August Wrap-Up (Part 1)!
It feels like August has just gone on forever, but I'm back with my reading wrap-up for the month. I don't know what happened this month, but somehow I ended up reading quite a lot. I finished a lot more books that I have been in previous months and I'm really happy with the progress I'm starting to make through my TBR pile. This month I also unhauled a stack of books and took them to my local charity shop to try and clear a bit of space and it was honestly quite refreshing. So, overall August has been a pretty good month for my reading.
Anyway, for a few of the books in this wrap-up I have posted or am going to post reviews, so I'll be leaving links to all the reviews below as always.
I started writing this post and got about halfway through and figure it's probably going to be way to long by the time I've finished, so this will be split into two parts. So, here's the first part of my August Wrap-Up!
Remix by Non Pratt
Date Started - 30/7/2017
Date Finished - 1/8/2017
Synopsis: From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.
Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life... Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
I have got a mini-review up for this in a short post about some of the contemporary books I've read recently. I'll have it linked below.
Basically, I've heard so many amazing things about Non and her books and have always wanted to give one of the books a go. I decided to try Remix first and I went into it with sort of high expectations. In the end, I was left disappointed and just found that I wasn't that invested in the story or the characters and found the two main characters to get a bit whiny and irritating.
I am going to try some of Non's other books in the future and hopefully I'll enjoy them more.
Rate - 3/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21472663-remix?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Remix-Non-Pratt/9781406371444?ref=grid-view&qid=1504362851007&sr=1-1
Mini Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-recent-contemporary-reads1651315
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Date Started - 2/8/2017
Date Finished - 3/8/2017
This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.
Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:
To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.
Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.
With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
I have a mini-review up for this!
I won an arc of this last year sometime and it ended up just sitting on my TBR up to now. I was really excited to read this and thought it'd be an interesting read, however I ended up really not enjoying it.
One of the main things that I was excited about in this book was the idea of the wormholes and how that was going to connect into the story. I was really disappointed and found it to be really quite confusing, especially towards the end where everything kept changing, There was a lot to do with physics etc in this book and I couldn't get my head around most of it, but maybe someone who has more knowledge on it would. It was also quite a slow-paced read and I struggled to get into it.
The ending was alright, but overall I was quite disappointed.
Rate - 2/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25991081-the-square-root-of-summer?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Square-Root-of-Summer/9781509808281
Mini Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-recent-contemporary-reads1651315
The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler
Date Started - 3/8/2017
Date Finished - 4/8/2017
Synopsis: THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Teen dance prodigy, breakout Dance Moms star, and judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation presents her uplifting coming-of-age memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life.
Maddie Ziegler had hoped to become a star—she just didn’t know how soon that day would come. At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was catching eyes all over—including those of pop superstar Sia, who handpicked her to star in the incredibly popular music video “Chandelier.” The rest, as they say, was history.
In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way—starring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans’ burning questions with wise advice she’s learned on her journey. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she’s learned—and preparing for the exciting road ahead.
I originally wasn't sure whether to buy this or not, as I do like Maddie and do watch Dance Moms. I ended up seeing it at a local supermarket and decided to buy it.
One of the reasons I wanted to buy this was to see more of what Maddie's like, which you don't get to see on Dance Moms. In that aspect I really enjoyed it as it goes into more about touring with Sia, acting etc, but other things really show that she is just a normal teenage girl.
There were also comments from some of Maddie's friends as well as little extra lists of Maddie's advice. It was cool to see some more pictures of her time on tour with Sia as well as ones of her and Kenzie when they were younger.
Overall, I thought it was good, but I didn't find it to be anything that special.
Rate - 2.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31572170-the-maddie-diaries?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Maddie-Diaries/9781471164965
The List by Patricia Forde
Date Started - 4/8/2017
Date Finished - 6/8/2017
Synopsis: In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.
On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.
I was accepted to read this on Netgalley, so I have already posted a full review, which I'll link below.
The List includes some quite typical dystopian tropes, such as war, rebellion etc. I found the idea of the world to be pretty cool and I enjoyed that they restricted the language to try and control people because I haven't read a dystopian with that before.
I did find this pretty hard to get into and I feel like the plot didn't really start moving till about halfway through. However, once I got to that point, I was completely sucked into the story and couldn't put it down.
The ending was good and I definitely wasn't expecting some of the surprises. If there's going to be a sequel, which I'm not sure whether it will, I will definitely be continuing on. I really enjoyed it, but the only thing that did let it down for me was the beginning.
Rate - 3.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33846933-the-list?from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-List-Patrici-Forde/9781492647966?ref=grid-view&qid=1504431982243&sr=1-1
Spoiler-Free Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-list-by-patricia-forde
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
Date Started - 7/8/2017
Date Finished - 9/8/2017
Synopsis: Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.
Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.
But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.
From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.
This book does contains scenes featuring self-harm, so just bare that in mind before you read it.
I've read the first two books in Holly's 'Normal' series (I haven't yet finished it) and absolutely loved them and this one had been sat on my shelves for quite a long time. I decided to pick it up and I was hoping that I'd enjoy it and luckily enough, I did.
It's sort of a bit like Mean Girls with the popular girls and the different high school groups. Bree is trying to enter this group to make her life more exciting, so she can write a more exciting book to get published.
I did like the idea of Bree being a "failed" writer and how she then started a blog and this project idea. One of the things that slightly annoyed me was that it was like Bree didn't know where to stop with this project and kept doing stupid things, but I guess she had to to get to the ending.
I think Holly dealt with self-harm really well in this book and I'm really happy that she decided to include that in as it's something that I don't think is talked about enough.
Overall, I did enjoy it, but I did find some parts a bit slow and Bree did annoy me a bit. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Holly's books.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22533460-the-manifesto-on-how-to-be-interesting?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Manifesto-on-How-to-be-Interesting/9781409562184
Mini-Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-recent-contemporary-reads1651315
The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury
Date Started - 12/8/2017
Date Finished - 13/8/2017
Synopsis: Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.
When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
I read The Sin Eater's Daughter quite a while ago and purchased The Sleeping Prince as soon as it was released. I even re-read The Sin Eater's Daughter, so I could read the sequel straight away and then I never started it. I decided to this month and I'm o annoyed that I didn't read it sooner. I loved getting back into this world and following different characters , but also how they connected to the characters from the first one and how they were involved later on.
I found it surprisingly easy to get into and I was hooked from start to finish. I ended up really loving and am desperate for The Scarecrow Queen, so I'm probably going to have to buy that very soon.
There were so many twists and turns in The Sleeping Prince and I can't wait to see what Melinda does with the rest of the series.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26625494-the-sleeping-prince?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sleeping-Prince/9781407147642
The World's Worst Children by David Walliams
Date Started - 14/8/2017
Date Finished - 14/8/2017
Synopsis: From the world’s favourite author, David Walliams – ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters; all in glorious FULL COLOUR!
Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!
• Like Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!
• Or Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip!
• And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales!
Also featuring a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj!
From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.
I was attempting to participate in the #7in7readathon this month (14th - 20th Aug), but at a more relaxed level. I didn't complete 7 books, but I'm still happy with the amount I managed to read. I didn't set out an official TBR, but I did have an idea of some of the books I was planning to read and this was one of them.
The World's Worst Children was my first read as it's been on my TBR since it was released. I've always loved David's books and I knew this would be a quick read.
I ended up really loving these gruesome, but fun-filled tales and found myself bursting out with laughter at various points throughout. The illustrations by Tony Ross were amazing and definitely added a lot to the stories. I was able to fly through it and knew that I needed to read the sequel ASAP.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29756824-the-world-s-worst-children?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-World-s-Worst-Children-/9780008197032
Anyway, that was Part 1 of my August Wrap-Up! My Part 2 will be up soon if it's not up already and I'll link it below when it's up.
Thanks for reading!
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