August was a pretty amazing month for me. On the 1st, I travelled on my own (for the first time!) to Austria to stay with my cousin for a while and had a brilliant time. I thought I would get some reading done there but we ended up just chilling and talking and it was great. Really great.
Because of that, I didn’t read as much as I was expecting in the beginning of the month, but I am participating in #TheReadingQuest readathon which started on the 13th. It has really given me a boost to read more.
Books read: 12
Pages read: 3,968
5 star: 2
4 star: 7
3 star: 2
2 star: 0
1 star: 0
❀ Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
I loved this duology so much! Both books have that detached, whimsical fairy-tale-style writing but it was even more evident in this one. It was much darker and Jack and Jill’s world was so interesting. There is also an f/f romance. Honestly, it is such a quick, clever book you should definitely pick up!
❀ Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
This is a book written in verse detailing Jacqueline Woodson’s life as a brown girl growing up in the 60s and 70s in New York and South Carolina. If you are going to read it, I definitely recommend the audiobook as it is narrated by Jacqueline herself and it’s wonderful. Her poems are so personal and hard-hitting, and because of this, hearing her tell her own story with her own voice is just perfect.
❀ Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
This is a middle-grade book following a Pakistani-American Muslim girl trying to work out her identity with regards to her religion, culture and heritage. This book was so uplifting and a perspective I’ve never read from before. I wish I had read this when I was younger, though it wasn’t any less enjoyable now. Also, that cover is just beautiful.
❀ No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
Unfortunately I didn’t really connect with this one. There was something about the writing that wasn’t for me. I was also trying to read this while I was staying with my cousin so I was picking it up and putting it down often, meaning I wasn’t as engaged as I could have been. A case of ‘it’s me, not you’ with this one.
❀ I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
This was definitely my favourite book this month, and one of my favourites of the year. I adored the characters, the message, the plot, everything. I also love how much of it was open for interpretation and the writing was so beautiful. I will be writing a review soon, so if you’re interested, look out for that!
❀ Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
I’ve heard some amazing things about Jo Nesbo so I went on a charity shop binge and bought a few of his books. This is more of a novella, really, and it reads like one. It was entertaining but I wasn’t sold on the characters and the plot was pretty generic. If you need to kill a couple of hours though, I wouldn’t not recommend it.
❀ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I had to read this for my LGBTQIAP+ section of my English Literature coursework and loved it. This book follows the romance between Achilles and Patroclus in Greek mythology, and the tragedy that follows. As it’s a Greek tragedy, don’t go into it expecting a happy ending, that’s all I’ll say. Highly recommend!
❀ The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
This was another book I had to read for literature class, which follows a woman in the 1920s who opens her house up to boarders, and ends up falling in love and having an affair with the married woman who takes up rent. There’s also a crime aspect in the latter half of the book, which I won’t spoil, but really made it interesting even if it was a little predictable. I really don’t know how to describe my thoughts on this book so I can’t say if I’d recommend it or not, but it certainly made for an interesting story and while Lilian and Frances aren’t exactly a couple I ship for reasons you’ll see if you read the book (power imbalance being one of them, I felt). That may have just been my interpretation but Sarah Waters has many, many historical f/f romances so I might pick up some of her other work and see if I connect more with those.
❀ Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as much as everyone else seems to. I found the main character to be a little bit of a Manic Pixie Dream girl and some of the insta-love scenes to be quite cringey and awkward. The plot kind of has me wanting to pick up the rest in the trilogy and people have told me it gets better, so I might continue, I might not.
❀ A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
I read this right after Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I enjoyed this one so much more. I love VE Schwab’s writing. There’s something about it that really hooks me and drags me in, as it did with the Monsters of Verity duology. I totally see the hype with this one and will definitely be picking up the others in the series.
❀ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
I listened to this one as an audiobook for the ‘book with magic’ quest for #TheReadingQuest and loved it. The narrator was solid, the story was awesome and, while I don’t mean I enjoyed it any less at the age I am now, I really wish I would have read this when I was younger because I think I would have adored it. I’ll definitely be picking up the other books in the Brooklyn Brujas when they come out!
❀ Young Elites by Marie Lu
I just finished this book as I’m writing this, and have also just posted a review so it is very fresh in my mind. This book is so dark and interesting – much better than I originally thought it was going to be! Very highly recommend this one and can’t wait to pick up the next book when the readathon is over. Review here.
So, those are all of the books I read in August! This month seems to have gone by so quickly but I’ve also done so much that I’m proud of and can look back fondly on. And not a bad reading month too!
Let me know the best/worst/any books you read this month!