Is it just me or did August fly by? It’s scary how quickly this year is going however, that does mean we’re going into my favourite time and season of the year! I’m so excited for it all to get cosy again so I can stop living in a constant ball of sweat. Lovely imagery, I know. Ok, so this month I managed to read 12 books. Not as many as last month but I’m still happy. It would have been thirteen but I did DNF one book this month which is actually rare for me but something I need to start doing more often. So here’s what I read in the month of August! –
City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab
This was read for one of my prompts in my NEWTs TBR and I’m glad I finally got around to this one. I feel like it’s difficult for me to judge middle grade fiction and it’s not always a genre I read but being a fan of Schwab, I had to. I really enjoyed the setting of Edinburgh as it is a place I really want to visit myself and I loved the dynamic between Cassidy and her ghost BFF, Jacob. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and I may even pick up the sequel.
Heartstopper: Volume II
by Alice Oseman
If I ever give one of these books less than five stars, call the police because something isn’t right. These graphic novels are just the cutest things ever – the art is amazing, the writing is amazing, the characters are amazing. I know Alice said we’re going to venture into more serious topics in future volumes (including Charlie’s ED) so I hope that is handled well and I continue to love this series. If you don’t know, these graphic novels feature a m/m romance and a lot more LGBTQ+ side characters. Plus, major soppy moments alert.
by Juno Dawson
I was a huge fan of Juno’s previous book, Clean, so I just had to pick this one up and I was not disappointed. This follows Jana Novak, a teenager who is one day scouted by a modelling agency. Without knowing little about the fashion industry, she enters blindly and we follow her over the course of her rise to fame. This novel deals with the dangers of the industry, including eating disorders, paedophilia, sexual assault, so please be aware of triggers before going in. It’s a hard read but so important and Jana is a very strong and relatable character. Also, as always with Juno’s writing, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments in an otherwise dark novel.
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
by Fredrik Backman
Oh man. Ok. So this is a very short novella (around 96 pages) that deals with a grandson and his grandad who is living with alzheimers. It’s not something I shout from the rooftops, but I also lost my grandad to the disease last year so this book hit very hard and I could not give it anything less than five stars. Despite its size, the book is so impactful and holds beautiful imagery and words. I advise anybody to spend ten minutes reading this and making some noise about it.
by Claire Legrand
I’ve been meaning to read this book for around 82 years (slight exaggeration) and I finally got around to it this month after asking Becky for a recommendation. This book follows a small town with a dark secret and three teenage girls who we switch between throughout. This book is a lot darker than I thought it would be, with a beast killing teenage girls but wearing no particular face. I love how different the three girls were and the book also features a f/f romance and an asexual character! Has definitely made me excited to read more of Claire’s writing!
by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
I did a full review of this graphic novel here so make sure to check it out if you want to hear more about the story. To summarise, this follows the story of Nova, the witch and Tam the werewolf who come together to solve a mystery going on in their town. This novel is insanely diverse with a non-binary main character, a character who is hard of hearing and a f/f couple in terms of Nova’s (very cute) grandmothers. As much as I loved the characters, I did feel as though the story went a bit too fast and not everything was explained. However, that art style? Wow.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Bloody hell, guys. She’s done it, she’s finally read it. Do I need to explain this book? Ok, quickly, we follow Scout who’s dad is a lawyer defending a black man accused of rape. However, this book is set in the 1930s so you can only imagine the prejudice and racism that was around. Because of that, the ‘n’ word is used a lot and some sentences just made me want to throw my book in the bonfire and dance around the flames. However, I now understand everybody’s love for Atticus Finch. That is all. I’m not rating this one purely for the reasons stated above.
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
This book has been on my shelf for ages to the point I don’t even remember why or when I got it. However, I finally picked it up this month and I pretty much read it in one sitting (thanks, trains!) I love this book. so. damn. much. Ok, so although there is a plot, this is not a plot-driven story. It focuses way more on the characters and although that isn’t a lot of people’s thing, it is mine so I just loved this book, the fleshed out characters, the sleepy suburb. Just wow. The pacing was amazing and I loved the mystery element behind it too. Just go and read this one!
by Zoraida Cordova
Another book that has been on my shelf for a long time but finally picked up this month (the book buying ban is coming in handy!) This follows the story of Alex, who is herself a bruja and comes from a family and long line of brujas. However, when Alex is on fast track to becoming the most powerful witch of her generation, she realises she doesn’t want her powers. During her Deathday, she attempts to wish her powers away but accidentally makes her entire family vanish. I do have a lot to say about this book but to sum it up, I loved bits and I hated others. Wow, top reviewer here, guys!
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
After finished And Every Morning, I decided to look into the author’s other books and I found this one. This follows the story of Ove, who is to put it nicely, a very grumpy old man still grieving the loss of his wife. A stickler for the rules, especially no cars allowed in the residential area, and a person who generally hates human, he develops a bond with his neighbours. (I must say a trigger warning for multiple suicide attempts!) This book was just heartwarming and those moments of happiness Ove feels just made my heart soar. Just read it and you’ll understand. I had a tear.
by Marie Lu
I went into this book expecting not to like it. Although I love Batman (Dark Knight trilogy shoutout) and I love Marie Lu, I just didn’t think it would live up to expectations. However, I was wrong. I read this book in one sitting – I loved young Bruce before his powers, I loved Madeline and switching between trusting her or not trusting her, I loved the action, I loved Alfred (who doesn’t) and the rest of the cameos. Just, it was good ok. Recommended if you want a quick and easy, action-packed book!
Talking with Psychopaths and Savages
by Christopher Berry-Dee
I picked this book up for around £3 and thank Jesus I did not pay more. The author spends the entire time talking and plugging his older books, bragging about how he managed to get serial killers to talk to him and making unfunny jokes. He also handled the link between mental health and psychopathy very purely and I just did not have a good time. This is a topic I’m very interested in but unfortunately I came away from this book having learnt nothing. Wouldn’t recommend.
And that’s everything! What was your favourite book of the month?
Let me know in the comments!
Lots of Love,