I was really disappointed in not being able to see was when Hazel fell under the mud, and seeing “Leo”/ Hazel’s flashbacks.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

#16. The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – 5/5 (Review to come 9/3/19)

This book was so good! I have an arc that I picked up out of the blue, and I read it in one day. I have my full review coming out on September 3rd, the day the book comes out so I’ll make sure to link that back to this post when It’s been published!

Final Thoughts

I am pretty happy with the amount of books I read last month! I am also happy I read so many books in diverse formats. Novels, Paperbacks, Arcs, Ebooks, Audio Books, Library books! What did you read in August?

Also, let me know what you think of my new dividers/titles? I wanted to try something new out. Fun Fact: that’s all in my natural handwriting!


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