August 2020 Wrap Up!

Hello!

I’m a bit late, but I feel like this first week of September has flown by! I’m so excited for fall to finally be here. I can just about start to feel like the crispness in the air. 🙂 My favorite time of year is here, and I can’t wait to see what it brings.

As for August, I had a really great reading month. I’m excited to share some good books with you.

Quick Monthly Wrap Up

Total books read: 10

Total pages read: 3,090

Average July rating: 3.8/5 stars

Yearly Wrap Up So Far

Total books read: 67

Total pages read: 23,946

Average rating so far: 3.69/5 stars


1. The Red Door by Heather Kindt (The Eternal Artifacts, #2)

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one! I enjoyed it more than the first. The world was Wonderland inspired, and so much fun. The characters were great, and the growth was obvious in this one. I’m so excited for the next book later this year!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Full review: The Red Door

2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Thoughts: Really cute read! I loved Chloe. I loved the writing style and how real the author clearly is. It was a really sweet story full of strong women and body positivity. Just good. I’ve heard the Dani’s book is even better, so I can’t wait to get to it!

Rating: 4/5 stars

3. The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, #5)

Thoughts: It always feels so good to be back in the peculiar world, and this time was no different. I really enjoyed this book! It did lack a bit in the plot, but such good characters made up for it. I’m intrigued about the next book because of the epilogue!

Rating: 4/5 stars

4. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Thoughts: Ugh, this is frustrating. This was entertaining enough. It was a quick, easy read, but I was disappointed by it. It didn’t give me the same feelings that The Selection series did, which I was hoping for. I liked it until about 230 pages in. At that point, it was kind of dumb. The story took a dumb turn, in my opinion. The instalove was ridiculous, and I didn’t buy into it at all. Hollis was an okay MC, but she seemed air headed to me. Also, Delia Grace is the WORST. I’ll honestly probably still read the next book, because even though I know who the next horrible love interest will be, I still oddly want to know what happens.

Rating: 3/5 stars

5. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Thoughts: This book was phenomenal. It was so much more emotional than I thought it would be. I didn’t expect it to be so deep. It had a lot of different plot points that all weaved together perfectly. TJR is an amazing author, and I knew that already, but I was blown away by how beautifully pieced together this book was. It definitely hit me in my feels multiple times. So, so good.

Rating: 5/5 stars

6. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Thoughts: This was SO fun!! Anyone who knows me knows I’m definitely a fan of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. It’s always been a guilty pleasure watch for me, and I get obsessed, haha! So this was literally the perfect book for me to read. I also 100% think that The Bachelor/The Bachelorette should include more diversity in their shows, not just ethnicity and such, but also body types and sizes. It’s always been annoying to me that there’s never any average or plus size women (or men) on these shows. It’s kinda disgusting, honestly. But I digress.

This was so freaking fun. I loved every minute of it! I’m all about some body positivity. This had real feelings and real emotions and real issues. I loved it.

Rating: 5/5 stars

7. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (Hot and Hammered, #2)

Thoughts: I didn’t like this as much as I Fix Her Up, but I still enjoyed it. I read through super fast, so I definitely enjoyed the story. Really, my biggest is was just that I didn’t care much for Dominic. He wasn’t a very likable character to me, and I just really couldn’t get over the “I’m a man, I have to provide… I’ve got to be the man Rosie needs..” blah blah attitude from him. They had a weird chemistry between them that I just didn’t fully get.
However, I really liked Rosie’s character. I loved the cooking aspect of this book because always a fan of that! It was nice to see Georgie and Travis again, and honestly can’t wait to read Bethany’s book. 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

8. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Thoughts: This cover has to be my favorite cover I’ve seen all 2020. It is absolutely beautiful, and the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. This was really, really good. I expected a romance, but this was not that at all. It was heartbreaking, but a beautiful story. Not at all what I expected, but I loved it even more honestly because it wasn’t.
I think I would have given it 5 stars, but to me, the 5 year jump thing didn’t make much of an impact. It easily could have been left out. It did bring an intrigue factor, but by the end, it could have been left out and still been just as good of a story. It was fine being there, I just think it fit awkwardly into the story (not necessarily when it happened, but because of the way the book progressed?) idk. Still a great read!

Rating: 4/5 stars

9. Vexed by Kristy Nicolle (A Tidal Kiss Trilogy Novella)

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story! It was fun to get to know Azure a little deeper. She really is a good character, even if her brooding gets on my nerves, haha. I was really happy to see Azure get what’s hers and get the respect she deserves.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Full Review: Vexed

10. Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne

Thoughts: This was not good. It is so annoying because the cover is sooo pretty! It has a really whimsical premise, but the execution was just bad, in my opinion. I was so bored. I got distracted so easily, it didn’t hold my attention at all. I wanted to DNF it, but I just can’t make myself do that, so I pushed myself through it as quickly as I could. I think the biggest thing for me with this book is the writing style. I didn’t like it. It tries way too hard to be lyrical and pretty, and it just didn’t work well. Meh.

Rating: 2/5 stars


Okay, there’s my August reads! Overall, pretty great month. Ended on a bit of a meh, but still a good month. I’m excited to hopefully read some good ones this month!

What was your favorite read of August?

Thanks for reading! (:

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