Hauls TBR Wrap Ups

August 2016 Wrap Up!

august 16 wrap upAugust was an insanely good reading month for me. I somehow managed to read 23 books. 23! I’m pretty proud of myself, especially since my haul was so small. As this is no doubt going to be a long post, go grab some popcorn and juice and we’ll get into it!


read this month

  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver – ★★★★☆
    I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this trilogy as much as I did. A lot of people told me they weren’t huge fans so I was pretty hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised. I have to admit one of my biggest problems with this book was my ship sank. It also wasn’t a fantastic conclusion, but I liked it.
  • My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★★
    This was so cute and made me excited for Christmas! This was a great way of trying out a new author without committing to a full length novel and I loved it. My favourite stories include: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins, What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman and Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany – ★★★☆☆
    Oh gosh, I have such mixed feelings about this. I thought it was pretty disappointing and I had SO MANY PROBLEMS with it. It’s been nearly a month since I read this and I’m still trying to write my review for it. I will say I enjoyed getting this look into these characters lives after Deathly Hallows. Though I definitely didn’t have high expectations, I was still expecting it to be a bit better.
  • Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★☆☆
    I really enjoyed the first half of this novel but when the paranormalcy came into play I wasn’t feeling it anymore. I’m not a huge paranormal fan and I think this book definitely didn’t need it, I would have liked it so much more.
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne – ★★★★☆
    I really liked this! It was such an honest look at mental health and what it means to be a teenager dealing with it. I wasn’t a huge fan of all of the characters which is why I only gave it 4 stars. But I still really enjoyed it!
  • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne – ★★★★★
    I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. I didn’t like Amber in Am I Normal Yet? she just really annoyed me. But she was a much more likeable character in this one. This book had a cute romance, an interesting family dynamic and a small road trip, and if you know me you know I love those things.
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★★
    I LOVED THIS. From what I’ve seen on Goodreads, this book is a bit of a hit or miss but for me it was a hit. It deals with such an important topic, domestic violence, and it’s dealt with SO WELL. This book was so raw and powerful and emotional. It was great.
  • Summer Days and Summer Night edited by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★☆
    I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this as much as its winter counterpart. I think this was because it had a lot more authors I’d never read before. My favourite stories were: In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins, Brad New Attraction by Cassandra Clare, Inertia by Veronica Roth and A Million Ways this Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith.
  • Firstlife by Gena Showalter – ★★★☆☆
    If I had to describe this book in one word it would: underwhelming. It was slow and boring at times. I didn’t like a lot of the characters. BUT the premise was really interesting and it had some really great fight scenes. I liked this book and I’m looking forward to its sequel.
  • Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – ★★★★☆
    From what I’ve seen on Goodreads, a lot of people didn’t like this book but I really enjoyed it!  It was kooky and strange but it was such a fun time! It definitely wasn’t great but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

In August I decided to participate in Epic Reads Reading Decathlon, where the goal was to read 10 books in 10 days. By some miracle I managed to read 10 full length novels and get the gold, and I’ve gotta admit I’m pretty chuffed!

  • Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood – ★★★☆☆
    I’d been putting this off since November and it was good, I liked it. But I wasn’t really sure what the plot was. It was a little boring but I liked the focus on family and friendship. I will admit to crying a little bit at a certain scene because IT WAS SO EMOTIONAL but I didn’t really love this book.
  • How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski – ★★★☆☆
    I’d been putting this off for about a year, just letting it sit on my shelves because I have mixed feelings about E. Lockhart but I actually enjoyed this. It features three strong female characters, a roadtrip and Disney World. Friendship was the overall theme of this book and I loved that. It was a little slow sometimes but I really liked the characters.
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – ★★☆☆☆
    This was disappointing. I think for me it was too similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower which is one of my all time favourites. I wasn’t sure what this books plot was and I wasn’t a huge fan of a lot of the characters. It just wasn’t enjoyable for me.
  • The Flywheel by Erin Gough – ★★★★☆
    I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did but I actually really enjoyed it! This is an Australian YA featuring a lesbian protagonist and I was surprised by how well it was written. This book featured some really great characters and a fun plot. I really enjoyed my time reading this.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – ★★★★★
    My mum had been nagging to me read this for so long and I finally did it and omg I LOVED IT. This book made me so so so emotional. It was so touching and I loved all of the characters (ahem JOHNNY!) and their relationship. It was so different to anything I’ve read before and I definitely didn’t expect to like it because it’s a classic. If you haven’t read it then you really need to.
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★☆
    I decided to pick this up since I had started and put it down a couple months ago. It was a little slow but I really liked it once it picked up. As far as sequels go, this was pretty good.
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead – ★★☆☆☆
    I really wasn’t a fan of this book. It was boring and slow and it just dragged on and on and on. I enjoyed the Chinese folklore aspect and I liked the premise, I just don’t think it was executed very well.
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – ★★★★★
    I LOVED THIS. This book was so flippin adorable and cute and I didn’t want to put it down. It is honestly one of my favourite books of 2016. I loved the main character and the development she went through. I loved the love interest. I loved the plot. It was just such a good contemporary and ugh just great.
  • These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – ★★★★☆
    This is another book I wasn’t expecting to enjoy but I really did! The plot was well thought out, the characters were so witty and fun and I loved the historical fiction aspect. Though it wasn’t anything super fantastic, it was really enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
  • Rule by Jay Crownover – ★★☆☆☆
    The only reason I gave this 2 stars was because it was SO ADDICTIVE. I seriously couldn’t put this book down. But I really hated the characters and the plot and the writing and just pretty much everything about it. It was kind of fun sometimes but it was definitely not enjoyable.

I didn’t get to many more books after the decathlon, but here they are!

  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★☆
    Obviously I had to finish the trilogy so I picked this up. It was a pretty good conclusion, I liked how it all wrapped up but once again it was SO SLOW.
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – ★★★★☆
    Kasie West is probably one of my new favourite contemporary authors. I didn’t enjoy this as much as The Fill-In Boyfriend but it was still SO CUTE. This was super quick and sweet and I really liked how it featured music and letters, it was just so great.
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★
    This was a re-read and I have to admit that is probably my favourite in the series so far. I love Celaena in this novel because she’s kind of even more badass. But HoF introduces Rowan who is my bae. I love him so much, I ship him and Celaena SO MUCH.

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I didn’t really have any highlights or favourites in August. I was listening to the same music I had been the last couple months and I was really just devoted to knocking some books off my TBR. How many books did you read in August? Let me know in the comments and which were your favourites!

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