Ok, so I realise this is super late, but I’ve been so busy and had a lot going on the last couple of weeks – here is my August wrap-up!
I had a pretty good reading month in August, especially considering there was about a week in the middle where I barely read at all, but I managed to get through 10 books. Enjoyed them all, but highlights have to be Red Rising and Country of the Blind.
Eagle Strike – Anthony Horowitz – ⭐⭐⭐
Alex Rider book 4 – I picked up the first 6 Alex Rider books for £3 at a charity shop a couple of months ago, and I’ve been rereading them and reliving my childhood. They’re fun reads, but I have to say I think the first two were the best, and 3 and 4 were just a bit much. However, I loved them when I was younger, and I think kids would still really enjoy them.
Scorpia – Anthony Horowitz – ⭐⭐⭐
Alex Rider book 5 – This one was an improvement on the last two, we finally got more of Alex’s backstory and found out more about Alex’s father and uncle. Still enjoying the nostalgia of reading these, and they are very quick and easy to get through.
Ark Angel – Anthony Horowitz – ⭐⭐⭐
Alex Rider book 6 – This was as far as I got with the series when I read it as a kid, and after Scorpia kinda pulled the series back a bit, it jumps back into unbelievable with this one. This is as far as I got with the series the first time I read it, if I can find the rest for cheap I’d like to continue, just to see what happens to Alex!
Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare – ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
The Dark Artifices book 2 – This was a re-read that I actually started in like January, but kept putting down. Started seeing the hype for Queen of Air and Darkness appearing online and figured I should finish it before December. Still enjoying this series a lot more than I thought I would, but that ending doesn’t get any easier to get through…
Red Rising – Pierce Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Red Rising book 1 – I listened to the audio book, and it really made this book for me – the narrator was brilliant! It started kinda slow, but I really enjoyed the story and the colour concept, and especially the time that Darrow spent at The Institute – the war games sounded epic!
A Reaper At The Gates – Sabaa Tahir – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ember Quartet book 3 – A great continuation of a great series, and I’m enjoying the direction the story is taking. Didn’t love it as much as Ember, and I’m worried about Elias, but Helene is fast becoming my favourite character, she’s awesome!
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Bone Season book 1 – This was not what I was expecting, but it was great! Really enjoyed the world and setting, and just wish we could have learnt more about the various types of clairvoyance. Samantha Shannon is so lovely and I can’t wait to continue the series.
Country of the Blind – Christopher Brookmyre – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jack Parlabane book 2 – Jack’s back! Thoroughly enjoyed this, Parlabane is a great main character, and such a sass-pot. The plot was fast moving, and there was the usual death, mystery and comedy that Brookmyre does so well.
Golden Son – Pierce Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red Rising book 2 – Didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first one, but it was still awesome. Darrow is still going on about Eo, but I liked the fact that we got to follow his story on and his infiltration of Gold society. So glad they kept the same audio book narrator, I will forever associate him with Darrow.
Red Sister – Mark Lawrence – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book of the Ancestor book 1 – This felt quite similar to Nevernight, but I enjoyed it. I will say I didn’t connect with Nona as much as I did with Mia, but the magic system was really interesting. Looking forward to the next one.
Pretty good month! Enjoyed everything I read, and it was great to have a trip down memory lane with the Alex Rider books.
Looking forward to September, which I think will be a month of re-reads in preparation for all the new releases coming out in the next few months. Love this time of year, and so glad the weather is changing – it’s the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a book!