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.
*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.
#4 The Yearbook by Holly Bourne
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*
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
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…..
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.
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-
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…-
- My online alias is 1/3 of September. (ZD ZD)
- TONS of birthdays. (not mine tho)
- Schools FINALLY opening.
- 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.