This has been a really hectic month and therefore I haven’t read as much as I did in previous months. I still read 10 books which is great for my usual reading pace but not great in terms of my 2019 reading pace. I lost my desire to read a lot and I also got a job so I’ve been a lot busier and a lot more tired. I still managed to read 10 so let’s talk about those and some of the films that I watched.
All of the Above by Juno Dawson
This is one of the oldest books on my TBR and I decided to finally pick it up as Juno will be at YALC so it was part of my YALC TBR. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like this book. I think it had a lot of promise but I got irritated by the writing style and the main character herself. This book touches on a lot of important topics but it doesn’t deal with any of them in enough detail because it’s just too much for one book. It had so much promise but ultimately, it fell flat for me. – 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link and Robin Wassterman
This might technincally be cheating but I read the final two novellas in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market bind up this month. I read all of the novellas that were published electronically last year but I obviously had to pick up a copy of the physical bind up and read the final two stories. I loved this bind up. It might be my favourite of them all so far. It is weird though because I would recommend reading the first 8 before reading Queen of Air and Darkness (like I did) as I think it provides more context for the book but the final two novellas definitely cannot be read before QOAAD so to be on the safe side, read these novellas after QOAAD. – 5 out of 5 stars.
Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard
I then decide to focus more on some more of my YALC TBR books and this was one of them. I picked this up at a Scholastic blogger event earlier this year because I loved the idea of mashing Greek mythology with every day contemporary life. I found this to be such a fun read. I definitely think a lot of people will adore this book. I will say that this probably is closer to middle grade than YA as it definitely reads like a younger YA novel. If you’re a fan of books such as Geek Girl, this is another great book for you. – 3 out of 5 stars.
Panther by David Owen
This is one of the oldest books on my TBR and I really thought I was going to love this but it really did not work for me. I was so close to DNFing this book many times but I pushed through as it is only a short book to begin with. I think the main reason I did not like this book is because I hated the main character with a passion. I thought he was a creep and just an all around awful person. I also didn’t like how metaphorical this book was but that is because I’m not a huge fan of magical realism in general and this was on the verge of being a magical realism novel. Other people might love this book, but sadly I do not. – 2 out of 5 stars.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
I then carried on my Shadowhunter re-read with the first of the novella bind ups. It took me a while to get through this one because I find the first few stories really boring. I’ve found that I only really care about the novellas when it involves other characters I love, but the first few novellas where it was mainly just Magnus going on adventures bored me slightly. It definitely picked up in the later half when we get into the Infernal Devices era than the Last Hours era and then finally the Mortal Instruments era. One novella in particular about James Herondale has gotten me very excited for the Last Hours to finally release. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
This is a book that I received for review that comes out in October and I really enjoyed it. I’m not going to share too much of my thoughts here as I have a full review coming soon so keep an eye out for that. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson
This is a book that has been on my TBR for so long but after trying the first chapter in a try a chapter tag, I knew that it was finally time for me to pick it up. I’m so mad at myself for not reading it any sooner because damn this book was intense. I was hooked from the start and I couldn’t put it down. This book had me questioning my gut feelings about certain characters and the ending shocked me. I’m so sad that I didn’t read this any sooner because I loved it. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Take a Chance on Me by Beth Garrod
This is a book that is coming out this month that I received for review and really enjoyed. I’m not going into detail here because I have a full review up on my blog but basically, this book is a perfect beach read for a younger YA audience. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Next, I was in the mood for romance and I had heard a lot about this new release so I decided to pick it up. I actually really didn’t like this book. The cover is cute but this book is very heavy on the sexual content which isn’t really my jam. I also really didn’t like the main guy because he irritated me and he kept calling the main girl, ‘baby girl’ which I hated because nicknames like that are pet peeves of mine. – 2 out of 5 stars.
Always Be My Maybe
I was so excited for this Netflix rom com to come out and I had a lot of fun watching it. It was funny and cute, exactly what you want in a rom com. I was slightly let down though because I just felt like everything needed more development. I wanted more in-depth looks into the characters and their relationships because it all felt very surface level. I still enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new rom com. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Perfect Date
One day, I was just bored and I wasn’t in the mood to read so I decided to finally watch this Netflix rom com. I had fun watching it and it was cute but not great. I have high expectations for Netflix rom coms after To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and this just did not live up. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I then decided to watch the Jonas Brothers documentary. I’ve never been a huge Jonas Brothers fan but I really liked Sucker and I was interested in their break up so I watched it. I thought it was really interesting and a lot sadder than I thought. My main takeaway was that we all need to protect Kevin Jonas because he’s the sweetest human being ever and he doesn’t get enough love. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Then I FINALLY sat down and watched my first new Bollywood film in months. I’ve been burned out of Bollywood recently because the industry has been irritating me but this film looked like a lot of fun so I thought I would watch it and I surprisingly really enjoyed it. I’m not a huge fan of Kartik Aryan but I think this film was hilarious. It’s not one of my favourite films ever but it was a fun and entertaining watch. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Next, I was very ill so I decided to sit down and watch a Disney film because that is the best thing to do when you are sick. This was a great film. It really was so unique and it made me almost tear up a number of times. I highly recommend this film, and I really want to catch up on a bunch of disney films that I haven’t seen before. – 4 out of 5 stars.
That’s my list for this month. I watched more movies than I have done in previous months but my reading pace slowed down. I think I will be reading a lot slower over the summer due to my new summer job and then going into my final year of uni will mean that I am going to read a lot slower then but it was great whilst it lasted.