Today I’ll be wrapping up my month of August 2017. Eventful if we’re talking about reading, but nothing much else really. Also, I had an excessive haul for the month due to multiple visits to the library. Let’s begin!
I am pretty happy with the amount of books I read this month considering school started up again. I read 8 books this month which brings me ever so closer to finishing my reading challenge for 2017. My goal was 80 books this year and thus far, I’ve finished 40 books (50% done).
I read 6 novels and 2 short stories in August. None of these books were particularly bad or disappointing (in factor they were pretty good), so I could call it a success! I started a couple of new YA series and continued a couple.
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1): so this was a strange but addicting novel. I haven’t read a novel with an unreliable narrator in a while so this was a nice surprise.
- The Witch of Duva (Grisha Trilogy, #0.5): I absolutely loved this short story. It was an unexpected, small bundle of amazingness! How can you fit so much wordlbuilding in such a short amount of pages? Read this story to find out.
- The Tailor (Grisha Trilogy, #1.5): this story was told from the point of view of a character I certainly wanted to know more about. It gave much more dimension to this character and insight into their past.
- Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: it’s such a shame I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted especially since it’s a Melina Marchetta work. It was much too convoluted for my liking and I found it difficult to stay engaged with the story.
- The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2): the magic was fascinating to read but I found myself getting lost in it (and I lot of the time, not in the good way).
- Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy, #2): I LOVED the direction of this novel and how much it dealt with the protagonist coming to terms with a side that is dark and unexpected.
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3): the characters in this series just continue to develop and become more interesting. I thought the plot and its direction was also more clear than the previous two.
- The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1): this was another lovely surprise. The novel was fast paced and didn’t flounder around. I think this world that the author has created in unique and super interesting.
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Look at this. ANOTHER ambitious TBR for the month. My last two months have been pretty successful for me as I set some high goals for the amount of books I wanted to read and I finished almost all of them.
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1): I’ve heard a lot of great things about this novel and I’ve never tried a Marissa Meyer novel so I’m super pumped to start some of her books.
- Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy, #3): this is the finale for the Grisha Trilogy and I am excited, terrified and not prepared. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint because I’ve been loving the series so far.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1): I know next to nothing about the plot of this book (my favourite way to approach a book). This will be my first Patrick Ness book and I’ve just realised this will be the first novel I’ve read from a male YA author in a very long time.
- The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1): I hear that this is some excellent foodie fiction, featuring Persian food, so I’m doubly excited to start this series.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1): I’ve heard mixed reviews about this novel so I’m intrigued as to how much I’ll enjoy it.
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4): another conclusion to a series that I’ve been enjoying. I’m sure the ending will be tragic, but I’m hoping that Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t scar these characters too much.
- The Too-Clever Fox (Grisha Trilogy, #2.5): I’ve been liking Leigh Bardugo’s short stories, so I’m willing to give this one a go.
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2): the first book of the Mara Dyer series kept me intrigued enough to want to know what happens next.
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- More casting news for The Hate U Give adaptation HERE and HERE! Getting even more excited now about this adaptation.
- The cover reveal for Obsidio is FINALLY here. (Also a little excerpt). Wanna guess the colour of the cover first?
- Mayor Prentiss has been casted for the adaptation of Chaos Walking series. I’ve said I don’t know much about the series but the actor looks exactly the part from what I’ve heard about the series.
- Special editions for The Darkest Minds series are going to be published in 2018. I have not read the series yet, but I must admit these covers look snazzy.
- More cover change news – this time, for the An Ember in the Ashes series. I am usually opposed to mid-series cover changes but I’m super impressed in the POC rep, front stage and centre on these new covers. Also, click on the link if you want to know the title for the third book in the series and a little Q&A with Sabaa Tahir.
- An article about the YA Twitter community and its criticism. But also so much more. It talks about white privilege and diminished marginalised voices in the YA community. It talks about discussion and criticism about YA books and how often these criticisms are brushed off as “toxic drama”. Really interesting and I high recommend!
- YA twitter shuts down a NYT scam in a mere couple of hours. And it’s super impressive. I recommend you read the article.
Besides being super happy about my reading progress in the month of August, there hasn’t much progress elsewhere. Falling behind on my 2017 reading challenge pretty much since the start of the year means that I’ve been playing catch-up for the longest time. Nonetheless, lately I’ve been really satisfied with the books I have read so I’m trying not to get too down about my lagging progress of the reading challenge this year.
We’re nearing the end of #TheReadingQuest 2017, and that’s been super fun! How’s everyone doing else doing on this challenge? If you want to know how I’ve been doing, I’ve been updating my progress on my Twitter account.
Book reviews have continued to fall behind specially since I like to review every book I read, and the ratio of books I read this month to the ones I’ve reviewed has been 8:0. That’s not a great proportion. I’m hoping to make the ratio less disproportionate in September as the reading challenge is nearing an end.
School hasn’t started off the best this semester because you guessed it, I’m sort of falling behind. (You can see a common theme). So yep, I definitely have a problem with procrastination. (And a minor addiction to TV shows). So on that note, what type of entertainment have I been wasting my time on this month?
I binged my way through Marvel’s The Defenders which means I’m finally up to date with the MCU. So, I decided to start a new catch-up game with a different universe: the DC universe. If I spent this time on actual work, my productivity levels would be sky-high.
Anyway, my quote of the month for August is from my favourite read of the month. It’s not particularly meaningful, but I just really liked it…
“So shut the window tight and make sure the latch is fastened. Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces.”
– The Witch of Duva, Leigh Bardugo
How has your August been? Do you have any exciting plans for September? If you have any advice for me about productivity, please share! And lastly, what have you been reading/watching? Comment below!