Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my March 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. March has been a slow reading month – I only completed 7 books. Mostly because I got the COVID vaccine and I had side effects, but also because I re-read some Leigh Bardugo and I love to take my time with her books.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read two books:

  1. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
  2. Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers is a book that spoke to my soul. I read it back in February. because I couldn’t have been more eager to get to it. Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell is an excellent science-fiction romance and that filled the Wayfarers shaped hole in my heart after that series ended. I highly recommend both books!

Next month, since we struggled again to choose just one book, or even two, we have four! We decided to nominate lots of books by Asian authors in the bracket and these are the ones who chose:

  1. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
  2. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
  3. Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
  4. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malidna Lo

I’m really excited to read these books, though I’ve already read A Pho Love Story which was absolutely excellent,

Favourites

I can’t talk about what I read in March without mentioning Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars. I read these in preparation for the release of Rule of Wolves and honestly it took so long to read them even though it was the third or second time I’ve read each one. I love Leigh Bardugo’s attention to detail without it being overwhelming, and the characters are some of the best out there.

I think Nina Zenik is one of my favourite of Leigh’s characters and I can’t wait to see where her story goes in Rule of Wolves after the ending of King of Scars. I also love Zoya so much!

Books to Look Out For

I read a couple of arcs this month, the first being Dial A for Aunties! This book by Jesse Sutanto was just brilliant, it made me laugh so much. It comes highly recommended from me!

The other ARC I choose to read this month is Sweethand by N.G. Peltier. This romance blended baking with music and I enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to see what else the Island Bites series has to bring.

Next month?

In April I’m going to read Rule of Wolves (OK I’m about 100 pages in and loving it so far). In the Book Coven we are also doing ARC April to try and get some of our ARCs read. I have a few good ones ready to go which is super exciting.

Anyway I hope you have had a better March than I have. It’s been long and tiring, but I’ve got a week and a half off work now to rest and try and get an offer accepted on our first house.

What are your plans for April? Looking forward to all of your April blog posts.

Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first February 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. February has been a speedy month – I read quite a few books too!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read FOUR books

  1. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (actually won the voting haha)
  2. The Project by Courtney Summers (to break our hearts)
  3. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (for the month of romance!)
  4. Shipped by Angie Hockman (the book we all thought would win the vote…)

I read the latter three, having read Kingdom of the Wicked last year. I really loved both The Project and The Ex Talk as you can see from my linked reviews. The Project is a YA mystery / thriller set around a cult, and The Ex Talk is a romance about two radio show co-hosts pretending they are exes and falling in love. Shipped is another workplace romance, but I just didn’t vibe with the characters hence only receiving a 3 star rating from me and no blog review.

Next month, since we struggled again to choose just one book, we have two book clubs going on! Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers and Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell. I have read both before but will definitely be joining in the discussions.

Favourites

In terms of favourite books this month, there are 3 standouts.

As mentioned previously in book club nominations, I read Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. This is a contemporary book that has a poetic writing style (almost like Addie LaRue). I felt this book strongly – it focusses on the weight of expectations from yourself and others, and not knowing what to do with your life after academia when your plans aren’t working out. This debut blew me away, but be warned, the romance isn’t the main plot point and the love interest isn’t actually in the story a lot.

On the Young Adult side of things, I read Parachutes by Kelly Yang (audiobook!!) This one really was an amazing story, and taught me so much about the experience of international students in American prep schools. It’s told from two perspectives – Claire a parachute, and Dani a Filipino student whose mom decided to let out the spare room to Claire. It has a really knotty, twisty friendship, and two plotlines that focus on sexual harassment and assault. It’s not a light read but it is really empowering.

And on to fantasy…what else could I talk about except A Court of Silver Flames! Sarah J Maas blew me away with this story – I think it’s her best book. She took me from disliking Nesta to loving her, and I found it to be a really gritty, emotional read on trauma and recovering from it. I also really loved the friendships Nesta developed in this one – can’t wait to see what Sarah writes next because this was such an improvement.

Books to Look Out For

I didn’t read a lot of ARCs that I loved this month, but one that stood out was a romance called Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron. This one follows Reena, a woman who is great at cooking and baking, and Nadim, a guy who moved in across the corridor from Reena and happens to work for her Dad. I loved these two, and the plot that draws them together. Who doesn’t love a cooking competition? Really love the cover too.

And that is unfortunately it in terms of books I loved this month. A lot of my reads were disappointing, or really mediocre. Hopefully March will be better.

Next month?

In March I still have to read Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars…sigh), in time for Rule of Wolves. I’m actually really looking forward to diving into this world again, but there are so many pages to get through! Some others I want to get to are Intercepted by Alexa Martin, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson.

Hope February has been a good month for you all! I for one am really excited for March because it’s my birthday month! I am also ecstatic that Honey Girl and Winter’s Orbit are being discussed for book club, because both of them were 5 star reads for me.

Do you think you’ll be reading any of the books I read in February? What are you plans for March? Let me know in the comments.

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first monthly wrap-up post of 2021. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. January has been so long. Working from home takes its toll to be honest, but I’m lucky I have the option.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read two books – These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong and The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (naturally we couldn’t choose between the two). After not vibing with the ARC of These Violent Delights, I only participated in The Bone Shard Daughter this time.

What an amazing story! The Bone Shard Daughter is full of twists, characters you can’t help but love and gets really, really creepy and dark unexpectedly. I have a full review on my blog! (Spoiler Alert – it received 5 stars from me – and most of book club in fact).

Next month, since we struggled even more to choose just one book, we have four book clubs going on!

  1. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (actually won the voting haha)
  2. The Project by Courtney Summers (to break our hearts)
  3. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (for the month of romance!)
  4. Shipped by Angie Hockman (the book we all thought would win the vote…)

Favourites

I have read 25 books in January, somehow, and quite a few have been fantastic. I’ve already mentioned The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, but there were many more!

In terms of Fantasy, I really enjoyed Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore. It really gave me that Graceling series nostalgia whilst also bringing new world-building and characters. You can read my review here.

I think I found a new book for the favourites list! The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a cute contemporary with a heart-warming take on generational differences. Leena and Eileen swap houses for a bit after Leena is made to take two months leave from her job in London. It made me cry, a lot and I think people of all ages will love it. You can read my review here.

In terms of re-reads, I think Such a Fun Age is also one of the best books I’ve read. It follows Emira, a Black girl in her twenties who babysits for Alix, a rich white woman with two young girls, Briar and Catherine. The character dynamics are absolutely gripping, and its messages strong. You can read my review here.

Finally, let’s talk audio. Listening to Audiobooks was one of my 2021 goals and I’m pleased to say I listened to 5 this month. My favourite was Monday’s Not Coming, a young adult mystery / thriller about a girl whose best friend Monday goes missing but nobody seems to care. The audio is great, with narration that really makes you believe that the protagonist is talking to you. You can see my review here.

Books to Look Out For

I read so many ARCs this month, and there were some absolute crackers! Let’s start with a romance that definitely made my favourites list. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is the final book in The Brown Sisters series. I think it was my favourite of all 3, partly because I related to Eve so much. I love this series so much that I pre-ordered signed copies from Words and Kisses. You can find my review here, be sure to check this out when it releases in March!

Science Fiction time! Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell was such a brilliant surprise. It follows Kiem and Jainam on an arranged marriage style romance in a unique planet setting. This book is such a sweet take on sci-fi, it was such loveable characters and a really gripping plot. You can check out my review here, plus pick it up in early February really soon!

Next, let’s talk YA. I read A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, and honestly it was so, so heart-warming that I had tears in my eyes for the last quarter of the book? This is so much more than a romance as it delves into the lives of the children of Vietnamese immigrants, who happen to be the kids of rival restaurant owners. This one is out in the US in February, and the UK in April, so be sure to check it out then! You can see my review here.

Finally, I was really, really lucky to get my hands on an eARC of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who might just be my favourite author ever. This book did not disappoint – you can see why people are googling if Taylor’s characters are actually real people because there is so much depth and history that goes into their stories without it being overwhelming. You can see my review here, but the book doesn’t release until May. I’ll be for sure reading it all over again then with a physical copy in my hands!

Next month?

Next month I have so much I want to read. I have more ARCs (Girl in the Walls, Friends and Strangers, Falling Down Under to name some…), some rereads (Six of Crows, The Winner’s Curse…) and some audio (Luster) planned.

How has January been for you all? Hope you’ve been doing well, keeping safe and enjoying lots of good books!

Do you think you’ll be reading any of the books I read in January? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my December monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. December has been speedy with work, Christmas and plenty of annual leave. I’ve been listening to Evermore on repeat too, it’s been fun.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur which I thought was OK, but didn’t fall in love with.

Next month we are reading one of the following (still waiting to finish the vote!):

  1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  3. Soulswift by Megan Bannen
  4. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Favourites

I read some awesome books this month – including a re-read of A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin which I adored. A standout for me though was definitely The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, which absolutely has made my favourites of all time list.

I re-read The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin, and it’s sequel The Obelisk Gate. Both of them are fascinating reads that blend science fiction and fantasy in an excellent way. I definitely enjoyed the first book more but I’m very excited to read the last book because the second one set it up perfectly!

I also re-read The Never Tilting Word to follow it up with The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco. This is an excellent duology with 4 points of view – I couldn’t recommend it any more! I think this is my favourite Rin Chupeco series now.

Finally, I read We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. This one got a solid four stars for it’s great characters.

Books to Look Out For

I did read some eARCs this month – my favourite being The Galaxy, and The Ground Within by Becky Chambers. This is absolutely one of my favourites of all time, it’s such an emotional book. I can’t believe it’s the last of the Wayfarers books but I’m so excited to see what Becky does next.

Another book coming out soon that I read is We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal. This is a solid follow up to We Hunt the Flame with a really good ending.

Next month?

Well, it’s time to kick off 2021! I’m not sure what I’ll be reading – I really want to read Six of Crows and King of Scars again before Rule of Wolves. I’ve also got a few eARCs I should get to in the new year that I’m excited about.

Do you have any planned books for January? Let me know what’s on your to be read!

Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. November has really been about me applying for a promotion so it has been a bit light on the reading side of things. I have my interview tomorrow morning though so hopefully after that I can get back into things!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow – but I decided to skip this book having not been impressed with The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Next month we are reading Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur which I’m really excited about. Look at the gorgeous cover!

Favourites

I did get to read a few really good books this month! The first one that really captured my attention was Piranesi by Susanna Clare. It has the same sort of vibes as The Starless Sea so if you loved that you will probably like the mind-twisting Piranesi. You can find my review here.

I read a couple of contemporary novels this month but my favourite was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It’s historical fiction but more recent. It’s a book with great social commentary and rich character development – I was gripped from start to finish despite it being character driven. You can find my review here.

The last book I’m going to put in my favourites is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – a book I decided to re-read this month. I think this one got me out of a bit of a slump – it was really fast paced and the last 100 pages or so are WOW. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars from me was the info dumping at the beginning. You can find my review here.

Books to Look Out For

I did read one a couple of eARCs this month – The Awakening by Nora Roberts and Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang. The Awakening is a fantasy set in present day that I found really sweet. It had super innocent vibes and felt a bit like a warm hug.

Just the Two of Us is a romance that is so, so heart-warming. It is grumpy and sunshine at its best. The characters really made this book, which has been described as a k-drama in book form.

Next month?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read in December. My friends are doing a re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses so I might join them for book 2 and book 3 since I read the first one earlier this year.

I will also read more of The Bone Season series, I can’t wait to re-read The Mime Order and read The Song Rising for the first time in preparation for The Mask Falling in January.

Anyway, wish me luck in my interview. I’m really nervous, but a good friend told me to pretend I’m excited about it and I think it works? Hope you guys had a great November! On to the last month of 2020.

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. I didn’t read a lot in October, partly because I read some amazing books that I wanted to read slowly to absorb every moment.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go.

This month we read two books, A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Both of these books were on my 2020 most anticipated list and did not disappoint.

There’s been a lot of controversy about A Deadly Education which we discussed thoroughly. Whilst some elements of the book are problematic, some are very context dependent. I’d advise reading a variety of reviews and trying the book yourself. For me, the main character El is super driven by her morals and has some really heart-warming character growth. You can read more in my review here.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue also has it’s critcisms, but for me it told the story it wished to tell. I first read this book an ARC and just finished my second read of it. I don’t I’ve ever related to a book so much in my life, and discussing it with my friends who felt the same way during Book Club was honestly so validating. You can read my thoughts in my review here.

Next month we’ll be reading…The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow. I think I’ll be skipping this one because I didn’t vibe with Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Favourites

So in addition to the Book Club picks, the other books I read really slowly were Jade City and Jade War by Fonda Lee. I read Jade City a year or two ago, so knew it was good, but I think this time it really hit me just how good it is? The plot is clever and intricate, the characters are all really likable despite the fact they do bad things. This book series is the definition of morally grey and I love it.

Check out my reviews:

Jade City | Jade War

I also re-read Ninth House, again a book that I read slowly to absorb all of the world-building. I think I liked it even more on the second read which is a big surprise. Alex Stern is one of my favourite characters of all time and I think the book contains one of my favourite quotes ever. You can see my review here.

I also read Vita Nostra as it was described as similar to A Deadly Education. It has a similar dark fantasy vibe but for me that’s where the comparison ends. I think I enjoyed it even more than Deadly because there was less info dumping. It was also really quite philosophical, asking what does it mean to exist? I can’t say I’ve read translated novels often, and I really enjoyed the different idioms. You can read my review to find out more about this unique magic school story.

Books to Look Out For

I took a little break from reading ARCs this month – though I did read The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Page. I was really disappointed with this book – it was very cliché, and for what could have been a book about strong female friendships their was a lot of betrayals.

November is the month you’ve all been waiting for though! It’s finally time for The Burning God to be released into the wild. You are in for a wild ride with this final book in The Poppy War series! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, you can see my review here.

Next month?

I think I should read The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin in November. I would also like to get around to Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and The Switch by Beth O’Leary.

I also have some ARCs to catch up on – for November I have to read The Awakening by Nora Roberts and The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley.

That’s all from me, hope you enjoyed this book and also had a great month of reading. Looking forward to seeing what everybody has been up to. Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What did you think?

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my September monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. September has been an average month of reading. There have been some greats and some misses. I also had a nasty cold for about a week which sucked a lot!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go.

This month we read The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. This is an action packed story with no less than 3 love interests! Even better, the main character Nina does not care. She’s determined to get her sister back – and punish her enemies for all of their wrongs. The book is described as Les Mis x The Jungle Book, but I can’t comment on how accurate that is having never seen Les Mis. If you’re looking for a dark, action packed YA story then this will be the book for you. You can see my review here.

Next month we will be reading two books because we couldn’t decide between them! Looking forward to reading A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and re-reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Favourites

On to my favourite books this month that you can pick up in stores right now. There were a few standouts this month – one of them being A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. It is set in the UK – with the central character Pip completing her final year of A-levels and along with it the EPQ (an extended project that usually forms part of a gifted and talented scheme). Pip is a really determined, bookish character that definitely knows how to stand up for what she thinks is right. This is an excellent YA thriller / murder mystery and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. You can see my review here.

I also finished Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series by reading the additional duology Courting Darkness and Igniting Darkness. I’m not sure I enjoyed them as much as the original trilogy but they were no doubt 5 star-worthy reads in my mind. This is a story about female assassins who have all had rough childhoods but get their revenge. Robin LaFevers writes such powerful protagonists – you can find my reviews here and here. I read them as part of the #ConquerAChonker challenge and I’m so glad I finished them!

To wrap up this section – another favourite was my read of an eARC of Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This is honestly such a wonderful YA book that is out in the world right now! It has magic, demons and has a lot of King Arthur mythology. It should be right at the top of your to be read because it has amazing messages and an absolutely wild ending. You can read my review here, but my friend Janel summed up how I felt about it even better over on their blog here.

Books to Look Out For

I had the pleasure of reading many amazing eARCs from NetGalley this month. I’ve already mentioned Legendborn but there have been many more.

One of the best eARCs I read was Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s released in the UK on 20th October – and it’s absolutely brilliant! Jennifer Donnelly is the queen of feminist fairy-tale retellings. First she wrote Stepsister set in the world of Cinderella, and this time it’s the world of Snow White that she explores. Here is my review, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Another book I enjoyed was Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. This one releases on October 22nd, and is a super story rooted in a more traditional approach to witchcraft. It is set around a restaurant in Sicily – the food descriptions are divine and this is sure to make you hungry. I wish the romance was a bit more prominent in the story, but I am sure it will come through even more in the next book in the series!

For a short book, The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah sure does pack in a lot. This one follows two sisters, Hassana and Husseina, who are separated when their home village is raided. The two pursue separate paths in Brazil and on The Gold Coast – but will they ever be re-united? Loved how this book captured the complicated relationship between sisters, it’s a really emotional story that releases October 15th.

Next month?

October is going to be a wild month of reading for me! Book Coven has made a Disney inspired bingo full of awesome prompts – but I’m probably going to skip and do some non-prompt based reading for the time being.

You can see the books of my fall to be read on my Top Ten Tuesday post. October is my Leigh Bardugo month so catch my re-reading Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, King of Scars and Ninth House, along with The Lives of Saints which is also releasing in October!

New purchases include The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, and Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. Can’t wait to read these either!

That’s all from me, hope you enjoyed this book and also had a great month of reading. Looking forward to seeing what everybody has been up to. Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What did you think?

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. August was a great month for 5 star reading – more than half of the books I read achieved this! I went on holiday too, which was a really nice break from work (fortunately we had great weather – it’s gone cold now!)

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go.

This month we read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This is a really creepy, bizarre horror novel that I definitely wouldn’t normally end up picking up, but I am really glad I did. It follows Noemi, a socialite sent to the countryside to investigate what’s happening to her cousin Catalina after receiving a concerning letter. But things at High Place are even worse than they appear, leaving both women in more danger than they could have imagined. Silvia has a great writing style that really draws you in, and I loved Noemi as a character – strong and caring, a winning combination. Meaghan asked some super great questions that made me consider things I didn’t pick up on when reading. You can read my friend Sam’s review for the blog tour right here.

Next month we will be reading The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, a book I have already read and loved but can’t wait to read again. See you there?

Favourites

On to my favourite books this month that you can pick up in stores right now. It is really hard to choose this month because lots of them were so good!

Ace of Shades and King of Fools are sitting there waiting for you, ready for Queen of Volts that releases on September 1st! They follow Enne, a girl that grew up on an island at a finishing school for girls, who has ventured into the City of Sin to search for her adoptive mother who never returned home. There she meets Levi, the head of a gang, The Irons. Honestly I loved the concept of these books and they are so full of mystery and puzzles. You can see my review of Queen of Volts here.

Now is also the perfect time to read The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic before The Burning God arrives in November. They follow Rin, a girl who was going to be forced into marriage who trains her way to military school to avoid that future. Honestly, these are some of the most wonderfully written heavily military books I’ve ever read. They combine detail and character growth beautifully – and The Burning God is just as wonderful. You can see my review of The Burning God here.

Finally, Record of a Spaceborn Few is the most recent book in Becky Chamber’s Wayfarers series. I loved it just as much as the others. It follows a small group of humans living on the huge space-based city of Fleet, formed of huge spaceships. It is very character driven, and the stories all connect in the best ways. There is a strong theme of being lost and finding yourself which I connected with a lot. I can’t wait for the next book in the series releasing in 2021! You can see my spotlight post on Becky Chambers here.

Books to Look Out For

I had the pleasure of reading many amazing eARCs from NetGalley this month. I’ve already mentioned Queen of Volts and The Burning God, so I’ll talk about the others.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue became my favourite book of all time. It’s out in October and I honestly feel like it is V.E. Schwab’s best work to date. Emotive and gripping, I feel like it’s her most personal story. I highly recommend it, and you can see my review here.

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins is releasing in November, so I was super glad to get an advanced copy of this. I have the Waterstones edition of pre-order, and I do not regret it! The book centres on The Grand Jeu, which we never actually learn much about, which I love because it relies on reader imagination and will have so many different interpretations! There are some things I’m still not sure about that I’ll have to think about on my re-read, but overall this is a great book.

I didn’t read that many YA books this month, but my favourite was an eARC of Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. It’s a story set in Rosario, Argentina, and follows Camlia, a girl who longs to play football professionally but is being pressured into medicine. I love this book mostly because Camila makes such mature decisions when it comes to the romance in her life – this representation is so, so important for teenagers, particularly girls, to have. You can read my review here. I strongly recommend you check this book out!

Next month?

I am so excited for September – A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik releases which I’m very much looking forward to. I’m also re-reading Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers as I just bought Igniting Darkness.

August purchases included Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman, Wing Jones by Katherine Webber, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and Tumbling by Caela Carter. Definitely going to get to these in September, as part of the Hamilton inspired bingo by the Book Coven!

That’s all from me, hope you enjoyed this book and also had a great month of reading. Looking forward to seeing what everybody has been up to. Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What did you think?