ARC August // Wrap Up

Hi everyone,

How are we all doing?

I can’t believe it’s the end of ARC August already, this month has honestly flown by. I blinked and BAM – it’s September!

I’m so glad I decided to participate in ARC August this year, it’s definitely helped me get on top of my ARC list. Although, I need to be former with myself because I’ve accepted more ARCs to review again. Think every blogger can relate to this πŸ™ˆ.

Here’s my summary of this month’s reads, I’ve decided to combine this reading challenge and my usually wrap up so I’m not writing up two very similar posts!

I hope you enjoy,

44. Bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward*

Rating: β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: This collection of poetry was written well, but wasn’t really for me. I didn’t really connect to the content and it was a little too focused on religion for my personal tastes.

45. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin*

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: I loved this book, it was brilliant written and had an excellent story line. I can’t wait to read more books by Mahurin and thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters. I even enjoyed the enemies to lovers relationship – a big shock, I know!

46. The Last Spell Breather – Julie Pike*

Rating: β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: This book was okay, but I didn’t really think it stood out in any way. It has an interesting concept, but I felt it focused on too many different things and became a little rushed and confusing in places. It wasn’t the best children’s story I’ve read.

47. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandyha Menon

Rating: β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: I think listening to the audiobook of this affected my rating substantially and it may have been a three star rating had I read and not listened to it. I wasn’t a fan of Rishi’s narrator and the plot as a whole was a little bit predictable and too fluffy for me. I did enjoy reading about the Indian cultural aspects to the book however.

48. The Deathless Girls – Kiran Millwood Hargrave*

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and while it was an okay book, it unfortunately didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I’d imagined it to be different to how it was, and while it was still interesting, I would have liked more references to the original book, Dracula. It’s one of my favourite classics so any retelling would have been difficult to match it for me personally. It’s definitely worth a read though.

49. Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barclay*

Rating: β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: This was another book that just fell a bit flat for me. As the author is very popular, I went in with high expectations and was left a little disappointed. The plot developed in an often confusing manner and there wasn’t enough suspense for me. I would have liked it to have focused on fewer characters in more detail as the book lacked this for me.

50. The Tree House – Glenn Haybittle*

Rating: β˜… (DNF)

Thoughts: This is the first book of the year that I’ve actually DNFed with the intent of not picking it back up again. Given it focuses on the Nazi occupation of France in WW2 and a grandfathers experience of this, it sounded right up my street. But I didn’t enjoy how the author referred to women in an unnecessarily over sexualised way and it made me feel quite uncomfortable. The writing was a bit erratic and I ended up DNFing at 40%.

I was a little disappointed that the 50th and final book of my Goodreads goal was a book I didn’t finish, but that can’t be helped! Overall, I’m pleased with the books I read in August, it certainly made a dent in my ARC pile, but I would have liked to have read a bit more. If I hadn’t got ill I think I could have – oh well!

How many books did you read in August? Let me know in the comments below. 😊

*All of the books followed by an asterisk are ones I have been #gifted by either the publisher or author. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by receiving a free copy in any way.

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