August has been the month that summer finally hit England (better late than never I suppose) and now I’m holding my breath waiting for the colder weather to hit because it’s just too hot.
I managed to get through a fair more books this month, I also started taking part in another weekly feature which I am having a lot of fun with, and honestly not much else happened in August for me. Where July was a really busy month for me things seemed to calm down a little in August and I was able to devote a little more time to blogging. There are still a fair few things I want to do for my blog, creating a Goodreads account remains at the top of that list, but eventually I’ll get around to them all.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
I had no clue what to expect going into this book, and even while reading it I had no clue what was going on, but it was all part of the reading experience. I had so many theories throughout reading More Than This and even though none of them turned out to be 100% correct guessing was all part of the fun.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
There were so many amazing reviews for this book on WordPress so I was really excited to get started on it. And I Darken was completely different to what I expected it to be but not in a bad way. The book focuses on Lada’s life, it was enjoyable reading her journey and I can’t wait to see where she, Radu and Mehmed go in the next book.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
This was another book which I saw so many amazing reviews for. I got a copy of My Lady Jane from my June Owl Crate box, and I’m so glad I did because I’m not sure if I would have picked this book up otherwise. A humorous retelling of Jane Grey’s life but with a happier ending I was hooked from the first page to the last.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I love Greek mythology so the fact that I hadn’t picked up this book before was a bit of a surprise. I haven’t read The Iliad but I knew how the story would end for both Achilles and Patroclus before going into The Song of Achilles. This book was heartbreaking; even when I knew what was coming I couldn’t quite believe it when it actually happened.
An Ember in the Ashes Series
I’ve had this series on my to-read list for a while, and when I received an ARC of A Torch Against the Night from YALC I knew I had to get started on it. I loved both books – the setting, the story, the characters – I didn’t even mind the love square going on. I thought the second book was even better than the first, and I hope the third book will carry on that trend.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
I received a copy of this book from HarperVoyager.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books before, despite having them all on my to-read list. But when I saw an amazing five-star review on WordPress I immediately picked up P.S. I Like You and started reading. This book is a cute and fluffy YA contemporary, something I’d recommend for a quick afternoon read.
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series
This is one of the series which I’ve had on my to-read list for a while now, but with the movie being released at the end of September I knew I had to pick up the first book at least. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is a completely unique concept and, although the first book wasn’t as good as the rest, books two and three were beyond amazing.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of August.
I featured five books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
BloodRose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I started a new weekly tag this month and posted four Wordless Wednesday features.
I haven’t got any set plans for what I’m going to read or do with my blog next month. I have a few ARC reviews which will be posted towards the end of September but otherwise it will be more of the same. I have put myself on a book buying ban, the reasons of which will be obvious to anyone who’s seen my book hauls for this month, so I may get around to some re-reads in September as well.