Hey everyone! I hope your August was great. I can’t believe it’s over! Where has this year gone? I feel so old…
Excitingly, my blog turned six months old yesterday!! I’ll have a “celebration” post up in a few days (hopefully) and I will try to think about some fun things to talk about. Until then, I have this survey i would love for you to take! You can also ask me whatever questions you want, either in the survey or the comment section. Also, I hit 200 followers on my blog! I know that this might not seem like a big deal, but it feels like a big deal to me. Thank you thank you all so much!!
Here is the survey link: (Because I do not know how to embed google links.) https://goo.gl/forms/k8uqmgWjidn7bplr2
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // I just read and fell in love with this book (here’s my casually self-promoted review) and immediately decided that I had to buy a copy so I could read it to my future children someday.
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters // This book!! I swear I get hearts in my eyes whenever I even think about it, and now it is MINE all MIIINE. (Here’s another not-so-casually self-promoted review)
The Diviners by Libba Bray // YOU GUYS. This is a first edition hardcover and I am ECSTATIC. For the past few months I’ve been mourning the fact that these go for at *least* $40 on places like Amazon. Then last week I found one for $5 on Barnes and Noble. It’s not even used. What is this. Also, there is a newspaper attached to the back cover, which legitimately made my day. My brother heard me shriek when I saw it, and let’s just say he wasn’t as excited as I was xD.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer // I now own three books in this series. I’m slowly collecting all the books used one at a time so I don’t have to drop a ton of money.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Again, hearts in my eyes.
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray // I don’t know when I will actually reeead this sequel, but I promise I will eventually, because it is paranormal historical fiction (!!!) which is the bae. Also apparently this is the Month of Libba Bray, which I am not upset about.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab // It was just sitting on the shelf at the bookstore, all by itself. Also it was $4. Obviously I had to buy it. I’m actually pretty proud of myself; the most I paid for any of these books was $8, and most were under $5. My shelf, on the other hand, is not happy.
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente // This is another Valente MG Fantasy, and I could not be more excited. Also, I just want to say it is the most beautiful arc I have ever held in my hands, and I treasure waaay too much. This is a book with a made up adventure all about Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Bronte. I started it already, and it is perfect so far.
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // This was actually one of my most anticipated reads from this year, so I was surprised to see it at the bookstore! It is fantasy set in either Mongolia or a country inspired by Mongolia, and I can’t think of another book with that setting! I’m excited.
The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace // Apparently this is magical realism. I’m not sure how I feel about that, and I wish I could actually read a synopsis for once. But it does sound really good, and who knows? Maybe this time I’ll like the magical realism.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // I had to read this because it is by Cynthia Hand, who helped write My Lady Jane, which is the best book ever. So far it’s interesting… but my brief contemporary mood went away before I could finish reading it, and I haven’t picked it up since.
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry // Yes, I did read it again, and yes, it is still one of my favorite books of all time. I actually listened to the audiobook this time around and it was amazing!! I loved every second of it. (5 stars, again!)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // This was disappointing. I think I didn’t like it because it was pretty much just a collection of anecdotes, and while I don’t hate that style, it never grips me emotionally. (2.5 stars)
Because You Love to Hate Me by … // I’ve been excited to read this ever since Marissa Meyer announced it. Actually, hers and Schwab’s were the only stories I was actually looking forward too. I thought the rest were very meh. But as if I needed more convincing, Death Knell has made me jump thoroughly onto the Schwab train. (2 stars)
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor // I mean, it was really really good, but I guess I’ll never be a die-hard fan of this series. (4 stars)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor // The 2nd book was my favorite in this series. I feel like it built up to something epic, but that epicness wasn’t *quite* achieved in this last book. But I will say Liraz is right up there with my favorite characters of all time. (3 stars)
Odd & True by Cat Winters // Sisters!! Monster fighting!! I liked some parts of this book way more than others, and it’s definitely not my favorite Cat Winters book, but it was still good. 20/10 would recommend reading In The Shadow of Blackbirds or The Cure for Dreaming first, though. (3 stars, review coming soon!)
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge // I seriously read this twice, and I still don’t like it. It’s tragic, as I loved Cruel Beauty. Maybe it’s time for me to move on from Hodge. (2 stars, review coming soon!)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Libba Bray I ❤ you!! This is paranormal historical fiction and I LOVE paranormal historical fiction. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. (4.5 stars, review coming soon!)
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine // 10/10 would recommend reading this instead of Romeo & Juliet. Family politics! Romance!! Intrigue!! Murder! All things that combine in the most exciting way possible. (4.5 stars, review coming soon!)
I read a few fewer books than I normally do this month, and I was confused why until I realized that four of them were over 500 pages and I listened to the audiobook for all of them. xD.
Speaking of audiobooks, I’m actually starting to hate them less. I think it’s because 1) I’ve been listening to them all summer and am better at paying attention to them now and 2) some audiobooks, such as The Scorpio Races and The Passion of Dolssa audiobooks, are amazing. If the narrator is good, then I love them! Do any of you have suggestions for some really good audiobooks or audio narrators?
(Click on the covers to see the Goodreads page)
You guys, these books all look so good. But hype for An Enchantment of Ravens is making me nervous!! I can’t WAIT to read that one especially!
Did you do anything fun this month? What did you read? What September releases are you excited for?