August Wrap-Up and September TBR

August was a pretty good reading month overall and I’ve got decent ambitions for September.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
It was a slow build but a sweet story. It solidified my beliefs about allowing people to choose to die with dignity. I saw the ending coming a mile out and understood and respect both points of view. No, I didn’t cry but I did feel sad. 4/5

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling et al
The library must have ordered a ton of copies because I got mine just days after it came out. I have an active enough imagination that I could picture the events going on as if it were being staged. I didn’t love how the adventures ensued. It felt best left to another franchise. Overall I enjoyed revisiting these characters but couldn’t unsee some major plotholes or missteps on the writer’s part. 4/5

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega
A sequel to the original Merciless, Sofia is the one being exorcised instead of doing the exorcising. I liked how Vega wrote it so that you’re not 100% if it’s real or imagined. Entertaining but it was a slow build. 3/5

Blindsight by Peter Watts
This was recommended by a friend of mine on Twitter. It sounded really interesting but it wasn’t my jam. 3/5

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Wow. This is a prequel to Okorafor’s lauded Who Fears Death. It was fascinating and captivating. I really look forward to delving further in this world. 5/5

Chester 5000 XYV Book 2 by Jess Fink
I kickstarted this book so I got it before the general public. It added so much to the story. Just as sweet with twice the adventure. 4/5


I’ve realized how many books I have to read in order to check off everything for all my reading challenges. My brain briefly broke but I’m hoping September will get me closer.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I got it for $5 from Book of the Month and I’ve heard good things about her writing.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
A national book award winner, I have heard nothing but amazing things about this work.

Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup
I have really liked some stuff I’ve seen on her blog and could really use some advice in this area of my life. It also fits the ‘genres I avoid’ bill by being Christian and self-help.

Something by Jane Austen
I need to read something published before 1850 so Jane comes to the rescue. I haven’t decided which book I’ll read but it won’t be P&P. I’m going to dare to be different.

Based on my list above, I hope to read more than these four but I need at least a little bit of freedom.


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