August Wrap Up – I failed my N.E.W.Ts miserably

Hi! Can you believe it’s September already?!

It’s time for my August wrap up. Before I get into all the books I’ve read, and what I thought about them, let’s talk about N.E.W.Ts. It was my first readathon EVER and I failed miserably – not once, but twice! Initially, I picked curse breaker as my desired profession, but about halfway through the month I realised I had way too many books left, and not enough time. So, I changed it to a professor… And missed it by half a book! I’m sure the books I’ve read fit other prompts (I can always be a broom maker…)


  • Number of books read: 6
  • Number of pages read: 1958
  • Average rating: 4 stars
  • DNF: 1

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

I love Rick Riordan’s books, and this one was no different. Fast paced, funny and super entertaining, The Red Pyramid is the first book in Riordan’s the Kane Chronicles, based off Egyptian mythology. I’m yet to be disappointed with his books. Head to my Goodreads for a full review.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

You can find a review for this one in my latest post. It was magical and whimsical and I enjoyed every second of it. The book comes out in less than 2 weeks, so keep an eye out for it – though, it’s hard to miss – LOOK at that cover!

Power Party – The Powerpuff Girls Classics Vol.1

Super easy to read and quite nostalgic, as I was a big fan of the Powerpuff Girls growing up. I picked it up to fulfill one of the challenges, it wasn’t something that I had on my radar before, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

The Dire King by William Ritter

An amazing conclusion to a really great and underrated series. The Jackaby books are heaps of fun and full of magic. Sherlock Holmesque, but with a dash… okay, way more than a dash, of paranormal, with a strong heroine. I’ll be doing a series review for this in the future as I think more people should read those.

Journey to the centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

I attribute my low rating to wrong timing, as I think I would enjoy the book much more have I read it as a child. It was quite… meh. It had a linear and very simple plot and no development whatsoever, definitely also due to the time period in which it was written. Overall, it really did nothing for me, except make me feel very uncomfortable at one point (spoiler alert… there’s a big sea underground and some creatures live there – YUCK!)

Monsters by Sharon Dogar

This was my one DNF in August. I got through 90 pages and had to put it down – it just wasn’t for me. It was written in present tense, all of the characters were insufferable and I know enough about Mary Shelley’s life to know where the story was going. I’m quite sad I didn’t enjoy this book, as I was looking forward to reading it.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

An absolute gem! I am definitely not a fan of romance (and there is A LOT of it in this book), but I enjoyed it greatly. It’s a story of a Muslim, hijab wearing girl in America in the aftermath of 9/11. Such a poignant and heart breaking story, talking about racism, belonging, religion. I loved it! I’m debating whether or not write a full review on it – let me know if you’d be interested in reading it.


And here they are! All of the books I’ve read in the month of August! How many books have you read? Which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time.

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