I had a pretty good reading month for August, it wasn’t as successful as previous months but I was actually super busy in August so I am pretty proud of how much I was able to get through!
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ⭐️4/5 stars
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – ⭐️5/5 stars
Vicious by L.J. Shen – ⭐️4/5 stars
Defy by L.J. Shen – ⭐️3/5 stars
Ruckus by L.J. Shen – ⭐️4/5 stars
Scandalous by L.J. Shen – ⭐️4/5 stars
Wilder Girls by Rory Powers – ⭐️4/5 stars
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
King of Fools by Amanda Foody – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – ⭐️5/5 stars
Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars
Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – ⭐️5/5 Stars
Finale by Stephanie Garber – ⭐️4/5 stars
Boss I Love to Hate: An Office Romance by Mia Kayla – ⭐️3/5 stars
These are five quotes that stuck with me from the last 5 books that I’ve read!
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
“When faced with a choice, humans almost invariably seek a no-action, no-change option, even when one of the presented alternatives is quantifiably and logically more advantageous.”
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
“There might not be a meaning to the world, or in it, but that does not mean that what we do has no meaning.”
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
“…you mess with them, you mess with us.”
I found this highly engaging!
The Test focuses on a British Citizenship Test taken in the not too distant future by a man names Idir from Iran. He wants his family to belong in Britain so he decides to sit the test when something unexpected occurs.
This was a very short book (under 150 pages) that packed a mighty punch! This was unlike anything I’ve read before. I really loved the format of the story and the fast paced, charged, psychological nature of the story. It really went in depth on the nature of humans and what choices we are statistically going to make in certain situations given a certain stimuli.
I honestly didn’t know what this book was really about when I picked it up other than the Citizenship Test and really that’s all you need to know going into it. It’s definitely better to not know what is about to happen and just ride the journey as Idir undertakes it.
The ending took a turn I didn’t anticipate and that made the read all the more thrilling for me. Thinking on all the possibilities that could occur and how realistic this situation could really be. I could go more in depth and break down every plot point but I think I would prefer to just say if you’re a fan of Black Mirror you would definitely enjoy this!
⭐️5/5 the stakes are super high!