Why is it, when the calendar rolls over from the 31st of August to the 1st September it suddenly feels like Autumn has appeared and Summer is truly gone? Autumn and Winter are my favourite months of the year so the fact we are finally entering September is exciting for me. August wasn’t a great month for me, with bouts of insomnia and countless job applications, rejections and interviews it seems a month with little success. That was until I decided to count all the books I ended up reading and I was shocked to see that I ended up reading THIRTY-ONE books! This for me is astonishing as I don’t think I’ve read that much in a very long time – albeit most of these were part of my Fruits Basket reread so perhaps some would class it as cheating?
Fruits Basket By Natsuki Takaya.
Fruits Basket was my introduction to manga over ten years ago now. At first, I got it from my local library I remember devouring the series as it captured my imagination as I was fascinated with the Chinese zodiac. It was a new experience then and nurtured my love of manga and gave me an introduction to anime also. Recently, I felt a pull to reread this series, especially when I found of the release of a spin-off series, and decided to wait until I was completely done with my university course before launching myself back into the world of Tohru Honda and the Soma family.
I’m so glad I did. I hadn’t read this series in so long but I found myself easily lost within its volumes, remembering the bits and storylines that I had forgotten was very refreshing and enjoyable. I adore Tohru but rereading this series gave me a new love for so many of the other characters – particularly Momiji, Haru and Rin. If you’ve never read any manga or even read this series before then I highly recommend it because it is such a heart-warming series that I am sure I will reread time and time again.
Scars Like Wings By Erin Stewart
If you have seen my YALC 2019 book haul, then you will have seen I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Scars Like Wings By Erin Stewart. Now I’m going to be writing an individual review for this in the next month or so but I absolutely loved this. I laughed, cried and felt completely empty at times too because this book is incredibly hard-hitting and was one I related to a lot!
No Big Deal By Bethany Rutter
No Big Deal has easily become one of my favourite YA novels which I have read this year! I absolutely adored it, Bethany Rutter has created a laugh out loud adventure of self-love mixed with general teenage awkwardness and going against stereotypes. I’ve already written a complete review of this which you can find here.
Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers By Anna James
Possibly one of my favourite middle-grade novels which I have ever read – I mean we’ve all fantasised about falling into the books that we love but to read this was amazing. We are introduced to Tilly as she returns home at the start of the school holidays – she LIVES IN A BOOKSHOP, well next to a bookshop but I found it incredibly cool. I feel like I’ve been really on top of my book reviews this month because I’ve also have a review out for this book which you can find here!
The Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood
It was not my intention to pick up The Handmaids Tale this month at all, I’ve actually never read much by Margaret Atwood before and I’ve not even watched the television series. But, with the release of The Testaments next month Ashleigh from Frolic Through Fiction announced that she would be hosting a readathon for the book and after looking on my bookshelves I realised that I actually own a copy – which was a surprise because I didn’t think I did? However, although the readathon is still going I flew through this. I couldn’t put it down at all and just wanted to keep reading and now my fingers are twitching to get hold of The Testaments to find out what happens next! For me, this was the perfect way to finish my month of reading.
In Death Series By J.D Robb
Would it really be a reading wrap up if I didn’t feature any of the In Death novels or any of the work by Nora Roberts? Only two books and novella this month and I swear that is because Promises literally broke me as this murder was one that was very close to the team. My heart broke for Morris, as his girlfriend and cop Amarilyis is murdered by her own weapon, but seeing Eve and the gang pull together to find the killer was certainly rewarding. The whole mystery was different as we knew early on who the organiser for the hit was but not who actually dealt the fatal blow. Morris is one of my favourite side characters and I felt so bad for him – especially since this book see two of my other favourite side characters get married.
As a result of Promises, I kept off the In Death novels for a couple of days before diving in with Kindred which was equally upsetting. Some of the murders in the series can simply be interesting or merely come across as a plot device, others are incredibly emotive for different reasons. Kindred became an intricate novel with many different layers but it was one that got me howling towards the end purely for one character but I won’t spoil it just in case anyone else decides to read this FIFTY book series!
After I finished Kindred, I instantly started Missing which is one of the many novellas that have been written along with the series. It was good, not my favourite but not the worst of the novella’s I’ve read so far. I loved J.D Robb’s novels and the series itself, I like how the novellas add a little bit more to the characters lives but sometimes I just don’t feel the novella itself. Also, Kindred acts as the 29.5 novel in the series which means I am now halfway through all of the books and novellas!
Have you read any of these books? What did you end up reading in August?