Hi everyone! I’ve decided to start posting monthly wrap-ups rather than reviewing every single book I read. I find it really difficult to review books that get an average rating because I never have much to say about them other than ‘I liked it but I didn’t love it.’ In these monthly wrap-ups I will share my rating of that book and also write a sentence or two summing up by feelings about the book. If I have a full review already on my blog, I will make that clear with an asterisk at the side so you can go and check out some more in-depth thoughts about the book.
I read 16 books in August and two novellas which I’m pretty happy with as it means I am speeding through my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Here are my thoughts on the books I read…
*This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab – 5/5 – I thought this book was so unique and I loved the characters! I even think it may be my favourite of V. E. Schwab’s!
*Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab – 5/5 – the sequel to Our Savage Song and I adored it as much as the first (even though the ending broke my heart!)
*Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – 3.5/5 – I really enjoyed this story even though I found it really confusing at times. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!
*Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman – 3/5 – I found this book to be rather average and I’m glad I got it on my kindle rather than paying for a paperback.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – 1.5/5 – I really didn’t like this book. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, the characters were annoying and for a thriller, I thought it was really slow-paced.
*A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – 4/5 – I really liked this book. It was cute and fluffy and a really easy read.
*Solitaire by Alice Oseman – 4.5/5 – I adored this book and I adore Alice Oseman.
*Because You Love to Hate Me – 3/5 – I loved some of the short stories and felt rather indifferent towards the rest which is why I went for a middle rating.
*Wanderlost by Jen Malone – 3/5 – another average contemporary that I was expecting more from and I’m glad I only purchased it on my kindle.
*The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – 5/5 – one of my most anticipated reads for the year and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend reading this book!
*Vicious by V. E. Schwab – 5/5 – the final book of V. E. Schwab’s that I had left to read and I loved it. It was nothing like I’ve read before and I can’t wait for the sequel.
*Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – 5/5 – the book I didn’t know I needed in my life. This quickly became one of my favourite books of all time and I cannot recommend it enough!
*The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – 4/5 – another one that wasn’t at all like I was expecting but this time it paid off. I really enjoyed this book and I think it is most definitely worth a read.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – 3/5 – I really didn’t like the romance in this book but the Italian setting was wonderful.
Girlhood by Cat Clarke – 3/5 – I liked it, I didn’t love it.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – 4/5 – this book is so empowering and left me wanting to start my own Moxie club.
I also read This Winter and Nick and Charlie which are the two novellas for Solitaire by Alice Oseman.
Let me know in the comments what books you read in August and what books you’re looking forward to reading in September!