Wrap Up | My August Reads and Reviews

I’m a bit late with this…Anyways, guess what? I quit!

No. Not blogging. Not for a long time.

I actually resigned from one of my jobs just a few days ago! I ended up taking on far too many responsibilities and I was worried I would burn myself out. Meaning: I had to get rid of a job.

I was recently offered a position as a shift supervisor at an actual Starbucks and so I’ve let go of my other job at Target. Now I’ll just have that job, an internship, and an occasional tutoring gig. During my down time I’ll be volunteering at the library, reading, blogging, and catching up on some of my favorite shows!

Throughout all this mayhem, I managed to get some reading done along with a few reviews. Check it out:

What I've Read

Starswept | Mary Fan | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Thoughts: Beautiful sci-fi romance. Well-developed female protagonist. Strong, descriptive writing. Steady pacing. Good world-building that has room to be improved on. Insta-love with a quintessential love interest. Engaging.

A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L’Engle | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Thoughts: A fun, fast-paced adventure with quirky characters. Meg was annoying but relatable. Calvin and Charles Wallace were such intriguing characters. An odd sort of journey. Wish I had read this sooner. A classic and an instant favorite.

House of Furies | Madeleine Roux | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Thoughts: Some characters were wasted in their roles. The setting could have used more detail. The plot and atmosphere was dark but not as dark or perturbing as it could have been. The male love interest was completely forgettable. Fantastic writing, though.

Red Sister | Mark Lawrence |⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

Thoughts: Fantastic writing and exemplary world-building. A large cast of diverse, complex individuals to connect with. The main character was one of the most interesting female protagonists I’ve read about in a while. Carefully crafted and memorable.

Glitter | Aprilynn Pike | Review to Come

Thoughts: Richly detailed with stunning sets and a cleverly crafted plot. An inventive, genre-bending tale with complex, not entirely likable characters. Slow- pacing. “Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette”…sort of. Weak romance that has potential. Pretty engaging.

Daughter of the Burning City | Amanda Foody | Review to Come

Thoughts: An engrossing murder mystery that holds your attention until the anticlimactic resolution. Not lacking in diversity/LGBTQ+ representation. Dense world- building and dark atmosphere. Could have been more disturbing and eerie.

Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell | Review to Come

Thoughts: Well-developed characters. An adorable romance featuring one of the most spectacular male love interests in YA contemporary. Fantastic portrayal of complicated relationships and unusual behaviors. Loved the Simon Snow passages. A new favorite.
My Reviews

Cold Summer | Gwen Cole | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

Starswept | Mary Fan | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

By Your Side | Kasie West | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

When Dimple Met Rishi | Morgan Matson | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Unexpected Everything | Sandhya Menon | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2Top Posts (1)YA Contemporary Reviews | When Dimple Met Rishi & The Unexpected Everything

Top 5 Wednesday | When the Middle Book is the Best Book

Down the TBR Hole | Books 86 – 95

My Top 5 Favorite Bromances

Recent Reads and Current Reads | Mini Reviews and Notes Highlights

1. I was hired for three jobs (writing tutor, Target member, Starbucks shift supervisor) and an editorial internship! Things are looking up!

2. I replayed one of my favorite video games, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

3. My book buying was severely reduced. I only bought three books: This Savage Song, I’ll Give You the Sun, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. Money = saved.

4. My friend came over for the first time since I moved and we marathoned season 3 of Voltron! It was AMAZING. I got a thing for Lotor and I’m not ashamed to say it.

5. While I watched them alone, I saw both Dunkirk and Baby Driver in theaters, and enjoyed every second of them. AMAZING movies, I tell you.Final Thoughts (2)August was the month I focused on getting a job. Now that I have them, and I don’t have to spend as much time searching job sites, I hope I’ll be able to blog hop a bit more than I have recently. I’ve missed out on so many posts and I am a couple months behind on reviews.

I feel like I always say this, but now it’s time for me to play catch-up!

Even though it’s still considered summer, once September hits my mind goes to fall. So, bring out the pumpkins and the spices. It’s time to bake and get ready for Halloween, people. I’m watching IT in theaters and I’m ready for Halloween Horror Nights.


Happy reading, y’all! I’ll talk to you soon ❤

Azia Sig

37 thoughts on “Wrap Up | My August Reads and Reviews

  1. Good for you that you quit when you felt like you should! I tend to take on way too much as well, so I know it can all get a bit overwhelming 😅 Also congrats on the internship! 😍 I would be interested in reading a post about that internship once you’re done with it if you want to write it – I love anything related to editorial and publishing 😊

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    1. Thanks, Izzi 🙂 Because of university, I’m so used to taking on a large load. I almost forgot that it’s not entirely necessary to do that again at this point in my life. I think the responsibilities I have now are just enough. Maybe later I’ll add a bit more if I feel I really need to! But for now? Nahhh lol. And thank you!! I absolutely love it. I think a post about the internship makes for a wonderful idea 😀 I might do just that! Thanks for the inspiration ❤


  2. Wow three jobs is amazing Azia, with all that as well as your internship it seems like you’ll have a lot on your plate but it’s got to be exciting at the same time. Also more money = more books! 😀 That’s what I tell myself when my job is hard, the money I’m earning can be spent on things I love.
    I can’t wait to see your reviews for Daughter of the Burning City and Fangirl. I am glad to see from this post that you enjoyed them both, especially that Fangirl is a new favourite of yours! 😀
    Also if you were only going to buy three books this month you picked three amazing ones to buy. Granted I haven’t read The Darkest Part of the Forest but I have read I’ll Give You the Sun and This Savage Song. Both are all-time favourites of mine so I really really can’t wait to see what you think of both.
    It definitely looks like you had an incredible month Azia, I hope your September is just as amazing! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth! And that’s what keeps me going haha. The more money I earn, the more books I can buy without feeling guilty about my life choices LOL XD

      I’ve finished This Savage Song and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT. I really want to write the review but then I keep thinking about all the other reviews I should write first haha. So, it might be a while before I actually publish a review for This Savage Song :/ But I’ll get there!
      Thanks again, Beth! 😀 ❤

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      1. That’s all right. I always love payday because it means there are more books I can buy. 🙂
        Oh that’s great to hear. Well, not so much about the backlog of reviews you have but about you loving This Savage Song. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your review but I hope you manage to get through the others as well. 🙂
        That’s all right! 😀 ❤️

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  3. That was a great month of reading ! I can’t wait to read your review of Daughter of the Burning City ! *whisper* you accidentally wrote Daughter of the Burning City by Rainbow Rowell *whisper* Also, I didn’t watch Baby Driver yet, but I want to so badly, I watched the opening scene and it was SO good ! I’m jealous of your money saving efforts XD I still can’t say no when I go to the bookstore 😂 I’m so glad you read This Savage Song, it’s on my all-time favorites list 💙
    *hat off* Three jobs ! I understand how demanding that can be ! I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for your next reviews !

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    1. It was! And I hope to write that review soon! Just gotta find some motivation haha. *whisper* Thank you! I spotted that in my draft but completely forgot to change it before publishing. It’s fixed now! Thanks for the reminder haha *whisper dramatically ends* And Baby Driver is undoubtedly one of my favorite films of this year. It’s just so stylistic and quirky with some really great action! And I was actually surprised at how little I bought. But I guess my brokeness was really speaking to me this month, telling me “no” every single time I looked at Amazon and went to the bookstore XD LOL. Also, This Savage Song was EPIC. I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
      Thanks so much! 😀

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      1. LOL, I don’t think they ever explained why he was called Baby in the movie. Although, some watchers and reviewers have said that his name is from a particular song, which makes a whole lotta sense after you see the movie haha. Oh yay! Can’t wait! It was getting pretty intense by the end, especially with the very last scene. I’m really nervous to see how all that plays out in Our Dark Duet. All I want is for August, Kate, Ilsa, and the cat to be all right LOL


      2. *nervously looks back at the figure lurking in the shadows* 😂😂😂

        But honestly, step out into the sunlight, my friend. You might be waiting for a while (until I’m a little less broke and I finally buy and read the book). Enjoy your days in the sun while you can 😂


  4. Best of luck with your new job; your life sounds super hectic!! I’m honestly in awe of how you balancing Adulting with reading new books ❤

    Also, I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time, it was one of my favorite childhood books!! I know the author wrote a bunch of other books in that series; are you planning on reading those, too?? (But let us not speak of the movie…. ever. *shudders*)

    I can't wait to read your review of Fangirl and Glitter!!

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    1. Thanks so much! 😀 It definitely is hectic but I’m glad that I have just enough time to read! The train rides and my free night hours are the times I set aside for reading 😉 Adulting is hella hard LOL

      I really wish I had read A Wrinkle in Time when I was younger. I’m certain it would have been a favorite of mine, too! It’s just so charming yet meaningful. And I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequels. Right now I have no intention to, but maybe later on! I’m really curious about the new movie, though. Haven’t seen the trailer, but people seem excited for it 🙂

      And I can’t wait to write them! (At least so I can reduce the amount of reviews I still have on my ever-growing list of to-dos…) XD LOL

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      1. Adulting is definitely superrrrr hard, but hopefully it’s worth it in the end. :”) I try to set aside reading times too– mostly before bed– but considering that I go to bed after midnight, I usually just fall asleep first. *sighs*

        Yes, A Wrinkle in Time stayed with me for a long time. In my opinion, the sequels are nowhere near as good as the original. OH, I’ve seen the trailer for the new movie too (IT LOOKS AMAZING)!!! but the older version… *shudders* that was horrific.

        EEE, I can’t wait to read them!! ❤

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      2. Don’t worry. I’m sure it is 🙂 And yeah, usually try before bed, but I mostly end up watching Markiplier videos and falling asleep to his voice LOL

        I haven’t heard much about the sequels so I figured as much. I think it’d be okay to just read the first book. And I didn’t even know there was an older version! Now I’m curious to see that too haha

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      3. Oh god, me too. I never used to watch it this much, but once I found PewDiePie and Markiplier, it was over haha

        LOL, I guess I could just wait for the 2018 version and hope that one will be good!

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      4. Oh PewDiePie haha. He’s changed so much over the years. Not sure I’m a huge fan of his current content, but I love his horror Let’s Plays. Markiplier too haha. Mark has actually become my preferred YouTuber. Along with Rosanna Pansino. I love watching baking channels so I can imagine I have the skills to do what they do LOL

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  5. Wonderful post!
    Te Uncharted games are my favorite ones to watch (my husband plays) they are just so amazing, and intricate and beautiful, and hey, heart pounding! Also been watching videos on youtube from the newest one, where the MC is an badass girl 🙂 I don’t know if that one is out yet though (or if the youtube just has the advanced game copy).

    also, the wrinkle in time is on my TBR and now I want to read it even more

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    1. Thank you!
      Aren’t they just amazing?? I play them for the cinematic value. The gameplay is outrageously fun, but the stories are ridiculously engaging, especially the second one. I still haven’t played Uncharted 4 so I haven’t tried to spoil myself with the new one, Uncharted: Lost Legacy. But I’m so excited that Chloe gets her own sequel! She certainly deserves it. Both those female characters do, actually!
      I hope you love A Wrinkle in Time. It’s so whimsical 😀

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      1. I don’t know much about Nadine. I thought she was a good guy. Guess that was wrong LOL XD Definitely need to play that game. But first, I need money to buy the PS4. So…it’ll be a while 😦

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  6. good luck with your job! 🙂 oh my gosh Red Sister seems like such an epic book! i wanna read it sooo bad!! i also really liked Fangirl, and i can’t wait to see what you thought of it! i’m glad you bought I’ll Give You the Sun and This Savage Song! those are some of my very favorites ❤ lovely post!

    madeline @ reverie pages

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    1. Thank you, Madeline! And Red Sister is incredibly epic. If you like high fantasies, it’s definitely one to pick up 🙂 I can’t wait to write the review for Fangirl (I can’t wait to write any review actually…14 reviews behind…*cries*) I finished This Savage Song a couple days ago and LOVED it. Definitely a new favorite!


  7. Wow! Those jobs! So many, do you have time to read? or out meeting significant others? haha.. j/k.. I hope you enjoy your jobs! especially the internship. You are on your way to publishing a book of your own pretty soon then hehe.. If you say you are ready for Halloween, I see you are ahead of schedule. I’m not ready yet haha.. I’m not aware of Voltron, is that on Netflix? You still read many books despite your busy schedule. I love A Wrinkle in Time. I have only seen the kid’s movie. Which do you like more: book or movie?

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    1. And I do still have time, actually! I read on the train to my internship and at night once I’ve returned from morning or afternoon shifts! Can’t stop reading now 😀 And I really enjoy my internship. So much work, though haha. Halloween is my second favorite holiday behind Christmas even though I don’t celebrate either. I just love the time of year and festivities that surround them LOL. Voltron is AMAZING. One of the best cartoons I’ve watched since Young Justice 😀 And yup! It’s a Netflix original. I actually haven’t seen A Wrinkle in Time movie, but I plan to watch the new one coming out next year 🙂

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      1. Yes, I love Christmas too. The decorations and holiday music everywhere I go are great 🙂 Thanks for letting me know about a new movie for A Wrinkle in Time. I will have to check that out. I’m glad you are enjoying your reads. I was in a bit of a reading slump this past week because the books I’m reading now are slow paced.. I’m trying to push it through so I can be done with 🙂

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      2. I love Christmas/winter songs! I;m not supposed to know them, but I do haha. And I’m sorry to hear that! I know how those slumps can be. Sometimes it’s easier to just put the book down for some time and return to it later when you’re in the mood. But if you really wanna finish them just to get them out of the way, then go for it! You can do it 😀


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