Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2022

Well the summer is almost over, although September is usually one of our nicer months here in the Pacific Northwest. It often feels like summer continues till almost October. It is ashame that I have to start back to work just when the weather gets good. Oh well. I did have a good reading month in August, even with a short vacation where I did not get much read. I managed to read 16 books, which is a little above my average. Four of them were ARCs and several of them were quite long audiobooks. But for the most part I enjoyed them all. I am putting them in the order that I read them, more or less. Titles are linked to either my review (ARCs) or their GoodRead page.

I enjoyed Godsgrave, although I don’t think it was my favorite of the three. It was missing one of my favorite characters from the first book, but I was able to get over that until that ending. I loved the friendships Mia develops with the gladiators, but over all the thing was way longer than it needed to be.

Nothing More to Tell (ARC) was awesome, and such a hard book to put down. It had so many suspects and red herrings and twists that I was never sure what was going to happen next. Loved the big reveal as well. I also really liked the little nods to some of the author’s other books.

Wink was a really good middle grade about friendship, dealing with cancer and middle school. I loved the main character Ross, and I think many kids will be able to relate to him.

Silver Under Nightfall (ARC) was an interesting read, but I did have some trouble with the world building. I loved the main character Remy and his two vampire lovers. The story was great too.

Darkdawn was by far my favorite of the three. I loved that he made fun of the books, and we got several different points of view in this one, not just Mia’s.

Doughnut was a fun, but a bit of a challenge to read. There was a lot of science and technical stuff that just went over my head. But I enjoyed visiting the alternate worlds and I loved that you had to look through a doughnut to get back to our world.

The Ballad Of Never After (ARC) was quite good. I really liked some parts, but I still had trouble connecting to the characters and I’m still not liking Evangeline very much or her romance with Jacks. I’m also still waiting to hear if there is a third book coming as this one can’t possibly be the last.

The Woman in the Library was a really well done mystery. I never did figure it out till the end. It was a little bit weird with the emails at the end of the chapters too. I was never quite sure where they were going till the end, which was also a surprise.

The Stranger Times was my favorite read this month I think. It was such a fun and quirky story. I loved the characters and the whole premise of the book. I am hoping to get my hands on the second one at some point.

The Last Cuentista was the Newbery winner from this year. It was good, I liked the main character and the stories she told. But I thought it moved way too slowly and the ending was far too open ended for my taste.

We Made it All Up was another very well done mystery, although I did have it figured out pretty quickly. I did get the motivation wrong though so that was interesting.

Razor girl was good, but I think I liked Bad Monkey better. This one did have some wonderfully quirky characters. This is a duology, but I am still hoping that we will eventually get another book featuring Andrew Yancey. I just really like his character.

In Other News is a collection of four short stories written in the world of the Stranger Times series. These were quite amusing little stories, even though none of them featured any of the characters from the book. I especially liked the troll one.

The Bullet That Missed (ARC) was also a favorite of the month. I just love this bunch of amateur detectives and the things they get up too. I hope that this series will continue for many more books. They are always a pleasure to read.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington was another middle grade book. I rather enjoyed this one and I really liked the main character Zoe.

The Word is Murder was also quite good and one that I really enjoyed. It was just like a Sherlock Holmes story with Anthony Horowitz playing the role of Watson. I think I will be continuing the series once I am done with some other books.

I am hoping that I get at least 12 books read in September. I always have a slower reading month because of school starting. But I think this is going to be a less stressful year than the last two, so maybe I will have more time to read. I hope you all had a great reading month! Happy Reading!

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