MALLORY’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/book-review-the-wishing-spell-by-chris-colfer/
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!

Mallory

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BOOK REVIEW: THE WISHING SPELL BY CHRIS COLFER

11607446Title: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Published: 2012 by Little, Brown Young Readers
438 pages
First in The Land of Stories series
Click here to find it on Goodreads

I have watched the first couple seasons of Glee and Chris Colfer was always my favourite actor on that show. After reading this book I am now an even more massive fan of him.

Alex and Conner Bailey are teenage twins going through a hard time in their life. The twins grandmother gives them the story book they used to always read as small children and then one night they both accidentally fall into the story book. They find themselves in a strange place full of magic and creatures and they meet the famous characters of the classic fairy tales they read while growing up. But unfortunately leaving is not going to be as easy as they thought.

First I want to talk about the overall presentation of this book. The front and back covers are absolutely stunning and draws you in immediately. We are also provided with a map of The Land of Stories which always earns bonus points.

Colfer absolutely sucks you into the story. He mixes the classic fairy tales with modern day and it is a perfect combination. The characters are all so well done that you can’t help but fall in love with each and every one of them. It is fast paced and an absolutely charming story that I never wanted to end. Thankfully this is a series so I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book as I know I am going to devour it and love every minute of it.

My favourite quotes:
“Right now, we’re living in an ugly chapter of our lives, but books always get better!”
“Even in the worst of situations – even when it seems no one in the world appreciates you – as long as you have hope, everything can get better”
“Sometimes we forget about our own advantages because we focus on what we don’t have. Just because you have to work a little harder at something that seems easier to others doesn’t mean you’re without your own talents”

I listened to the audiobook for this one and I highly suggest if you are wanting to read this one to get the audiobook to go along with it. Colfer reads it himself and it is perfection. He personifies each character so well and puts a lot of emotion into the story telling. Needless to say, I will not hesitate to check out any of his work in the future.

An easy 5/5 star rating from me. Now let’s hope the rest of the series is just as exciting and fabulous!

Mallory

MALLORY’S SHITIHAVETOOMANYBOOKS DAY 5 UPDATE

Day five has definitely been the most successful for me so far. I had a pretty lazy day. I mostly just sat around my house and read quite a bit.

Book: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Total read: 206 pages (finished book)

Book: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Total read: 296 pages
Books finished so far: 2

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The Wishing Spell is so cute and I am adoring it so far. Hope you guys are doing great with your TBRs!

Mallory

MALLORY’S JULY WRAP UP + AUGUST TBR

Well, it’s hard to believe July is already over. This summer is going by way too fast. I managed to read quite a few books in July, not as many as June though. I plan to make August even better!

Books I read in July:
1. The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The sixth book in the Saga of Darren Shan. A brilliant series. Quick and easy reads with ton of action.
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell ★★★★★
A wonderful classic, so happy I finally got around to reading this.
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ★★★★
Review coming soon.
4. The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer ★★★
The seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series. Not as enjoyable as the others, but I can’t wait to move on to the next book.
5. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ★★★★
The third book in the Caster Chronicles. Enjoyed this a little less than the second book,
6. Hunters Of The Dusk by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The seventh in the series and just as great as the rest.
7. The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
A cute and fun read, but the allegory was very noticeable and a little annoying with this one.
8. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Review coming soon.
9. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ★★★★
The last in the series. So sad it has come to an end. I really grew to love the characters and the caster world.
10. Gulp by Mary Roach ★★★★
Was craving a non fiction and I think this was a good place to start. Very interesting and I’m intrigued to read more of Roach’s work.
11. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ★★★★
An eerie read and very interesting.
12. Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★
The last in the series. This book was my most anticipated book of the year and it was a very satisfying ending.
13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini ★★★★
Gotta love dragons, this was a great start to a series and can’t wait to get even more into it.
14. The Horse And His Boy by C.S. Lewis ★★★
The third in the series. Fell a little flat compared to the first two.
15. Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison ★★★★
This was my book club book of the month. Was actually a cute and fast read.
16. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony ★★★★★
An absolute beautiful story told through pictures. This book gave me more feelings than most regular books and movies would.
17. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore ★★★★★
A very hilarious read, my first novel by Moore and I am very excited to get to more of his books.
18. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
This is a fabulous graphic novel series (lots of sex, violence and swearing so please make sure you are a mature age if you are wanting to read this). Basically shit went down, and this was awesome.
19. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
Such a cliffhanger ending, when does volume 4 come out??
20. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton ★★★★
I’ve got dinosaur fever right now. Loved this, it was almost better than the movie!

Books I want to read in August:
1. City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
2. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
3. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
4. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
5. The Museums Secret by Henry Chancellor
6. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
8. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
10. Atonement by Ian McEwan
11. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Currently reading: Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter

And my if I have time list:
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Ink by Amanda Sun
Locke And Key Volume 3 by Joe Hill
Sweet England by Steve Weiner
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Let me know in the comments how July went for you. Did you get lots of reading done? And let me know the books you plan to read in August.

Happy reading!

Mallory