Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again, and I know I’ve been saying that a lot for the past couple of months, but I cannot believe how fast this year went by, especially the summer. I’m heading off to college to start my sophomore year later today, and I honestly have NO idea where the summer went. I had almost four months of vacation, and it feels like it lasted a couple of weeks!
I didn’t have a great reading month in August. I don’t think I was in a reading slump because I was continuously reading one thing or another, but none of the books I read this month wow’ed me. By the end, all I wanted to do was re-read Harry Potter to stop the constant disappointment. 🙁
I surpassed my Goodreads 2015 reading goal of 85 books! I updated my challenge to 100 books, and I’m confident I’ll be able to achieve it!
~ Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
I loved the first two books, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one. I recognize its importance to the series, since there was a lot of world-building and character development, but I thought it was unnecessarily slow. I didn’t care for the new characters, and there was very little time spent on the characters I actually cared about. I gave this book three stars.
~ The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
This book offered realistic, brutal insight into mental illness. The writing was absolutely breathtaking, and the characters felt read and distinct. I was bummed by the lack of action in the plot, though. I gave this book three stars.
~ Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
A light, fun, contemporary read. I enjoyed this a lot. The writing flowed like butter, the characters were realistic and lovable, and the premise was interesting. However, I expected it to be a bit more meaningful than it actually was. I gave this book three stars.
~ The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
This book was exactly what I expected it to be. It was light, entertaining, quick-paced and totally action-packed. I did think that the ending was a little rushed, and everything was wrapped up too nicely, especially because the entire series was a lot darker than the Percy Jackson series. I gave this book three stars.
~ Reality Boy by A.S. King
This novel had a very interesting premise, and it offered insight into something I had never even thought about before. The voice was strong and consistent, and the writing was great. I just didn’t care for the romance, and the characters fell a little flat for me. Full review to come soon. I gave this book three stars.
~ The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Yes, I finally finished this beast of a book. It took me over two months, but I did it. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I didn’t dislike it either. It was unnecessarily long, the mystery wasn’t solved by the end, and nothing really happens until the last hundred pages. But Tartt is the master of crafting wonderfully realistic characters. Her writing is perfection, and you can happily read 624 pages of tiny font just because her writing is delicious. Full review coming soon. I gave this book three stars.
~ The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
I didn’t like this book. I didn’t care for any of the characters. The protagonist was unlikable. There’s nothing here except an unbelievable relationship you’re never invested in, drinking and partying. Hey, at least this book broke my three-star streak, since I gave this two stars. Full review to come.
Total Books Completed This Month: 7
Total Books Read This Year: 88