August Reading Wrap Up

Sunday, 31 August 2014
Hello everyone! I managed to read 9 books this month which I don't think is too bad! I really enjoyed a lot of of these books and didn't give anything lower than 3/5 stars. I'd say that's pretty successful! I also only have 20% of Jane Eyre left(which I'm hating) and I'm halfway through The Scorch Trials as well so I'm hoping to finish them in early September. I'm moving out and starting uni in September so I don't think I'll do as much reading. Although me and my flatmates are already discussing the books that we're going to borrow from each other!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman - This is a book about a teenage girl who is in a car accident. She turns into a sort of ghost and can see herself getting taken to the hospital etc. She then has to make the decision as to whether she wants to wake up and live or die and be with her family. Her mum, dad and younger brother all died in the accident. This is being made into a movie which looks really good so I wanted to read the book before going to see the movie. I wasn't as much of a fan of this as I expected, it was good but I found Mia to be totally obsessed in a really unhealthy way with her boyfriend. That's something I really hate seeing in YA books! I gave it 3/5 stars as I liked it but I found it a bit weird.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This was a reread for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time around! It's about a nerdy girl going to college and about how she struggles to fit in. She's always been attached to her twin sister who kind of abandons her when they go to college and she has to learn to survive on her own. This book is so happy and so gushy and I just found myself smiling all the time whilst reading it. 5/5 stars and I really recommend it to everyone!

Roomies* by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando - I've already written a full review of this book which you can read here. This is a story about two girls emailing back and forth before they become room mates. It was really nice and I gave it 4/5 stars as the ending was a bit anti climactic. 

Where She Went by Gayle Forman - This is the sequel to If I Stay and it is 10000000x better than the first book! This was so much more emotional and raw. It was really kind of beautiful. It's also told from the perspective of her boyfriend which is nice. I didn't really like Mia much as a character. I felt bad for her, but she still annoyed me a little bit. I gave this 5/5 stars.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen - In this book a young teenager in America follows the instructions in a guide for popularity that was written in the 50s to see if the advice would still work. This was a really interesting book! It goes into discuss why people want to be popular and what popularity means to different people etc etc. I actually saw this reviewed on another book blog(although I can't remember which one) and bought it for my Kindle straight away. I'm glad I read it. I gave it 4/5 stars. It was really good but for some reason I didn't feel it was a 5/5 star book.

Panic by Lauren Oliver* - I've already written a full review of this book which you can read here. I really loved this book. It was so exciting and fast paced. I couldn't put it down! I gave it 4/5 stars.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - This is the final book in the series and I was very excited for it. I was a little dissappointed. I felt like this was a much more 'adult' and serious novel but I didn't like either of the characters that much. Isla was a little bit whiney and I got sick of the 'I have no self confidence' whining very quickly. I just didn't like Josh at all, too angsty. I gave this 3/5 stars. It was ok but definitely not my favourite.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley* - This is a fiction novel about black students integrating into a white high school. I don't want to say too much about it as I'm writing a full review but I loved it, I gave it 5/5 stars. I couldn't put it down!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - This is definitely my favourite book of the month and I wasn't even expecting to like it that much! This is a book where a boy called Thomas wakes up in a big metal box. When he gets released he realises that he's been put into a small town in the middle of a maze with lots of other teenage boys. They don't know how they got there. Everyday they go out into the maze looking for a way out. But at night the doors to the maze close and anyone left inside dies. This book was so fast paced and thrilling. I really enjoyed reading it and am racing on with the series. You can buy all four books from The Works for £9.99 which is an amazing deal. 5/5 stars.

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