What I’m reading – August 2017 Wrap Up

It’s time to take a look at what I’ve been reading this past month. August was a rather slow month reading wise, as I only read four books. Anyway, let’s get started!


One of Us is Lying - Le Book CornerOne of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Mystery

Synopsis: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them. 

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – As I mentioned in my review of this book, I loved it! It was so different from what I usually read, and that’s exactly why I loved it. The mystery was perfectly handled and I highly recommand you check out this book!


Order of the Phoenix - What I'm readingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 462

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: Harry is furious that he is stuck at the Dursleys’ house for the summer, when he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, and the wizarding authorities seem unwilling to do anything. Harry’s so-called friends are trying to keep him in the dark. But he knows that Voldemort’s forces can find him wherever he is; he could be attacked at any moment. Harry is finally rescued from Privet Drive by members of the Order of the Phoenix – a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort – and discovers that maybe he is not alone in this battle after all.

Rating and review: 5/5 – I don’t think I can really express how much I loved this book. There were so many things I had completely forgotten since it had been seven years since I last read it. Once again, I was listening to the audiobook narrated by Jim Dale and I am still awestruck by the talent of the man. This book wrecked me. The FEELS!


Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover - August 2017 wrap upMaybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Number of pages: 367

Genre: Contemporary – Romance – New Adult

Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Rating and review: 5/5 – Ok.. it had been an entire year since the last time I had read a Colleen Hoover book, and I don’t know why I waited so long. This book was amazing, beautiful, moving, funny and an overall roller-coaster of emotion. I read it in one seating and loved it soooo much.


Half blood prince - August 2017 wrap upHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 542

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny …

Rating and review: 4/5 – This is the first time I don’t give a full on 5 stars to a Harry Potter book in this reread. Don’t get me wrong, it was fabulous. But it felt longer than necessary, mostly because of the relationship aspect. I understand that developing this is important to really understand what they will be fighting for in the final book, but none of it felt natural. That being said, the penseive scenes were amazing and I adored the felix felicis scene so damn much. And, off-course I ended up being a sobbing mess after THE death. It was handled so much better than in the movie, and the funeral is what I appreciated the most. It truly gave me a sense of closure that the movies never gave me. Now, I am moving on to Deathly Hallows, and wondering what would my life be like after that.


That’s it for this August 2017 wrap up, what did YOU read this past month?

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

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