August has come and gone…and as I’m writing this it is the first day of September, which means it’s Back To School for Hogwarts students! Good luck to all of you out there! 🙂 August was a great month for me, because I started school, made new friends, and just had an awesome time! Unfortunately, though, I’ve also been in a huge reading slump! This month, I read only 4 books, leaving me 3 books behind schedule for my end-of-year goal of 90 books. So, my friends, here is what I read this month, in addition to the star rating and a short summary.
Total Pages: 1,494
Books Read: 4
Average Star Rating: 4 stars
Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Summer Days and Summer Nights is a short story collection by authors such as Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, and many more. Each story follows a different set of characters, a different summer, and a different place. Some are sweet, cute contemporaries, some have elements of magical realism, and some just hit you deep in the feels. Each story was unique, and I really enjoyed this anthology! I will be reading the winter version once the season rolls around, and I can’t wait for it! I gave this story 4/5 stars!
Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin
Wolf by Wolf follows Yael, a girl who escaped from a death camp, as she goes on a motorcycle race. This story takes place in an alternate version of WWII, where Hitler won and is now the ruler of Germany. Each year, he hosts a motorcycle race across Japanese and German territory as a commemoration for their victory. Yael enters the race as Adele, the most recent winner of the race, and a female. Using her strange ability gathered in the camp, Yael skinshifts into Adele in order to win the race and kill Hitler. This story’s plot was so unique and done very well. I enjoyed the motorcycle race aspect, and each of our characters. In the story, you really got to see how fierce competition was, and how Europe was under Hitler’s rule. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and gave it a 4/5 stars!
A List of Cages, by Robin Roe
A List of Cages is a great story, following a boy named Adam as he takes on an assisting job to his school’s psychologist. His first real task is to hunt down a boy who has been avoiding classes. Who else could he be, other than Julian, the foster brother Adam once had, a long time ago. They’d gone their separate ways, and now they are reunited. At first, things are similar to old times–Julian still loves the things he did then. But Julian’s also keeping a secret from Adam, and it’s a dangerous one at that. This novel was very eye-opening, and very enjoyable. There were many good times, but there were also sad points in the novel that really hit me hard. This book was out of my comfort zone because I prefer happier books, but I’m so glad that I read it! It meant a lot to me, and I think it will mean a lot to you guys, too! I gave it 4/5 stars! I also have a review on this as well.
Once and for All, by Sarah Dessen
Once and for All follows Louna, the daughter of the famous wedding planner, Natalie Barrett. Louna has always been raised to believe that true love doesn’t exist, but she doesn’t let clients know that. After losing her first love in a traumatic event, she doesn’t trust the feeling anymore. Enter Ambrose, the enthusiastic serial-dater who, after meeting Louna, knows that he wants her. The only problem is, Louna’s not ready for anything resembling what she once had. Once and for All was probably my second favorite Dessen book ever, right behind Saint Anything. I absolutely loved our main character, and the way we found out about her past love. The story is told in both present and past tense, which usually I don’t like. However, in this case, it was very enjoyable for me. Also, the fact that Louna’s mom is a wedding planner was amazing! I’d never read a book that had that aspect, and seeing all of the weddings come together and actually happen in the story was something I found very entertaining! Overall, I gave this story 4/5 stars!