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….
Anyways, 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!
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.
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!
Urged 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!
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.
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!
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:
I 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.
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.