August Wrap Up

August was a weird month. I feel like I did nothing but it’s probably because I’ve been working a lot. I also did a whole week at the Usborne Academy in London which was fantastic. I came away with a lot of books from that week so my TBR is growing. Whilst my reading pace has slowed down, I am happy with how much I read this month because it was more than I was expecting to read.

Books:

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

This is a book that I had no real intention of ever reading. I had heard mixed things about it but not enough to make me want to pick it up. But when it came in the June illumicrate, I decided to read it so that I don’t have subscription box books constantly collecting dust on my physical TBR. However, whilst I loved the other June Illumicrate book, Birthday by Meredith Russo, I did not love this book. I thought it was okay. I think it had a lot of potential but it didn’t quite live up to everything that was promised. It has a really slow start where nothing really happens and then you have about 5 different sub plots running at the same time so you didn’t actually get enough development of any of the plots. It could have been great but the execution was mediocre. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

This is another book that I never really intended on reading but then I saw a bunch of booktubers raving about it and I was intrigued. When I saw that it was available to read on Netgalley, I decided to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but I’m reading more and more as the years go on. I tend to read a lot of LGBT graphic novels which I am always on board with. This was the first magical one I had read and I really loved seeing how the magic was portrayed in graphic novel form. The illustration style was gorgeous and just so cute. I highly recommend picking this book up based on the illustration alone. On top of that, the characters were so intriguing. As well as a great main duo, we have some amazing side characters include two kickass Nanas. I found myself loving all of the characters. Whilst I found the plot to be fun and engaging, I do feel as if it happened way too quickly. I think this story definitely could have benefitted from being a series as the plot felt rushed and not fully developed. I’m still not 100% sure on some aspects of it. Overall however, I loved this graphic novel and I would love to see more about these characters. – 4 out of 5 stars.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

I finished this book when I was in London for the week because I just couldn’t put it down. I won’t talk about it much here because I wrote a whole review of it so go check that out to find out more about my opinions but just know that I absolutely adored this book. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year that ended up disappointing me sadly. I won’t go into it here but I wrote a whole review so go check that out for more of my thoughts. – 3 out of 5 stars.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

After being disappointed by Frankly in Love, I decided to pick up an adult romance that I knew I was going to love. I was so happy whilst reading this book. It was adorable and cute. It honestly was one of the best recent romance releases and I can see myself re-reading this again soon. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate by Sandy Hall

From a disppointing read, to a great read to an even more disappointing read. I was expecting to love this book, hence why I bought a physical copy in Foyles earlier this month. However, it just fell incredibly flat for me. I hated both of the main characters because I thought they were awful people and the romance was boring. I will not be recommending this book to anyone.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

This was my August TBR Jar pick of the month and I’m so happy that I actually stuck to a TBR Jar pick for once. I actually really enjoyed this book. It was so intense yet so wonderful at the same time. I loved reading about Beck’s life and I just wish we got to see more of what happened after the climax of the book. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I then completed my re-read of Carry On ahead of Wayward Son’s release. It was an interesting re-read because I found it to be quite boring to begin with which is shocking. But it’s because the story itself is kinda boring until Baz appears a quarter of the way through. Once he appears, I raced through it because it was just so good. I cannot wait for Wayward Son now because I know that it will be epic. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Movies:

Student of the Year 2

It’s been a while since I sat down and watched a new Bollywood movie and I was in the mood to watch a trashy film so I decided to randomly watch Student of the Year 2 which was as trashy as I thought it was going to be. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it though. It was quite interesting and the songs were good, even if the acting wasn’t that great. I mean I would never recommend this film to anyone because it was awful but it was a fun one time watch. – 2 out of 5 stars

So those were all of the books that I read and the one movie that I watched in August. I definitely think I’ve lost my reading mojo from earlier this year but I’m fine with that because I’m still reading so many more books that I have done in previous years. What was your favourite book of the month? Let me know down below.

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