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August Wrap Up / The one when I’m binge-watching too many series

How can summer be over already? Yesterday it was July and today we’re September. WHAT?!

I swear it felt only a few hours ago when it was August but I suppose going back to work makes time fly. It also meant that my reading dropped. Drastically. I kind of hoped that #ReadThemAllThon would have tackled the issue but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. It was fun though whilst it lasted.

I also rediscovered Netflix and its many, many, many series. The fact that all seasons of the Gilmore Girls went worldwide, didn’t help either. That network is poisonous. Poisonous, I tell you! Honestly. In an addictive kind of way.

However, behold the mountain of books I read last month!

 

1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie Laure and Werner live on opposite sides of the war. As they are both pushed into directions they couldn’t have foreseen, something that’s bigger than themselves, connects them together.

Can I simply say how much I loved reading Marie Laure’s side of the story? Her blindness made this so much more interesting to read as it added a diversity to the story that I haven’t come across with in the books I’ve read so far. Let me stress out, this is NOT a love story but simply a story told from (generally speaking) two point of views: Marie Laure from Paris and Werner from Germany while they both live through the horrors of war on opposite sides.

Rating: 4/5

2. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Mac doesn’t have a care in the world when she’s being notified of her sister’s murder in Ireland. After hearing the alarming but confusing message from Alina, hours before she got killed, Mac is convinced that the local authorities aren’t doing everything they can and decides to travel to Dublin to help with the investigation. During her stay, Mac stumbles into the world of fae she didn’t believe existed.

I came across this on Goodreads while searching new books and one person told this series was kind of epic in reply to another person on a different series. Anyhow, I’m not much of a fan when it comes down to fairy tales, that’s for sure but heck this one got me HOOKED! Despite the mc’s naivety (and being completely, annoyingly stereotypical) I must say I enjoyed it a lot and will pick up the second book in the series.

It’s got mystery, murder, one very hot male and one even hotter (according to the law of this world but I disagree) faery. The writing is addictive, the world is a lot darker than I’m used to. The characters however, still need to…develop.

Rating: 4/5

3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

When Eragon stumbles upon a blue stone, all he thinks about is how lucky he is, hoping that this stone will make enough money to support his poor family. Never did he think it would carry a legacy as old as Alagaësia and that he would play a huge part in it.

Okay, I’m late when it comes to the Eragon-wagon but in all fairness Harry Potter was way more interesting at the time. Sorry. However, it’s basically a Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings kind of book, adventure wise, with epic worlds, but for a younger audience (read: I’m almost 26 so I don’t like putting books into an age category as I read LOTR at age 14. My reading journey is so messed up). It’s compelling, it has myths, dark creatures, fair creatures, wizards, dragons and a very confusing language that I’ll never be able to memorize. Except for Brisingr which is kind of epic. The book is a beast in size, as I happily referred to it on social media while reading this.

Rating: 4/5

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent feels normal amongst her family as her only ability is to enhance their psychic abilities. Until she sees Gansey’s soul, a premonition of his upcoming death. Gansey is an Aglionby boy, looking for the mysterious leylines of our planet. They have nothing in common until their paths cross and together they discover a whole new dimension of our world.

I expected a lot of this book because of the hype. I’m not saying this book wasn’t okay, it was, it simply took me a very long time to get into. The world building felt vague to me at the beginning. I didn’t understand what Gansey was looking for and how something I’ve never heard of suddenly seemed so important as everyone was searching for it, without any real explanation. It did get better after the first 90 pages. It even contained a shocking revelation!

Rating: 4/5


When I look at all the books I’ve read in August, I seemed like a happy reader, rating them all 4/5 stars. But if I’d give you my top four, I’d put Darkfever on number one and All The Light We Cannot See on number four. Darkfever surprised me when a lot of faery themed books lacked to entice me to their world. They were all good in their own way but they had a lot of flaws too. ATLWVCS, for example, took me forever to finish as it stimulated my short attention span.

Which books did you read during August?

 

#ReadThemAllThon Sign Up + TBR

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Guess what! Ooh, please guess! PLEASE? Well, fine. If you can’t be bothered to guess, I’ll tell you anyway in case the title isn’t clear. I’m going to read a bunch of books this month again! That is, if I don’t succumb with pressure, something that isn’t entirely unlikely…

As most of you must have caught on, Pokémon Go became a thing (one would even dare to say a hype) early July. It became such a big thing that there are so many challenges/book tags popping up on the great interwebz that you seriously can’t miss it. Seriously. I mean, even I noticed it from underneath my trustworthy rock.

So when I saw Aentee’s, from Readatmidnight, read-a-thon including Pokémon, I thought, hey, why not? I don’t have anything else to do in August (besides work). Et voilà, here I am!

What’s #ReadThemAllThon?

Basically, #ReadThemAllThon is a read-a-thon hosted by Aentee with challenges based on the gym badges from Pokémon. All you really have to know, is summed up in a few points:

Starts: August 14
Duration: 3 weeks
Ends: September 4
Sign-ups: until it’s over
Gym badges to win: 8

For more information, you can check out Aentee’s info post. I also want to stress out that the header and the images with badges/challenges used in this post, are all created by Aentee herself.

Earning CP

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Pokémon based read-a-thon, if you couldn’t choose a Pokémon to combat with. Each Pokémon starts with 10CP. When you reach 15OCP, your Pokémon will evolve. If you have a three stage Pokémon, it can evolve again at 400CP.

Here’s a list on how to earn CP:

Finish a book: +20CP
Write a review: +20CP
Every 10 pages you read: +1CP
Photo of book + Pokémon Go Pokémon: +5CP
Tweet under #ReadThemAllThon: +2CP/tweet
Evolving: +50CP

Fennekin, I choose you!

I had to think long and hard for my Pokémon. I immediately knew I wanted a Fire type one though. I’ve always considered that my element (never have to fear of being cold!). For a long time I considered Eevee but…I wanted something different. And tadaa, enter Fennekin! It also helps (s)he is a fox and I happen to like foxes! Besides, doesn’t (s)he look adorable?!

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Name: Fennekin

Type: Fire

Species: Fox Pokémon

Stages: 3

Next evolution: Braixen

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I’ve chosen Starters by Lissa Price. This book was sent to me by Yureka Books and it looked so good that I kind of needed an excuse to read this asap!

Genre: Dystopian, YA
Pages: 336

 

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Genre: Historical, Mythology
Pages: 352

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Each time I come across a new bookblogger or booktuber, Maggie Stiefvater’s been mentioned. I’ve always been curious but felt reluctant to begin, afraid that the hype would ruin it. Despite of being scared of the cover (birds, brr – raven, even worse!) I thought, why not?

Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 408

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From the entire bunch, I’m looking most forward to reading this one. My copy feels so good in my hands and I love how the summary intrigued me. I have to admit I couldn’t restrain myself from reading the first page earlier this week and why does it feel like this person is ME?! Not sure if that’s a good thing, considering the first few sentences! Ah well, we’re all a bit nuts in the head, aren’t we? Otherwise life would be so dull!

Genre: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 444

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I admire Carrie Hope Fletcher. She’s young, energetic and goes after her dreams. So when the challenge said to read a book with an epic romance, and the cover saying how it’s “a love story like no other…” I figured this might as well be the excuse to indulge myself into her first fiction!

Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 340

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For this one, I decided on reading a book I have had on a loan for quite a while now. *coughs* two yearsdid you say something? No. Good. Anyway, I’d like to see what the hype is all about and it’s supposed to be good, having dragons and everything.

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 441

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This was so hard! Apparently, I don’t have a lot of books with yellow on the cover (booktube-a-thon thingy) nor with red! The one book I had with a red cover was Me Before You, which, if you’ve read my previous post, is something I already read in July. AH. So I had to buy a new book. And since Yureka Books helped me to go wild with The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, I thought it wouldn’t harm to buy the second book in the series. And she’s wearing a red dress on the cover. It’s a win-win, really. Something tells me the purpose of read-a-thons is to kill that TBR pile. Not to supply yourself with more books. Shut up.

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 400

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Oh my. I thought I had NOTHING to add to the “post-apocalyptic settings” challenge of this read-a-thon but thankfully, I have yet another book on loan – and yes before you say anything on how long I’ve got it, it’s just as long as Eragon – and I vaguely remember how the world had been taken over by Rabids-slash-zombies in the first book of the series and it contained vampires and the mc had to break into abandoned houses and find food in tins. If these zombies aren’t  post-apocalyptic, then nothing is. Just saying.

Genre: Paranormal, Vampires
Pages: 434

What are you reading in August? Have you joined any challenges?