Hey everybody, today I am back with my August wrap-up. I can’t believe August is already over, I’m starting school on Monday and I’m not ready. At least it’s my last year of school, soon this will all be over! Anyway, today I want to show y’all the 9 books I read in August & other stuff that has been happening.
Books I read
- Final Draft by Riley Redgate: I read this for the Booktubeathon, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The story is lowkey boring and predictable, but the writing didn’t bother me, so I’m up for reading another one of her books. 2 stars
- Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: This was so boring. I feel like the illustrated edition is way more enjoyable because you can actually see the beasts, but this was so boring. It’s 80 pages long and it took me 7 days to read because I just couldn’t put myself through that. 1 star
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: I read the illustrated edition of this for the booktubeathon and I had such a great time. I love Harry Potter and I obviously loved this. The illustrations are beautiful, I can’t wait to read these to my kids. 5 stars
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: As you can see, I read the German edition, that’s why you might not recognize the cover. I really enjoyed this one, the pacing was a bit slow and it took like 180 pages for the book to find its footing making me read it slower. Overall, super enjoyable, you could definitely tell that the series was coming to a close since it was the third book in the quartet. 4 stars.
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: This was the best finale ever. To be honest, I hate finales in series. I always feel like they’re underwhelming and I have way too high expectations so I always end up loving the second book in the series more, but that is so not the case for The Raven King. It was such a good ending to the series, I cried so much at the end, especially when I think about one certain character, it really bums me out. 5 stars.
- Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka: I have a lot of thoughts about this. This is a debut novel (sort of) and the writing really isn’t all that. I love the idea behind this novel, but I thought the execution wasn’t that great. There’s amazing diversity in this book though and it was exactly what I needed after watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but the main character bothered me because I felt like she could never learn from her mistakes and there was a love interest that annoyed me so much because it was so obvious who was going to be endgame and it was just a huge waste of time in my opinion. 3.5 stars
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I reread this for my two year blogiversary and I loved it so much. I’m going to be rereading this series before The Darkest Star comes out in October, and I honestly cannot wait. It was great to be back with all my faves and there was just so much nostalgia, I loved it so much. 5 stars.
- Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout: After rereading Obsidian, I was like: Oh yeah, let me read like the first chapter of Onyx, just to see what happens because I can’t remember’, I ended up reading the entire book in one day. I don’t know why, I couldn’t stop it was so addicting. I love this series. 5 stars.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: I didn’t enjoy this book all to much as I was hoping I would. The scenes sometimes were so detailed that I’d be reading for so long and they would still be at like a trailer park or something. I love Zu and Liam though, and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll continue the series, but I will definitely read the Darkest Legacy because I feel like I could like her more as a main character than Ruby. The book was just way too similar to Shatter Me and quite frankly I enjoyed Shatter Me more so I’m going to finish that series first. For the people that have read both series (or at least only the first books like me) Ruby = Juliette, Liam = Adam, Clancy = Warner. That’s all I’m saying. 3 stars.
Book to Movie Adaptations I’ve Watched
I only watched two, and I have review for both of them, but I really want to talk about them again. The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie, was so good. The characters were represented amazingly, I loved the movie so much. I really want to rewatch it soon, it just was that good. It definitely deserves all of the hype that it’s getting and more and I really hope we get a sequel, because honestly John Ambrose McClaren was looking like a snack and Netflix just blew it completely out of the water. 5 stars.
Then two days ago I watched the movie adaptation for The Darkest Minds. The story was still there and everything and the movie was enjoyable, plus the characters were spot on, I loved movie Zu and Chubs, but they cut away some parts which I thought were really important to the story/ cutting them away made the motives seem illogical. By cutting away so much, they really made the connection between Liam and Ruby seem extremely insta-lovey, and it made it seem much more like Ruby had control over her powers when the entire book is basically about her struggling with her powers and her never being able to control them?? I doubt this movie will get a sequel since the movie was a little bit of a flop and it’s really generic. 3 stars.
This was the last month where I post every week day. I can’t keep up with that while I’m in my senior year, so I will be cutting it down to three times a week and maybe even taking a hiatus from January until June. It hurts me so much to do that, but I have to prioritze school and this year is really important, so it really sucks. I feel like maybe I’ll pop in every now and then but I don’t really think so.
Plus, I don’t think I’m going to be doing TBR’s again. I did one for this month and I just felt so stressed to read the books I put on my tbr. The TBR was really ambitious, and it put me under a lot of pressure, so I’m thinking that maybe for the next while I’ll be doing a tbr type thing, where I talk about the books on my night stand. Because basically the books on my nightstand are the ones that I’m planning on picking up next but not in a definite space of time, if that makes sense. I just don’t want the pressure of a tbr.
So yeah, that was my August wrap up. August flew by me entirely and I’m not ready for school so wish me luck, I will definitely need it. 🤗🤗