August Wrap-Up and September TBR

Hey, Ostriches!

Welcome to the summary of August! I had stumbled upon some very good reads this month, and had managed to implement some of those ideas that were swirling inside of my head – the perfect book for, what’s in the box and author spotlight monthly blog posts have gone live in August and I loved writing them all. Hopefully you guys enjoyed reading them! These will continue each month, and hopefully in September I will be able to launch the Fungeon Book Club as well (if you wish to know more about this, I discuss it in my Three Dark Crowns review).

Even though I went on holiday during August, and am leaving again for 10 days in September, this has been quite a good, productive reading month. I had managed to finish a total of five out of the six books on my TBR for this month, and I also began Lord of Shadows. This is not bad at all in my opinion and the books I read this month were generally better than those in July (more stars). I am also currently taking part in The Reading Quest, a fun challenge which runs up until the 10th of September.

So without further ado, I am going to do a quick tally of my reads this month and then I will tell you guys what is on my TBR for the month of September. If you guys have any of your favourites that you would like to recommend for me, please do so below in the comments. I may add these to my October TBR if you can pitch them well!

  1. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams {Stephen King}

“A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.” (Goodreads)

ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ: I had given a second chance to Mr. King to impress me, and he did not quite manage to do it. But I also didn’t hate this short story collection so I may be open to reading something else by him. This was just such a mix of good and bad, you really just don’t know what you are going to get with each short story.

  1. Passenger {Alexandra Bracken}

“In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.” (Goodreads)

ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ: It was a great idea with much potential that got too bogged down with the romance. The character arcs seemed to reverse rather than develop but the plot was intriguing enough to keep me going.

  1. Wayfarer {Alexandra Bracken}

“After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.” (Goodreads)

ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ: Surprisingly, this was much better than the first book. Moving on from the romance, we finally got to see the characters shine and develop as they travelled through time and space. A funny, wild adventure great for any YA fan!

  1. Three Dark Crowns {Kendare Blake}

“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.” (Goodreads)

ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ: A very interesting premise, and some intriguing main characters. But it is very easy to lose yourself in the amount of bland secondary characters. I hope the sequel is better – it has been set up quite well and I am excited to get into it!

  1. Lady Midnight {Cassandra Clare}

“Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.” (Goodreads)

ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ ѱ: This book reminded me just how much I love Cassie Clare’s writing and characters. I was thrust back into the Shadow world and taken on a thrilling ride of love, betrayal and murder. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  1. Lord of Shadows {Cassandra Clare}

“Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?” (Goodreads)

To Be Finished: I am currently 120 pages into Lord of Shadows, and this will be the first book coming up in September, so look forward to my review!

So that is that for August. It has been a great month for me and I am happy with how much I read, taking into account how busy I was. September, unfortunately, will be just as busy. I am going away again for 10 days, I am working and I will be starting university back up again so I am not sure how many of these books I will actually be able to get through. However, as a very ambitious person I am going to put them on my TBR anyway, and try to get to them all!

First up there will be the one novel transferred over form my previous TBR. I am really enjoying Lord of Shadows so far, but it is a big book so it might still take me awhile to get through it.

  1. Lord of Shadows {Cassandra Clare}

“Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?” (Goodreads)

  1. The Dark Prophecy {Rick Riordan}

“After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .” (Goodreads)

  1. Windfall {Jennifer E. Smith}

Let luck find you. Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.” (Goodreads)

  1. The Mother Earth Insurgency {J. G. Follansbee}

“What if you learned a terrorist might destroy a structure 20 kilometers tall, murdering thousands of people inside? Nick Sorrows is an undercover agent with the Bureau of Environmental Security. He is ordered to discover the plans of Jon Janicks and The Mother Earth Insurgency, which is determined to stop the hijacking of clean energy by greedy corporations. After a riot in Seattle, and an attack on a wind power farm in California, Sorrows learns about the MEI’s most audacious plan yet. Will Agent Sorrows stop the terrorist Janicks from killing thousands?” (Goodreads)

  1. Because You Love to Hate Me {Edited by Ameriie}

“Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!” (Goodreads)

So these are my picks for September. I have some big reads here, but also one short novella, so maybe I will be able to get through most of them. I am unsure of the order in which I will read these so I don’t know when each review will pop up, but I can promise you guys a review every week, so please look forward to that, and let me know if you’ve read any of these in the comments below!

Love, Ostrich


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