Summer Reading Wrap-Up 2018

I probably should’ve done this list before my September TBR post, right? Oh well, as long as it gets done, right? I should also mention that Summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd, but seeing I’m currently wearing my Nightmare Before Christmas sweater, and I went to the craft store to look at Halloween decorations yesterday, in my mind it is ~officially~ Autumn!

I read some pretty great books this Summer, including some non-fiction and novels I definitely plan on adding to Summer reading lists for next year! So without further ado, I present to you everything I read this Summer (in the order they were read!):image1 (9)

#1: Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena by Linda S. Godfrey

GOODREADS RATING: 3.7/5.0
MY RATING: 3.0/5.0

Yep, I’m one of those crazy kooks, you caught me! I can’t help it though, I’ve always been utterly fascinated by the paranormal and supernatural, and t.v shows like Twin Peaks, Supernatural, and The Twilight Zone have only made that fascination more intense. Cryptids are real! Aliens are real! Ghosts and spirits are real! My only complaint about this book is that it was a little too werewolf-centric for my taste, and a lot of other occurrences were kinda glossed over.

#2: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

GOODREADS RATING: 4.36/5.0
MY RATING: 4.0/5.0

This book had been on my TBR list pretty much since the day it came out; I don’t know what urged me to pluck it off the bookshelf and finally read it, but I’m so glad I did! Not only is this book a great summer read, it’s so beautifully, and intricately written, that it has found itself at the top of my favorite Y.A, favorite historical fiction, and top favorites lists! I highly recommend it to all, just be prepared to cry.

 

#3: The Haunted: One Family’s Nightmare by Robert Curran

GOODREADS RATING: 3.92/5.0
MY RATING: 3.0/5.0

In case you’re not a huge paranormal aficionado like myself, I’ll give you a little heads up; a lot of people HATE the Warrens, and believe they’re liars and frauds, as with all the cases they’ve worked. I, however, love the Warrens; I think they’re great, and reading about all the hauntings and exorcisms they’ve worked are very fascinating. I first started learning about them a couple of months before the first ‘The Conjuring’ movie came out, and have read another one of their books, ‘The Demonologist.’

This book is kinda poorly written, but as far as the happenings of the Smurl family go, it’s really quite terrifying. Even though the idea that the demon haunting the family never left and they were ‘terrorized for the rest of their lives’ as hinted by the end of the book, I really hope a Conjuring film is made out of this case because it would be great on-screen!

 

#4: Circe by Madeline Miller 

GOODREADS RATING: 4.37
MY RATING: 2.0/5.0

This book had a LOT of potential; the best part of it was how well-carved out the character of Circe was, the most disappointing part of it was, well, everything else. For a woman who has a MA degree in Classic Literature, you would think Madeline Miller would be a better writer, but alas, that is not the case. There are some interesting parts here and there, but overall, this entire book is just the very long and drawn-out version of the original Greek myth, where the exciting parts are scarce and the ‘sitting alone on an island for years and years and years to contemplate human nature and the concept of mortality vs. immortality’ parts are overabundant.

 

#5: Books 9-13 of ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Two of my favorite books in the entire series (The Carnivorous Carnival and The Grim Grotto) were in the last couple of books in this series. Unfortunately, two of my least favorite books in the entire series (The Penultimate Peril and The End) were also at the end of the series. I have a lot of feelings about it, and you can read all about it in my Series Review.

#6: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

GOODREADS RATING: 4.34/5.0
MY RATING: 4.0/5.0

I had never read a screenplay before picking up this book, and I enjoyed it so immensely! It’s fun, light, and refreshing, and now I can’t wait to actually watch the movie and see the sequel coming out soon!

 

#7 The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

GOODREADS RATING: 3.94/5.0
MY RATING: 4.0/5.0

I’m not going to lie, this was one of those books on my bookshelf where, every time I looked at it I just had the feeling that I was never going to actually read it, and that somehow other books would always get prioritized over it. I don’t know what really drove me to pick it up and start reading it, but this book… oh this book… it gave me so many feels. It’s so wonderfully written. I wrote a whole review about it and I highly encourage you to check it out!


Alright, there’s my Summer Reading Wrap Up; a bit long so I apologize, but I felt it was important to give my two-cents for each one. Which books did you read this summer, or which ones were you hoping to get to, only to have them still sitting on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for sticking to the end,

-Kaitie

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