monthly rap up with eleanor and park, 13 minutes, a curse so dark and lonely, circe, a socrery of thorns

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

A monthly wrap up seemed like a good blog post to me considering I have managed to find some good reads! However, this is my first monthly wrap up I have done on my blog, I usually do a quick summary on Instagram! So if you like these type of posts, be sure to let me know so I’m able to do more in the future! Monthly wraps ups always offer some books that I like to add to my ever growing to be read list.

August Monthly Wrap Up

Although this is a wrap up for August, I didn’t read books that gave me summer vibes! Honestly, I think I just wanted to skip to Autumn already! These books are mostly fantasy with the odd plot of thriller and Greek mythology.

an image featuring book 13 minutes for monthly wrap up.

13 Minutes, Sarah Pinborough

This book is based around toxic friendships and betrayal. Naturally, this means it was set in a school environment (6th form) which made the book more interesting! Although this may come across as a contemporary, 13 minutes is a gripping psychological thriller. I’d highly recommend this book especially if you loved One Of Us Is Lying. If that doesn’t convince then I’m pretty sure “mean girls for the Instagram age” ( The Times) might interest you!

An image featuring book Circe for monthly wrap up.

Circe, Madeline Miller

Not only is this book written beautifully, Madeline Miller has created an amazing plot line too. Circe reminds me of trying to find yourself as I read through her life story. The character development is so good and I liked how the book was focused on other characters as well as keeping the limelight on Circe. I’m already a huge fan of Greek mythology and add a morally grey character in, I’m sold.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer

I’ve already expressed in detail how much I love this book in a review, however I’ll try summarise my thoughts to convince you all to read it! I’ve recently been loving fairy tale retellings so this book was right up my street! Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney movies growing up. I loved the interpretation this book took of a tale I’ve always loved! I was hooked in from the first page as I am introduced to action! Plus, I can definitely appreciate good writing too.

Eleanor And Park, Rainbow Rowell

This book wasn’t my favourite of this month. I had a few issues with it, one being that there was a lot of racism expressed throughout the book. As it is set in the 1980s, I understand that racism was pretty bad back then. However, I just didn’t get on with the fact that it was mentioned unnecessarily and that being of colour was either an endearment or an insult. Racist comments never came from classmates which I found strange, but always from Eleanor. I had high expectations for this book and unfortunately it didn’t meet my standards. It was a good, quick read but I think it’s over hyped for sure.

books featured for monthly wrap up including sorcery of thorns, 13 minutes and a curse so dark and lonely.
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Sorcery Of Thorns, Margaret Rogerson

Ever wish a book wasn’t a standalone? Sorcery Of Thorns is definitely one of those books to me! I posted a review offering more of my thoughts ( a 600 word blog post of me just fangirling) so check it out if you want to know more! What I loved about this book is the world building and how immersed I became in it. The writing is so elegant and with the amazing banter and plot line, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

If you have read any of these books let me know your thoughts and if you agree with me! Also I’d love to know how many books you read last month and whether I’m the only person who wished they read more books! Next weeks post should be exciting, I’m talking about my September reading journal spread! Be sure to check in and I hope you all have a lovely day!

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