August, Part II

I’m still in shock at the fact that there needs to be a part two for my August reads. All my reading last month really hadn’t dawned on me, because I honestly felt like I had all the time in the world, despite fitting in all that summer fun.

Here’s the list of what I read in August, in case you needed a refresher:

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

The Fill-in Boyfriend, by Kasie West

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella

Between the Notes, by Sharon Huss Roat

Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, by Kimberly Karalius

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

I left off my last post with my thoughts on Between the Notes, so it’s time to now focus on my following read, Kissing in America.

This was one that I found at the library, where I unexpectedly took home seven books. You can read about that here. As you know, I was hesitant to read Kissing in America. (And yes I realize that I judged the book by the title. The cover also was beautiful, if not a bit darker than covers I usually pick up. Here’s a lesson though, everyone: Don’t judge a book by the cover.) I loved this book, so, so much. It was full of poetry, containing works by e.e cummings, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. It was a very interesting read, a bit different from other books I’ve read this month, but nonetheless great. Recommended!

The next on the list was Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, another read I scored unintentionally at the library. This book particularly stuck with me last month, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. There’s a review on it to come though, and I don’t want to spoil too much, so that’s all I’m saying for now.

And then there was All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven. Words cannot express how much I loved this book, or more specifically, the writing. I had waited all summer for the hold to arrive at the library, due to the number of people also wanting to get their hands on it. When it finally came, I dropped everything and went straight to pick it up. There was something so compelling about the story, because I couldn’t put it down. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be irresistible. It was one of those books where I couldn’t stop thinking about the plotline, and the characters, and theย everything. This is a must-read for YA lovers!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has also become a very popular novel in the YA world lately, despite it being published back in 2013. I’d say this is thanks to the newly released movie, in which I admit was what brought my attention to reading it in the first place. The trailer looked absolutely hilarious, and I knew I had to read it before I could see it. While the main character, Greg, could be a bit insufferable at times, I found the novel interesting and unique. It certainly was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s light and easy, and also had me laughing out loud at times. What I found most different was the fact that the book is supposedly written by Greg Gaines, so we got a lot more insight into his mind than we usually would with first person narrators. (Of course, don’t let that confuse you- the author still is Jesse Andrews.)

And we’ve reached the end of our list! Time to close off our August reads with Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Sweet, simple, and just wonderful to read, I sped through this novel wanting more. Luckily, there was still the sequel P.S I Still Love You to get my hands on!

Have a wonderful rest of September everyone!

Your fellow bookworm,

Zoie โค

August, Part I

No word of a lie, I believe that August has been the month for reading. I mean, ten books? How did that happen!? The honest answer is that I really don’t know. This last month has flown by in a disarray of summer activities, yet has also felt so long. I’ve picked up so many great books, many of them becoming new favourites of mine. So maybe it’s that I’ve had such amazing novels as company with me this August that has truly made it an unforgettable reading month.

I’m really excited to share them all with you, because there are so many of them I’d recommend!

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

The Fill-in Boyfriend, by Kasie West

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella

Between the Notes, by Sharon Huss Roat

Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, by Kimberly Karalius

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

So you as you can clearly see, my first read of August was Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I went through a bit of a Rainbow Rowell phase back in March. I read Fangirl three times, just because I didn’t want to leave Cath’s world, and the wonderful writing of Rainbow. I also read Eleanor & Park right after, but surprisingly wasn’t a huge fan. (I think I’ll give Eleanor & Park a second chance though, because a similar thing happened to me when I reread This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, and ended up loving it, despite not liking it the first time.)

Next on my list is The Fill-in Boyfriend, by Kasie West. This unfortunately was not one of the books that I obsessed over this month, because I hadrather conflicting feelings over it. On one hand, the plot of the novel was intriguing, as you may gather from the title of the book. But on the other hand… I didn’t really like the writing style. Of course, that’s just me, but throughout the book I was rolling my eyes, because it bothered me that much. The dialogue seemed unrealistic, especially when it was between teenagers of the twenty-first century. I don’t want to dwell on this any longer, as I know how impressive it is to even finish a manuscript, let alone have it approved and published, and as an aspiring writer I don’t really feel that it’s my place to criticise.

Moving on!

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella was so good that I had to reread it, as you can tell by looking above. Honestly speaking, I read a good portion of it late into the night, when I ought to have been asleep. When I finished it earlier the next morning, I felt that I said goodbye to the characters and the plot and the writing all too soon. So yes, I had to pick it up again, for that reason alone.

And for those YA readers out there, does the name Sophie Kinsella ring a bell but isn’t an author you recall ever reading before? At least, that’s what happened to me. Sophie Kinsella is the wildly popluar author of the Shopaholic series for adults, and Finding Audrey is her first book for Young Adults. I was so excited to get my hands on it, because I knew that Kinsella was a very funny writer, and luckily for me, Finding Audrey was no exception! I would be laughing out loud at parts, even though the book tackles a serious issue. For those looking for a light and inspiring read, I’d definitely recommend this to you!

Next was Between the Notes. Sigh. It was beautiful. One of the latest releases in the YA world, it it also the debut of author Sharon Huss Roat. About a girl whose life gets turned upside down without much notice, we follow Ivy Emerson as she deals with containing a secret about her new lifestyle from her peers. A story about being true to youself and finding your voice, it was definitely worth reading late into the night. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m going to have to stop here now, because I feel like all this has been too much information to take in. Part two is on it’s way! Until then, happy first day of school for any of you who start tomorrow. Autumn is on it’s way, and we all know what that means- a new season of new book releases. How perfect is that?

Cheers,

Zoie ๐Ÿ™‚