Hello my fellow book lovers! This month, I read a total of eight books. That sounds like a decent amount, but I feel like I read all of them at the beginning of August and have been in a reading slump ever since. Additionally, my unlimited audiobook subscription said I exceeded my monthly limit (???), so I couldn’t listen to anymore books, which also explains why I haven’t been reading much lately.
Anyway, I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. I have to admit this was a rather mediocre month 😦 When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.
Unfortunately, Crazy Rich Asians didn’t live up to the hype for me… It’s partially my own fault as this wasn’t the type of contemporary novel I tend to love. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters nor the plot, so I won’t be continuing this series. You can read my review here.
Van Jones makes a lot of interesting points in Beyond the Messy Truth and I admire his activism, but overall, I don’t always agree with him which made this an average read. The audiobook was good, though I nonetheless wish it had been narrated by the author himself. You can read my review here.
I watched the movie adaptation’s trailer before picking up The Miseducation of Cameron Post, so I was surprised when the plot of the novel isn’t about conversion therapy. While it’s necessary to know how Cameron Post ends up there, I nonetheless wasn’t fond of the pacing, nor the writing style. I’m keen to check out the film adaptation, but I can’t say I really loved reading this. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t very moving either. You can read my review here.
Being Jazz was an entertaining read! I didn’t know much about Jazz Jennings before reading this, so I learnt a lot. Considering she wrote this when she was merely fifteen years old, however, she’s often-times a bit naïve. You can read my review here.
Since You’ve Been Gone positively surprised me. It has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember, but I wasn’t really interested in reading it anymore. One day, however, I picked it up on a whim because I had no idea what I was in the mood for. While this isn’t one of the best YA contemporaries I’ve ever read, it was entertaining! Review to come!
I find it very hard to review poetry, because it seems so personal, as if I’m reading someone’s diary. Additionally I suck at deciphering metaphors, so the genre often doesn’t work for me. That said, Milk and Honey is one of the most accessible poetry collections I have ever read and I highlighted several poems. Review to come!
I can’t believe I read In the Afterlight in August, it seems like it was months ago! I highly enjoyed this series, it’s so entertaining and filled with twists-and-turns. You can read my spoiler-free review of the Darkest Minds trilogy here.
I read The Hate U Give shortly after it was released last year, so this was a re-read. I listened to the audiobook this time around and the story is just as good as the first time I read it!
So this was my August wrap-up! It wasn’t the best month, but not the worst either. Which books did you read this month?
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3 thoughts on “Wrap-Up | August 2018”
Eight books is a lot, you should be proud of yourself! But hope you get out of your slump soon 🙂 I read Since You’ve Been Gone two summers ago and remember having fun with the story and characters. It’s a shame you didn’t like Crazy Rich Asians, I very much enjoyed the movie but wasn’t really interested in picking up the book because I’m also not a huge fan of those types of contemporaries. Hope you have a better reading month in September!
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Thank you!! Yeah, I think Crazy Rich Asians would work better for me as a movie as well.
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I liked Since You’ve Been Gone but I had issues with the ending. I loved In The Afterlight and it was my favorite of the series! I need to read The Hate U Give soon!