August Reads

Another nine books this month and four of them weren’t audiobooks! Plus, I’ve put myself back on track to read the books on my reading list and marked off two of those as well. I’ve gotten sidetracked by audiobooks so much this year that I almost forgot about that list. But at the rate I’ve been reading, I’m sure I’ll still be able to get through them all.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Now we’re talking. This book picked up the plot and sprinted with it. The increase in action, conflict, and betrayal had my head spinning. I also really enjoyed the change in POVs. Evangeline and Cameron added newer perspectives and less whining as Mare is prone to do.
And even Mare’s parts weren’t as bland and filled with flowery words. From her chapters, we gained some great insights into Maven.
So, yes. I’ll be continuing this series. Secondary characters for the win.

Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
I like this one as a sequel, but the first was definitely more of an exciting read. He filled this one with subtle deception and conspiracies. I appreciated the character’s growth, but the deaths and drastic changes were a little sudden. Not mad at it, but I don’t know if I’ll be going on to book three.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
I read this one. *Self high-five*
Anyway. this book was beautifully written. The characters were very well-rounded. Even the cranky old lady that lives next to Linus. And I loved the children. Lucy was delightful.
I laughed, I cried, and I felt so warm inside at the end.
I felt like a little more world building could be done – or maybe I missed a few details in the beginning about the magical vs. normal people. But I loved it.

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
I enjoyed this book. The plot and pandemic premise were a little creepy, considering our current state of affairs, but it was very well executed.
The sentient computer program is pretty terrifying. And that was probably the most gripping idea throughout. The way it took control of continuing human life *chef’s kiss* perfection.
It was beautifully gory and dramatic in just the right ways.
My only complaint was the wandering itself seemed pretty random. But it isn’t a big enough problem for me to worry about. I’m glad I gave this book the time it deserved.

The Drawing of Three by Stephen King
Wasn’t the biggest fan of this one. The first book in the Gunslinger series really drew me in, but this one just felt like a filler. There was character growth, and we pushed along, but I don’t know if this entire book was strictly necessary. That is just the way King writes, though, so I suppose we’ll see how it wraps up in the next book.

Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
I read this book a long time ago, and I liked it, but I didn’t continue the series. A friend brought it up recently, and I decided to try it again, especially since I’m writing some witchy books now.
And I still liked it. The high school relationships were very authentic. And I used to be super into Wicca, and it’s sparked my interest again. I love that the author really knew what she was talking about there. Can’t wait to read the rest.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A real and true paperback finished this month! I started it a while ago and would read a bit here and there, but I really knuckled down and finished it over the weekend.
I enjoyed the story. The entire idea is fascinating. But I think Alina is a weak main character. She lets her heart win out over everything and it constantly led her wrong. She has the power to save the land, but noooo, let’s just save the boy. Haha. Can’t wait to find out what happens next, though.

The Endomorph Diet by Emma J. Guide
A little nonfiction here, as I’m still trying to understand my body and how I can be more healthy and lose weight. This book provided some helpful tips, and it even had recipes I can try. A lot of the book was some medical jargon that I have to admit I skimmed over, but overall I am glad for the information. Hopefully, it will help me in my next steps towards a healthier life.

Creating Your Author Brand by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Another paperback I’ve been slogging my way through. I’ve always judged how useful my craft books are by how many post-its are sticking out of it when I’m done, and boy does this one take the cake. This book was packed full of tips on branding and finding your audience and growing your audience, and I can’t wait to put some of it into action.

Next month I’m hoping for another nine books, and I’d be thrilled to get as many paperbacks and ebooks under my belt as I did this month. And I really need to focus on my reading list in order to knock it out before the end of the year. I hope everyone else’s reading goals are proving to be successful.

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