Welcome to another reading wrap up! August was actually a great reading month – I feel like I read a lot (for me) and I enjoyed everything I read (for the most part)! So I am super excited to talk about books I read.
This was a wonderful surprise for me, just because I got this in an Owlcrate and had no idea what to expect from it. But it was such a wonderful read, with a really great setting, that reminded me a lot of Middle Grade Fantasy books I used to love. On top of that, it was tropey in the best way, and I really enjoyed it so much and had such a wonderful reading experience with it. I have a full review up, and you can find more of my thoughts on the book HERE.
I was so lucky to get to read Lucky Caller early. Emma Mills is one of my absolute favorite writers, and I am so glad I got to read this so early. I am holding off on the review until a bit closer to the January release date, but just know that this is as precious and as wonderful as all Emma Mills’ books and it features references to her previous books + a friend group that runs a 90s music radio show for a school project. There’s also a childhood sweetheart romance and great family dynamics and we stan Emma Mills forever.
Another wonderful surprise of the month! I got this alongside my Gideon the Ninth ARC and hadn’t known what to expect, but this novella was fantastic. The writing is absolutely stunning and transportive, the story is dark and gritty, and there are these romantic subtones to it that just elevate it to another level. If you want more of my thoughts, my review is now up on Goodreads (and hey, let’s be friends on there!)
Then I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I can safely say this book was gorgeous, in and out. By far, one of the best-written debuts I ever read. The writing is absolutely stunning, and the novel is a celebration of stories and fantastical worlds, but it also looks at the human experience in a really wonderful way. Highly recommended. Full review can be found HERE.
I love Loki and I really loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but this did not really work for me fully. I think it definitely had its strong points – I enjoyed the first part and I think Loki’s character was done justice, but I think the book like all Mackenzi Lee’s novels had some pacing issues and I wanted a lot more from it than I got. Full review is available HERE.
Then I had to reread Red, White and Royal Blue for self-care reasons and it was even better upon reread. Amazing characters and amazing character dynamics, and by far one of my favorite books of the year. You can find my full review HERE.
This is a graphic novel memoir, and it covers so many important topics, like sexual abuse and alcholism and it’s actually a memoir, so it’s very personal and poignant. However, the format did not really work to its advantage fully, but I would still recommend this, because I think it was really important. More thoughts available on my Goodreads.
I am so sad about this, but I had so many issues with this. From the world-building, to the writing, to the narrative structure and pacing, this book incredibly frustrated me, and not even the more basic version of the Nina x Matthias dynamic could save it for me. I wrote a long review about why I did not like it, and you can find it HERE.
I did DNF one book – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. I could not get into it at all, and I was really struggling, so it was just time to dnf it. I might return to it someday, but I don’t really see myself doing that. No one is more saddened by this development than me.
Here’s how I did this month:
This is overall a really great stats break down and I am so satisfied with this. Hopefully, the rest of the year is also this great!
I’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in August? I’d love to know!
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