Hey everyone! It’s been awhile, I know. I am finally able to type again, and I FINALLY *fingers crossed* got a place to stay closer to campus assuming the background check stuff goes well. Thank you to everyone who wished me well while I was recovering! ^^
I’ve got a lot to catch up on, so I’m starting off with combining my July and August wrap-up. After July, I finally convinced myself I needed to stop reading what I think I should be reading and just read what I felt like reading because according to the last few months of ratings, I wasn’t enjoying myself. I read only 3 books in July… but 12 in August! Let’s just assume there will be a review and rating to come for everything here lol ><!
1. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was an okay read for me, but like I keep saying in my review, middle grade isn’t really my genre. I think you’ll definitely enjoy it if you like middle grade, though! →my review←
2. The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
In the Devil You Know, a great philosopher makes a deal with the devil to extend his life so that he may finish his life’s work. Hell is set up like a bureaucracy, and the devil is more like your average guy working at the DMV. He doesn’t seem that evil. In fact, the man who sells his soul seems much more intimidating. A quick and interesting read you can knock out in a couple of hours. Highly recommend!
3. Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
3.5 stars. I don’t think I’ve ever been angrier while reading a book! This was not the fluffy, body positive book I was expecting, though I probably should have done my research before reading. Instead, this book is about the reality of being a fat woman trying to navigate through life. All Cookie’s insecurities and decisions she makes because of her insecurities hit a little too close to home, and I ended up so incredibly upset when I finished. HOWEVER, I think this is an important read because too many people just don’t get what extra worries people have when they’re fat.
1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I’m going to have to come up with some sort of rating system that let’s me rate a book on enjoyment as well as the book as a whole because this was such an addicting read, but there were many things that could have been done better. I enjoyed the first half of the book where Rin is a poor dark-skinned Asian girl trying to make it in an elite military academy full of rich heirs. I also enjoyed the martial art scenes and Rin’s eventual “group of friends” (spoilers so that’s what I’m calling them lol). But during the last half, Rin served as more of a witness to another character’s glory and eventual downfall. I don’t think the ending makes sense as is. Maybe if it was expanded by 2-5 more chapters I might be able to come to terms with the end. With that being said, I’m still eager to get my hands on the next installment.
2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I listened to this on audiobook after hearing that there were many references to it in The Poppy War. I wish I read The Art of War before because The Poppy War seems much more impressive now that I know many of the references. Also, I listened to the edition with Aidan Gillen from Game of Thrones as the narrator. Just imagine Littlefinger reading The Art of War to you. What an experience!
3. In Shadows We Fall by Devin Madson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was really good. It’s also self-published so I’m glad I read it! I was first introduced to this through Petrik’s review of The Blood of Whisperers, the sequel series to In Shadows We Fall. It’s an Asian inspired fantasy that features and empath prince who is imprisoned for sorcery. Not gonna lie, I was interested because of the cover and the prince’s name (Endymion like Prince Endymion from Sailor Moon haha…). Anyways, In Shadows We Fall features Endymion’s mother, an assassin queen. In the beginning, she is told of a prophecy that says she and her children will die. Another short novella that I highly recommend. I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series.
4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I have no clue why I even chose to read this, but I feel like I gained some IQ points after reading it. It talks about human progression as a result of societies’ need as a whole to progress. Also! It emphasizes that humans’ ability to think abstractly and daydream is key to our survival. Fiction is good, people!
5. Wires and Nerve Vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was the last book I needed to finish to complete The Lunar Chronicles. It was funny and charming just like the rest of her books!
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Oh man, I hate to say this, but I liked this waay more the first time I read it. I’m trying to re-read the series before the last book comes out, but Celaena is so annoying. Everything is about her even when it doesn’t involve her. I’ve read about some pretty amazing assassin’s since my first read of ToG, so my assassin bar is set a little high. This was still a fun read, especially if you’re looking for romance in your fantasy! Also, I’m now team Chaol after being team Dorian because, Dorian, you had no business even talking to Celaena!
7. The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Ice Dragon is a middle grade book set in the same world as A Song of Ice and Fire. I believe it takes place in the time of the Targaryens. This book features a cold young girl who is able to ride the Ice Dragon. A new book for my favorite shelf. I wish GRRM wrote ASOIAF like this. It’s still lyrical and atmospheric without droning on and on about the history of the world.
8. One Small Thing by Erin Watt ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
3.5 stars. I had so much fun reading When It’s Real by Erin Watt, that I knew I would be reading their next book. This is kind of a cute romance with heavy themes. It’s about a girl who’s trying to move on her life after the death of her sister and a boy who’s trying to move on after 3 years in juvie. You can probably guess the plot, and if you think it’s too predictable, it actually happens. There’s just something about Erin Watt’s novels that make them so charming! I even purchased The Paper Princess for when I need another romance fix.
9. Nana Vol. 1 by Ai Yazawa ⭐ ⭐
I loved this anime in high school so decided to read it when I saw it at my school library. Nana is a coming of age story about two young women both named Nana who decide to live together. They are as different as they come. The first Nana is boy crazy. Her life basically revolved around boys. The other Nana is a singer for a punk rock band and had a long time relationship with her previous lover. The first volume is about the first Nana. I’m not a an of her character, so I didn’t enjoy this volume, but I completely adore the other Nana so I know I just need to push through.
10. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I DID IT! I conquered the beast, and it was amazing, and I am obsessed. OBSESSED! I obsessed about this so much a non-reader friend decided he had to pick it up and another friend joined me while I read it. I KNEW this would become my favorite Sanderson once I read it. The world building is incredible! I like how Sanderson goes into a ton of detail, but everything unfolds when needed. It’s a 1000 page novel, but the writing never felt like it dragged on. Also, man, Kaladin and Dalinar became some of my all time favorite characters. They’re the kind of characters that make you want to go out and do something good in the world. If you want to fangirl about The Stormlight Archive with me please do! I LOOOVED it!
11. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The obsession continues! I gave this one 5 stars, too, but I enjoyed The Way of Kings more. Sanderson expands an already large world in the second book, and Shallan and Pattern stole the show! Shallan’s magic is probably the most interesting magic systems I’ve read about. Serious question, though: how do you convince a stick to become fire? o.o I enjoyed this less because Kaladin was a little too angsty for me, and I don’t always like how Sanderson’s male characters fall for their lovers. I’m not the biggest fan of people falling for the girls who “aren’t like anyone else.”
12. Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
3.5 stars. I think if I didn’t have to read this before Oathbringer, I would have enjoyed it more. I read this right after Words of Radiance only because I wanted to get to Oathbringer. This book is literally full of awesomeness! It’s about Lift, a side character in Words of Radiance who is being chased by someone named The Darkness. Lift and her spren are adorable! I want a spren just like Wyndle!
There you have it! If you’re wondering, yes, I am now reading Oathbringer lol. How was your reading month? Have you read anything I read? Did you come up with a way to convince a stick to become fire? I’d love to hear from you all again!