August was awesome! I turned 26, my Grandma came to visit from Australia and we had an awesome getaway in The Lake District and I read a total of 7 books, which is the most I’ve read in one month in quite awhile! 😀
The Books I Read
I wasn’t blown away by this book, and there were parts that made no sense (i.e The Talent Show), but it was a cute story and Dimple and Rishi were likeable characters and I enjoyed the diversity, as I always do in YA :).
I’ve actually read an abridged version of Falling Leaves a long time ago when I was in Primary School called Chinese Cinderella. They’re similar, but CC focuses more on Adeline’s childhood rather than her family history. Falling Leaves was very interesting in terms of both the family history and the history of China. It’s a very sad story, but one that is also hopeful. A great book to read before my venture to China in a few months!
How have I not read this book until now!? It’s been on my radar for ages because I just saw it EVERYWHERE, but damn it took me awhile to read. I really, really enjoyed this book. It’s beautifully written, it’s diverse, it has these awesome little chapters in between the main story that show different perspectives of the minor characters (so cool!), and the two leads are really great characters. There’s only one thing I didn’t quite like; the book went a little too close to “insta-love” storyline for me. But, aside from that, I thought it was an inventive and insightful book about science, love, family and culture. One of my favourite books I’ve read this year!
This is another of Zafon’s YA mysteries and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a quick and easy read, but it also had enough plot and story to keep me on the edge of my seat.
If you’re looking for something both diverse and LGBT this is it! It’s so different to other LGBT books I’ve read, and that’s because there’s simply nothing like it out there! Pen is such a brilliant character. Her fight with her Portuguese culture and her sexuality/masculine persona is so interesting to read. She’s just so epic, you will love her as much as I do! There are loads of fantastic characters in this book, as well as super annoying parents and one particular friend of Pen’s that is probably the worst character I’ve come across lately. This is a thought-provoking, honest and kick-ass read you should definitely have read like yesterday! To quote Blake, it wins at everything.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. This is a pretty new release and I didn’t know much about it, but just decided to buy it on the off-chance it might be good. And oh wow, it was. I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books that’s filled with so much happiness and angst, it’s difficult to know what to feel. It has a wonderful balance of both, really. I loved the characters (Levi in particular), I loved the whole Colour Project concept, I loved the representation of a great female friendship in Bee and Gretchen, I loved the inclusion of music (especially Bon Iver), I loved Bee’s family. This book frustrated me, it made me smile, it made me swoon, it made me cry (just a little). I thought it was pretty wonderful, really.
Read my little review on this AMAZING book here. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meant To Read
Once again, I never got around to reading this!!! I will do next month though!! As you’ll see below in my September TBR with the alternative cover art 😀
I have so many books I want to read, so this list for September is quite long. But hopefully I get through most of them, it’s only 1 more than I read in August after all!