August Wrap up

I actually read ALOT! in August, just not from my set TBR! It was a great reading month but I did find myself going off on tangents, picking up short story collections from my favourite series and indulging in them as well as some big books and some August ARCs before I focused on those for September. So while it was a super successful reading month I somewhat forgot about the Trope-ical readathon as i somewhat failed to stick to that TBR. Opps.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 16

PAGES: 4706

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 4

4.5 STARS: 4

4 STARS: 5

3.5 STARS: 4

Book of the Month

Such a hard choice this month that I have ended up picking a couple of them. It was just a great reading month and I want to recognise both of these books as being the best of an amazing bunch.

The Space Between Worlds
Micaiah Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

eArc

I really wish this book was getting more hype. It was fantastic! Just a perfect blend of lighter Sci-fi with deep characters that explored all manner of topics. It was so beautifully crafted and detail filled that you really go to know these characters and their world. I really enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely be re-reading.

My Review HERE

The Ghost Tree
Christina Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

eARC

Despite being set in the height of summer this is the Autumnal book we have all been waiting for. It is just the prefect blend of the mundane character issues such as growing out of friendships, clashes with neighbours and young romance, all blended with creepy woods, spooky goings on, witchy vibes and gore! The 1980’s setting just adds even more to this book. (Note: there are a lot of trigger warnings for this book). It is a real page turner to get wrapped up in a blanket and read in one sitting.

My review will go live on the 8th Sept


WHAT I READ –

Seven Devils
Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Fun filled feminist Space Opera is the perfect description of this book. While it does feel a little YA despite one of the main perspectives being in her 40s, it is still a fanatically entertaining read jam packed with twists and turns and a heist or two. Great if you are looking for a intro to space opera

My Review is Here

All your Twisted Secrets
Diana Urban

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I picked this up as part of the Thoughts and Talks bookclub reading battle for the troupe: Locked room mystery! I was so glad I did. This was such a fun YA mystery. I listened to the Audio on scribd and I really loved the narration and the writing style. My only fault was there was a little too much “I know what the kids are into” pandering which also dated the book. I will have a full review of this soon.

The book cover of The Beast and the Bethany.

The Beast and The Bethany
Author

Rating: 5 out of 5.

ARC/Blog Tour

Ahhhh this book was super close to being another book of the month. This was a delight! I read this as part of The Write Read Ultimate Blog Tour and I am so glad I got to take part. I can really see why this book had a movie deal even before publication as It is such a funny yet thoughtful book.

My review can be found here

The Adventure Zone: Petal to the Metal
The McElroy Family

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved the podcast so of course I am going to love the Graphic novel. They do such a great job of transferring all the giggles and highjinks of the podcast into the graphics and they really maintain the same feel. This actually spurred me on to go back to re-listen to the older episodes and this campaign.

I hope to write a full graphic novel review for this volume this month.

The Mime Order
Samantha Shannon

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Read as part of Tome Topple and the only Tome I managed to complete this round. I am enjoying this series. We got a lot more of Scion London which was really interesting and the world building was really awesome. My only reservation was a lot of it seemed like filler and the plot itself was lacking a little.

Again i am hoping to have a full review up soon.

Rogue Protocol
Martha Wells

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

We all know my deep love for Murderbot at this point. Do I really need to say much more. I will happily continue to read this series and continue to enjoy this sarcastic AI. Again for such a short book I really fell in love with the characters. There is just so much going on and so much depth to them all, and that ending was so sad!

Mini review to follow.

Lies, Damned Lies, and History
Jodi Taylor

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Another series I am just adore. Again we are launched straight into the action and have to keep up with all that is going on. This one took a darker turn with our beloved Trio potentially loosing there positions at Saint Mary’s and the ending, as usual, was nail-biting with a last line that was just a killer!

You know book 8 is no my immediate TBR.

The Great St Mary’s Day out
Jodi Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A short story that reverses the role for Max and sees her having to be the responsible one whom preforms the job without causing havoc while the upper management enjoy their day out with as much mess as possible. These shorts are always funny and add so much in the way of little details to the main plot.

I am always up for an adventure at St Mary’s

My Name is Markham
Jodi Taylor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another short from the universe of St Mary’s but unusually this one was from Markham’s perspective. This was one of the Christmas stories and it was so nice to get it from a different perspective especially as Markham isn’t a historian so we got a bit more of the technical side of the high-jinks.

I am really looking forward to book 8 in the series!

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker
ALauren James

Rating: 4 out of 5.

eARC

This was such an interesting and unusual read. Another one that is great if you are looking for a little bit of ghost fun for your autumn TBRs. Again it really focuses ont he characters and it was amazing to have such a morally grey main character. It was fun to actively dislike some of her actions and also champion on her evil ways!

My review will go live on Sept 3rd

Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Shadowhunter Saturday

The first in The Infernal Devices series and I do think I will enjoy this series more than the first trilogy of The Mortal Instruments. It really captured you from the get go. Unfotunately, it did suffer from Clare’s slow middles and I do feel it was lacking a bit in world building.

I have a full Shadowhunter’s Saturday post HERE

Small Spaces
Katherine Arden

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Middle Grade Marvels

Another spooky read. I think I have been secretly yearning for the cold crispness of Autumn, and seeking out spooky autumn feeling reads. This was such a creepy read. One of those that had your spine tingling and the pages turning. It was really atmospheric!

I already have the second book on my shelves and will hopefully continue soon.

Tales from the Folly
Ben Aaronovich

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A whole bundle of short stories set around on of my favourite series I am of course going to dive right in. There was a mixed collection. Some I adored, some that added more to the lore, some that were just a good laugh and others that just gave a little insight into a little moments in one of the novels. It made me want to go back and re-read the whole series just to spend time with all my favourite characters again.

I will have a breakdown of all my thoughts on this collection soon.

The Inheritance Games
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

ARC/Blogtour

I recevied this ARC as part of The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour which Starts today (Sept 1st)! Wow was it a fun read. It has really Knives Out kind of vibes with twists and turns, backstabbing and mystery every step of the way. it was just so much fun and I couldn’t put it down!

My turn on the tour is Sept 4th and I will have a full review up then.


I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

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