I am so excited that ARC August happened again last month because for whatever reason, sometimes I need a little motivation to go back and focus on my ARC TBR pile. Even when there are so many amazing and highly anticipated books, sometimes it still takes a little push for me to pick them up and read them. And because of ARC August, I actually got a lot of books from that pile read last month! I’m seriously really excited about that. But even so, I’m a little excited to be back to reading some of the already published books that are sitting on my shelves this month too. I have a little bit of a mix planned, though mostly are still fall ARCs on my list. It’s kind of crazy how many books publish in the fall! September has a TON coming out and October doesn’t seem like it’ll be all that much slower either. I mean lots of new books is great but also, HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO KEEP UP?!?! I know it’s impossible but I’m going to try my best! Here’s what I read in August and what I’m hoping to read in September:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Warcross by Marie Lu: These were my top two reads of the month. I was super surprised by both of them but mostly because I really didn’t know what to expect. I loved Bardugo’s Six of Crows series and had just seen the WW movie but didn’t know she was such a huge fan. You can really tell throughout the book how much she loves and admires WW. And I’ve only read one Lu book before and never any video game books and even though some of the virtual reality stuff went over my head, I still really enjoyed it.
Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush and There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: I was really disappointed with both of these. And it kills me to say that because I was so crazy excited for both of them. But unfortunately, they just didn’t work for me.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson: I liked TBDATE for the topics it dealt with but the writing style and the romance just weren’t for me. It’s not the kind of relationship, it’s that the relationship that develops over the course of only one day. But otherwise, I think this will be a book that’s loved by a lot of people and is full of minorities, which makes it even more important. All’s Faire was a lot of fun but also dealt with a lot of tough middle-school topics like being friends with the cool kids, bullying, not having the right kind of clothes, the rich kids vs the not rich kids, feeling like you just don’t fit in, and dealing with younger siblings. I highly recommend it. And my daughter loves it too.
Frazzled by Booki Vivat and The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg: I loved both of these middle grade books! They are both sequels but if you have younger readers around, I highly recommend both of these series. The characters are awesome and they tackle subjects like friendships and being cool and family and school. Pretty much situations all kids deal with plus the MCs are POC. And if you like Sherlock, Shelby Holmes has a lot of fun references to the original, which kids probably won’t get but if you read this with them makes it even more enjoyable for you.
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin: I was pretty pleasantly surprised by the JLA book since I don’t usually mesh well with her writing. But the story and characters really surprised me. The Big F had a pretty rocky start for me but once it got going, I enjoyed it a little more. The premise was tough to get past because I just didn’t believe it but overall this one was okay for me.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman: I actually DNF’d both of these and it made me really sad. I just didn’t care about the characters in either of these and actually outright did not like the ones in the second. I also wasn’t a fan of the romances in either. It was definitely a bummer because I hate DNFing books but I just couldn’t keep reading them with so many other books around to try!
The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore and Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows: These were two I had on my list last month but just didn’t end up getting to. I’m definitely hoping to read them this month!
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken: I’m really excited for both of these. I love pretty much everything Shalvis writes and I’ve only read the one by Bracken but I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with this middle-grade!
Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz and forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao: These are two more that I’m really excited for! I’m really hoping these will be unputdownable. It’s been a while since I’ve had a book like that and I really hope at least Forest can be one for me!
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid and Invictus by Ryan Graudin: I’m really intrigued by both of these. I didn’t love The Diabolic but I thought it was really interesting and I’m excited to see where the story is going to go. I’ve loved several of Ryan’s books so I cannot wait to see how this one is! It has such an interesting synopsis!
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare and The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: I started LoS a couple of months ago but had to pause reading it for some review books but now I’m ready to get back to it. TATSOAPTI is a book I’ve owned for years now because everyone said it was one I had to read but for some reason I just never did. But I put it on my list for books I absolutely wanted to read this year and I think this is the month!
Ringer by Lauren Oliver and All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: If by some crazy miracle I get all of those books read, these are the next books on the list! But most likely you’ll be seeing these on October’s TBR list.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I actually have this one on audio and am excited to see how it goes. The reviews are a bit mixed from the people I follow so I’m keeping my expectations low and am just happy to get back into audiobooks.
What are you guys reading this month?