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August Wrap Up + 2 Years of Blogging!!!

Sup my dudes πŸ˜‹(I say hi and howdy too much. I’m trying to mix it up)

While August genuinely passed in the blink of an eye, a lot of things happened this past month!

  • I turned 18 (and got very drunk. 6-7 shots is my limit apparently before things turn blurry and bad).
  • I got my first contract at work and started working Saturday 9pm-1am shifts.
  • I read 15 books … again!!!
  • My blog turned 2 years old!!

Monday marked the 2 year anniversary of this blog. I’ve had so much fun talking all things book these past two years. Thank you so much to all the people who take the time to read my rambling and leave a like and a comment πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

My first ever post on this blog was my 2018 August Wrap Up (I’m not leaving a link cause it’s cringe) so it only seems right that I celebrate with my 2020 August Wrap Up :))black-and-white-flowers-tumblr-transparent-12

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare & Friends

811x6VYf64LI am mildly addicted to this series and these characters and I occasionally need a fix but I do not have the time to read through TMI. I’ll re-read it one day but I don’t have the energy right now.

Instead I’ve been reading the novellas and this month I read the Simon-centric novellas and wrote a whole post about it!

In short, however, I enjoyed this. Not as much as Ghosts of the Shadow Market but it was still fun. I liked Simon and I LOVED George with my whole heart.

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

ihylThis summer I’ve been on a quest to get through as many ARCs as I could and I’m pretty happy with what I got read. My Netgalley approval rating is at 80% for maybe the first time ever. I’m very proud.

This book comes out in October so I’m pretty early but it was enjoyable. It follows a girl who witnessed her best-friend being kidnapped as a child. Ten years later she hosts a popular podcast which talks about missing people and actually helps to find people. Throughout this novel another little girl goes missing which bring everything up all over again.

I enjoyed this book. It definitely wasn’t the most amazing thing or the most memorable. Infact I had to take a minute just now to remind myself of how it ended. But I had a good time in the moment.


The book-that-shall-not-be-named


In August I read possibly the worst book ever. Again it was an ARC that I requested at 2am (that’s when I make all my bad decisions).

I thought it was going to be a cheesy and cringey romance novel with a love triangle between a girl and two boys on the football team and yeah … that was kind of what this book was about but it was much, much more NSFW then I was ever expecting.

Listen. I don’t mind a bit of sexy times in my books but this was …. this was something else. And it went from 0 to 100 so fast I had whiplash!!!!

Genuinely am disappointed in myself that I read the whole thing. I had every intention to DNF it and I did for a bit but then I was like “nah this is crazy I need to see what happens”. It’s like I wanted to see how much worse it would get and I couldn’t look away no matter how much I wanted to.

So yeah. Worst book every. Embarrassed I read it cover to cover. Will never talk about it again. πŸ˜‚

– All the ⭐’s

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett.

52386214._SX318_SY475_I got to read another Bennett contemporary this month and my heart is happy. Her contemporaries are my happy place and while I was nervous about not liking it, I ultimately had a great time reading it!

This book follows Josie whose family is cursed when it comes to love. When her and her mother move back to their hometown to take over the family bookstore Josie reconnects with her childhood best friend Lucky Karras who in her absence has developed the reputation of a badboy.

I had a lot of fun with this book, I had a big smile on my face while reading and that’s what’s important.


Kind of Cursed by Stephanie Fournet

crsedI didn’t have really any expectations going into this book and so I was so pleasantly surprised by this.

This book follows a girl called Millie and for the women in her family birth control never works. And I mean never. And so when her parents die and she’s left raising her three younger siblings she swears off dating and men in general … until she meets a contractor named Luc and everything changes.

This was very cute, very romantic and kinda steamy and it has definitely made me want to read more New Adult romance novels.


What I Lost by Alexandra Bracken

31145120Can I please get a round of applause for reading a book that has been on my TBR and on my shelves for YEARS!!!

This book follows a girl called Elizabeth who at the beginning of this novel is admitted to an in patient treatment facility for her anorexia and we follow her recovery throughout the book.

It opened my eyes and taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about eating disorders or anorexia. It definitely wasn’t the easiest of books to read, it’s obviously very emotional and impactful at times but I’m very glad I read it.


These Witches Don’t Burn & This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

These Witches was one of my favourites from last year and I of course had to re-read it before jumping into the newly released sequel. I flew through my re-read and had a great time. It was just as good as the first time around.

The sequel This Coven wasn’t as good as the first but still enjoyable although it did take me a while to get through.

This duology follows a teenage elemental witch named Hannah over the summer as she deals with her ex-girlfriend, the cute new girl, the possibility of blood witches running riot in her town and the fact that someone is trying to kill her.

This Coven Won’t break: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Hemlock by Rue Volley

hemlockAnd the third and final ARC I read this month was a huge disappointment. I wrote a whole review about how sad and mad I was about this book but in short:

Hemlock sounded promising with the hook line of “every 500 years a child with the power over life and deaf is born … and now she’s a teenager”, themes of necromancy and a magical school to top it off.

What really disappointed me about this was the fact that it had a lot of potential and I could see the potential of what it could be but it didn’t pay off.


All 5 books in The Field Party Series by Abbi Glines.

Apparently I like my own pain and suffering because I went ahead and read all five books in this series.

These books are set in the small town of Lawton, Alabama and literally the first three books all follow the exact same formula but with slight changes. The final two books mix things up a bit and there’s some diversity thrown in there and yet they’re somehow the worst of the lot.

I did a full series review on Monday and if you like people complaining you should go read it πŸ™‚

Slay by Brittney Morris

9781444951721I’m very proud of myself for finally getting to this book after having it on a couple of TBRs this year but never getting around to it. I read this book really quickly and loved every second of it.

This follows a girl called Kiera who is the anonymous developer of a very popular video-game called Slay which comes under fire after a famous player is murdered in relation to the game.

Yes the intricate details of how the game worked went totally over my head but I did enjoy the overall idea and aesthetic of it aswell as the discussions on racism and other things.


Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

41-b+nrwsyL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_And the final book I read in August was a re-read of Prince Charming, another book I really enjoyed last year and just had a random urge to pick up.

I flew through this book, literally read it in only a couple of hours.

If you haven’t heard about this book, it follows a girl called Daisy whose sister is marrying the guture king of Scotland and so when the press start sniffing around and snooping into her business she must spend the summer in Scotland with the Royals.

This book is by no means the best thing ever. It’s cheesy and simple but it’s a lot of fun!


And so those are all the books I read in August. The second and definitely the final time I read so much in one month. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled short and simple wrap ups next month.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading recently and if you’ve read any of these books.

Thanks so much for reading and thank you even more for two years of bloggingπŸ–€

Elli xx


5 thoughts on “August Wrap Up + 2 Years of Blogging!!!”

  1. Now you made me really curious about the worst book ever! *lol* Can I have a name?! XD It’s too funny that you won’t say it but rated it so high. πŸ˜› Also I think that to reread Cassandra Clare books is never wrong. I just love all her characters and I’ve read about almost every Shadowhunter book (except of the last two) that is out there.

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