I’m really happy with my month. I was on vacation the entire time and it was fun and relaxing. I did fun stuff and I loved hanging out with my friends. I ended up reading a total of twelve books / graphic novels this month. I’m really content with that. I finished my Goodreads goal this month!Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I started the month with Crooked Kingdom. It was about time I read this. It was a buddy read with Nadwa and Lia. I don’t know why, but this took me so long to read. I really enjoyed it though! I loved the constant suspense and the countless twists and turns. I loved slowly finding out the plans and trying to guess what’ll happen next. This book is so well constructed. Of course I loved the characters. They are great. I gave it the full five out of five stars.
Saga Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I enjoyed this more than I expected to. The story had me intrigued and I liked the art style. I thought the second volume was a good continuation. I would recommend these. I gave both four out of five stars.
The Hobbit: Graphic Novel by Chuck Dixon and J. R. R. Tolkien
I liked this better than the original novel. I did get really bored about halfway through, but at least I finished this while I DNF’ed the book. I think the art was very beautiful. It added a lot to the story. Still I only gave this 2.5 out of 5 stars. I stand by my opinion that for this book in particular, the movies are better. Even though those are dragged out.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Then I moved on to this book. I’m doing a re-read of the series before moving on to Stars Above and Wires and Nerve. I’m really loving it. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series. I think I liked Scarlet even more than when I read it the first time. I was already attached to the characters and that made a big difference I suppose. I just loved everything about this book. I loved picking up on things I missed the first time. Of course I gave this five out of five stars! If you haven’t read this series, please do. It’s fantastic.
Juliet takes a breath by Gaby Rivera
This book was absolutely amazing! It deserves all the stars! It handles topics such as diversity, racism, queerness, … in such fantastic ways! I found myself highlighting so many passages in this book. On top of that it’s really funny. It has some fabulous characters. I loved Juliet the main character. She felt very real and her story is an important one to tell. I also loved so many side characters. Kira, Ava , Maxime, Zaire, her titis / aunts, Lil’ Melvin. If you haven’t read this, go do it!! It’s absolutely fantastic!
Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
Then I read this graphic novel. Overall I thought it was okay. I gave it three out of five stars. There were a lot of characters and most of the time I didn’t know who was who. I didn’t like the story all that much. It was rather bland. Oh well.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
After reading and absolutely loving Kids of Appetite last month I really wanted to pick up David Arnold’s other novel. Although I enjoyed Mosquitoland, I didn’t love it nearly as much as Kids of Appetite. I loved the writing style and the unique characters in both books. Every time I open one of Arnold’s books I’m surprised by the types of diversity he includes. I love that. I really liked the storyline of Mosquitoland, including the ending. The main reason I didn’t love this as much as KoA is the main character, Mim. I often didn’t agree with her actions. Ultimately I gave this book four out of five stars.
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Next I read this book. It was a fabulous sequel and continuation of the story. As with all of Riordan’s books, I loved the writing style and the humour. I laughed out loud several times. I also loved the mythology aspect of the book. I study both latin and Greek and I’m familiar with a lot of the original stories. I loved to see how Rick Riordan interpreted them this time. I did have some problems with Apollo though. He is very self-centered and that annoyed me. It’s a good characterization since he’s an ex-god, but still. I gave this four out of five stars.
The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
This book was a very quick and enjoyable read. I liked the writing style and the mythology aspect. I had a few problems with the main character Hel though. I found her to be whiny, bitter and hateful. I also had my problems with the love interest. Hel wants to ‘steal’ a married man because she’s in love with him. No, not okay. That is very disrespectful, especially to his wife. Despite those problems, I did enjoy reading this. I gave it three out of five stars. I’m sad I didn’t like it better as it is a very beautiful book. the cover, spine, back cover, end pages and illustrations inside are all very pretty.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I enjoyed this a lot. I loved the friendship between Ari and Dante and the slow build of the romance. It’s definitely something you don’t come across often in YA. The last chapter gave me all the feels. I really loved Dante in general. I related to him in ways I haven’t found many characters I can relate to. I also loved how heavily this book focused on family and its importance. Even though the story is entirely about the characters, it did have some plot twists I did not see coming.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Lastly, I read Illuminae and I highly enjoyed it! It’s so different from anything I’ve ever read. It was so cool to see all the different formats. As I don’t read Sci-Fi often I did need some time to get used to some of the terms. I found this story very immersive. Before going into this I was a bit scared I wasn’t going to be in the story as I am in other books. I’m glad that wasn’t the case. I was quickly attached to the main characters. I really liked them. The plot was very exciting and fast paced too. I would definitely recommend this! I ended up giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
That’s all of the reading I got done in August. As far as my Goodreads goal goes, I’ve finished it! I’m really happy about that. I’ve now read 70 books out of my original goal of 60 books!
This month was very chill. I hung out with friends a lot. My mom and I went to Brussels and Antwerp to visit the bookshops there. Stuff like that. It was a nice vacation.
This was a really good month in terms of posting!
That’s all for this month’s wrap up. I hope you enjoyed this post! See you next time!