Kickin' It: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kickin’ It is a feature at The Bucket List where I round-up the whole month in one post, bringing you reviews you may have missed, other awesome bookish things, and even what I’m currently obsessed with in other media besides books. August was the worst reading month I've had all year! I can't believe I only finished three books. These summer months, I've been in and out of a reading slump and you can definitely tell that I was in a slump this month. Despite that, August was also a very busy month. I went on a weekend trip to Hershey Park which was incredibly sweet 😃 and I was working longer hours than usual. Overall, this month was sad, in terms of books, but hopefully, I can turn it around in September. Here's my wrap-up:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: If I had to choose between all three books I've read this month, it would definitely be The Raven Boys. If I had the sequel in my hands, I'm sure I would be devouring it. This book was such a surprise! Being my first Stiefvater book, I didn't know what to expect. The book is filled with amazing characters and a plot that will have you thinking about what's to come.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (4 stars): Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira is a short, fantastic tale that will have your little reader heart putter around every turn. Despite the many cute clichés, the book represents the character in all of us. Bookishly Ever After is an adorable read that will certainly make you believe in happily ever after, leaving a permanent smile on your face.

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman (4 stars): Reign of Serpents is an unforgettable adventure. Eleanor Herman sweeps readers off their feet. The novel will have them hungry for more, eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor (4 stars): Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor was a superb read with nonstop action, unbelievable twists and well-written characters. Despite the few flashbacks which mess up the flow of the story, Sparks of Light is a magnificent sequel that will have you wanting more. If you love time travel adventures, you will certainly love this fantastic series!

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (9/26/17): I'm a little hesitant but a whole lot excited for Stephanie Perkins' new book. One of my favorite books of all time is Anna and the French Kiss, a contemporary she wrote so it'll be interesting to see how Perkins does writing horror/thriller. 

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (9/12/17): I own Jodi Meadows' book, The Orphan Queen and I'm always looking for new fantasy books to add to my TBR. This one has lots of dragons so I'm not sure about it. There's a mysterious island with secrets; the premise sounds intriguing.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin (9/26/17): I will always be in the mood to read a time travel! Yes, please. Illegal time travel and a heist on the sinking Titanic, sign me up for this one.

Even though it was a busy month, I was still able to watch some movies. I finally got tickets to see War for the Planet of the Apes which was only showing at my local theater at strange times. It was action packed and thought-provoking. Andy Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in Lord of the Rings films, played Ceasar in the Apes films. He most definitely deserves an Oscar for his performance. I also watched Annabelle: Creation which held much more scares than the first movie. It, also, introduced several spin offs with the end credits which I will probably watch when the movies release.

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I listened to Taylor Swift's new song, Look What You Made Me Do, which may be the biggest song of the summer. I don't really like it. 😯 However, I fell in love with Fool by Fitz and the Tantrums which is the perfect song to dance to.

How was your August? Read any awesome books this month? What movies did you watch? 

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