• Arden Palmquist

August Reading Wrap Up With Honest Reviews

Hello friends and happy Monday, or if you're reading this on another other day, good day! I wanted to start off this blog post by saying I did not read as much as I did in the month of July. Which, is kind of a bummer on my end but I still read a few good ones and to keep this segment going, wanted to give you my honest reviews of my monthly reads.



Caraval

I really don't know where to begin on this one and I mean that in the best way possible. This fantasy novel had been questioning literally everything in the book which I think was the purpose since the plot of the book is about a game where you never really know what's true or what is inside your head. But after I finished it I was questioning more than I thought I would be questioning. I got through this one pretty quickly and really enjoyed it. It is apart of a trilogoy so eventually, I will be reading book #2 as this one ended on quite the cliffhanger and setting the second one up perfectly.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



A Good Girl's Guide To Murder

I love true crime, which everyone says yes but at this point it is one of my personality traits. This is a young adult book but don't let that turn you away from this book. I really loved the plot, the character development, and I think that the idea of the murder the main character investigates is really intriguing. There is also a sequel to this one and I will be reading that. Just another book added to my never ending TBR list.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Get A Life, Chloe Brown

When I first added this book to my TBR list, I thought this book would be a cute young adult book. But BOY was I wrong. First and foremost, this book is spicy. Like steamy spicy. Which, I am not complaining about but was not prepared for. This was a great enemies to lovers trope with a cute plot. I loved this book, I really did! There are 2 others in the Brown sister series and yes, I will be reading the other 2. Here goes more books onto my TBR list.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



These Violent Delights

A 1920's-Fantasy-Romeo & Juliet-Gangster style book? Sign me up. The idea of this is amazin. However, I was kind of let down on this story. Tik tok kind of failed me on this recommendation. BUT, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good book. The author spent a lot of time on detial and not enough on dialogue between characters and I prefer to read a lot of dialogue rather than the intesne amount of detail. I love a good banter between enimies to lovers and I did not get as much as I was hoping I would. But I did love the concept of this plot and thought the author did an amazing job.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐



Honorable Mention: 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think

The reason I am honorably mentioning this is because I started it but am not in any position to say I am finishing it. The goal of this book is to read a new essay every day and to read and annotate a new essay that I can apply to my life and better myself. This is one I am really taking my time on but started it in August and love this book. It's just 101 short essays on things in life that will really make you sit back and say, "Huh, okay." I am new to annotating but have specific things for each color and have already used half of my sticky tabs. If you need a good inspirational, self-help style type of book, this is a good one to pick up!


peep all of those sticky tabs - HA.


September I have a list of books lined up and have added a bunch to my bookshelf so we are going to power through this month and hopefully read more than four books. Anything good on your TBR list?? Drop down some recommendations! I am always looking for new books!

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