Hey everyone and welcome to yet another monthly wrap up! The year is going through way too quickly for my liking. This month wasn’t great for me, I had a bit of a reading slump and I was also quite busy with work and other things. I also knew there was no way I could keep up the amount of books I was reading per month in the previous months, so I’m still pretty happy with this month. Unfortunately, I didn’t make too much progress this month in terms of my yearly challenges, but again, I’m not too worried as I can easily catch up another month. I’m a max of 2-3 books behind in each challenge.
So this month, I read a total of 12 books.
Title: Circus Mirandus
Author: Cassie Beasley
Paperback: 304 pages
To be completely honest, I read this book at the start of the month and I don’t remember a huge amount about it. I really enjoy circus themed books and I think maybe I expected too much from it after reading The Night Circus. It was a fun, enjoyable book which was clearly aimed at a much younger audience. I’m possibly just not the right reader for this book.
Title: Mad Girl
Author: Bryony Gordon
Hardcover: 320 pages
I did quite enjoy this book but it wasn’t my favourite. However, I can’t say one person’s experience is ‘wrong’ as everyone is different, especially when it comes to mental health issues. My issue wasn’t so much with the content but more with the style of the writing and the way she came across at times. It was still interesting to get an insight in to her life and see OCD from the eyes of someone else.
Title: Jonesy: Vol 1
Author: Sam Humphries
Ebook: 112 pages
This was an interesting graphic novel which I received from NetGalley in exchange for a review. It was strange at times and definitely not one to be taken seriously, but it was a light and easy read to break up some of my other books.
Title: Night Film
Author: Marisha Pessl
Paperback: 606 pages
I heard about this book from BookTube and decided to pick it up for a readathon I was participating in. I really enjoyed the mixed media format of this book, quite similar to that of the Illuminae series. It messed with my mind a bit and after all the build up, the end did disappoint me which is where this lost star ratings for me.
Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Audiobook: 6 hours 59 minutes
I listened to this as an audiobook and it was really enjoyable. I think I enjoyed this more because it was via audiobook and I got the characterisations of both the narrators. The story was really individual and not like anything I’ve read before, I knew I was going to enjoy this after the first few chapters.
Title: The Graveyard Book: Volume 1
Author: Neil Gaiman
Paperback: 192 pages
I came across this story again through BookTube. I’ve heard amazing things from Neil Gaiman and was really in the mood for a graphic novel, so this was perfect for me. I really enjoyed the story, it was incredibly unique and the addition of different art styles was beautiful.
Title: Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Hardcover: 250 pages
This was a really interesting book and I enjoyed reading this. I was invested in this book from the start coming up with theories as to what was wrong with Susannah, was she ‘crazy’ or was it something else? I definitely want to watch the movie now and see how similar to the book it is.
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Paperback: 227 pages
I really enjoyed this book, you can check out my review here. For such a short book, it was filled with character depth, scenery and was incredibly fulfilling. I had theories upon theories and was still shocked at the ending. I would recommend this book.
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Paperback: 445 pages
I borrowed this book from the library after seeing basically everybody talk about it. It took me a little while to warm to this book, but after the first 1/3 I was hooked! I really hope I get to see more of these characters in the future..
Title: The Upside of Unrequired
Author: Becky Albertalli
Ebook: 352 pages
I requested this book from NetGalley as soon as I saw it after reading Albertalli’s other book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I love her writing style and her works and this was no different. The book was just incredible. She has definitely become a new auto-buy author for me.
Author: Craig Thompson
Paperback: 592 pages
This was another book I picked up upon recommendation and for the readathon I participated in, Tome Topple. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was heartbreaking, beautiful and just a really unique insight in to the lives of these characters. I devoured this within hours.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Paperback: 438 pages
This book does not even need much of an introduction – I loved it and it’s taking the book world by storm for a reason. You can check out my review of it here. This book was completely necessary and Angie’s writing was absolute perfection.
So as you can see, it wasn’t a great month for me but it wasn’t awful as well. I got a pretty nice range of books in my selection, including some that had been on my TBR for ages which I had either been putting off or waiting for the release.
Here are some pie charts representing some of the authors and genres I read this month.
Books Read: 12
Pages Read: 3, 838
Hours Listened: 6 hours, 59 minutes
So that’s us for the month! I’m hoping to get some more books in next month, the annual Harry Potter readathon starts then so I’m so excited!
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