This blog post comes to you today in 7 parts.
Part one - Totals and themes I feel quite happy with my 14 books read in August. I was away for a week and especially as it's been the summer holidays, there haven't been many opportunities to do as much reading as I'd like. PLUS! I had a huge assignment due that I was working on (handed in a few days ago, phew!) So 14? Very happy with that. I read (and reviewed!) quite a few dystopic books to go along with Presenting Lenore's Dystopian August and have had great fun with it. As I read books for Once Upon A Bookshelf's Self Perception and Body Image month for July, I think I'll need to find a theme for September - any suggestions?
Part Two - Dystopian August Mockingjay was obviously the really hot book that everyone was talking about this month, but I really enjoyed all of the dystopias I read this month. Life As We Knew It, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Matched, and Candor. I really do heart dystopic/post-apocalyptic YA novels. I had a whole heap of dystopic adult literature as well as well as more YA, I just didn't have the time to get around to it. If Lenore organises another month of dystopias, than I will surely be prepared! Thanks Lenore :)
Part three - Types of books read Some of the other non-dystopic books were quite difficult to read - Almost True about knife crime, Forbidden with it's heavy subject matter, Impulse about teenage suicide, The Chosen One and its grim portrayal of life in a cult. I'm actually surprised there weren't more light-hearted reads (Twilight the graphic novel, Major Crush, Waiting For You) interspersed through that lot. I even managed one adult book with Jenny Colgan's The Good, The Bad and the Dumped. Also, this month is the first in awhile where I've been reading books apart from my own! With two library books read and two book tour books, my focus has turned slightly away from reading and clearing out more space amongst my own shelves. I'm not sure yet how I feel about this.
Part four - UK Book Tours And oh, the start of the UK Book Tours! So far, I've recieved four book tour books and read two (both amazing - Matched and Almost True). It's really exciting stuff and I'm looking forward to loads of the books coming my way in the near future! A big thank you to Lynsey Newton, organiser of the book tours, the contributors of such lovely and interesting books and to all the people taking part who are willing to pay the postage to send me these books. It is much appreciated.
Part five - Favourites If I were forced to pick a favourite of the 14 books I read this month, it would have to be... erm, I don't know. Probably Mockingjay and Matched. For very different reasons.
Part six - the list Already at part six! This is nearly it, folks! We're coming to the end! Here's the list of books read over the course of August. And the numbers are the totals for the year!
127. Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
128. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson
129. Twilight: the graphic novel volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
130. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
131. Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
132. Matched by Ally Condie
133. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
134. Candor by Pam Bachorz
135. Jealousy by Lili St Crow
136. The Good The Bad and The Dumped by Jenny Colgan
137. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
138. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
139. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
140. Almost True by Keren David
Part seven - Goals for September And because my list of goals was so popular last month, I thought I'd do it again. Here's a short list of books that I'd like to read in September. Have you read any of these? Where should I begin?
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart
Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lyn Barnes (for an event in early October)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (same as above!)
The Radleys by Matt Haig
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
Torment by Lauren Kate (UK book tour)
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (UK book tour)
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Swapped By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
How well did you do in August? Favourites of the month? What will you be reading next?