August is over, Summer is ending, and the NEWTs have now finished. Get comfy, there’s a lot of books to get through.
|Ancient Ruins||A: Book Set In The Past||East of Eden|
|E: Most Ancient Book On Your Shelf||Always and Forever, Lara Jean|
|O: A Translated Book|
|Arithmancy||A: A Book At Least 300 Pages||Wonder|
|E: End On An Even Number||The Rose and the Dagger|
|O: Not the First In A Series||P.S. I Still Love You|
|Astronomy||A: Stars On The Cover|
|E: Sky In The Title|
|O: Set On A Different Planet|
|Care Of Magical Creatures||A: Animal On The Cover|
|E: Under 160 Pages|
|O: Includes Dragons|
|Charms||A: Magic In It||A History of Magic|
|E: A Beautiful Cover||To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before|
|O: A Book That Will Leave a Mark||Conversations With Friends|
|DADA||A: Last Book In A Series||We’ll Always Have Summer|
|E: A Foiled Book||The Wrath and the Dawn|
|O: Dark In Title||Dark Places|
|Divination||A: Set In The Future||Scythe|
|E: Under 200 Pages||Milk and Honey|
|O: A Mythology Book|
|Herbology||A: A Green Cover||The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo|
|E: With Illustrations||Amy And Roger|
|O: Either Light, Air, Sun of Water in Title|
|History of Magic||A: Fit In At Hogwarts Library|
|E: At Least 5 Years Old|
|O: At Least 400 Pages|
|Muggle Studies||A: A Favourite Author||Save the Date|
|E: A Biography||I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings|
|O: A Retelling||The Surface Breaks|
|Potions||A: A Colour In The Title||The Yellow Wallpaper|
|E: A Male Lead Character||Ari and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe|
|O: Over 350 Pages||The Unexpected Everything|
|Transfiguration||A: A Grey Cover|
|E: A New Author|
|O: A Book Set In A kingdom/has royalty|
Ancient Runes – E
Arithmancy – O
Charms – O
DADA – O
Divination – E
Herbology – E
Muggle Studies – O
Potions – O
Read During the BookTubeAThon:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Wrath and the Dawn & The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
East of Eden by John Steinbeck –
I don’t think Steinbeck’s books are for me. I didn’t connect in any way and honestly found it to be very forgettable.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean –
This series blew up again thanks to the Netflix movie so I decided it was high time I finish it. It was such a cute ending. I really like how everything turned out.
P.S. I Still love You by Jenny Han –
I did read this book when it first came out and was actually the reason I never read the last book. I don’t like this one. I just think it’s so boring and nothing happens and Lara Jean just becomes so annoying. I think this series should’ve been a duology (the first and the last book.)
Harry Potter, A History of Magic –
This is a book that was published as a companion to the British Library Harry Potter exhibition which I never got to go to. This gives a cool insight into the artifacts that they showcase and how they relate to the Harry Potter books. It also includes amazing glimpses at how J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, including first drafts of scenes we love, deleted scenes and plot planning. This book is amazing.
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han –
Everybody was talking about it, so I just had to reread it.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney –
I’ve wanted to read this for a while now but I was left slightly disappointed. I loved the writing in this book and I enjoyed reading it. It flowed and was a really quick read. But I found it forgettable and was a bit underwhelming.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn –
I don’t really know why I decided to read this book. I didn’t really like Gone Girl and have never been interested in picking up Flynn again. But, there’s not a lot of books out their with the work ‘Dark’ in the title. Anyway, I ended up not hating this book. It was definitely unsettling. But I felt it dragged and the ending was disappointing.
Scythe by Neal Schusterman –
Every so often a YA novel comes out that absolutely everybody raves about which makes me have to read it. This is 2018 seriously hyped book. I see where the hypes coming from, but I wasn’t a swept away as everyone else. I found some parts boring and the characters relationships didn’t feel very well developed to me. The ending was epic though.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Keur –
I just finished this book so I’m still buzzing about it. I’ve seen this around but haven’t really paid attention to it as it’s a poetry collection and I normally don’t like poetry. However, this is also Our Shared Shelf’s book club pick for this month so I thought I would give it a go.
Holy crap. I’m so glad I did. This book is so beautiful. It’s not all poetry, but it’s all so perfectly written. Every sentence has a purpose and is so quotable.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid –
I’ve done a review of this book here: Evelyn Hugo Review
Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson –
This was a reread for me and I actually didn’t like this so much this time. I didn’t really feel the chemistry between Amy and Roger.
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou –
This is a biography I’ve been meaning to read for years now and I’m so glad I finally did. This book made me feel a lot. Anger, sadness, confusion, love and hope. The courageous way Angelou tells her story is admirable and makes this book a masterpiece. However the ending was very abrupt and at first thought my book was missing some pages.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’ Neill –
I’ve done a full review of this here: Surface Breaks Review.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman (Not Rated)
This short story wasn’t what I was expecting so I spent a lot of it confused and wondering if I’d downloaded the wrong book so that definitely effected my feelings on it. Once I got over that though I was able to appreciate the brilliance of this story. I’d have to reread it to gather more thoughts on it though.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe –
I think this is the forth time I’ve read this book. It just never disappoints and I will continue rereading it until the sequel is released which is ages away and I’m struggling to survive without it.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson –
Another reread. When I first read this I said that it was probably my least favourite of her novels but now I would actually say this is my second favourite of hers (after Since You’ve Been Gone).
Wow. I was able to read 22 books in August. That’s definitely the most amount of books I have ever read within a month. I think in September I’m going to slow it down and maybe get to some of the longer books on my TBR.
Thanks for reading,