Books,  Reading

August Reads: 2019 Edition

Hey, hey, hey! 😀

I’ve officially read 40 books for the year, making me exactly on track for my goal! There are 20 books left, but I’m not going to stress myself about anything, because that defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to do, which is just to read a lot. And I think I’m reading a lot. ^_^

37: The Stolen Kingdom
Author: Bethany Atazadeh
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling (Aladdin)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: Yes
There was a lot about this that I really liked. I’ve never read an Aladdin retelling, and this was fascinating and interesting, and I was all in. The only downside for me was that I didn’t get closure, which is the exact reason why I’m so hesitant to read anything that’s part of a series. I thought I was safe this time since each book covers a different fairytale, but it’s in the style of the TV show Once Upon A Time, so there’s going to be a lot of overlap, which is a very cool idea, but I was really mad about the ending, you guys. I guess I got too invested in the story, which is a good thing, really. That aside, though, the story was fun, I loved the characters, and the next book covers The Little Mermaid, which is my favorite.

38: Blackbird, Vol. 1
Author: Sam Humphries, Artist: Jen Bartel
Genre: Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: Yes (on Amazon)
This took a little bit of work to understand everything that was going on, but I wasn’t confused overall, the artwork was gorgeous, and I liked that the main character was kind of a mess. I went into this not knowing anything about it, including the genre, so everything was a surprise. There are wizards, called paragons, and beasts and magic and secrets and lies! It was a lot fun.

39: The Four Agreements
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
Genre: Philosophy & Religion
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
My sister lent this to me because she thinks I’m mental. I don’t read books like this, but it was interesting. I had difficulty understanding some of it because it waxed a bit too philosophical sometimes and also a little weird in places, and I don’t think about stuff like this, but I liked the overall message of not giving anyone the power to make or break your day.

40: The Vines
Author: Christopher Rice
Genre: Gothic Horror/Paranormal
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
This guy is Anne Rice’s son. I’ve been wanting to read a book by him for a while. This is about a haunted plantation property, set in modern day with a few scenes from slave days. There were some annoying things: the present day black girl had a giant chip on her shoulder about race-related issues and while I get it and still liked her overall she was way too angry for me, there were multiple side POVs and we all know I’m not into that, part of the climax was skipped over for no good reason and I had to pause and sift through the dialogue to piece together what I missed, and the writing was awkward in places. That aside, it was interesting and engaging and fun for the most part, and I liked the slave girl and her POV a lot, minimal as it was. It wasn’t a scary book, but it was good and creepy.

The TBR for September is all over the place. There are ten books on the list. Snow, Glass, Apples – a graphic novel retelling by Neil Gaiman — Song of the Dryad – a contemporary fantasy by Natalia Leigh — Pillow Thoughts III – poetry by Courtney Peppernell — My Magical Life by Zach King – a middle grade contemporary (I think) with color illustrations that come to life with a companion app — two books by Jane, The Duchess of Northumberland (writing from Alnwick Castle in Scotland) – one mixes fiction with plant facts in a fun journal format with pictures called The Poison Diaries – and the other, called Little Book of Poisons, Potions and Aphrodisiacs, has old school potion recipes and plant facts — then there’s a comprehensive book on poisons called Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart — The Poison Diaries: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood co-authored by The Duchess – a sequel to a historical paranormal I read last fall called The Poison Diaries (and I think The Duchess’s Poison Diaries book is a different version of this same story) — The Red by Tiffany Reisz, and I have no idea what genre it is but it’s under the paranormal umbrella somewhere — and I’m also listening to an audiobook – Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, which is a biography. And yeah, that’s a lot, and I want to do some writing as well, but YOLO. Lol!

Happy September to Everyone and Happy Reading! 😀


  • Tonja Drecker

    I’m not a fan of open ended series books. It’s okay to have a few things unanswered, but not too many. Blackbird looks interesting. And I had to smile at the book your sister gave you. (not my kind of read either). It sounds like you have a great line-up for this next month!

    • Krystal Jane

      What are sisters for? 🙂
      Yeah, the bad guy is still at large and everything. >.< My poor heart. Lol! Blackbird was crazy fun, and the coloring is fantastic.

    • Krystal Jane

      Almost! ^_^ And this month is going well so far. The Four Agreements gave me a lot of things to think about. I think it’s a good book to read.

  • Tyrean Martinson

    Oh, I forgot to do a book wrap up for August!!! Oops. Well, maybe I will hit it next week (late but not completely forgotten). Thanks for reminding me!
    I love your reviews of books. I like books in a series, but I don’t like them to be too open-ended – the first book, the Aladdin retelling sounds good, but frustrating.
    One book I read last month is Miraculous and it had an interesting urban fantasy feel – it was a MG novel about a boy whose infant sister passed away and he’s given up on all things miraculous, but then he meets this girl who is really into paranormal happenings and they see a witch, but they aren’t sure she’s a witch, and … the adventure ramps up. It’s heartbreaking but in a good way.

    • Krystal Jane

      That MG book sounds good. I’m looking forward to see what else you read. Seeing what other people read really helps me to read more. ^_^

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