August Wrap Up | Reading demotivation & Fall expectations

There are certain months that mean something for me. For example, December is filled with holiday spirit; March resembles the approximation of warmer Spring days and September marks a new working / school year, like a twin brother of January.

And then there are months that don’t provide anything but crowded beaches and hot weather, especially when you live at a tourist destination. That what August was like. Many people, many events, many cars on the roads and some extremely hot days.

I took a few days off work to enjoy the summer sun and had a very lovely, relaxing holiday, and I am more than ready to start a new productive working year!

Now! I’ve had a very bad reading month – (A) I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would and (B) most of the books I didn’t enjoy… unfortunately.

As you might know, I was participating in #ARCAugust hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat and I’ve done well. Most of the books I read were ARCs, but that did not hinder my ARC list AT ALL. Some of my requests got approved and now I have even more than in the beginning of August.

5 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

16131484«The Infinite Sea» by Rick Yancey. This was an easy 5-star. I absolutely love the 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey and the last book is currently on its way. I mean what is there not to love about it?? Great dystopian world, thrilling events, amazing characters and a very light romance that does not interfere with the main line of events. Perfection!

4 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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«Mr. 60%» by Clete Barrett Smith. A very short and quite enjoyable read, it is less than 200 pages and reads in one sitting. Check my review for more detailed thoughts.

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«Artemis» by Andy Weir. O.M.G. Andy Weir creates the most stunning Sci-Fi settings ever. This time we will be living in a city on the Moon! There were a few things that I didn’t enjoy but overall this was a great read. As it is only coming out in November, I will be posting a full review on my blog closer to the release date, but you can check my GoodReads review.

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«Things a Bright Girl Can Do» by Sally Nicholls. If you are on a hunt for some new Historical Fiction, definitely give this one a try. In my review I talked about how I didn’t enjoy the book but couldn’t find any flaws in it. So if you’ve read this book, let me know what your thoughts are.

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«Just Another Week in Suburbia» by Les Zig was a surprising discovery for me. I saw the cover, I read the blurb and it intrigued me. In a span of one week the whole life of Casper Gray has fallen apart. What an intense novel! More thoughts in my recently posted review!

3 – ⭐⭐⭐

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I gave three stars to both family dramas spiced by distinct Southern accent – «The Last Days of Summer» by Vanessa Ronan and «Sing, Unburied, Sing» by Jesmyn Ward.

2 – ⭐⭐

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And finally I gave only 2 stars to «Warcross» by Marie Lu. I know! It was one of my most anticipated books of this year… My full review will be posted on 6th of September but for now let me tell you – a cringey romance sometimes can ruin the whole reading experience.

August was a month of OK books and that really threw me off reading. Hopefully I will make smarter choices in September!

With love,

Alex

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5 thoughts on “August Wrap Up | Reading demotivation & Fall expectations

  1. Great post! I read The 5th Wave years ago when it first came and enjoyed it but didn’t keep up with the rest of the series. Seeing that you gave The Infinite Sea 5 stars though makes me think I might try and pick it up again and read the whole series!

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  2. I didn’t read as much as I expected in August either, but hey – better reading months will come! 😛
    And I’m shocked to see you only gave 2 stars to Warcross. I don’t know much about the book, but people in Twitter loved it. I’m looking forward to your review to find out why.

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    1. 😀 Torches and spears are coming for me. But maybe I am just a little bit tired of YA or it was really full of clichés… Or maybe my expectations were too high. It’s a mystery!
      I loved gaming and virtual reality aspect of the book, but I wish it would not have romance and the “Cinderela” type of story. 😦

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