Wrap Ups

August Wrap-Up || M-e-l-t-d-o-w-n || Sappiness.

OH MY CARTIER.

It’s already the end of A-U-G-U-S-T?

I swear my sense of time is MESSED UP.

On one hand I know that it’s the end of August and that September is up soon and then it’s October! Birthday month people. While on the other hand, on some rare moments like these, I look back and go ‘Wait what, it’s end of August ALREADY?’.

I’m not even lying or exaggerating, this is honestly what my poor brain goes through every once a while.

I know I start every wrap up post like this. But don’t blame me, TIME IS LITERALLY WHOOZING PAST AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT.

*cries*

*sniff* Let’s scroll along. *sniff*

Right so, we’ll just pretend that I didn’t publish any reviews this month and gave up on all things bookish.

#1 XOXO by Axie Oh

This book is like a warm hug with a soft blanket on a cold rainy day..

Jenny are Jaewoo are both such adorable people. I honestly adored this book. Most YA Romance becomes a little…repetitive. But I enjoyed this one quite a lot. I just found out that it’s the ‘forbidden love’ trope? Let’s be honest here, I hadn’t heard that trope existed. But if all the books are going to be as wholesome as this one, then sign me up.

I enjoyed learning about South Korea and the traditions, customs and the like. One thing I absolutely adore about Jenny, is her ability to make friends, and not because she’s a super attractive, ultra pretty protagonist, but because she is a good human being. : D

#2 Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai

Sister of the Bollywood Bride was such a fun read! I definitely recommend it to all readers especially Indian. MINI IS SO COOL. This is book is like a more relatable version of a Bollywood Movie. No, seriously, this could totally be the next ‘Never Have I Ever’.

I loved Mini as a protagonist. She was equal bits hilarious, clueless, awkward, reckless and sarcastic. The only thing that bothers me is that a random dude she sees while walking her dog turns out to not only like her, but also he’s INDIAN, and his dad is a millionaire? All you Americans out there, do all the Indians there have connections to millionaires? (Not forgetting Mini’s Masi who’s a legit female SABYASACHI).

I like the ending tho, it was very unpredictable, something I didn’t know I liked in rom com books. But turns out I do.

#3 From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn

Another diverse book! I didn’t notice this while reading all these books, but now it’s pretty look-able. I’ve read very diverse books this month! Very proud.

Like with XOXO, I enjoyed reading about Japanese culture. The book started off with a cultural BANG! Which was very cool for someone like me. Throughout the book there is very diverse representation, Rika is Japanese-White and Hank is Chinese-Filipino. Rika’s aunts are lesbians.

I love how Rika was not the perfect protagonist or the clumsy ‘not like the other girls’ person I’ve gotten used to in such books. It was so refreshing to see her mess up like a human being. Call me out, if you’re a brick wall, but I loved how it wasn’t a Prince-saves-damsel book. How Sarah actually mentioned such powerful and beautiful quotes.

Definitely recommended.

#4 The Yearbook by Holly Bourne

I’m disappointed.

I don’t like talking much about books that disappointed. But this one felt like someone really close to me hugging me and then BAM- knife in my stomach. I expected it to be good. And it lead me to believe it would be good. But then the ending happened, it didn’t surprise me. It didn’t do anything for all the anticipation that it had built up.

I just read a whole bunch of toxic trash.

I’m not usually like this about books I don’t like. But ‘The Yearbook’ really stretched my patience.

#5 The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Well, this was a good read.

I still expected a bit more from the end. I liked the premise, how nobody was what they seemed like. But was it necessary to tear apart the friendships and isolate everyone?

I liked the story, I really did. I definitely recommend it. But it lacked that Wow-factor. And the part that hurts is, it was completely capable.

SPOILER- The ending is super sick. I didn’t want to eat after reading the ‘mystery’ that was solved and the reason behind it just *pukes*

But *shrugs*.

The Yearbook and The Ivies have at least got me back into Mystery novel reading. So there’s a silver lining.

#6 We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I liked this quite a lot!

Rachel Lynn Solomon is one of the best YA authors for a reason. She has a way with words that charms everyone. This book has the right amount of clicheness, sappiness, feminism, independence and freedom. Go read itttttttttttt.

#7 The Girl Least Likely by Katy Loutzenhiser 

I finished this today (26/7/2021) and it was such a good book!

The plot was very unique and very interesting. The way it started and the way it ended, make me feel like I was part of a very important journey.

My only complaint- Literally every guy in the story likes Gretchen. Sam? Check. Jeremy? Check. Ethan? Check. That made me kindof annoyed. I mean, you get what I’m saying, right? Also, we get to the Ethan and Gretchen’s relationship at the very last chapters, which was kindof disappointing.

Still recommending tho. The humour, the sarcasm, the feminism is all *faints*.

#8 The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Started reading this today!! (26/8/21). Will update soo

TBR for August

Song stats

Top Artists this month!

I love how the second row and Taylor stays constant.

Top tracks this month!

I made this playlist of songs that are so sarcastic that it makes me go ‘WOAH’. And it includes all those songs..here’s the playlist if you guys want…..

Blog Thoughts-

*checks stats*

Nope. We haven’t been good this month.

I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. This month I really tried to make content I actually like. But, yeah, everyone has highs and lows. : D

I’m definitely running good on schedule, and stuff, although I do end up writing on the day before quite often. I went into this phase where I didn’t want to write anything for my blog. And now I feel like writing ALL THE TIME. That’s partly the reason why I’m writing this 4 days earlier.

*shrugs*

If you’re new around here- I post on Mondays and Fridays. On Mondays I do normal posts on Friday I usually do poetic/prosetic posts.

Yes, I invented the words prosetic. My blog, my rules y’know?

Here are the super fun posts from this month-

Reacting to reviews I wrote in middle school.

Some bookish memes.

Sarcastic Song Collab with Ray!

| Interviewing lovely Sneha! | A collab post! |

Eyes

What’s the movie for?

Chit-Chat Interview Collab with Maggie!

A Monthly E-Magazine, The Lost Letters

Ending Thoughts-

This month was quite good. Even with all the exams and stuff, I liked August. Also let’s not forget August is a huge Taylor Swift reference sooo yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I would’ve liked better blog stats. Maybe we could go up a notch for September?

I’m actually quite happy about September coming up…because…-

  1. My online alias is 1/3 of September. (ZD ZD)
  2. TONS of birthdays. (not mine tho)
  3. Schools FINALLY opening.
  4. Eh…I’m just happy

This month, I really started customizing my blog to- ME! (looks at Ray) and I made tons of EXCELLENTATA MOTORS (hey pbj!) versions of ‘XD’ (real proud). For September, things will hopefully be the same, we might face turbulences because of offline school, but yes, I’ll try!

And that’s a wrap-up done and dusted for August 2021. A huge shoutout to our previous wrap-up post Mr July for allowing me to copy it’s format. You’re a rockstar Mr July.

What’s one thing you see in clouds? Random question, I know. Tell me in the comments below.

39 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up || M-e-l-t-d-o-w-n || Sappiness.

  1. Time is only going to go faster as you get older…

    Good to hear from you. I might have to skip this week’s post, because I’m nowhere near finished with it, and I should be in bed in three hours or less.

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    1. Ooooh! You, Evin, have fantabulous musical taste.

      Some 5sos songs I like are-
      1. Monster among men
      2. Babylon
      3. Daylight
      4. Old me
      5. Permanent Vacation

      I could go on and on with 5sos recs. Let me know if you need more?

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  2. This is such a good wrap-up!
    The books you read seem so cutee, and now I want to read them too!! But ugh, Mr. Slump is here, and he isn’t going away!
    Also, I actually sorta liked the Yearbook, but yeah I get it, it was super toxic and like everything cannot happen to one person- I feel like it would have been better if it was in two-person POV, rather than one.
    And I wanna read We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This so much!! Like Rachel Solomon is practically becoming an auto-read author for me, but I just haven’t gotten the time.
    And your September’s TBR (which btw, you have accidentally typoed as TBR for August) looks so cool. Cool for the Summer and As Good As Dead are on my TBR too!
    And I want to listen to Shawn’s new album, but again it’s been super hectic lately! And haha glad to see Taylor Swift on the top.
    Also if you feel like time’s going too fast, just think of it as we are closer to Red’s rerelease, lol.
    And don’t worry about the blog stats being low, since at this moment there aren’t really a lot of bloggers who are super active, so I feel like everyone’s hitting a low on stats.
    And that’s it for my super long comment!

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    1. Thanks Ridh!
      Ohhhhhhh, yeahhh, I went into a kindof slump too.
      Yeah I know you read the Yearbook, I saw it on your blog and then added it to my tbr. *grins sheepishly*. IKR? It was very toxic, I dunno. I didn’t like how she handles the situation. Like doing nothing for like 4 years? And then BAM one year she goes all in.
      YOU SHOULD READ IT!! It’s pretty unique, I like the plot.
      Oh have I now? *mental note to fix it*
      You haven’t heard Wonder yet?? LISTEN LIETEN!! You know Ridh, I took that screenshot on like 26th and now *whispers* Shawn’s on the top for this month.
      OH MY GOD. November 19th. YESSSSSSS.
      Aww, thanks for that.
      THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING COMMENT.

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  3. ahh i liked reading this !! i loved reading the ivies so i feel super bad it didn’t live up to your expectations ahhh also omg im glad you liked xoxo because i’ve been wanting to read that for so long !!

    sniff sniff here’s to a better september~!!

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  4. I NEVER see anything in the clouds… *shrugs*
    ExcellenTata Motors I see *wink wink*
    MATE the Little Tokyo book looks SO GOOD! I’ve been eyeing SOTBB for a while… guess I’ll just add it to my TBR
    The Dead List aaahahahaaahahahha *wink wink again*
    Love how Taylor’s just always there- and YES, August just R A N
    1/3 of September- that’s pretty cool!! I didn’t even realize that.
    Nice post, Sep!!

    Like

  5. My sense of time is messed up too don’t worry 😂
    Ah I love how Taylor Swift stays constant every time.
    This month may not have that bookish, the posts were kinda different from what you normally post (books reviews and stuff) but it was really nice to see another side of this fantabulous blog! (and the blogger)
    Ikrr there are so many birthdays in September! But not mine *sighs*
    Lucky you schools are opening 😭 they aren’t opening in the state where I live, not for now at least. Eh, even if they do I don’t think so I’ll be going cuz I’m just in 7th grade.
    As you said before, stats don’t really matter! You are one of my favorite bloggers and we’ll always be here to support you okay? ❤

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    1. We should have a ‘Screwed up sense of time’ club.
      Ahhhhhhh, yes. TS forever/
      Awww thank you Sid.
      IKR? There is literally a birthday tomorrow that I have to go to. ZD ZD.
      I see, I’m really excited to go back : ).
      Thank you Sid, honestly, this comment put me in such a good mood. Thank you!!

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  6. and-
    “A huge shoutout to our previous wrap-up post Mr July for allowing me to copy it’s format. You’re a rockstar Mr July.”
    Ahahahahah I died laughing on this part ZD ZD ZD ZD

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  7. I’ve liked your content this month! I just think that I’ve been busy along with other people. So that’s probably why…
    (also I’m planning to read The Queen’s Rising this month. 🙂

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  8. MAN the books you read are always so aesthetic-
    Also I loved your posts this month! Idiotic people. 🧐 (noooooo offense)
    OOH OOH SONG RECS! THANK YOU! Too bad I already have a ton of other songs I need to listen to….

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      1. Changing it the last minute. The one I’d asked u to read was Throne of Glass series. But read This Lullaby!!! You will love it!!! It’s a standalone by Sarah Dessen.

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