Wrap-Ups

AUGUST WRAP-UP! [2017]

Here is my first wrap-up, and we start off with a good reading month because I READ 12 BOOKS! I have never read more than 10 books in a month before and I’m so pleased with myself! Below are short reviews of all the books I’ve read, if there is a full review on GoodReads I will also link it down. I have listed the books from least to best rated. Firstly, here are my monthly my stats.

• 1 star – 0                        •  >100 pages – 4                 •  Contemporary/Romance – 4

• 2 star – 1                        • 100-200 pages – 2             •  Classics – 3

• 3 star – 4                        • 200-300 pages – 1             • Fantasy – 5

• 4 star – 6                        • 300-400 pages – 4             • Author gender: 8 female/4 male

• 5 star – 1                       • 400-500 pages – 1

                Total pages: 2,619

 

 

LOWEST RATING: SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA... Talks about Writing Her New Book: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becki Albertali

No of Pages: 303

Goodreads Rating: 2/5

(full review)

The curse of the BookTube hype had hit HARD in this case. I have never seen a review for the book that was less than four stars, so I naturally thought that if so many people loved it, I should too! Wrong. I really did not like the main protagonist at all, and that is where it all went wrong because it’s hard to enjoy a book where you cannot stand them. Simon, in my opinion, was very self-centred, horrid, and judgemental all the time, and his closest friends did not deserve him as he barely paid attention to their lives as he was so wrapped up in his own life and just was constantly feeling sorry for himself. This was one of those rare times where I want to un-haul the book; I can’t even remember the last time I wanted to do that! It just didn’t mix well with me unfortunately, which is sad because so many people are head-over-heels with this book!

 

What is the strangest comment you have ever had made about one of your ...ELEANOR AND PARK

Author: Rainbow Rowell

No of Pages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

Even though it was a very quick read, it took me a while to get through it as I kept putting it down and losing interest. I guess I read this too late, because if I read it as a teenager and not a twenty-something, it probably would have enjoyed it more. I still really enjoyed it and it was a cute story on first love, and the personal struggles they both went through can be relatable at any age. I did feel a bit let down because I loved Fangirl so much and many people said this was their favourite of theirs, my expectations were too high, I guess. Still a good, light read for summer.

 

The Book Challenge: Book 96 - Slaughterhouse FiveSLAUGHTERHOUSE 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

No of Pages: 177

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This book was interesting to say the least! I didn’t know what it was about so I went in completely blind. It was a time-travel/war book, and very hard to explain. Vonnegut’s writing style is very simplistic and an overuse of ‘So it goes’ got a bit tiring eventually. It was an eye-opening book on the effects of war, it was very much an anti-war book which was good to read about.

 

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI28458598

Author: Sandhya Menon

No of Pages: 380

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

At first I really loved the story, it was great to learn a bit more about Indian culture. I was a fan of how strong-willed and passionate Dimple was, and also how traditional and romantic Rishi was. It was great to see how they helped each other to follow their passions, they were so cute together! The only problems I had were that I would’ve liked more focus on the technology-side and the Insomnia Con, as it seems there was a lot more focus on the talent show than the app development, and I didn’t care much for the talent show. Also, Dimple seemed to forget her passion during the romance and wasn’t as strong-minded. And it did seem quite predictable at the end, but overall it was a fabulous read and one of my favourite contemporaries.

 

THE CROWN AND THE ARROW

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 11

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

The first novella in the Wrath and the Dawn duology mainly focused on Despina and how she came to befriend Khalid’s first wife, Ava. Whilst reading you can already sense how unhappy she was and that the story would not end well. However I would’ve liked to have this story told from either Ava’s or Khalid’s POV, as Despina’s doesn’t really go into much depth about it. Still thoroughly enjoyable though!

 

Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Ray Bradbury ...FAHRENHEIT 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

No of Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

This was a re-read as when I first read it earlier in the year; I hadn’t let the story sink in and probably missed a fair bit of detail. Ray Bradbury’s writing style is very unique and may not be to everyone’s tastes. But I really enjoyed this book, it was a stand-alone, dystopian-style novel about a world where books are illegal and firemen are not the firemen we are familiar with, as they cause the fires by burning the books. It was a very impactful story highlighting the importance of knowledge and how governments have tried to control people’s free will and free speech. Everyone in the book appears to have settled with the controlled lives they had, except for the protagonist who ended up battling with his thirst for knowledge. It was such an impactful read the second time and is no-doubt a classic.

 

 

ANIMAL FARMFURORE SCRIBENDI: Book Review: ANIMAL FARM

Author: George Orwell

No of Pages: 95

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I had wanted to read this book for so long, and I had no idea why I put it off seeing as it’s less than 100 pages! I really enjoyed this and loved the message in this book. This book is so important that everyone should read in their lifetime. It beautifully illustrates how easy communism can happen and how dangerous it can be. You see the animals’ lives get more and more controlled, but they don’t notice because the changes are so slight. But comparing the start of the book and the end is so devastating that you the reader don’t even realise how bad it had gotten for the animals.

 

THE MIRROR AND THE MAZEThe Wrath and the Dawn short stories by Renee Ahdieh | Heart Via Pages

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 11

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

This novella is the perfect bridge between the first and second book in the duology. It briefly goes into the aftermath of the storm and told from the Khaliph’s POV which was interesting to read about. Although short, it was still a brilliant insight into how Khalid reacted to the devastation that took place at the end of book one. It would’ve been nice, however, for it to be a bit longer.

 

The Moth and the Flame: A Wrath & the Dawn Short Story ISBN ...THE MOTH AND THE FLAME

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 37

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The longest of the three novellas, and possibly my favourite; It looks into the relationship development between Despina and Jalal. Ahdieh’s writing is so poetic and lyrical that it’s hard to not get lost in the story! Although it can be too descriptive for some readers, it was perfect for me. This is what I needed whilst I was reading the first book, as their relationship was not explained then. And it’s so nice to come across this and get more in depth with the characters.

 

the-rose-and-the-dagger-renee-ahdiehTHE ROSE AND THE DAGGER

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

(full review) 

This was a beautiful continuation of The Wrath and The Dawn and a brilliant conclusion! Even though I found it quite slow in the first half of the book, the second picked up really well and made up for it. I like that we got to see more of Shazi’s family, especially her sister! The character development of Shazi and Khalid was very well done! Shazi is so fierce and strong-willed. It’s great to see a female protagonist who is willing to stop at nothing to get what she deserves. It was such a unique story and a whirlwind to get through, I now want to hunt down all the other books set in Persia as I absolutely fell in love with the setting!

 

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT MEHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera — Reviews, Discussion ...

Author: Adam Silvera

No of Pages: 292

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

(full review) 

The raw emotion and intensity in this novel is second-to-one. You go through the characters’ lives as they learn to cope with the death of a loved one, and Silvera writes this so perfectly. The books switches between ‘History’ and ‘Today’, so not only do you get the emotional story of mourning a loved one, but you also see how Theo’s and Griffin’s relationship blossomed and how it fell apart. Griffin had always thought that they would get back together in the end, and seeing how Griffin struggled to cope with that never happening, and also his worsening OCD, you truly feel for him as if he’s your best friend. I just wanted to jump into the book and give him a huge hug at times! The ending knocked off the half-star because it felt predictable and too troupy. But overall such a fantastic read!

 

HIGHEST RATING: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGICTitan Books - A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

Author: V.E. Schwab

No of Pages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

(full review) 

Easily my favourite read of the month, and in a very long time! From the very first page I was sucked in by Schwab’s beautiful writing. I loved the world building and the character development and the plot of the story. This book had everything I loved and wish to have in a fantast book! The magic system was so unique and clever, and yet so simple that it wasn’t too complicated to understand. The characters were some of my favourite characters I have ever read, I felt for every single character (even the bad ones). They were so well developed and flawed that they felt like real people. I cannot say enough good things about this book and cannot wait to continue the series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF:

IT (195/1145 pages)

BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME (125/334 pages)

THE HATE U GIVE (31/438 pages)

CODE NAME VERITY (22/441 pages)

 

That concludes my wrap-up for August 2017! Thanks for reading!

Abbie xxxx

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