Monthly Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up ||| July and Booktubeathon 2017

Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to do much reading this month because it’s CampNaNoWriMo and I was sure that the majority of my energy was going to go into that. Which, for the most part, it did. I finished two books at the very start of the month and then writing took over and I didn’t want to cross between too many worlds other than my WIP so that I couldn’t accidentally steal some troupes. But then the Booktubeathon happened. More into that later.

The first book I read this month was …

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken 

At some point in the not so distant future, a disease kills of 98% of American children. But they are not the problem. The survivors are different; they possess strange and deadly abilities that terrify the adults. So they are kept in camps, away from the public eye. 

And now, six years later, Ruby has escaped from Thurmond, the worst of the camps, and she finds herself with a bunch of other kids on the room from the Government. 

I didn’t love this book but I also didn’t hate it. It was … okay. For the most part it was incredibly slow but there were sections that made up for it, Thurmond for example. But the rest of the book just felt like a constant repeat. Nothing really happened. I’m really sad to say this because I know that so many people adore this book but it just wasn’t for me. And that’s why I’ve given it three stars. 

A Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare 

When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, end up in the rowdy  city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem and mistaken identity. 

This is probably one of my least favourite plays by Shakespeare. I’ve never been able to enjoy it and the characters just didn’t connect well with me. Pity really because I know so many people adore it. It just doesn’t really tickle me. Three stars. 

And now we are onto the booktubeathon. This is hosted by Ariel Bissett and encourages people to read seven books over seven days. This year it ran from the 24th to the 30th of July and there were a set of reading and video challenges that you could take part in. I decided to just do the reading challenges. Now I know that I didn’t mention that I was going to do the Booktubeathon and I didn’t announce a tbr, that’s because i’m awful at sticking to tbrs so I just thought I’d see what I’d read.

Here is a list of the questions and what i’ve read for them, I’ll go into more detail on my thoughts afterwards.

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover: For this I read Attack on Titan Volume Five, by Hajime Isayama
  2. Read a hyped book: An extremely hyped book; Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardubo
  3. Finish a book in one day: Attack on Titan Volume Six, by Hajime Isayama / Attack on Titan Volume Seven, by Hajime Isayama (I read them both in one day and completely outdoors)
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you: This one is Maud from Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey (Maud is an old lady who has dementia which I am not and do not have)
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors: Attack on Titan Volume Six, by Hajime Isayama /Attack on Titan Volume Seven, by Hajime Isayama (I read them both in one day and completely outdoors)
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  7. Read seven books: Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex, by Hannah Witton
  8. Extra: Attack on Titan Volume Eight, by Hajime Isayama
  9. Extra: One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus

Now onto my thoughts over these seven books in the order that I read them.

Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey 

Maud, an ageing woman, is slowly losing her memory – and her grip of everyday life. But despite it all she cannot forget her friend, Elizabeth, and she knows that Elizabeth is missing. Yet no one believes her. So she decides to take life into her own hands to find her. By doing so, she might uncover a seventy year unsolved murder that only she can remember happened. 

I’ve tried to read this several times but until this time I’ve never been able to get into it. I’m so glad that I kept it on my shelves to give it a chance later on. I was hooked from the get go and the ending did make me slightly teary. I feel like so many people should give this a read because it was delightful! Hence the four stars. 

Attack on Titan Volume Five, by Hajime Isayama 

Set one thousand years into the future, what remains of humanity are forced to dwell behind giant walls to protect themselves from the Titans; humanoid creatures who want nothing more than to devoir every human in their sight. For the past one hundred years, humanity have lived in peace, never really fearing what was on the other side of the walls. Until the Colossus Titan appeared and made a whole in the wall.

Like most of these I won’t  be able to go into much detail because it’s in the middle of the series but I think this has been one of my favourites thus far. I mean it includes my favourite section from the anime and we see what life outside the walls is really like for the first time! No surprise really that I gave it five stars. 

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Bekker, criminal prodigy, has been offered a job that if he succeeds will make him rich. One problem is, it’s a suicide mission. Now he needs to find a crew reckless enough to follow him into enemy territory; to plunge themselves into danger headfirst. Who better than six of the deadliest outcasts the city of Ketterdam has to offer. Together they may be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first. 

I’m always nervous about picking up a book that everyone loves. Sometimes the hype just spoils the book for me; a key example of that is The Darkest Minds. But I will admit, I did love this book. It gripped me from the get go and was far better than I expected. Now, I need to get my hands on the sequel! Hence why I gave it five stars!

Attack on Titan Volume Six, by Hajime Isayama

Set one thousand years into the future, what remains of humanity are forced to dwell behind giant walls to protect themselves from the Titans; humanoid creatures who want nothing more than to devoir every human in their sight. For the past one hundred years, humanity have lived in peace, never really fearing what was on the other side of the walls. Until the Colossus Titan appeared and made a whole in the wall.

Once again, I can’t really say a lot about this book because it will be full of spoilers but once again I adored this. We’re getting to one of my favourite parts of the anime so I flew through this, wanting to get to the next volume but still adoring this one. And that’s why I gave it five stars.

Attack on Titan Volume Seven, by Hajime Isayama

Set one thousand years into the future, what remains of humanity are forced to dwell behind giant walls to protect themselves from the Titans; humanoid creatures who want nothing more than to devoir every human in their sight. For the past one hundred years, humanity have lived in peace, never really fearing what was on the other side of the walls. Until the Colossus Titan appeared and made a whole in the wall.

I think this volume contains some of my favourite events and it was really nice to see that some of the major plot points were disguised really well in comparison to the anime. It broke my heart but I still adored this edition. And it also made me really happy to know that I was almost up to date with where I am in the anime. Five stars.

All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things that other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town are concerned, she is a kind hearted girl with a warm smile and a talent for baking. But in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just a mouthful, the town’s people began to feel much better. They don’t know why they are drawn to Cherry’s bakery but it does make them feel better. 

And then Chase comes into her life. A man who can do the complete opposite of everything Cherry can do. And everything changes. 

I don’t know what I expected from this book. But it wasn’t what I read. The first half was the cute contemporary that I was expecting but then it just sort of went really weird and completely changed genre. It wasn’t as good as her first book. It really wasn’t my cup of tea. Though I’m sure other people will like it. I ended up giving it three stars. 

Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex, by Hannah Witton 

Figuring out how to build and create healthy relationships – with your friends, family, romantically and yourself – is a part of being a teen. It’s not easy though, particularly in this digital age where everything and anything is on social media and there is far too much information available online. It can be hard, because of this, to know who to trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and there are many mixed messages about body images. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects from masturbation to consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. 

I didn’t know what to expect with this book but honestly it is one hundred percent Hannah Witton. It’s filled with all her information and honesty and it was wonderful to be able to read somethings that I’d probably never have the heart to read in the past. Also the fact that isn’t just from her point over view but also from members of the LGBTQ+ community and a few disabled people too meant that it really was a complete experience. I ended up giving this book four stars. 

So for the Booktubeathon I ended up reading a total of 2032 pages for the seven challenges! But I also read two more books in the week of the Booktubeathon which I’ve included as ‘extra’ in my list above. My thoughts on those are as follows:

Attack on Titan Volume Eight, by Hajime Isayama 

Set one thousand years into the future, what remains of humanity are forced to dwell behind giant walls to protect themselves from the Titans; humanoid creatures who want nothing more than to devoir every human in their sight. For the past one hundred years, humanity have lived in peace, never really fearing what was on the other side of the walls. Until the Colossus Titan appeared and made a whole in the wall.

Finally i’m ahead of season one of the anime and I’m hooked. I have the next three editions on order as we speak and I cannot wait to find out more. I’m so intrigued about everything that is going to happen! And I couldn’t put this volume hence the five stars. 

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus 

On Monday afternoon, five kids enter detention. The Brain, The Beauty, The Athlete, The Criminal and the outcast. When it’s all over, only four of them make it out alive. According to investigators it was no accident either. One of the people who was in that room killed him. One of them is lying. 

I was sent this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and it’s been sat on my kindle for so long. I regret not picking it up sooner. I was hooked from the get go. Yes the characters were stereotypes but they became so much more and I couldn’t put it down. I was addicted and wish I hadn’t left those characters behind when I put the book down. This completely deserves my five stars. 

So that brought my booktubeathon total to 2594 pages! Considering that I never take part in readathons I’m mega proud of myself.

In July I read eleven books. Considering I didn’t think I’d read much this month, I’m so proud of myself.

How did you do this month? I’d love to know.

-IAMAGEEKINGGINGER!

Book Total of 2017 – 84

XXX

 

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4 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up ||| July and Booktubeathon 2017”

    1. Thanks hun. Don’t know how I managed to read so much in a week. But then again the manga were only short. Glad i’m not the only one who didn’t like it!

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