Reading Wrap-Up | June, July & August 2016

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Hi friends,

I can’t believe I’m doing a wrap-up for three months! Oh man. I hardly read anything in June and July because summer break didn’t start until July 29th for me, so I was still in the middle of exams in June and in a huge reading slump in July. I’m sorry for my excuses, I really am. Anyways, the books that I did read during summer where good, I enjoyed most of them and even loved a few. So let’s get into them and my opinions on said books!

June

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5/5 Stars

There’s not much I can say about this book without spoiling it because it’s in the middle of a series, but I adored it, just like the previous two installments. The world Maggie Stiefvater created just kept getting bigger and more interesting with each book and I loved that.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5/5 Stars

Sadly, this series had to come to an end at some point, but at least the ending was great. You can read my full review for The Raven King here. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you probably know that this series quickly became one of my all time favorites.

July

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – 4/5 Stars

Sasha is a Booktuber I’ve watched for years and when she announced she was publishing a fantasy-sci-fi series with The Murder Complex-author Lindsay Cummings, I was immediatley excited and looking forward to it! And they did not disappoint. The story follows kick-ass female space pirates and it’s great. The plan was to publish the story in four parts as e-books, with Zenith being part 1, but recently it was announced that a publisher decided to publish the whole novel in physical form in Fall 2017, so congrats to Sasha and Lindsay!

Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann – 2/5 Stars

This was a book I had to read for my German class and even after discussing it in class with my teacher I honestly still don’t understand the point of it. It was a very short book, but the story that was there just didn’t do anything for me and I didn’t like the writing.

August

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – 4/5 Stars

The moment after I heard that this book is centered around a girl who has schizophrenia I knew that I had to read it. Mental illnesses are, sadly, hardly ever discussed in YA literature and this one is especially rarely represented. But in my opinion Francesca Zappia did a very good job showing the effects schizophrenia has on the person who is suffering from it and the people connected to that person.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio – 4/5 Stars

I want everyone to read this book and be reminded why it is so important to be nice and kind. Every person out there can learn something from this book, no matter their age. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. Read it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 4/5 Stars

The concept of this book is so scary, but so interesting and the execution of it was well done. Basically, books are illegal in the world Ray Bradbury created and the fireman’s job is to burn all books and arrest or even kill every person that owns one. I liked Bradbury’s writing, I thought his vision was easily understood, there were just some scenes I didn’t 100% like, hence the 4 stars.

The Wave by Morton Rhue – 3.5/5 Stars

I watched the movie adaptation of The Wave a few years ago and loved it, so I wanted to read the book as well. This covers a very important topic in an interesting way, which sadly wasn’t always executed well in my opinion. Nonetheless I think it’s an important book that everyone should read at some point.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne – 2.75/5 Stars

I don’t know whether to give this book 2.75 or 3 stars but I’ll stay with this rating for now. Honestly, I didn’t hate it like many others did. I see what they didn’t like about it, but there are just some things I really enjoyed, for example Scorpius, his friendship with Albus and Draco as a dad. But the whole thing felt very fanfiction-y to me while reading it, I honestly can’t believe this is now Harry Potter canon, it doesn’t feel like an 8th book. Many things didn’t really make sense. I must say though that I think I would’ve liked it more if I had seen it as a play first. I’m sure it’s extremely interesting to see the magic come to life and that some parts work better on stage than in the book. It is a script, not a novel, so there is literally only dialog. I think if it had been a full-length novel, things would’ve been better explained.


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So, that’s it for my reading wrap for the months of June, July and August! I know it isn’t much, but I hope to step up my reading game again for the rest of the year. What was your favorite book you’ve read last month? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

love, marina

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