August wrap-up/September TBR:

Hello,

I hope you guys are having a good holiday weekend so far. We finally made it to September and one of my favorite seasons of the year is coming up soon. I love summer but for someone who is hot-natured, like me, it can be brutal and there is only so much heat I can take before I have to retreat into air conditioning. I am definitely looking forward to the cooler weather and the new books that are being released particular in October. I thought about doing a seasonal TBR for the next four months, but then I realized that I read based on my mood which could mean that the books that I choose for the season I may never get to.

I had my first full week of school last week and it was definitely tough. I think part of it was just getting back into a routine and I had some things come up that I hadn’t expected either. The weekend has been pretty good though as I stayed in the dorms this weekend. did work for a few hrs yesterday and I was still able to get a little bit of homework done too. I think today and tomorrow will be spent blogging and working on hw since I do have a couple of papers due toward the end of the week. I also want to get in a couple more posts before the weekend is over as well.

 

August Wrap-up: 

August was an ok month for reading. I did read more than I did in May, which was nice and I was able to get some older books that had been on my backlog read. I still have some ARCs that need to be finished and I am planning to read one in September and the other in October…At least thats the plan. Whether or not I stick to it depends on my mood and the amount of papers that I will have this semester.

Total books read this month: 8 

Total number of pages read monthly: 2,823

Number of books read yearly: 68 

Genres: 

  • Contemporary: 1 
  • Fantasy: 4 
  • Horror: 1 
  • Sci-fi: 1 
  • Mystery: 1 

Overall, I think I read a variety of novels. I’m still reading a lot of fantasy though I really want to get back into sci-fi and horror, which I have plans for over the next two months.

 

August wrap-up

  1. The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (3 stars) – I actually ended up not finishing this one. I feel like it could have been less pages and while I could relate to the characters and really enjoyed the book references, I just didn’t care for the rest of the plot. I’ve been having a hard time with contemporaries lately. but I wanted to give this one a try since I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books, but this one was a miss for me.
  2. The star-touched queen (#1) by Roshani Chokshi (3 stars) – So this one was a much faster read for me than I thought it would be. I didn’t even know that this was a retelling or at least loosely related to the Hades/Persephone retelling. I did enjoy the beginning but things shifted after the second part and I just didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I would still recommend it though as it was different and interesting, I just think that it could have been done a little better.
  3. The girl I used to be by April Henry (2 stars) – Oh boy. I really did not like this one as much as I thought I would. I’ve been wanting to try April Henry’s novels for a while now but this one was a miss for me as well. I kind of understand some of the things that the main character did but the thing that got me was the ending. I didn’t think it matched up with the story. I felt that it was rushed a bit and I wasn’t really a fan of the romance.  I want to try some of the other novels that this author has written just to see if I enjoy them. I don’t know if I would recommend this one or not but if you want a short novel to read then I would recommend it.
  4. House of furies (#1) by Madeleine Roux (4.5 stars) – I actually really enjoyed this one. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but I did love the stories and it made me want to pick up the rest of Roux’s novels I definitely needed this one between all of the fantasy novels that I had this month and it was a nice balance. I would definitely recommend it.
  5. Wonder woman: Warbringer (#1) by Leigh Bardugo (3 stars) – I  thought this one was alright. i really liked Diana’s POV but I wasn’t really a fan of Alia’s POV that much. Overall the story itself was interesting though there were some things that I hadn’t expected to happen.
  6. Ruin and Rising (#3) by Leigh Bardugo (3 stars) – I did it. I finally finished this trilogy after starting this trilogy three years ago. I think my favorite book out of the whole trilogy was the first one, Shadow and bone. I did kind of have a feeling of how the story was going to end and it was alright. I thought the characters were alright thought Alina was probably my least favorite character by the end of the trilogy even though I liked her in the first one.
  7. Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler (4 stars) – Well, this was not what I expected it to be, which actually turned out to be a good thing. I can’t really talk about it much because it would lead to spoilers, but I definitely loved the characters and I absolutely loved the story. I have the whole trilogy on my goodreads tbr so I’ll be looking forward to continuing the trilogy.
  8. Tale of Valoris – the runeseekers (#1) by M.J. Finley (2 stars) – This was another DNF unfortunately. I almost stopped at 20% but ended up going to 27% before I couldn’t handle it anymore. The plot felt slow and while I wasn’t bothered by the spelling issues there were quite a few. I’m going to post a review of this one soon since I got this one as an Arc. I’m glad that I read it and maybe it would be better if I was enjoying fantasy but I just haven’t been enjoying the last few fantasy novels that I have gotten unfortunately.

 

September TBR: 

September is already looking to be pretty busy as I have two papers due this week and I start my major reading for my classes as well. I”m not sure how much reading I will be able to get to but I do want to finish up some backlog books that I still have on my currently reading shelf. I also have an arc that I’ve been trying to read for a long while now so hopefully this will be the month for that to happen. I may add in some other books but it depends on my schedule as well.

September TBR

  1. Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter – I believe that this book is the last book that I started way back in May and jut haven’t gotten around to it. I don’t pick up historical fiction books often, but this one can help a lot with a couple of yearly challenges that I am working on so I am excited about that. I’m only about 8 chapters so far but it is interesting which is a good thing.
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I also don’t pick up graphic novels that much either though I probably should since there are quite a few good ones out there that I am interested in reading. This is also helping with a couple of challenges as well. I haven’t started it yet as I only started it a little while ago but it sounds interesting so I am excited about it.
  3. I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – This is an arc that I got last year and have been trying to get to all year so I added it to this month to see if I can get through it. Its a relatively short read I think so hopefully it will be interesting.
  4. Skyward (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I actually started this one in June when I first saw it on my Overdrive account. I got a good ways into it before I put it down and I kind of liked what I read so far. It was slightly slow but I am willing to pick it back up this month since I do want to read more sci-fi novels before the end of the year.
  5. The Sound and the fury by William Faulkner – So this semester one of my English electives is Southern lit which I am super excited for. The first book we are reading this semester is this one and we will be continuing it on through the beginning of October. Right after Midterms during the second week in October we will start Serena by Ron Rash which I will be adding to my October TBR. I don’t know a whole lot about the sound and the fury other than that there are four stories and it can also be a bit difficult to understand. I am excited to tackle it though and I will do a full review when I finish it.

 

So thats it for my August wrap-up/September TBR. I’ll definitely be busy this month but I am excited that fall is coming which will bring cooler temperatures. I hope you guys are having a relaxing labor day weekend.

Marybeth

(Also I think I am going to stick to this update format for the rest of the year. I haven’t fully decided on which one I like better but if there is one that you prefer, let me know in the comments.)