August was a good month for me. The heat was horrible, but I pushed through it.
(I hate summer weather.) Luckily it’s finally cooling down and I’m living for it! 😀 I ended up reading quite a lot this month as well, though my thoughts on the things I read were mixed. I decided to split this first part of my wrap up into two sections. The first is going to be the bad/weird thing that happened to me this month (that is still kind of happening), the second is going to be the good things that happened. Now let’s get into all of that!
My next door neighbour called me a witch in all seriousness. Actually, as I’m living in a student dorm, she has the room next to me and we share a bathroom and a small entrance room.
(But not our actual rooms.) She said she is a real christian and she can sense the demons and witchcraft from my room. Honestly I had no idea how to react to that. I still don’t know to be honest. I didn’t expect anyone to accuse someone else of witchcraft in the 21st century? It’s a strange situation, but I’m dealing with it. I’m not bothered about her thinking that I’m a witch (I seriously don’t care what she thinks), but I also don’t feel comfortable living in such a closed space to her. We shall see what is going to happen to this situation in the future.
My parents came to visit me and we spent a whole day together! It was so amazing seeing them and I had a lovely time. We went on a picnic and a long walk on the Donauinsel. The weather was beautiful, sunny but not too hot. They came at the perfect time, as the rest of the month was rather hot. I love my parents so much and I really miss spending time with them.
(As we don’t live in the same city and we don’t see each other that often.)
August was basically my BTS month. As I mentioned in my previous wrap up, I got into BTS at the end of July. August was basically me listening to only their music and watching Run BTS!
(I have literary watched all of the episodes.) I also watched behind the scenes stuff and compilations on youtube. All this brought me so much joy and happiness, it definitely improved my month and helped me through some things. I created a BTS tumblr, so that I can have a place where I can save photos and gifs of them (since I’m not someone who actually downloads images and stuff). I also bought my first ever BTS album in August. I thought I would mention that as well.
That is all that I have to say about August, now let’s get into the books I read!
I decided to finally read the Lumberjanes graphic novel series. And I say finally because I have read Nimona by Noelle Stephenson years ago and ever since then I was interested in this graphic novel series, as I knew that she worked on it. Anyway, this month I ended up reading the first 8 volumes of the Lumberjanes.
I have some mixed feelings on this graphic novel series. I adored the friendship between the girls and it was fun seeing their adventures. But I felt that there was something missing from time to time. The first 5 volumes were really good, but the last three I read weren’t that great. Once Noelle Stephenson stopped working on this graphic novel series I just felt that it lost its charm. The last three volumes
(that I read) just weren’t as fun as the previous ones. I don’t plan on continuing with this graphic novel series.
- Volume 1, Beware the Kitten Holy – 3.5 out of 5 stars
- Volume 2, Friendship to the Max – 4 out of 5 stars
- Volume 3, A Terrible Plan – 3 out of 5 stars
- Volume 4, Out of Time – 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Volume 5, Band Together – 3 out of 5 stars
- Volume 6, Sink or Swim – 2 out of 5 stars
- Volume 7, A Bird’s-Eye View – 2.5 out of 5 stars
- Volume 8, Stone Cold – 2.5 out of 5 stars
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
4.5 out of 5 stars
The Tea Dragon Society was sooo adorable! I adored the story, the characters and the tea dragons. They are the cutest! Katie O’Neill’s art is beyond adorable and I definitely plan on reading more things by her. This was such a precious graphic novel and it made me very emotional!
If you are interested in this graphic novel you can read it for free on Katie O’Neill’s website! That is also where I read it. I seriously need to get my hands on a physical copy, I just want to own this gorgeous graphic novel!
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
3 out of 5 stars
I have conflicted feelings when it comes to this book. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed a lot and aspects that I didn’t care about at all. I had heard amazing things about this series and I just expected more from it. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Though I did listen to it on audiobook, so that might have contributed to that. Murderbot was an interesting character, but the other ones I couldn’t care less about. Still, I’m happy that I read this book
(especially since science-fiction is a genre I want to read more from).
Right now I don’t plan on continuing with this series, that might change in the future. Who knows?
The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot
2.5 out of 5 stars
The Art of Taxidermy is a story written in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story because of that, as I don’t tend to read novels in verse very often. The writing style was gorgeous in this, it was beautifully crafted. The writing style was my favourite aspect of The Art of Taxidermy. Due to the fact that it was written in verse I managed to fly through this book a lot faster than I thought I would.
As you can already guess, by the title of this book, the story has a big focus on taxidermy. There are quite a few gruesome scenes and descriptions in this book. If descriptions of dead animals bother you I would definitely stay clear of this book!
If you are interested in more of my thoughts on this book check out my review!
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
3 out of 5 stars
The synopsis for this book managed to immediately capture my attention. I was very intrigued by what was going to happen in the story. Sadly this book didn’t manage to impress me completely, it was just an average read for me. There were interesting moments in Black Bird of the Gallows, but there were also moments that I really didn’t care about at all.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It was dark and creepy.The atmosphere was probably my favourite aspect of this book. The supernatural elements were very interesting and I enjoyed learning the history behind the beings that were introduced throughout the story. However, the beginning of this book was cliche and very predictable. I could easily predict what was going to happen. The rest of the book got better and I enjoyed learning the answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters.
If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review!
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