August Wrap-Up? A little Late? Is it Still 2018?

Hi! It’s been a hot-second since I’ve done anything blog related. School has started and while I don’t have a lot of homework, I have been a bit caught up in everything what with college applications and a few tests/projects here and there. You’d think with three AP classes I would be doing homework in my down-time at school, but I’m still in awe at the lack of work I’ve been doing. So weird.

Anyway, August was a pretty good reading month for me! I didn’t make it to 17 books, but we all knew that was a pipe dream (yes, that one’s for you All for the Game fans…). I did make it to 17 years, though, so that was pretty dang cool.

I started off the month finishing The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (4 stars), a signed ARC I got at Comic-Con (meeting Kiersten White was a dream and I’m still shocked it happened honestly) and then read City of Ghosts (five stars, I love Scotland) by Victoria Schwab (also signed, also an ARC, pinch me PLEASE!) and Grace and Fury (four stars) by Tracey Banghart (not signed, but an ARC) for Booktube-a-thon 2018. That was a mess. I read three books and started one, so…not really a success? Oh well.

The book I started and didn’t finish during Booktube-a-thon was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (four stars). This was so…sad? It wasn’t as good as I expected, but it was definitely really interesting to read about a piece of history the United States likes to pretend didn’t happen: the Japanese internment camps. I recommend it on subject matter alone.

Next up was an ARC of Boneless Mercies a friend picked up for me at Comic-Con while I was off getting food. I enjoyed it while I read it, but in hindsight, feel it was kind of forgettable, so it’s around three stars from me (but if I did half-ratings, probably 3.5).

My favorite of the month was We are Okay by Nina Lacour, which really, really hit the spot. I read it in one night, felt a lot of emotions, and gave it a very easy five stars. It’s the review I’m currently looking forward the most to writing (you know, if I get my act together and write my reviews).

I also read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and I have a lot of things I want to talk about in a review, so stay tuned for that. Not all bad things, just kind of…weird. It did earn three stars, though, so the review won’t be a rant, don’t worry!

Amidst this all, I read a few short stories online, but that’s it! Into the Grey by Margaret Killjoy was the short, feminist piece I wanted! Definitely recommend and it’s free to read online, too!

I hope you all had a wonderful month!

-Book Hugger

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