August 2017 Wrap-Up

This month I read 20 books, 3 of which were rereads and 17 of which I read for the first time. The books I reread were Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows in anticipation for the next Throne of Glass book called Tower of Dawn. 

The first book I read this month was a new middle-grade book by James Patterson in the Middle School series, and as much as I hate James Patterson, I just had to read it because the Middle School series was one of my favorites when I was little(er). It's about the main character going to Australia after winning a contest, it wasn't the best in the series because you can tell that a different ghostwriter did this one, but it was alright.

The second book I read was a literary fiction book about a dystopian Earth where a pandemic wipes out 99% of the population. It is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and even though I was required to read it for school, I enjoyed it. It's actually the first book that I've read for school that I haven't hated. I didn't love it because it's not something I would normally read, but nonetheless, it was a good book. 

The next three I read are a part of the DC Rebirth: Batman Comics which are I Am Gotham, I Am Suicide, and The Night of Monster Men, all by Tom King. They're just classic Batman crime fighting comics set in a modern time.

The sixth book I read was Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back by Brendan Fletcher, which picks up where the first series of Gotham Academy Comics left off, so I can't say much without spoiling it. In short, it's about a group of kids that go to a private school called Gotham Academy and them solving the mysteries surrounding the school and that come up in time.

The seventh book I read is one of my top reads of 2017 and one of my favorite books of all time. It is Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and it is about an orphan named Mia Corvere whose father was executed because of his affiliation with a rebellion, and her mother and brother are thrown in prison to die. She escapes the clutches of the guards and meets a man named Mercurio who teaches her of The Red Church who worships Their Lady of Blessed Murder. Mia plans to be accepted into the church and win the title of an assassin, a Blade, so she can murder those who executed her father. 10/10 would recommend this book to anyone, It was so good!

The eighth book I read was milk and honey by Rupi Kaur and it's a poetry book about the author's life. Overall I liked it but didn't love it, I still give it 5 stars though because it's content deals with things that are hard to talk about.

The ninth was a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe stories by Gareth Hinds. It was really good because I love Edgar Allen Poe so it was great to see his stories and poems illustrated.

The tenth book was 101 Things That Piss Me Off by Rachel Ballinger, which is just what it sounds like. I picked this up because the author is a Youtuber I watch and I wanted to support her, and I loved it.

The next two were Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, the final two books in The Infernal Devices Trilogy. These books take place over 100 years before The Mortal Instruments and they were so good! I don't want to say anything about these two in particular to avoid spoilers, but if you've read anything else by Cassandra Clare then you need to read these!

The thirteenth book I read was Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey. I was told I should read this from my librarian friend and I'm so glad I did. It's about a girl who fights against Earth and a mech who is from Earth being trapped together and forming an unlikely relationship.

The fourteenth book was Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Damage Per Second, and being as this is the seventh in the series I won't say anything to spoil it, but it's about a girl named Kamala Khan who becomes the new Ms. Marvel and protects her city.

To wrap it all up I read the last three books in The Mortal Instrument series which are City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. Being as these are the last in the series, I won't say any spoilers, but the series follows a girl named Clary Fray who finds about the Downworld, which is filled with vampires and werewolves and warlocks, and what she is, a Shadowhunter.

Overall it was a very successful month, best of all summer, and sadly once school starts again I won't be able to read as much, but I will get it in whenever I get the chance.


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