AUGUST WRAP UP // Reading Old and New Favourites!

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with my August wrap up! This month started off really strong and I read some new favourites that I absolutely loved but I also had a fair bit of assessment towards the end of the month so my reading and watching really tapered off towards the backend of the month.

Overall, August was a good month, if not a little bit stessful towards the end, so now I’m really excited to see what I read or watch in September!

Also, for anyone curious, I host the GraphicsAThon with Destiny and round 2 will be taking place October 11-19th so you can look forward to an announcement for that soon!

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August Wrap Up

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with my August wrap up! I only had one book on my tbr for this month and I actually managed to read it in the first week of the month so I was pretty chuffed with myself for that. I definitely read more books than I thought I would this month so I’m not gonna lie even though I didn’t read a massive load of books I am still pretty proud of myself.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

This month the only book on my tbr was my arc copy of They Both Die at The End, and somehow I managed to read it, plus a whole bunch of other amazing novels!

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Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 2 by Scott Aukerman A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction More Happy Than Not

Spider-Man/ Deadpool Vol 2

Read 02/08/2017 ★★★☆☆ (3.5/5)

I wasn’t a massive fan of the first half of this comic but I think it really picked up towards the end, that being said it ended on a cliffhanger. Considering the ending I feel like I should definitely be more excited about the next volume, I don’t know if I just wasn’t a big fan of this one or if I’m just too tired at the moment.

A Wrinkle In Time [Graphic Novel]

Read 05/08/2017 ★★★★★

I really loved reading this, it’s definitely one of my favourite children’s classics, and I’m kind of stunned by how many people didn’t even know about this until the movie trailer came out. That being said for the first 95% of the book there’s mainly only build up, and even the ending is pretty flat. I really don’t know what I love so much about this story, but whatever it is, I need more of it on my tbr.

They Both Die At The End

Read 06/08/2017 ★★★☆☆

I think I’m in the minority when I say this but for the first two thirds of this book I was pretty bored. I mean it took me a month to read the first half of this, but then I smashed out the rest of the book in a couple of hours. I really enjoyed this overall, and the ending left me speechless and running high on every type of emotion, I will definitely be picking up another Adam Silvera novel soon. Seriously guys, that ending, you have to read this book.

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We Should All Be Feminists

Read 08/08/2017 ★★★★★

This was so powerful, I need to take a walk. Be back soon.

Sex Criminals Volume 1

Read 10/08/2017 ★★☆☆☆

I feel… unimpressed. I didn’t have high hopes or anything, but I did still think I would really enjoy it. While, the idea for this comic series is really interesting I was mostly bored while reading it and so I really don’t think I’ll be continuing this series.

More Happy Than Not

Read 14/08/2017 ★★★★★

I think I’m in love with Adam Silvera’s writing? Seriously, his books are so good and so thought provoking. Like They Both Die At The End, I’m going to have to sleep this one off and talk about it a lot to my friends for the next week or so.
I know I gave this a 5 star but I did have one problem with this that was constantly bugging me throughout the book, but I’m pretty tired so I’ll get into it in my review.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among The Sticks and Bones

Read 18/08/2017 ★★★★★

I wasn’t expecting this to be as funny as it was, nor was I expecting to finish this book in one day. But hey, this series is just that good!

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Books: 4

Comics/ Graphic Novels: 3

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What did you read this month?
Have you read any of these books?

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August Favourites | 2017

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with my favourites for this month! I had a pretty mellow month, but I did get a surprising amount of books read.

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This month I really didn’t get too into Youtube this month, in fact it felt like more of a chore to watch videos (which I know sounds terrible), but I was ridiculously busy and too tired to really concentrate and they felt like such a distraction.

But I did get pretty hooked on TheBookHoarder’s vlogs. Dana is a really lovely and upbeat woman and she’s been really successful in her career while also still going to Uni so it was so nice to watch her in her videos. I definitely recommend her in general, but particularly if you ever need to bring your mood up or if you’re feeling a bit sad.

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I don’t really have a specific favourite book of the month because I actually ended up reading a lot of really great novels this month. I actually managed to read a bunch of Adam Silvera’s novels this month and kind of got obsessed. One of my first reads of the month was of an e-arc of They Both Die At The End (my review will be out early next month) and then I read More Happy Than Not later on in the month and I LOVED IT.

I also read Down Among The Sticks and Stones right after More Happy Than Not and I also really loved it, in fact I read the entire book on my bus rides on a school excursion. I should have a review up for it early October… I really don’t know what’s happening, I usually hate reviews, but this month I’ve actually planned and written quite a few.

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Most of you guys probably know this because I feel like I’ve really gone on about it lately, but this month I did the QCS. I really have to say that I am so excited that it is finally over and done with.

Also, I officially only have two weeks of this term left. Actually next week is my exam block (oh, joy) and then a week after that I have two weeks of holidays and I am honestly going to just blog, read and catch up on all the sleep I missed this month.

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How was your month?
What was your favourite read this month?

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August TBR

I’m writing this at the very back end of July so I don’t know if I will actually read in August but basically all month I’ve been reading an e-arc of Adam Silvera’s newest book, They Both Die At The End. As I’m writing this I’m only 51% of the way in and I’m not as in love with it as I thought it would be but I am still enjoying it.

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If I have the chance to get any reading done this month I am planning to try and finish They Both Die At The End. But if I’m not enjoying the book or need a break I do have a few comics on hold at the library.

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What are you reading this month? Have you read an Adam Silera novel yet?

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Monthly Recommendations: August

I’ve never participated in this group before but I really like the idea of this group so hopefully I’ll be able to give this a go every month or two.

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An underrated book

Wonderstruck  – I really appreciate this book and commend Selznick for writing it. It really puts into perspective how when movies were first being made everyone (apart from the blind) could watch them but now not everyone can. Movies now have more words and often don’t even have subtitles. These days if you go to the cinemas even if you pay to see a movie with subtitles they don’t always show them (which is really annoying and offensive). As a deaf person this book really resonates with me because it really puts the everyday life of a deaf person into perspective and gives full-hearing people an idea of how difficult it can be to have a hearing problem.

A book set in school

Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging – This book series is really simple and short, full of teenage drama and angst. Georgia Nicholson is a dramatic and emotional young teenager going through her years in highschool and trying to figure out how boyfriends and parents work.

A creepy book

Peter Pan – I haven’t read too many creepy books and this isn’t really marketed as a creepy book. I found Peter to be an intensely creepy and insane character, he did the most disturbing things and I never knew what he was going to do next. The book is certainly different to the book.

A trilogy

The Starbound Trilogy – I absolutely loved the first book in this trilogy and knew I had to read the next two books. This is a companion trilogy, so like The Lunar Chronicles we meet different characters in each of the books and then they all team up to save te world in the last book! This is a really enjoyable series – if you’re not a massive fan of the sci-fi genre then don’t worry because it’s not too heavy in that regard.

A book you think others should read ASAP/before the end of the year

I recently read The Final Empire and I absolutely loved it! Brandon Sanderson is a master of high fantasy! The world of the Mistborn series is soo unique and complex that it is unlike anything else, I urge you to pick it up as soon as possible (the audiobook is really good too!).

A fantasy book

The Golden Door – this is a childhood favourite of mine, I really love this book and would urge anyone to pick it up no matter what age they were. It’s a great fantasy novel, full of unique monsters and new worlds.

A book with little to no romance

Skulduggery Pleasant – I am only on book 3 of this series but so far there is no romance. The characters in this series are all different and each have unique personalities. Skulduggery Pleasant and the main character have a really great friendship, their banter is hilarious and you really wouldn’t want to face them in a fight!

A standalone

Everything Leads to You – I read this in July and loved it! This is about a girl who works backstage in hollywood, she makes the sets. It was really interesting to see that side of Hollywood, it was definitely a different perspective. This novel is also LGBT so that’s a plus!

Your favourite survival story

Harry Potter – I don’t know if anyone else would class this series as a survival series but I always have. For seven books Harry is literally avoiding death while trying to do his homework. He is constantly running from Voldemort or being thrown into tournaments designed to put you in terrible danger.

Your favourite book friendship

The Gangsey from The Raven Cycle. I absolutely love this group!! Every person in the group would die for the other, they are an absolutely fantastic group of kids and honestly you just really need to read this series.

A book set outside of the US, or that features travel/vacation

Macbeth takes place in Scotland. Of all the plays I’ve read and seen written by Shakespeare this is certainly my favourite. I love Lady Macbeth, she could probably fit into the category that comes after this one because she is certainly an empowering female figure. Lady Macbeth is a chick you do not want to mess with!

(I really love these covers – this website makes heaps of different classics covers, you should check them out!)

A book with your favorite empowering female character

I really want to say Vin from the Mistborn series because she’s incredibly badass but I’m currently reading the second book and it just seems everything she does is for or about her boyfriend and I just… ugh. When she’s not being really sappy she is definitely a badass, whether or not she is an empowering character I guess I’ll find out soon!

REVIEWS:

Wonderstruck

The Final Empire

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Raven King

Macbeth