The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news, recap what has happened on the blog, what is upcoming and anything everything in between. Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This week I'm linking my recap post to both memes.
Looking Back at August
Hi guys! I hope everyone had an amazing August. With all the upcoming releases in September, I think most of our reading lists are overflowing at this stage!
I have no idea what has happened to the weather this month. One day, it feels like we’re still in the summer, and the next I’m frozen and looking for a dozen layers to wear! Supposedly, there is an Indian summer forecast for September… but I’ll believe it when I see it. Every day after the news they cover all the bases, and every weather type imaginable for the time of year will be forecast, so they’ll always be right no matter what happens!
It’s no secret that I love my football and with the Premier League kicking off for another year, I’ve been super happy. I’ve gotten into the habit of trying to draft up a couple of posts on Saturday’s and with the league back, there goes my attention span! I end up keeping one eye on the TV to see what’s happening, instead of concentrating on what I’m writing. Oh, and let’s not forget the Champions League draw on Thursday. My grin might have resembled a Cheshire cat when I saw who was drawn against my team in Group G…
On the Blog this past week
Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10 Books I Really Want To Read, But Don’t Own… Yet!
WoW: Into the Fire by Ashlyn Drake
Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
September is for Sequels Challenge
I went a little mad on NetGalley over the past couple of weeks. I've been staying as far away as possible for the past month or so, and then all those shiny books and their request links seemed all too appealing! I can't wait to read all of these over the next couple of months.
With thanks to Last Syllable Books, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), Clean Teen Publishing and Random House Children’s Publishers.
What I read in August
Looking at my ratings this month, it seems like I only had three gears: New favourite; Good; or Meh. Dust to Dust and Resistance were my clear favourites, with Throne of Glass coming a close second. I’m almost finished with Shadow and Bone, and I haven’t made up my mind if I like or love it yet. I think the ending will determine how I feel in honesty.
I’ve been lucky with my reading choices over the summer. I did have disappointments, but for the most part, I’ve loved the books I read. That is until Resistance came along. It was the first book I picked to read in August, and it has completely overshadowed everything else I’ve read this year, leaving me with such a terrible book hangover. I can’t move past it! I keep thinking about the characters and the ending, and that I have to wait a year to find out what happens.
Unfortunately, this left me in a bit of a meh book groove for the rest of the month. Even now, I’m still basking in Resistance awesomeness, and only Dust to Dust and Throne of Glass has managed to come anywhere near the same level of love I felt when I read Resistance. My expectations were quite high for Rock Addiction and through the roof for Opposition, but unfortunately both of them ended up disappointing for different reasons. I don’t think it’s possible to have an entire month of awesome reads, but I still keep hoping!
Posts I loved
Cait @ Notebook Sisters chats about the nasty side effects of reading a good book – book hangovers. I’m all too familiar with this feeling right now!
Debby @ Snuggly Oranges chats about cliffhangers: both the good ones and the bad. In general, I hate cliffhanger endings, but there are a few exceptions where they fit in with the storyline and it works!
Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner tells about some of her experiences with non-readers growing up. - I Got The Message Loud & Clear: Reading Isn’t Cool
Ashley @ Nose Graze has two discussions I loved this week. One is about the fear of re-reading old favourites, and not enjoying them the second time around, and she tackles one of the big topics the majority of us have a big issue with: Why Does Insta-Love Still Exist in Books?
Soundtrack for the Week
Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays
Hope you have an awesome September, Happy Reading!