This month I finished 7 books (and the first half of 2 others, so technically 8). 2 of these books I read in just a day each and another was in 2 days which is how I got through so many because usually I read between 4 and 6 in a month. Without further ado, here are my quick thoughts on these books…
The first book I read this month was Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray. I actually started reading this at the end of July but finished in August. I really liked this book – it’s a science fiction / space adventure about a robot and a human who come from two enemy planets that end up having to work together. I wrote a full review on this book which you can read by clicking here.
Last month I read Breathe by Sarah Crossan, and this month I read the sequel (and the conclusion to the duology), Resist. I enjoyed this book I thought it was a worthy sequel and conclusion. I haven’t read many duologys but they are something I enjoy – it’s nice to see a story wrap up after 2 books instead of the usual 3 or more. This duology is really underrated and I highly recommend science fiction / dystopian lovers check it out.
For a long time now I’ve wanted to read some of Stephen King’s novels, and this month I finally started with his memoir / writing guide, On Writing. I was mostly reading this book for King’s writing tips but what I ended up enjoying the most was reading about his life and his journey as a writer. I’d definitely recommend this to any fans of King or aspiring writers because his advice is so sharp and constructive.
The first fiction book of King’s I read was Carrie, which is only took me a day to read because it’s very short. I liked it a lot and was really surprised by how sad the story was. I was expecting chills and spookiness, but really it was a sad story that deals with bullying and abuse.
The next one I read was Christine which is the longest of his I’ve read so far. It’s about a seventeen-year-old boy named Arnie who buys a very old car named Christine that is alive. It has a mind of it’s own and becomes very jealous by anyone who gets too close to Arnie. I really liked this book, I thought it was creepy and Stephen King is just an amazing storyteller.
After that, I read Misery which is one of King’s suspense novels, rather than horror. The premise for this book hooked me right away. It’s about a famous author who is kidnapped and held captive by his self-proclaimed number one fan, who reads the final book in his series and is so unhappy with the ending that she forces him to write an additional book. This is my favourite King book I’ve read so far. The plot was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and kept me turning the pages.
The last book I finished this month was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I had already seen the Netflix show earlier this year and I really liked it but I wanted to wait a few months before reading the book. I did like the book but because I watched the show first I feel like I enjoyed it more because it was new and myseterious and also because the story has a lot more to it.
The two books I started but didn’t finish this month were Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Truthwitch just didn’t do much for me, and I didn’t end up finishing it. I don’t think this book was bad – I know a lot of people love this book and I can certainly see why. But for me it was hard to follow and just didn’t excite me enough. As for The Gunslinger, it was hard to get in to. The story was interesting enough, but the writing was so complex and intense that it was hard to follow most of the time. I’m hoping to try it again someday because I would like to read the entire Dark Tower series.
What I’m Reading Now
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyeard
Books I Bought This Month
1984 by George Orwell
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
We Were Liars (Deluxe Edition) by E. Lockhart
It by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
Christine by Stephen King
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Books I Hope To Read In September
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Warcross by Marie Lu
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
There’s Someone inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
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