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Wrap up: August 2020

August, the month in which I read the 100th book of 2020! I say: it’s a milestone. Let’s take a look at my wrap up of August and my 100th book of 2020!

In August, I read a total of 15 books.

The first book I read in August was Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. This book is written in verse, so I flew through it rather quickly. I finished it in one sitting and the ending just really made me think about the plot of the story. It was a quick and intense read and I gave it 4 stars.

The second book I read was an advanced reader copy of This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens. This book was published on the first of August. My extensive review of this book will be up this upcoming sunday! I gave the book 4 stars.

August was the month of reading advanced reader copies. The third book I read in August was Stitching The Soul by Courtney Peppernell. This book was published on the 4th of August. I’m having a hard time deciding how many stars I will give this book.
I think you need to read this book when you’re in the mood for it. I read the first half of the book quite some time ago and wasn’t a big fan of it. I continued at the end of July, when I felt like reading it and enjoyed it more.
However, I think that this collection consists of a lot of repetition, which I’m not really fond of. Some poems said the same as some others and that bored me after some time. I loved all the other books in this collection, but this was my least favorite one.
I gave it 2,75 out of 3 stars.

Thanks to Alissa, I also read Some Laneys Died by Brooke Skipstone. This book published on the 10th of August. My extensive review will be up next wednesday. I gave it 4 stars.

Next up, I read another book written in verse. One by Sarah Crossan broke my heart. It is written so beautifully and it really touched my heart. I gave it 5 stars.

One of my most anticipated books of 2020 was The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. I absolutely loved her previous book One Day in December, so I had pretty high expectations of this one. And I must say, Josie silver did it again. While he made me dream away with One Day in December, he made me think about lots of important things in life with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. I loved it and gave it 5 stars.

Next up is another 5 star read, which is Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. My extensive review of this book can be found here. I gave it 5 stars.

In August, I also read a lot of poetry books. Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back by Alicia Cook and Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock were two of these.

I had never read a poetry book by Alicia Cook before, and now I wonder why. I absolutely love the concept of this book, and love the execution of it. The poems are all very wonderful, I bookmarked so much of them. I think my favorite part of the book was side B of the ‘tapes’, but I actualy just loved the whole book. Last but not least, I think it’s very good that a trigger warning is shown at the beginning of the book. I think every author should do this. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book releases on the 6th of October 2020.

I gave Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock 3 out of 5 stars. This book is a very powerful book. As Mayrock says in one of her poems:

You might believe the words you speak are weak,

but the echoes of words

can start revolutions.

This is a quote that very much speaks to the book. I really appreciated the poems in this book, however some of them didn’t speak to me.

I also read a non fiction book in August. Pocket Therapy for Stress by Claire Michaels Wheeler is a book that gives lots of good advice on how to recognize and manage stress. I read this book during my retakes, a very stressful period, and I will really try to implement some of these tips into my daily life for a more stress-free life! I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Next up, I read a book I’ve been meaning to read for years and years. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. After reading this book, I was pretty speechless and I still am up until now. I’ve been thinking about the book for a long time already, and I just keep on being speechless. I totally didn’t expect that plot twist but it gave the book a deeper meaning. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Then I read 2 more poetry books. I read the Things that Haunt series by Amanda Lovelace. The first book in this series is To Make Monsters Out of Girls. I gave this book 3 stars. The second book in this series is To Drink Coffee with a Ghost. I also gave this one 3 stars.

Now, we made it to my 100th book of 2020, which is Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did, I flew right through it. This book holds such important messages. It touched me in the most beautiful way and I gave it 4,5 out of 5 stars.

To end August, I read 2 advanced reader copies. The first one was Alone Together by Jennifer Haupt. This book really touched me. Since its main topic is COVID-19, I think every reader will relate to at least one of the essays/stories in some way. I think it’s beautiful how a team of writers can piece together such a beautiful collection of stories and touch so many readers with it. Some stories were more relatable to me and touched me more than others, but overall every story had its own beauty and meaning. Each story was unique and honest and I loved it. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Last but not least, I read Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book is written very well, and I quickly flew through it. I love how relatable the main character Hailey was at times, and how the author made sure that Hailey wasn’t a perfect character, even though her boyfriend and best friend seem to think so. From time to time, something unpredictable came up and caught my attention again. I gave this book 3,5 out of 5 stars. Never Say No releases on the 4th of September 2020.

August was a very good reading month for me!

How many books have you read in August?

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