August was another great reading month for me. I read a total of 18 books, with a good mix of female and male authors (and a lot of David Levithan!). There was also a mix of books that I did and didn’t enjoy. I have written reviews of almost all of these books. Click on the links to read in-depth reviews of each book!
1. The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak – Brian Katcher
A fun, nerdy and fast-paced contemporary about Ana and Zak who are searching for Ana’s brother at a sci-fi convention.
2. After Dark – Haruki Murakami
A thought-provoking story following a couple of characters on their ‘adventures’ in the middle of the night. Slow-paced with a hint of magical realism.
3. Sunkissed – Jenny McLachlan
A fun, summery, coming of age story set on a Swedish island.
4. The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis
A guide to the Shadowhunter world, with illustrations and commentary from Clary, Jace and Simon.
5. Every Day – David Levithan
A great diverse book about A, who wakes up in the body of a different person each day. He falls in love with the girlfriend of a boy whose body he inhabits and he has to find his way back to her each day.
6. Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan
Another great LGBTQ+ book from David Levithan. This book is poignant and important. It explores different aspects of what it means to be gay, comparing previous generations to the current generation.
7. Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater
A companion novel to The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. This could be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the trilogy first.
8. Six Earlier Days – David Levithan
Six short stories about six days in A’s life, before the events in Every Day. I’d highly recommend these if you enjoyed Every Day.
9. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
Set in parallel London’s, this book follows Kell who is able to travel between the different Londons, and smuggles items from one to another.
10. Polarity in Motion – Brenda Vicars
When a nude photo of Polarity emerges online, she has no recollection of how the photo was taken. She finds herself yanked from her family and entangled in a world she knows nothing about.
11. The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman
A wonderful reimagining of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, with beautiful illustrations by Chris Riddell.
12. Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch
A brilliant fantasy world, with some great characters and a fascinating magic system. This was a fantastic first book to a trilogy.
13. The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another great contemporary book from Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is a companion to My Life Next Door, and can be read as a standalone. I’d recommend reading MLND first though for all of the character building (and also because it’s a great book)!
14. Wonderland – Robert McKay
A sci-fi retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This book was fun and crazy in the best ways.
15. One – Sarah Crossan
A story, written in free verse, about conjoined twins and what it means to share a body and a soul with somebody else.
16. Risk – Fleur Ferris
A serious and dark Aussie YA book about online safety and the dangers of meeting strangers online.
17. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
This is Sophie Kinsella’s first YA novel and it was so great! It was a heartwarming and funny story about family and finding yourself again after adversity.
18. The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
Written as a series of dictionary entries, this is a story about love. It’s a non-linear story, written in second person, and explores the positive and negative aspects of love.
This month I did four Top Ten Tuesday posts. You can check out my posts by clicking the links below.
- 04-08-15: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want to Read
- 11-08-15: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From
- 18-08-15: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors
- 25-08-15: Ten Books On My YA Contemporary 101 Syllabus
If you’ve done a wrap up for this month, I’d love to see what you’ve read.