August Wrap Up!

I don’t know about you all, but I had a pretty amazing reading month in August!  I read 5 books, and listened to 1, and somehow managed to review ALL of them!  Seriously, I should get myself a cookie.  Or a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the very least….

img_4671-1Anyways, I had plans to try and catch up on some of the books that I have received in my subscription boxes this month, and while I started out with good intentions, I got sidetracked.  I have just come to terms with the fact that I am a very moody reader.  I don’t even know why I bothered making a TBR jar, I never use it.  I pick up a book because it is calling to me, or I succumb to the bookstagram peer pressure and read what everyone tells me I need to read.

So without further ado, my August reading wrap up, oh and a few more other fun surprises!

img_4322This Savage Song

I received this in the July OwlCrate and enjoyed it way more than I was expecting to! This is also my first Victoria Schwab book and I really like her writing style, and the contrast of characters.  4 stars, and eagerly waiting the next book.

Two Summers

I found a promo code for a 90 day trial to a new app called Playster Media, and they have tons of ebooks, audio books, and music available to download.  I wanted to try out a YA audio book, since usually I listen to thrillers, and I was not disappointed.  I had some issues with the story and the characters, but overall it was a fun listen, and I certainly enjoyed the narrator.  3.5 stars!

An Ember in the Ashes

img_4287Urged on by bookstagram, I picked up this book from the ends of my TBR stack.  Plus, I had ordered a candle from The Melting Library so I wanted to ‘scent experience’ while reading.  I was not let down.  Initally I wanted to give this book 4 stars; while I loved the plot, one of the main characters fell a little flat for me.  But after I finished, I realized I thought non-stop about the book for a solid three days, and that is deserving of more stars.  So, 4.5!

Inherited

I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did.  See my review for specific reasons why I only gave this 2 stars, but overall I thought there was a lot of potential and not great execution.  But the cover is amazing, so there’s that.

img_4586Dark Matter

This book was insane, and you should read it.  Dark Matter is such a wild ride, filled with science, philosophy, love, family, and some serious suspense.  My heartbeat would not drop below 120bpm while I was reading this, and I enjoyed every minute.  Never has a book made me feel so small and inconsequential.  But in a good way of course.  5 stars!

My Lady Jane

The last book that I read this month, and hands down the best one.  I think My Lady Jane has wormed its way into my top 10 shelf, that’s how much I loved it.  It was magical and endearing, romantic and smart, and don’t forget: laugh out loud funny.  This book was unlike anything I have read recently and I loved it so, so much.  5 horse sized stars!

And some other random, neat-o things that happened during August:

harry potter explosionI posted a picture that got 1300+ likes – oh my god.  I was never expecting that.  Now granted, it’s a great picture, but it is such an amazing feeling that over ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE recognized my hard work.  That is awesome.

I had a giveaway to celebrate hitting 2000 followers on Instagram, and that was really fun to put together!  I wasn’t expecting as many people to enter that did, so I was a tiny bit overwhelmed by the response, but overall it was wonderful to do something and give back a little to my followers.  The winner was @bookishlybelle, who has a great bookstagram page too, you should check her out!

Guided by a couple wonderful bookstagram friends, I started making the lucky origami stars.  And honestly, I couldn’t stop.  I was making stars with every free minute of my day.  I had ordered 300 strips of origami paper (because I cant cut that, I am way too OCD) and I was expecting that to last me all month.  Nope, I finished folding them in about a week.  I was a star making fiend.

Bone-Season-Advocate_button200x200REV4a (1)I was also chosen to be a Bone Season Advocate, which is amazing!  I get to help promote this awesome series with some truly amazing bloggers, instagrammers, and YouTubers; I am speechless at how cool of an opportunity this is.  Also, as an advocate, I had some exclusive access to the prologue for the next Bone Season book: The Song Rising, which you can read here!  It’s exciting, so hold on to your pants!

Lastly, I am so incredibly excited to share that I was asked to rep for a truly whimsical and creative company: Lucy in the Sky Creations.  I am in love with her work, and honored to be a part of this company for the next few months.  Check out Lucy’s store here, you will most certainly fill up your cart in no time.

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