August Wrap Up: NEWT’s Readathon

Hi everyone!

First of all, I want to apologize for completely falling of the face of the Earth and not posting anything for three weeks this month. I think life got ahead of me, with work and living alone for the first half of the month and then trying to survive in this weird world we have. All of this to say that blogging definitely became less and less a priority and I’ll try to do better this month… but I can’t promise much.

I am very excited about a few posts I’m working on, and I was tagged in a couple of TAGs that I’m excited to do so be on the lookout for that!

In terms of reading, I mentioned I was participating in the NEWT’s readathon and I’m happy to say that I managed to complete all of the prompts to become a Librarian! It was a bit hard to stick to such a big set TBR, and you’ll see I switched a couple of books, but I’m glad I pushed through.

On the other hand, I was originally going to also dedicate September to the NEWTs readathon but focusing on the Animagus Course, but I’ve changed my mind because

  1. I want to do better, and I can do better by not promoting any HP content on my blog anymore, ever. Starting now.
  2. Sticking to TBR’s is exhausting for me as a mood reader, and I want to give myself room to read whatever I feel like.

Without further ado, here’s what I read this month:

ANCIENT RUNES A: AUTHOR NAME STARTS WITH A B (FIRST OR LAST)

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard  White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5 a quiet kind of thunder

This YA, contemporary is one of the best ones I’ve read all year. And that’s saying a lot considering the amount of 5 stars I’ve given to this genre in 2020.

I feel like this book hit so many boxes so perfectly without feeling like it was checking out diverse boxes. The main character has social anxiety and selective mutism and is one of the most lovable girls I’ve read about, and then we have the love interest who is this hilarious, sweet, soft boy who also happens to be deaf and they communicate in sing language. Their story was one of the cutest I’ve read, the writing was beautiful and the focus on friendship and families was so wonderful.

Sara Bernard is definitely an author I’ll read more of.

Review coming out soon!

ANCIENT RUNES E: READ A CLASSIC

animal farmAnimal Farm by George Orwell

I felt weird giving a classic a rating for some reason, but I really loved this. 

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m terrified of classic because I think they are all very dense and hard to understand, therefore I avoid them like a plague, but this was actually very easy to read, it was engaging and thought-provoking. It made me reflect on many things of today’s society that are also featured in this book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable experience and I do see myself reading more from this author and maybe even some other classics. But let’t not get ahead of ourselves. 

ANCIENT RUNES O: READ A ROMANCE

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert  White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5Get a life, Chloe Brown

I’m so glad I decided to read this for this prompt, because I’ve found another romance series to gush about and become my happy place.

What to say about this that hasn’t been said a thousand times already? This is precious, the relationship these characters have is wonderful and made me feel all fuzzy inside. I think Chloe was an incredible character, I loved that she was Black, plus-sized and has fibromyalgia because it’s time we give people a chance to see themselves represented in books, and then Red was a fantastic love interest. I was equally invested in both of them and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Review coming out soon! 

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS A: READ A HORROR/THRILLER

the wife between usThe Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5‘5  This is an adult-thriller that I really enjoyed. Is it a new favorite of mine? No, but I did have a good time and it did manage to pull some unexpected twists that I thought were greatly done.

I think the writing was very nice, I’ve read another book by this author duo and I felt the same way about their writing so I might check out more books from them in the future. It was fine, a very good, solid thriller, it just wasn’t something that will stick with me for a long time.

Review coming out soon!

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS E: BOOKS WITH DEMONS OR WATER THEME

beach readBeach Read by Emily Henry White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5

I know this adult-contemporary hasn’t been everyone’s cup of tea lately, but it worked so perfectly for me. It’s now one of my favorite romances and another one I see myself coming back to.

The enemies-to-lovers was greatly done, I loved their relationship and its progession. I also really loved the MC January, I didn’t find her annoying at all, which is something I’ve seen in many reviews, but I’m happy to report that my experience with her was very positive.

I’d like to say that this books deals with so many other topics appart from the romance. Grief is a very present theme explored in here, as are cults and divorce. So keep that in mind before jumping into it.

HISTORY OF MAGIC A: READ A HISTORICAL FICTION

The song of achillesThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5

What a stunning novel. This was fantastic. One of my new favorite books of all time. I’m so mad it took me so long to pick this up. Ya’ll were right, this YA, historical-fiction is everything I never knew I wanted about greek mythology.

I cannot express how emotionally invested I became in these characters and their lives. How many tears I shed over these two and how my heart ached with every tender and sad moment they shared. This will forever live in my heart and I’m seriously considering purchasing a physical copy so that I can reread it and annotate it in the future.

HISTORY OF MAGIC: READ A BOOK WITH A MAINLY BLACK COVER

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5wilver in the wood

I wanted to love this fantasy novella so much more than I ended up doing, and I can’t pin point exactly why I didn’t fall in love with this.

I think the characters were very well done and very likable, although I wasn’t really into the romance. Since the Wild Man is 400 years old and Henry is 23 my mind kept picturing the Wild Man as this ancient guy and I couldn’t not see it. Also, for some reason I thought this was sapphic so I kept waiting for the f-f relationship to happen but it is not, the romance is m-m (although this is completely on me for not doing better research). However, I do think the secondary characters were wonderful, especially Henry’s mother, she was a delight.

The worldbuilding was also particularly interesting and I loved all of the creatures we encountered, although I would have loved a bit more information about them.

did not finish

seafireSeafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker

This isn’t a permanent DNF. I do see myself picking this up at some point in the future, but right now I’m really not in the mood for pirates. I did a couple of years ago a project in which I read a bunch of pirate books since back then I felt like there weren’t many out there. I feel like a burnt myself out by reading so many and I thought I might have gotten over this burnt but apparently not yet so I’ll wait a couple more years to see if I can enjoy another pirate story again.

blog hopping 1

Maëlys’ in depth review of Loveless by Alice Oseman was stunning.

Silvia did the Audiobook TAG in which she shared her experience with audiobooks as well as some recommendations on some of her favorite books to listen to!

Emma recommended short books to read this summer

Jessica’s Thought Collective series is an amazing idea. The first in the series is how to get out of a slump and I loved her suggestions and tips.

Margaret made an incredible review on the upcoming ARC: Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale. I hadn’t heard about this before her post and now I’m eagerly awaiting its release.

Rhi made an amazing and engaging discussion on Why she stopped rereading and it made me reflect on my reading habits and what trully makes me happy.

How was your reading this month? Did you find any new favorite read? Let me know!

Until next time, star safe

Leyre

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