Monthly Roundup

August

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Allie: Greetings from the other side of the world! Libby and I are now separated by like three continents and an ocean or something. It’s really sad.

  1. Broken Harbour by Tana French: By far my least favorite of the series. I didn’t like the main character before the book started, and I didn’t like him throughout the book. Plus, it was missing those trademark Tana French relationships, which was disappointing.
  2. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Okay, the male lead in this book is horrible. It’s supposed to be a romance, but I was rooting against them, because the guy was awful.
  3. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: This book should not have taken me an entire week to read, but it did. I dreaded picking it up every time, and it ended up feeling like a chore to read it. I was unimpressed, but I’ve heard the sequel is substantially better, so I’m trying to talk myself into reading it.
  4. The Secret Place by Tana French: Exactly 48 pages in I texted Libby that I knew who the murderer was, which she (accidentally) confirmed. So if you’re looking for a mystery, it’s probably not the best (although Libby says she was surprised). This was another one of my least favorite Tana French novels: it was a little too melodramatic and ridiculous for me.
  5. The Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine: I reread this series one day, the whole time repeating to myself this mantra: “I do not have a fairy tale obsession. I do not have a fairy tale obsession.” Obviously that’s a lie. My favorite in the series was Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, in case anyone cares (I know nobody cares) (I CARE THOUGH).
  6. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: A reread of an old favorite. My brother’s girlfriend told me that her whole family recently listened to the audiobook on a road trip, and it enthralled them so much that they sat in the driveway at their destination for 20 minutes waiting for it to end.
  7. Entwined by Heather Dixon: This book was… really bad. It was super uncomfortable, and I felt like I was reading someone’s private daydreams or something. Awkward.
  8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: I read this during a layover in Paris, and it was really good. My one complaint is that I feel like it should be marketed differently. I thought it would be a cliche fairy tale retelling, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was much more than that.
  9. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: I totally forgot that I read this book until I looked at my Goodreads profile. It was good, but not a stand-out.

I think I’m only reading YA books for the rest of the year, because I have a hard time reading real books on a screen, and I didn’t pack tons of books. In other news, we are (once again) trying to post more regularly, so hopefully you’ll see a little more of us in September!


Libby: HI. I’m so sorry for disappearing forever. I left to work as a camp counselor in mid-July, and then immediately after went on vacation, and then immediately after that I moved into a new place, and didn’t get internet successfully connected for another two weeks. But now I’m back!

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: Wow, that’s quite a title. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I plan to write a separate post about it, but it was absolutely lovely.
  2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris: I went on a Sedaris kick a year or two ago and haven’t read him since, so I was excited to get back into it. I read the entire collection in a day, and was laughing out loud by page 2.

So, not a great reading month for me. But like, I was busy. (It’s a bad excuse, I know). I definitely plan to make it up in September!

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