I felt like I spent the last few days of August trying to fit in as many books as I can. It didn’t work, of course, because whenever I force reading I get burnt out faster.
But August was good to me and I read a lot this month. I end August with a total of eight books. Isn’t it so funny when you think you’ve only read four books but it turns out to be way more than you anticipated? It’s kind of a fun treat when you take a minute to examine your reading life every month. Let’s talk about what I enjoyed the most:
This was my first time read Jay Kristoff and I couldn’t have been more happy to start with this series. It’s dark, gruesome, and completely engrossing that you won’t be able to turn away. With the last book in this trilogy coming out this week (like tomorrow), I couldn’t help but marathon the two books prior to prepare myself for the finale. Do you ever take a chance on a fantasy series you’re not sure you’re going to like and then find yourself surprised by how much you love it? I feel like I take chances like this all the time. I’m always buying up all the books in a fan favorite series hoping that I’ll like it too. It seems like a waste of money, but it just feels like I’m investing in my reading future.
I also read a lot of romances this month especially in the historical category. My book club wanted to explore historical romance because they’re a huge part of the genre. I even wrote my thoughts on historical romances earlier this month, but I think I found Wicked and the Wallflower to be my favorite out of the bunch. Not only was it historical with its dukes and ruined women and the like, but it had that extra bit of story to keep me pretty happy. I liked this series a lot since it reads like a fantasy series already, so I can’t wait to dive into Brazen and the Beast when my library hold comes in.
I was highly anticipating Frankly in Love this year and getting an ARC copy of it really just made my day. I didn’t think I would relate to this book as much as I did and David Yoon brought up a lot of the nuances of Frank’s life that matched my own, which was an interesting treat. Sometimes you live life thinking the experiences you’ve had as a child were unique only to realize that it was what a lot of people did. It made me feel seen to read it in his book and happy to see others will appreciate the uniqueness of being a limbo person.
This book was probably my favorite of the entire month and I read it at the beginning of August. It was beautifully written and unafraid to share the reality of a disease like AIDS and how it affects not only the people infected by the people around them. I cried so much. Not only was Reza’s story so sad, but Art and Judy lend so well to the story. Honestly, it felt like an opus and I can’t talk about this book enough. I loved it and I hope you all read it and love it too!
What did you read this month?