August Wrap-Up + September Reading Month (2018)

It’s the start of a new reading month and the season of fall in many places. Although the weather here is still forecasted to be dreary and rainy, I always feel more energized at the start of anything new. Overall, I had a good month in August where I read a total of 7 books and somewhat successfully finished one readathon I had committed myself to. I also had the best stats this month on the blog. Thank you to all my readers who made this happen! There are also some really exciting books hitting shelves this month that I’m very happy to share, so let’s get into the details now!

Aug Wrap-Up 2018

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Book Review: Mirage

Title: Mirage (Mirage #1)

Author: Somaiya Daud

Genre: Young adult sci-fi fantasy

Format: E-book

Published: By Flatiron Books on August 28th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781250126429 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book for promotional purposes as part of a blog tour and this in no way influences my opinion

Mirage

Synopsis

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Studying (Mirage Blog Tour + US Giveaway)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for August 28th, 2018 is: Back to School/Learning Freebie. Since I’m also on the blog tour for Mirage, I had to find a way to incorporate this prompt creatively into my post and I decided to talk about books which have some kind of learning, studying or training in them. Thanks a million to Aimee @ Aimee Always for organising the blog tour!

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Discussion Post: Why Do I Write Mostly Positive Reviews?

If you’ve been following me for a while, it will come as no surprise to you that I rate books no less than 3 stars. It’s a decision I came to when I started my book blog and I’ve stuck to it till this day. It’s quite complicated to explain it to others because a lot of reviewers are more critical than I am. I do appreciate people who have the skill to tear apart a book and explain why they hated it so much along with quotes to support their views. I really enjoy seeing people so passionate about books that their reviews turn into rants sometimes. My favourite blogger of all time, Cait @ Paper Fury, writes the most humorous reviews I’ve ever read even though she might rate the book 1-2 stars. In this post I want to explain my process and why I personally prefer to write mostly positive reviews.

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Book Review: Norse Mythology

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Mythology

Format: Audiobook

Published: By W. W. Norton & Company on February 7th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780393609097 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Norse Mythology

Synopsis

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump Cure Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for August 21st, 2018 is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. For this list I’ve chosen the books that are light-hearted, quick reads from a variety of genres, so this works as a recommendations post more than books that have worked for me personally. This list is also great if you’re a beginner and need some general book recommendations that are easy to read. I’ve read and enjoyed all of them, so I hope you do as well!

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Me in Book Characters Tag

I was tagged by Sahitya @ My World of Books for this tag in early June but I’m just getting to it. I know it’s quite late but I’m very bad at keeping up with tags! It’s just that when I’m tagged I would’ve already had planned some other posts for the rest of the month (I sound more organized than I really am at this point) and I just can’t fit it in then, so I end up putting it off to a point where I just forget about it. I also have no idea who I would tag in turn, which makes me shy away from them. Now that I finally remembered and fit this tag in my blogging schedule, let’s talk about all the characters I’ve found relatable over the years.

Me in Book Characters Tag

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