It’s that time of the year again when I ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over how fast the past month has gone by. I can’t believe it, time is flying, et cetera, et cetera — I know I’ve said this literally every time but I’ve always meant it too…
But anyway! Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Melbourne Writers Festival with some other book bloggers. I take back what I said about not being into authors, you guys — I was totally starstruck and in giggles when in the queue to get my books signed by Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. 🙈
In other news, August marks the twelfth month I’ve been blogging so it’s now been a year! There’s a giveaway here if you haven’t entered yet. For now, though… let’s check out what I got up to on the blog this month. 💕
- The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson | ★★★☆☆ | Important themes, but a really easy, light-hearted read. Overall enjoyable.
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski | ★★★★☆ | Great world-building and political tactics. Loved the protagonist, not so much the romance or the love interest.
- Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes | ★★★★☆ | Wonderful portrayal of mental health and therapy. Adorable, multi-dimensional characters.
- When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah | ★★★★☆ | Very relevant, very important. Strong character development.
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater | ★★☆☆☆ | Super inventive world-building but lacking in character voice and development. Also really, really sluggish plot.
- The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub | ★★★☆☆ | Reminiscent of The Breakfast Club and Seven Ways We Lie, but the multiple POV didn’t work as well and the characters aren’t as interesting.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | ★★★★☆ | Took FOREVER to get interesting, and has a very convoluted writing style. Dark and brutal when it comes to it, though.
- Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland | ★★★★☆ | The story of a North Korean defector. Not super great writing, considering that it’s a memoir, but an important story to tell anyhow.
- Let’s Talk: Must-Have Blogging Tools | What tools have helped me keep my sanity thus far, despite all the time and effort that blogging takes?
- Top Ten Books with Imaginative Settings | Breaking down the setting of some of my favourite books and thinking about what makes them unique.
- Top Ten Turn-Offs in a Book | Includes things like girl-hate, controlling love interests, and Mary Sues.
- BBCP 2016: Match Made in the Pages Part 1 | Where I interview Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic…
- BBCP 2016: Match Made in the Pages Part 2 | … and send him on a ‘date’ with Jane from My Lady Jane. 💖
Around the Blogsophere
- Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict interviewed me for her inaugural Book Blogger Positivity Network project! Super honoured. 😊
- Naz @ Read Diverse Books is preparing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in a couple of weeks! Check out the details here.
- CW @ Read, Think, Ponder sums up her problem with the word ‘diverse’.
- Claire @ Cover to Cover shares four steps to capture the best Bookstagram pictures.
- Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks talks about trigger warnings in books.
- Sam @ Bookshelves and Biros discusses the importance of YA literature.
- Ari @ The Daydreaming Book Worm asks: how personal is “too personal” when it comes to blogging?
- Esther @ Chapter Adventures shares some tips to avoid blogging stress.
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters wonders: are novellas and companion books really necessary?
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders finally found an English-selling bookstore in her area and shares her experience!
- Anushka @ Going Through Books asks: what makes you follow a book blog?
- Cilla @ Paved with Books discusses the upsides of having a book budget.
- Cee Arr @ Diary of a Reading Addict tells us how to support authors when we’re broke.
- Ashleigh @ A Frolic through Fiction asks: are book clubs still a thing?
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews shares a LOT of very, very useful book blogging tips.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books walks us through a day in the life of a book blogger.
Most Anticipated Reads
A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.
YAS FOR THIS SEQUEL! After the glorious thing that was An Ember in the Ashes, I can’t wait to finally continue with Elias’s and Laia’s story.
Yellow – Megan Jacobson
If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.
Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.
I’ll be buddy-reading this with the lovely Sara @ Freadom Library this month and I’M SUPER EXCITED! That cover is utterly gorgeous, and this is a #LoveOzYA book.
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
This sounds like The Hunger Games but between siblings, and I can only hope it’ll be even darker and more brutal because that’s right up my alley! 😈
How did August go for you? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link to your wrap-up!