In August I took part in the Musical Mayhem Readathon. I managed to complete twelve of the prompts, and read a total of eight books and just one DNF, with an average rating of 3.89 out of 5. I also tried to read as many of my outstanding arcs as I could, but in my infinite wisdom I’ve managed to end the month with more than I started with. Oops. I’m going to try not to visit Netgalley in September for any reason other than to submit feedback, wish me luck lmao.
Eight books is a very good reading month for me, especially in 2020! I barely read anything at all through lockdown, and I’ve been reading less just in general ever since I started university in 2018. I hope that I can match this number of books read in September.
For this wrap up post, I’m going to list each book in the order I finished them, what prompts they fulfilled for the readathon, and some brief thoughts on them.
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus – Mary Poppins (a contemporary fantasy or magical realism book)
I started this at the end of July, but read the majority of it in August. For the most part I enjoyed it! The two pov characters’ voices were distinct and I really enjoyed both of their voices and perspectives. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but I don’t think it was bad, it just wasn’t for me. Honestly, much as I enjoyed reading this, I think I’m going to avoid books depicting terminal illness in future. There should definitely be space for them, and they deserve to be talked about, but they’re just not my thing.
Some Laneys Died by Brooke Skipstone – no prompt, DNF
I wrote a review of this book here. I seriously struggled with this book, and in the end I had to give up on it. The content warnings that this book came with were not sufficient, the 16 year old characters were so sexualised it was ridiculous, and when the main character said something racist I couldn’t convince myself to carry on with it. I don’t give 1-star ratings to books I DNF unless I have an extremely good reason to do so, which hasn’t happened yet, but I’m fairly sure that if I’d pushed myself through this one it would’ve been a 1 star read.
The Rose Princess and the Queen of the Dark Salt Sea by Isabelle Quilty – Lion King (a book that features royalty)
I wrote a review of this book here. This was a fun short story, and I’m interested in carrying on with the rest of the series when it’s released! It’s sapphic, it’s star crossed lovers, it’s magical girls. Plot-wise there’s nothing not to like! The writing could have stood to go through another round of edits, but all in all it was an enjoyable read.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Waitress (a book featuring a baker or a waitress) and Bonnie & Clyde (a book about a thief)
This book was a lot of fun! I loved all of the characters, and while the maths and science often went right over my head I didn’t mind because the characters knew what they were doing and that was good enough for me. I have an arc of the sequel that I’ll hopefully be getting to this month and I can’t wait!
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a book with a magical object) and Matilda (a book where the main character has some kind of magical power)
I wrote a review of this book here. This is straight up a new favourite book of all time for me. The magic system was a delight, the characters were amazing (especially Silas), and books themselves were vital to the story. The main character grew up in a library! And she has a sword! This is honestly such a great time and I’m so happy I read it.
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin – Six (a book featuring independent women) and Heathers (a book based in high school)
This is a Macbeth retelling from the perspective of the Lady Macbeth character, if Lady Macbeth was intentional in making everything fall apart for everyone else. I read this book in one day and had a very good time doing it. The main character’s actions aren’t the right thing to do, and she’s not a good person, but it’s satisfying as hell. Plus, it’s Macbeth, which I love.
Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Mean Girls (a book with a pink cover)
I wrote a review for this book here. This was an enjoyable read! It didn’t blow me away or anything, but it was pretty solid, and I do recommend it and am happy to read more of Clarke’s work in the future.
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor – Sweeny Todd (a book about revenge) and Addams Family (a book with a spooky feel to it)
This is the best of the Night Vale novels by far! It’s told from the perspective of the Faceless Old Woman herself as she recounts her life and explains how she ended up how she is today, interspersed with snippets of what she’s up to in the present. Her story involves revenge, murder, and a casually queer pirate crew. No prior knowledge of Night Vale, its mythos, or this character are needed to understand this book, and if you’re at all interested in it then I’d highly recommend checking it out!
Yona of the Dawn vol. 14 by Mizuho Kusanagi – Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat (a book with a colourful cover)
This is one of my favourite series! I love every single character, and need to reread up to this point and catch up on the rest of what’s been translated into English some point very soon. This volume saw the introduction of a new female character, who in just a few short chapters has already shown herself to be an excellent addition to the team. This series is very heavy on the found family and I love it a lot.
Overall, August was a really good reading month for me! I hope that I can keep this up through September!