Monthly Reading Wrap Up | August 2021

How do the summer holidays always go by so fast?! Even though I am now a teacher, not a student, it still feels like the last day of school was just yesterday!

In August, I did not read as many books as I wanted to. Thought I thought it was going to be a relatively quiet month, August turned out to actually be rather hectic and busy. I did a lot of adventuring and day trips, as well as a couple of overnight trips; I finished my Masters, and my first edited novel; and I had a good time! Maybe August wasn’t as productive and book-filled as I’d expected, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

Last month, I read 6 books, which is one more than in July, so I suppose that’s kind of a win!

  • My average rating was 3.75
  • 1 was an ebook, 3 were paperbacks, and 2 were hardbacks
  • 3 were library books for #SixBookSummer, a library challenge I took part in (I’m still finishing it!) over on Instagram
  • 1 was adult contemporary
  • 1 was adult historical fiction
  • 3 were YA contemporary
  • 1 was YA crime

Let’s jump into the individual books!

#1: Bunny by Mona Awad (adult contemporary; eBook; 4)

This is easily the weirdest book I’ve read this year, if not ever. We follow Samantha Mackay, working on an elusive and elitist creative writing MFA course. Samantha is the outsider; her fellow coursemates call one another “Bunny” and are constantly found in a group hug… but everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation. I can’t quite decide if I enjoyed this book or not?? It’s very strange. You can read my full review here.

#2: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (YA contemporary; library; paperback; 4.5)

Felix Ever After somehow manages to be cute whilst also picking up on the prejudices and difficulties faced by young teens today, especially when they are Black, gay, and transgender. This book draws on the author’s own experiences of being trans, and even though Felix and I didn’t always get along, I did enjoy reading his story. You can read my full review here.

#3: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (YA crime; hardback; 4)

This is the fourth book in the Truly, Devious series, but unlike the previous trilogy follows a different murder. This time we even leave the setting of the previous three books, Ellingham Academy, and follow an unsolved case called “The Box in the Woods Murders”. I loved being back with Stevie and the gang! I was worried about this book living up to the previous three, and it was both a hit and a miss. The excitement and enjoyment of the novel as a whole was definitely similar to the previous novels, however the ending was a real disappointment and left loads of unanswered questions.

#4: Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli (YA contemporary; library; paperback; 3)

This is a companion/sequel to the Love, Simon books, and Albertalli freely admits that this was a novella for the fans! Whilst I enjoyed it, there was no plot to this, really, so it did almost read like a bit of fanfiction. However, as a fan, sometimes I just want fluff without plot! The only thing I’d say about this is that Simon/Bram’s relationship almost became a bit negative/toxic in this one, and I’m not sure I actually enjoyed reading about them. Thoughts?

#5: The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex (adult historical fiction/crime; hardback; 3)

This book was a bit of a let down. I still rated it relatively highly due to the marvellous writing and atmosphere building, but in terms of plot and character, whilst I think Stonex can go on to do great things, this novel needed some serious tightening up and editing. The author was far too obvious in holding things back, and there were many unanswered questions at the end. Some unanswered questions can work well, but this was just brimming with them! I think I need to do a full review of this one.

#6: Bookishly Ever After by Lucy Powrie (YA contemporary; library; paperback; 4)

What a pure delight to be back with the Paper & Hearts society! This is the final book in the trilogy (I finally finished a series! Whoo!) and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It has been wonderful to see Powrie grow as a writer over 5 years from the first book I’ve still got on my shelf. The plot was kind of meh for me, but that might also be because I enjoy these characters so much and honestly would see them sat around a table talking about nothing for an entire novel.

Well, there you have it – all the books I read in August! What did you read? Have you got any of these on your TBR, or read them yourself?

I finally completed my Goodreads challenge of 52 books in August too! I wonder how many I’ll read by the end of the year?


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