Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I only read six books this month, none of them have been re-reads.
So let's get into the Wrap Up, enjoy!

Here are the books I read this month:

I already have a review up, which I posted last week, and you can check it out by clicking on the title!
This is the second book in the songs about a girl trilogy, and I have to say, I was blown away by how good it was. Going into it, at the start I was kind of nervous, just because of the usual stigma of maybe the second book won't be as good as the first, but I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This was the book where we got to know yet more about the characters we got introduced to in the first book, and it was absolutely amazing.
Totally recommend this trilogy to anyone who might be interested in reading it.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review at the end of last month, and again, if you want to read about my more in-depth thoughts, you can check out the review. All in all, even though there were a few problems with the book, such as the pacing, and the heavy info- dumping at the start, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will definitely be continuing the series when they are released.
Recommend this to older readers, just because there are some graphic scenes.

3. All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I was so excited to read this book once I bought it, and I was not disappointed! This book screamed Carrie Hope Fletcher in the writing- just goodness and happiness and bursting with glitter. Carrie's books just flow so well, and the characters are just so well-crafted that I flew straight through this, and read it in a single day!
This is the story of Cherry who, spreads happiness and solves people's personal demons with her baking, as well as a bit of magic; until she meets the person who does the opposite.
This book was so clever and magical, and just so wonderful that I urge people to pick it up because this is a contender for my favourite books of 2017!

4. Us (One Day #2), by David Nicholls
Right off the bat, I'm going to say, this wasn't my favourite book of the month. Let's just say, it left a lot for improvement. The pacing was slow, I wasn't particularly interested in what the story was about, and I didn't connect with any of the characters. There were times when I questioned whether I should just put down the book and choose something else. But the message, behind the book: Not to give up, and even if the situation seems hopeless, don't lose hope. Although the characters were never more than characters on a page to me, I couldn't help but admire what the main character was trying to do throughout the course of the book.

5. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
This book. When I think about this book, my first reaction is to groan: "URGGHHHH". Just because it was so frustrating. I'm not giving out spoilers, but the people that have read this will understand which part I'm talking about.
I was emotionally invested in this book, and I didn't even realise it! I wouldn't say that Mae herself is easy to relate to, because I didn't particularly like Mae all that much, but the situation was easy to relate to, because she works at the Circle, which is basically an entire world of social media.
This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, which threw me off a bit, but I was more than happy with what I got. If you like social media, I recommend this, just because of the debates that this book sparks up.

6. History Is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
I finished this a couple of days ago, and even though I didn't fly through it like I thought it would, this book threw an arrow at my heart and did not let go. It went in a different direction to what I thought it would, but like *tears*.
This book is truly what everybody says it is! It goes from being super cute and laughing out loud, to reading something really sad that the contrast sis like you've been stripped emotionally. The pacing is perfect, the characters are amazing, and they all play their part to make the amazingness that is History Is All You Left Me! Recommend this if you are in the mood for a tear-jerker.

TV Shows
1. Pretty Little Liars Season 6
At the start of the month, this was the show. I still need to purchase Season 7 (watching them on DVD), but I still need to watch Season 6 first. I can't disclose much about the plot, because it's Season 6, but this season, they took the intensity up a notch!
I didn't read too much of it in the second half of the month, but hopefully I will be able to finish season 6 by the end of this month!

1. Girls' Trip
This film! What a blast, I was rolling in my seat laughing at everything in this film! (If you didn't know, this is a 15 Comedy). Totally crude but also super funny, you won't regret going to see it! I became interested in it because Queen Latifa is starring in it, but when I went to see it, it wasn't just her, I love all of the characters! And the surprising part: IT HAS AN AMAZING PLOT LINE, IT ISN'T JUST A COMEDY! This was the icing on the cake, because I often find that comedies don't always have the best storylines, but I was over the moon when I went to see it and realised that it had a plot line.
(It's amazing!)

Even though I didn't do as much as I wanted to (though I doubt I'll ever reach that, due to other responsibilities, *sigh*) I did still do quite a bit this month. I'm currently at page 60, so I've nearly doubled the page I was on last month, which I'm happy about. By the end of September, I'm hoping to be on page 80-85 in terms of editing.
Let's hope!

So that is my August Wrap Up! But I want to hear what you lot have been up to! What have you been writing and reading? Let me know in the comments, because I love to hear from you guys!
So that is all I have for you guys today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you on Friday with my September TBR!

-Abi xxxxx