August Wrap Up
August was a great reading month for me! I had taken some time off to decompress and that also meant I’ve had a lot more time to read. I also picked up more audiobooks! This post won’t be including the books that I read during the Booktubathon, so if you want to know what I read check out my Booktubathon Wrap Up.
This is going to be a long one, so let’s get to the books!
Amy and Rodgers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This book follows Amy Curry, who is responsible for moving the family car from California to their new home in Connecticut. The only thing is, she hasn't been able to to get behind the wheel since her father had died in a car accident. Enter Rodger! Rodger is an old family friend, who also needs to make the trip across the country. The two of them decide to make the cross-country trip together, and a whole bunch of shenanigans happen from there.
I absolutely loved this book! The whole premise of the book being centred around this road trip where they don’t necessarily have a plan the whole way (except where they had to end up) was so much fun to read. I loved the details of there being scrapbook pages from Amy’s travel journal throughout the book. It was a unique touch that set this book apart. Being Canadian, I also really enjoyed learning little bits and pieces about the states that Amy and Rodger visited.
I thought Amy was a great protagonist for this type of story because, while going off plan is not something that she would usually do, she has an adventurous side that made you want to continue to take this road trip through her eyes.
Overall, this book made me really want to take a road trip and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I finally finished my re-read of The Mortal Instruments and only have a few more books to re-read before Queen of Air and Darkness. Because this is the sixth book in a series, I cannot go into any details about what happened in this book, but I will say that Cassandra Clare is skilled at setting up a new series and expertly weaves in things that end up having a huge impact later. This is one of my favourite things about her writing and why she is one of my favourite authors.
Overall, I gave City of Heavenly Fire 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who is the daughter of a politician. Andie had the perfect life and her entire future planned out. Until a political scandal throws her entire life off course. Now Andie is spending her summer walking dogs and having to learn that in life sometimes the unexpected can happen. But she also realizes that it can turn out to be more fun.
I am now caught up with Morgan Matson's books—this was my last one! This is one of the best books to read in the summer because so much of the story takes place outside or in very summer-y locations. I enjoyed the relationships in this book, both friendships, romance and family relationships. In particular, I loved to see Andie reconnecting with her father because often we don't see family in YA contemporaries, and Morgan Matson does family relationships very well.
Overall, I gave The Unexpected Everything 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series has been one of my favourite series to get me out of a bit of a reading funk. They're short, whimsical and always so much fun. There isn't a whole lot I can say about this book without spoiling the first book in the series, but I loved that we got to see more of the different worlds that are described earlier in the series and I'm highly anticipating the next book.
Overall, I have Beneath the Sugar Sky 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
More Happy Than Not follows sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto who's struggling to find happiness after a tragedy happens in his family. With the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his new best friend, Thomas, Aaron starts to feel what happiness might have been. But as Aaron gets to know Thomas more, he begins to learn stuff about himself that may threaten the balance of his life and the contentment he's created. He considers a memory-alternation program to forget, but is the contentment worth giving up who he is?
This book is raw, intense and hits you in the feels in that classic Adam Silvera way. I do want to mention a trigger warning for suicide, attempted suicide and intense homophobia, so please take your mental health into consideration when picking this book up.
When I was reading, I felt very immersed in Aaron’s life and the range of emotions that I experienced was insane. There were times that I was crying, times that I had my hand over my mouth from shock and times that all I wanted to do is wrap Aaron up in a blanket and tell him it’ll be okay. How all the different characters interacted with each other was also intriguing, because you’ve got this sense of community but with an underlying animosity that causes conflict.
Overall, More Happy Than Not was a solid debut novel and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
After finishing City of Heavenly Fire, I was in desperate need of another audiobook. So I was scrolling through the audiobooks that our library had available, and I saw that A Dance With Dragons was available and that it was a super long audiobook. I was intimidated to pick up my actual physical copy, so I thought why not and borrowed it and I have to say this may have been the best format to get me back into the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. To start with the narration was SO good! You definitely need a good narrator to get through a 48-hour audiobook.
This probably goes without saying, as this is a very well-known series that has been adapted to TV, but this series is very violent and sexualized. There is also sexual violence towards women and torturing of main characters. This series can be a lot to handle in many ways, so in case there is someone reading this that has never heard of this series before, I want to add a trigger warning for A Song of Ice and Fire as well.
There isn’t much more that I am able to say about this book, as it is the 5th book in a massive series, but I gave A Dance With Dragons 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After is set in the same world as Anna and the French Kiss and follows Isla who has had a crush on cartoonist Josh ever since their first year at the School of America in Paris. After a surprise encounter over the summer, Isla can feel that there might be a budding romance starting. But once they return to Paris in their senior year, everything is more dramatic than they had anticipated and they have to make decisions that could have a significant effect on their future together.
This book was fun, lighthearted and had its cute moments. It was a pretty fast read and I never started to feel like I was bored. That said, I do feel like my reading tastes have changed a bit and likely would have enjoyed this book more back when I had read Anna and the French Kiss for the first time. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the romance, which made it feel a bit over the top or forced at times.
However, I did still enjoy this book and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
I somehow managed to finish the A Dance With Dragons audiobook and picked up two other audiobooks this month, The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. These are the first two books in the spin-off series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians that follows a lot of our favourite characters months after the final book. There isn’t a whole lot that I’m able to say, as this is a spin-off series, but I still love all the main characters, new and old, and the narration was super entertaining.
You're a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (DNF)
I picked up this self-help book because I had heard good things and was intrigued by the title (who doesn’t want to be a badass?), but I have decided that I’m not going to finish it. There is a spirituality side to this approach that didn’t resonate with me, and I started feeling like it was tedious to get through.
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (10 pages)
I've FINALLY started reading Smoke in the Sun! I'm not very far through it at all—I've only read the prologue—but I'm excited to continue reading it in September.
Nobody’s Real by Steven Camden (48 pages)
This is an arc that I picked up while I was at Book Con and I figured since the release day was September 4th, I should at least start reading it in August. So far, not a whole lot has happened and I'm not sure how I feel about the two perspective, but I do plan on continuing to read.
That’s all for the books that I read in August! What was your favourite read this month? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!