Wrap Up | August 2019

Yesterday you got to see the books we added to our collections and today it’s time to show you what we read in August! Did we have good reading months? Were we able to finish our Goodreads challenges? Let’s take a look at our August wrap up to find out!

Candyce

If you read our wrap up last month, you will remember I was really hoping to finish my Goodreads challenge is August. And I’m happy to say I did! As I’m typing this I’ve read 206 books and my goal was 200. I never expected to reach it this fast. I can’t wait to see how much I end up reading at the end of the year.

Okay, now back to our wrap up. August was another good reading month, even if I didn’t read the first five days. In August I read 21 books and 1 novella!

Roar – Cora Carmack

This was actually a reread for me. I read Roar two years ago when it was first released. The sequel, Rage, is finally out now! Unfortunately, the author had to deal with some health issues, so it took longer to write the sequel. I’m curious to see how this story continues!

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

I’ve said it before the last few months on the blog, but I’m really enjoying thrillers/mysteries a lot more. Truly Devious was a TBR & Beyond group read and I was really excited. This book did not disappoint and I finished it in just about one sitting. I loved the characters and the mystery and need the next book!

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

Another reread for me this month. In the TBR & Beyond this was a group read and I really wanted to refresh my memory. The Exact Opposite of Okay was just as good, if not better than the first time around! I love the message the author brings with this book and I need to read the sequel soon.

Wundersmith – Jessica Townsend

I actually started this book a few months ago, but got distracted by others again, haha. Wundersmith is sych a cute and interesting story and it’s definitely becoming one of my favorite middle grade series. It gives Harry Potter vibes, but is definitely unique.

The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton

I honestly can’t even remember when I started The Belles, but I think it was near the beginning of the year. Yet again, I was distracted by a lot of other books. It’s been haunting me on my nightstand, so I finally finished it (had only 100 pages to go). This book had a lot of twists and turns I didn’t seec coming and I’m really curious about the sequel.

These Witches Don’t Burn – Isabel Sterling

I wasn’t planning on reading this until around Halloween, but I just couldn’t resist! This book takes place in Salem and has witches, so I was really excited. I enjoyed the story, but felt that the romance and drama took over the story at times. Also, I didn’t know this was going to be more than one book, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Coming Up Roses – Staci Hart

I only recently discovered Staci Hart and I’m happy I did. Coming Up Roses is a fun romantic comedy. I loved the characters and how the whole family came together to save the family business. Coming Up Roses is one I couldn’t put down and I need more of this family!

Through Her Eyes – Sophie Fahy

Sophie Fahy approached me on Instagram to see if I wanted to read and review her debut book, Through Her Eyes. This book was really good and I just couldn’t put it down. I have to say it’s an intense book to read and there are definitely some trigger warnings (see the review). If you’re looking for a review with an unexpected ending, this is the book for you!

Wicked Angel – Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Bennett writes all kinds of romances and this one was new to me. Wicked Angel is the sixth book in this series, but they can be read as standalones! I loved the characters and their stories, but this book was definitely a lot steamier and more detailed than most romances that I read.

Playing for Keeps – Kendall Ryan

As a big fan of sports romances, Kendall Ryan made me very happy with Playing for Keeps. There is a lot of humor, romance and steamy scenes. I loved the characters and how it all played out. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Truly Mine – Kennedy Fox

Kennedy Fox is known for emotional reads and agonizing cliffhangers. Truly Mine was such an intense read and I loved reading the moments that lead up to the first thing we read in this book. I loved these characters and I am very happy we get the sequel soon!

After the Game, Losing the Field & Making a Play – Abbi Glines

I finally decided to give audio books a go and these three books are what I started with. The first two books were amazing and I loved the subjects she approached in those stories. Once again, these three books had fun characters and her writing gave us fast reads. I did have some issues though. These stories took on a lot of intense subjects, but they felt rushed or too easily solved. Add some insta love and I was struggling a bit.

Sweet Temptations – Laura Lee

As a fan of cooking shows, it was fun reading a short romance about two chefs that were judges on a baking competition. Sweet Temptations had laugh out loud moments and was a quick read. I honestly would’ve loved a full novel about these two.

Crown of Dragons – Nina Walker

Crown of Dragons is the first book in this new series. I enjoyed the dual timelines and the characters. I would’ve liked a little more worldbuilding, but I think that will expand during the next books. If you love dragons, I definitely recommend this book.

I Hate You – Ilsa Madden-Mills

I’ve read a few books by this author and she has yet to disappoint with her sports romances. Once again, I loved this story and the characters. It has all I want in stories like these a good balance of sports and romance, humor, amazing characters and some steamy scenes.

Awakening Autumn – Lora Richardson

After reading Vanishing Summer, I couldn’t wait for the next book in this series. Awakening Autumn did not disappoint and I enjoyed this story so much. Lora Richardson really draws you in and makes you care for her characters. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.

Don’t Say a Word – Amber Lynn Natusch

I was lucky to get an ARC of this book from the author back in March and read it then. I enjoyed chatting with her while reading it. Release day is almost here for this book, so I read it again for the blog tour. Don’t Say a Word is such an amazing story and this author really leaves you on the edge of your seat.

That Forever Girl – Meghan Quinn

Meghan Quinn has gotten my attention many times with her romantic comedies. That Forever Girl is more serious, but so good! Not only do we get an amazing love story, but if I could I’d be moving to the small town this book takes place in today!

Love Lessons – Daphne James Huff

The Shelfbrooke Academy series has been a fun series, because I love books that take place at boarding schools. Love Lessons is modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. I’ve never read that, but I did enjoy this story. The main characters learn a lot about themselves and it’s fun when writing or reading plays a bit part in a book!

Kiss Me Not – Emma Hart

Kiss Me Not was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes a book gets to you just when you need it and that was the case with this book! I loved the characters, the plot and the romance. My review for the blog tour will be posted later this afternoon!

Road Trip with the Enemy – Kelsie Stelting

Kelsie Stelting is amazing at writing a contemporary and she proved that again with Road Trip with the Enemy. The author had me in tears while reading her book. I read this book in one sitting and I wouldn’t say no to more of these characters!

Isabelle

My best reading month ever! I read 18 books and over 6000 pages. And I also reached my Goodreads goal this month. I’ve read 108 books so far this year and I couldn’t be happier. Another bonus, I read 6 backlist books this month! I already read more backlist books than last year and I still have hope I’ll reach my goal. For now, let’s take a look at what I read this month.

Half Lost – Sally Green

I finally managed to finish this series! It isn’t one of my favorites at all but it was enjoyable. I don’t think I would recommend this series to be honest but it’s nice to have finished another series. These books have been sitting on my shelves for so long haha. I did like how this one ended and I realize I need to read more witchy books!

Death Note: Black Edition vol. 1 – Tsugumi Ohba

This is one of the first manga I bought and I finally picked it up! Jessethereader started a manga book club and this was one of the first ones he picked. So I decided that it was time for me to start reading this one as well. I never expected to get so much story in this first volume and I’m excited to see where the story goes next.

Heartstopper vol 2 – Alice Oseman

I preordered this one and I read it as soon as it arrived. It took a while to be sent but luckily it did get here. I loved this one so much and I can’t wait for the third volume. This is such a cute graphic novel series you can’t help but love.

Final Girls – Riley Sager

TBR and Beyond did an adult read a thon and this was the group book for it. I listened to the audiobook and finished it in a day! It was an enjoyable thriller but not one of the best I read. I would pick up another one by this author.

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

This was my next read for the adult read a thon and another audiobook. I was pleasantly surprised by The Kiss Quotient earlier this year and decided to pick up this next audiobook in the series. These books are just a lot of fun and I really like the autism rep. It’s nice to see different types of autism and I will definitely pick up the third book in this series once it gets published.

Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another pleasant surprise this year was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And while I did love that one, I still didn’t think I would like Daisy Jones that much. But after seeing this one on my subscription service as well I figured I’d just try it. And once again I was pleasantly surprised! I really liked the concept and think the audiobook was done really well.

The Field Party Series #2, #3, #4 & #5 – Abbi Glines
Under the Lights
After the Game
Losing the Field
Playing the Game

Candyce started her first audiobooks this month and she reminded me of these books. I really liked the first one and have been wanting to read the rest ever since. Unfortunately I didn’t like most of these as much as I did the first book. Abbi touches upon a lot of important themes in this series but she also abandons them in no time. Hardly anything goes into depth and that results in books that lack something. They’re still enjoyable and I will probably read the next ones as they come out but my expectations aren’t that high.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate – Becky Chambers

I really like Becky Chambers Long Way To A Small Angry Planet and was super excited to see this eARC on Netgalley. This one is a novella and once again set in space. It’s a pretty different story from her other series and I didn’t know what to think at first. There isn’t that much plot but it was very enjoyable! I also really love the ending and it’s a story that makes you think.

The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

WOW! What a book. I was super happy to get this one but somehow was intimidated and didn’t pick it up. After getting the eARC for the sequel I decided it was time to finally read The Poppy War. And what a book this is! The first half was fun and enjoyable, but after that it turns really dark! This book has a ton of trigger warnings and they are not exaggerated. Some scenes were incredibly disturbing but I did love the book overall. And I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

I watched one episode of True Blood years ago and decided I wanted to read the books first! And I finally read the first book. This is just a really enjoyable paranormal mystery series and I hope to read the rest of the series as well. The paperbacks are being sold for good prices so I plan to get the next one every now and then.

Don’t Say a Word – Amber Lynn Natusch

I love love loved Dare You to Lie last year and was so happy to be part of the blog tour for Don’t Say A Word. This was a wonderful sequel and I flew through it. Once I started I just didn’t want to put this book down and I can’t wait for the third book in the series.

One Bad Witch – Danielle Garrett

Yay, I was so happy to finally see this one on Storytel! I really enjoyed the rest of the series and was waiting for the sequel. And now I have to wait for the next one haha. These are just fun fantasy cosy mysteries and I fly through these books. I might need to pick up another book while I’m waiting for the newest one.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

I love rereading Harry Potter and made my way through the first 4 this year. It’s just a lot of fun and I love being back in this world. I listen to the audiobooks and they are simply amazing. And of course I already started the fifth book haha.

Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde

I was looking at the books on my shelves and this one shouted to me haha. It’s been almost 2 years since I bought this one and it was finally time to read it. I was expecting to enjoy this but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. There were some beautiful and relatable moments in Queens of Geek. I need to read more books set at cons!

Riverdale: Get Out Of Town – Micol Ostow

I love the tv show Riverdale and enjoyed the first companion book at the start of the year. Unfortunately this second books was a lot less enjoyable. There was hardly a plot and if you don’t watch the tv show you wouldn’t understand half of the book. You also need to be up to date with the tv show or you will spoil yourself! I listened to the audiobook and might listen to the next one if it’s put on Storytel but I won’t spend any money on it!

So that’s our August wrap up! If you’ve read anything we have, definitely let us know what you thought! What was your favorite read of the month? Let us know in the comments!

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