July Wrap Up and August TBR

July was a pretty good month for me. I had holidays for the first half of the month so I got a reasonable amount of reading and writing done.

Unfortunately I always wish I could have done a bit more, and especially in terms of school work I didn’t do as much as I probably should have. But overall a good month.

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Books I Planned to Read

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Books I Actually Read

I managed to read so many books this month!! I’m so happy with myself.


10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This book kept me engaged the whole time, I read this very quickly. I was so thankful to be back reading YA books rather than school ones. I found the world building really interesting, it wasn’t super developed but there were several components that were unique to other books I’d read. I found the magic system really interesting and cool. Plus the writing was really interesting to read and flowed really smoothly.

CURRENT!!wrap up review


14061955Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the world expanded and the world building was really good even though I still wish there was more. The writing as still amazing and fast paced, and I found there was a lot more character development in this one so I was able to relate to the characters a lot better. I loved the secondary characters who were introduced and I like how the plot managed to expand and the stakes became higher without things getting out of hand.

CURRENT!!  Look out for my review soon.


14061957Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

This was a very satisfying ending to an amazing series. I liked how the conflict was kept small and manageable by having small numbers and not having massive all out battle scenes, the majority of the plot was about our small band of heroes which was nice to see. I also liked how we got to see more of what happened after the climax of the story, that ending was really heartwarming and haunting.

CURRENT!! Look out for my review soon


15195Maus by Art Spiegelman

I haven’t read many graphic novels so I have to say I just don’t think the art style was for me. I did enjoy reading this, but there were some times when it felt a bit slow for me. I got a bit confused as to who was who in the cast of characters and personally the ending felt a bit rushed. I feel like I have possibly read a few too many WW2 novels to get the full impact of the horrors that this graphic novel detailed, but I still enjoyed reading it.



29056083Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I wasn’t really expecting something amazing from this book after hearing so many other people being disappointed, and I kind of agree. It wasn’t horrible, but I don’t think I can hold it seriously in Harry Potter canon. This was just basically an interesting alternative text like a fanfiction. It wasn’t super great, but it was interesting to look at one option of what Harry Potter’s future could have turned out like.

three-stars  Look out for my review soon


25817407The Siren by Kiera Cass

I found this book highly enjoyable. The premise was nothing like I expected, in terms of world building and creativity I like this book far better than The Selection series. I would be super interested in seeing how this idea played out other times, so much could be done with it. However the whole romance part of the novel felt a bit predictable and I feel like there could have been a better way to use this really interesting premise.

CURRENT!!  Look out for my review soon


18209395The Klaatu Terminus by Pete Hautman

This was a solid conclusion to the trilogy, it wrapped up all the plots of the story with full exploitation that were really good and it managed to keep up the fast pace and brain twisting links through time/space. Some of the plot twists felt unnecessary, plus there was basically no character development in this book. It probably didn’t help that I hadn’t read the previous books for ages.



27067085Rules of the Game by James Frey

I’m sorry but just no, this book did not work for me. The elements I liked in the previous two books in the series, namely the strong character development and interesting plot were completely gone. This book tried to introduce a bunch of new characters and failed to develop them past caricatures. The pacing was so slow in this book, and the ending was completely unsatisfying. There was no “final battle” scene and basically no conclusion to the story.

two-stars wrap up review


12996Othello by Shakespeare

I had to force myself through this book. I felt like the beginning had nothing happening and the end had everything happening. This book was longer than I was expecting at 5 acts instead of 3. Also I couldn’t bring myself to care about what was going on. I really didn’t like Iago but I didn’t really like Orthello either. I just couldn’t get behind anyone in this book. However this will probably change as I study the text in class.



17378508Blue Lily, Lily Blue

This book didn’t feel like anything groundbreaking, nothing amazingly shocking happened but the book continued to plod along at it’s constantly interesting pace. I feel like so much more could have happened in this book but seeing more of Ronan was epic. I liked the introduction of the new characters, and additionally those final few scenes were EPIC. I love how Maggie Stiefvater writes, there are so many things omitted but it somehow works?

five-stars wrap up review


35507387We Own The Sky by Sara Crawford

This books was unlike anything I usually choose to read but especially for the first half of the book I found myself weirdly obsessed with this story. It was very likable and the plot flowed easily. This was very much a slice of life type story with relatively slow pacing so if you’re someone who needs a book to have super quick pacing this probably isn’t for you. I really liked the characters but the romance plot felt a bit much at times.

CURRENT!! Review coming soon



In August I Plan to Read

I’m going to keep this list short in the hopes that I can actually read all the book on the list, although I do aim to get to more than this. I have a BUNCH of books on my shelf right now.

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And yes, I am planning to officially start rereading The Obernewtyn Chronicles!!! This has been a long time coming, but I need to finally finish my favorite series.


Camp Nanowrimo

I had a goal of 2000 minutes spent working on my novel this month. I didn’t quite make it. I had a lot going on with school and I was just so busy.


I had a few days where I did not much writing and other days where I did super a lot of writing. I did more than nothing though, so I am happy.


what books did you read this month?

16 thoughts on “July Wrap Up and August TBR

  1. Song of the Current is on my TBR as well. It’s actually sitting on my desk waiting for me to pick it up. Hopefully Tome Topple Readathon won’t burn me out.


  2. Maus is perhaps one of my favorite graphic novels. It is so powerful and showcases beautifully what an illustrative narrative can do when handled correctly and respectfully. I have heard nothing but great things for “Six of Crows” and I was going to buy it until I got to smack my own forehead and found out I bought it randomly during a kindle book sale sometime in the last few months. I could have already been reading it!!


  3. Ha, yeah, I can’t consider The Cursed Child canon, either. I thought it was so awful that I ended up enjoying it. It was like terrible but entertaining fanfic. 😂
    Gaah, I’m jealous that you’re rereading the Obernewtyn Chronicles! I need to do that, but I want to wait until I have all the books, and I don’t think they’re all out yet, or at least not on the Overdrive library site.
    I had a pretty good reading month, too. My books are listed here. 😊


    1. I totally agree, I approached The Cursed Child like it was a fanfiction and I was interested by the representation of the world it presented but I don’t have to take it seriously. Yes!! Obernewtyn!! Its my favorite series and I have been meaning to reread it since the last book came out but I am only getting around to it now. I also had to find a way to purchase all the books… also procrastination… woops.


  4. Yay that you still got writing done though! Some is better than none! *throws confetti and cake crumbs* ALSO I LOVE THE RAVEN CYCLE AND I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE READING IT!! I haven’t read Cursed Child yet because I read all the spoilers and it *does* sound like kind of laughable fanfic at times?! But I might try it someday because I’m still a bit intrigued heheh. Also Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom are both intense buckets of aMAZING. I hope you like them!!


    1. Thanks!! I am super excited to read both The Raven King and the Six of Crows duology because so many people have told me how amazing they are! And yes, Cursed Child was basically laughable fanfiction, but sometimes that’s what you need, that’s why fanfic is so great.


  5. Good work with managing some Camp NanoWrimo, that’s still awesome that you managed to write. You make me want to reread the Grisha books. Looks like you have some good books coming up in august. Have a good month!


  6. Oh my gosh, it looks like you had such a wonderful reading month, both quality and quantity-wise! I really enjoyed Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy but Six of Crows blows it out of the water. I love it so, so much! Good luck with August, and I hope it’s just as productive as July was for you! :)

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks


    1. Yes I had a really good reading month. I had holidays for half the month meaning I had a lot more time for it. I am super excited to read Six of Crows because one of my close friends has been raving about it for over a year. Hopefully you have a good reading month too.


  7. I really want to read the Grisha trilogy!! I’ve been hearing such amazing things about it! It looks like you had an awesome month of reading, and another awesome one coming up!!


    1. Yes!! You should totally read the Grisha trilogy. I am having some really good reading months at the moment so hopefully it keeps up. Hopefully your month will be full of good books too!

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  8. I loved the Grisha trilogy! OMG – so good! I did pretty well with my July reading goals, unfortunately, I’ve already failed a reading challenge for the first week of August! LOL! I’m hoping to learn not to set my goals so dang high! :D


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