Goodbye August. You were a weird one.. I find it hard to believe that it’s already September while also feeling like August lasted ages. For some reason last month was simultaneously fast and slow, which is confusing and hard to wrap my head around.
But, with the end of another month comes another wrap up!
Cress by Marissa Meyer
August saw the start of another round of Tome Topple, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to knock a few books in a series off my TBR. I had been putting off finishing The Lunar Chronicles for a year or more, and the time had come to get it done.
If you read my series review for The Lunar Chronicles then you’ll know the series fell victim to too much hype for me, and I only found it to be quite average. I did quite like Captain Carswell Thorne, and I found Cress to be adorable at times but overall the third book in the series, like the first two, just didn’t wow me. I am glad I decided to finally pick up Cress, I just wish I would have liked the series more than I did.
The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
After reading Cress I needed a wee break from reading, but I felt slightly guilty for wasting a perfectly good reading day binge watching Netflix.. so I picked up The Little Red Wolf on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Little Red Wolf was an adorable little children’s book/ graphic novel that switches the roles in the Red Riding Hood tale we all know. I found the art to be absolutely stunning and the pace of the story was pretty good. My only complaint would be the ending felt a little rushed, and probably could have used another couple of pages to flesh out the ending a bit more, but overall I thought it was quite a good story. I would suggest parents read it over first to determine if it is suitable for their little ones.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
After a day of rest I continued on with Tome Topple and my mission to finish off The Lunar Chronicles by picking up Winter.. and boy was that a chore. It started off at a good pace but I found that after a couple hundred pages it started to slow down and my interest started to drift.
I mentioned in my series review that I thought Meyer focused a bit too much on the romantic pairings/ romantic aspects of the story and not enough on developing each character individually outside of the relationships. Overall I felt that Winter didn’t need to be over 800 pages long, it could have been 500-600 pages and still accomplished what Meyer had planned for the conclusion.
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
When Tome Topple ended I sought out NetGalley for my next read and stumbled across something that was completely out of what I normally reach for to read. The History of Bees caught my attention with the concept of following three generations of beekeepers in different parts of the world (America, England and China). Sadly it didn’t quite meet the mark for me, I found it lacking personality. It felt cold, clinical and like I was reading a textbook.. which didn’t help the characters any as I didn’t like a single one of them.
I do believe this could be attributed to the fact it’s originally written in Norwegian (I think) and this is the English translation. So a lot of the author’s intent could have been lost in the translation.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
After the last few books that didn’t quite meet the mark I thought it was time to pick up one I knew I would love, naturally that led me to picking up the last Victoria Schwab book on my shelf I hadn’t read yet!
Victoria Schwab has a way of creating worlds that you slip into easily, and characters who seem familiar.. almost like you’ve been there before, met them before. It’s this quality that I suspect is why I love Schwab’s writing, that sense of familiarity. I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved Monsters of Verity, and like many others I secretly wish there was another book in the series. Pretty sure it’s safe to say that at this point Schwab is an auto buy author, and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
With only roughly a week left in August I decided to pick up the book I have been putting off.. and probably would have continued to procrastinate further had I not picked it up. That book is A Dance with Dragons, the last book published to date in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. My biggest goal for 2017 was to catch up on ASOIAF series, and starting A Dance with Dragons puts me one step closer to achieving that insane goal.
I haven’t finished it, only started it and read 209 of 1051 pages by the time August ended. But hopefully you’ll see this beast on a wrap up in the next couple of months.
After 5 years, one of my all time favourite shows came to an end. Seeing Orphan Black end was equal parts exciting and emotional, I’m honestly still not over it. I did a whole post saying farewell and thank you to Orphan Black which you can read here, so all I’ll say here is if you haven’t watched it yet please do.
If you need some incentive as to why you should watch it let me start off by saying it’s got so many fantastic actors involved, feminism is a huge aspect of the show, and has a lot of LGBT positivity. What more could you ask for?!
Along with finishing Orphan Black I got extremely lucky and discovered Netflix Canada decided to add the final season of Bones! So I spent.. probably less than a week, binge watching the last twelve episodes.
Bones went on for 12 years, accumulating a total of 245 episodes, so I was curious how they would bring all that to an end. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed in the final season, as I felt it was a bit rushed and the main plot line of the season over done. The subplot of the season was also rushed, I feel like for something that has gone unresolved and even mentioned for the majority of the series it wasn’t done as well as I was hoping.
Overall I really enjoyed the series, but I could have done with a better final season.
My Fave Instagram Posts This Month
I often go through stages of being unhappy with the photos I take for my Bookstagram, and that generally leads to a hiatus when I don’t post at all or rarely. But this month I had a pretty good relationship with my creativity and took quite a few good ones so I thought I would post five of my favourites as a bit of a highlight in August. If you don’t follow me on Instagram you can find me at rabid.reads 🙂
Last, but not least, I spent the duration of August obsessing over the game Best Fiends (available on both iPhone and Android). There were 35 daily challenges known as the Beach Brawl, and if you completed all 35 challenges you won a new adorable Fiend. Needless to say I was determined to win that blasted Fiend and have him join the battle against the slugs. Best Fiends is such a fun game, and I can’t get enough of it.
A new challenge just started up… so prepare for another month of obsessing.
So that’s been August.. another month of average reads in terms of quality, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to knock down your TBR right? Well, at least it is with me haha. What are some your August highlights? Let me know in the comments!