August has been a reasonably productive reading month for me. I have managed to finish 12 books, which is about average for my reading during the Covid-19 pandemic.
August was a readathon free month for me, which has been a nice change, so I could read whatever I wanted. However, I did on the spur of the moment decide to catch up with the Boneathon, hosted by Ashleigh at A Frolic Through Fiction; in time for The Dawn Chorus liveshow. I will link her channel if you are interested in catching up or joining for The Mask Falling.
Let’s start with my statistics for the month:
Total Books: 12
Total Number of Pages: 3610
Page per Day: 102
Average Rating: 4.3 Stars
The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon
Ratings: The Bone Season (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), The Pale Dreamer (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), The Mime Order (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), The Song Rising (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) and The Dawn Chorus (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
The Bone Season was a series that I have always been interested in but have never been able to find the time to dedicate to it. However, with the impending release of The Mask Falling in February 2021 and the recent release of The Dawn Chorus, I thought August was the time to do it.
The Bone Season has now become a fast favourite, and I cannot wait for February to come around so I can dive straight back into the world.
I have already uploaded my in-depth review of The Bone Season, and in the next few weeks, I will be uploading one for both The Mime Order and The Song Rising so look out for them.
The Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenburg
The Hundred Nights of Hero is a graphic novel that brings together different greek myths, which are interwoven into a much bigger story. All the myths show the power of women and how strong they can be when faced with adversity.
The art style is stunning and compliments the stories bringing them to life. I would recommend it to anymore who loves myths and retellings.
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
I Found I Was Born for This to be a quick and straightforward read about both the life of a fangirl and the band she is obsessed with. While I liked the concept, it didn’t live up to the expectations that I had. I will still probably read other Alice Oseman books in the future, as some other books of hers do interest me. I have already posted my in-depth review of I Was Born for This so do check it out if you are interested.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
I received Girl, Serpent, Thorn in my May Fairyloot box, luckily, it was a new release that I was extremely interested in; as it combines both Persian mythology and sleeping beauty. Overall, I enjoyed Girl, Serpent, Thorn as the concept was new and different, and Melissa Bashardoust is an author that I am now interested in reading more from. If you are interested to hear the rest of my thoughts, I have already posted my review, so do go and check it out.
Potkin and Stubs by Sophie Green
Potkin and Stubbs is the first mystery/detective/paranormal middle grade i’ve read, and if they are all as good as this, I will certainly be reading more. Potkin and Stubbs is the middle grade monthly pick for September, and I am so glad that I am a part of this book club. The atmosphere made this book, as you get a sense of the dreary setting and the bleakness of the city. I would highly recommend this middle grade.
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Escaping from Houdini is the third instalment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This series has become a fast favourite. Escaping from Houdini is not my favourite book so far, as I felt that it went backwards with some character development, and the plot was predictable. But I look forward to finishing the series with Capturing the Devil. When I have finished the complete series, I will write a series review to let you know all my thoughts.
Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco
Becoming the Dark Prince bridges the gap between Escaping from Houdini and Capturing the Devil, and I feel that it is a definite read, mainly because there is a time gap between books 3 and 4. The book gives you a lot more background into Thomas Cresswell (who is also my favourite character), allowing you to see behind his motives and emotions. I would highly recommend reading this novella if you are a fan of the series.
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Defy Me is the 5th and penultimate book in the Shatter Me series. Defy Me is undoubtedly my least favourite book in the series and if I had more than one book in the series left I would DNF the series. I found that while the plot is slow, the relationship development is quick, too quick for my liking. I hope that the series will end on a positive note, but I’m not entirely sure.
There you have it, my August Wrap Up. I am happy with the spread and variety of books that I read last month. Hopefully, September will be just as good.
What did you read in August? Have you read any of the books that I have?
Let me know in the comments below!