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Hey friends! It’s been a while since my last post. I’m so sorry it took me this long to write another new post. 🙈 In the next couple of days I’ll be constantly updating new posts. There will be reviews, book haul, my first post for fashion, book award post (thank you for tagging me!), and many others. So stay tuned! 😉🤞

Today, I’m gonna be reporting to you my reading activity during the last month of August. I read a total of 10 books. In my August TBR post, I’ve promised that I would read 10 books that month. I’ve fulfilled half of my vow. I’m so bad at sticking to my TBR. 😖 Although I did read 10 books, only five of them were from my TBR list for August. I drowned myself in new adult romance books with the other five. 🙊

Here are the list of books I have on my August TBR but haven’t read yet until now.

I didn’t read them mostly because I wasn’t in the mood. I hadn’t figured it out until late that The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue actually featured a gay couple. I didn’t read the blurbs when I added it to my TBR. It’s not that I have a problem against that type of books. I’ve read tons of books that have stories of LGBT couple, but they always happened to the side characters. I’m just not ready yet to read a book which focuses on gay main charactersSo, I’m saving it for another time when I’m ready. Besides I’ve only heard good things about it, so there’s no way I ain’t reading it.

Here are the list of books I’ve successfully crossed off my August TBR. Just a little heads up, I’m going to give a short review of each book, so I’m sorry if you come across something that you consider as spoiler.

Made You Up ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I like that in this book I saw things through Alex’ eyes, it made me understand her better although most of the times she was confusing. I was made as oblivious as she was. It didn’t give away the many surprises, so it was satisfying and relieving when everything clicked in the end. Miles reminded me so much of David from What to Say Next.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I like this one better than the first one. I have posted my spoiler review here.

The Hating Game ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Some things were predictable, but everything was wrapped up nicely. I enjoyed reading this so much I couldn’t seem to put it down. The best part for me was the ending phase. I didn’t find the mature content of this book to be as uncomfortable as I thought I’d feel. Most of the new adult contemporary romance books I’ve read make me cringe and feel awkward when it comes to smut scenes. However, this one like I said was narrated finely and carefully. I can relate so much to Lucy especially her being a daughter, the homesickness for being too far away from home for a very long time, the anxiety and uncertainty of whether everything her parents had done for her would ever be paid off by her success, if she truly had made her parents proud. I also like that Josh and Lucy’s relationship wasn’t rushed and merely based on their lust for each other. I think this book seems to say that there’s always one person who sees us the way we are, knows us better than we know ourselves, and can bear to be with us. That person is worthy of our love and worthy to fight for.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I think I’m getting better at adjusting myself to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. It didn’t bother me as much as it did before with the first two books. In fact, I flew through this book. Although maybe it was also because this book has the least number of pages compare to the others in the series. Gansey and Blue still made my heart go thump, thump, thump in anticipation until I got impatient and eventually pulled my hair out in frustration. I like Adam better now that he was finally able to see the sincerity of his friends, the value of his friendship, and stopped seeing his friends’ favors as plainly a charity. Ronan was becoming more …… (I don’t know the right word to describe him). Like Blue said, “You know, you’re not such a shithead.” Besides the writing, I love everything else about this book.

Eliza and Her Monsters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Does it make sense that I can relate so much to Eliza, yet I dislike her? She’s definitely not an interesting character, and I don’t think she’s inspiring either. YES, she can draw beautifully, and her art inspires people who enjoy it. But I’m talking about her as a person, as Eliza, not as LadyConstellation. She doesn’t like people, she’s way too shy, she doesn’t let anyone in including her family. I just don’t like the way she copes with herself and her problems. So many times I wished she’d just scream, be angry, and tell her parents what she wanted even though they might not understand her (they didn’t). At least she should’ve tried, not only with her parents but also with everything else. I can see she tried, but she could’ve tried better. She never tried to explain herself and let other people did it for her instead: her two brothers explaining Monstrous Sea to her parents, Wallace standing on her door to ask for explanation when it should’ve been her coming to him.

I know that she is the way she is because of her anxiety and/or depression. However, like I said, she could’ve done so much better in dealing with it. That would definitely enable us not only to relate to her, but also feel inspired to keep fighting our own monsters.

Despite feeling disappointed with Eliza’s character development, I enjoyed reading this book so much. I think the story is important. I like how the ending played out, and I’m glad that Eliza got her therapy and so did Wallace. And I like Wallace too much to only give it a 3 star. 🙈

I also can’t help myself but compare this book with Made You Up. I definitely like Made You Up better than this one. Both stories deal with important issues, but Made You Up is more interesting. I like Alex better than Eliza, but I prefer Wallace to Miles. ❤

Now I’m going to walk you to some romance. Here are the five list of books I read in August that weren’t in my August TBR.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) ⭐⭐⭐
This is definitely the kind of guilty pleasure I’d love to have. 😜 It was just so light and fun to read. I enjoyed being in the company of Garret and Hannah. Their bickering and their banter were the highlight of my day. 😂 The smut wasn’t at all horrifying. It was private and intense but casual. The whole story was so predictable. I was actually kind of put off after only 10 pages in because I found out right away Hannah had experienced that “incident”. It didn’t take long to figure out what kind of past Garret had survived through either. In addition, the story was super fast paced. I had expected that Hannah wouldn’t just easily cancel out on Justin. Then maybe there’d be more drama, anger, and misunderstanding. I had hoped Garret would found the truth some other way, and he and Hannah wouldn’t just simply back together. Everything was just simple, never too complicated. All worked out perfectly well. Good thing Garret and Hannah kept me entertained with their humorous remarks. ❤ I’m not sure I’ll keep up with the other books in the series right away although I’m so curious with Logan’s story. Probably I’ll save them for later when I need guilty pleasure reads.

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) ⭐⭐
I read this book because I was dying to know Logan’s story and how his feeling for Hannah would come out. After I got the answer, I was disappointed. I should’ve followed my gut when it told me not to read this book. Apparently, curiosity killed the cat.

Come Closer ⭐⭐⭐✨
This book was surprisingly good. I was at first intrigued by the synopsis. With super interesting plot line and only 250 below pages long, there was no reason not to read it. The overall story was really compelling although the romance was a bit on the forbidden relationship type and lacked of connection. The sexy stuff wasn’t too overwhelmed. There was suspense and plot twist I didn’t see coming. With such good plot line, I think the book would be far better and have more in depth if it had more pages than it already has. All in all, the book was dramatic, romantic, sexy, full of suspense and plot twist. I definitely recommend you to read it. At least, you could read the synopsis. If you could see that it has a good premise, then go on and read it. 🙂I’m giving it a 3.5 stars. ✨ The only thing I like the most is the plot line. I’m quite satisfied with everything else. The overall story is efficient. It could have been packed with more in depth narrative. I would feel bad if I gave it more than 3.5 stars. 😅

Beautiful Mistake ⭐⭐⭐
I liked this one. It was interesting. At first, I was uncomfortable with the ‘pretending to be a priest’ thing, but overall everything was okay.

Wrecked⭐⭐✨
Too quick and too smooth. It’s sad and a bit disappointing that such a good and interesting plot line that has a good premise is ruined because of insta-love and too much ‘fooling around’.

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So those are the ten books I read on August. How was your reading going? How many books you read last month? I’ll see you on my next post, which will be my September TBR. Gracias everyone! 😘

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