Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Wrap-Up // August TBR | 2014

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So compared to last month, I read less books this month. Some of the books I read this month took me a week to finish. Which is really sad, because I want to read more books to slowly decrease my ever-growing TBR pile. But thankfully, I didn't buy any books this month! Which is awesome, although it means I can't write a book haul post. So here are the books I've read and reviewed this month, non-review posts in July, and lastly a list of books I'm planning to read in August.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I was so looking forward to reading this book because I heard so many amazing things about it. I guess because of my high expectation towards it, I was quite disappointed with how the story turns out. I actually love the premise as well as the setting of a magical and dreamlike circus; however I wasn't really satisfied with the plot. There's a lot of things that I love in the book, but my dissatisfaction made me give 4/5 rating.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Anjing Setan) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I picked up this book in search of a light read - because I was pretty exhausted after I'm finished with The Night Circus. However, The Hound of the Baskervilles is not a short-story collection, and is just one case-story. I wasn't really intrigued by the case, and I feel like the investigation progressed rather slowly. And I am most disappointed because Sherlock Holmes only showed up a bit in the book. So 3/5 stars.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Another book with so much hype around it! At first I thought it would be a cute, fluffy, and light young-adult romance story; it is cute and fluffy indeed, however I can't really say it's a light read. There's a lot of issues surrounding our main characters which became the conflict of the story. I do really enjoy the way the relationship escalates between Eleanor and Park - I think they portrayed love in the sweetest way. Even so, as I've said in my review, I was quite disappointed with how the book wraps up the story. At the end I gave it 4.5/5, still love it though.
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The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry
For such a small and thin book, I never expected to receive much from it. But this book proved me wrong; because every page is so packed with information and the world building is just awesome. There are twists that made me love this book even more, and even though the ending is vague, I know I'll be getting some answers in the next three books. 5/5!
Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet, #2) by Lois Lowry
The second book, or should I say the companion, focuses on a different character living in a different community from The Giver. I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed, because the story flows pretty slowly in the beginning. Although it does get better in the second-half of the book (and the twist was pretty shocking, even if it's a bit predictable), I actually expected more from it. So 3/5 stars for this book.
Messenger (The Giver Quartet, #3) by Lois Lowry
This book is awesome! Messenger is my favorite out of the series so far, we'll see if the last book will be even better than this one :)) I love the characters in this book (especially Matty!), and it's a lot more intense and thrilling compared to the previous two books. I literally can't stop reading and every page just made me want to read more. Absolutely 5/5 for this book ;)
As I've said, compared to last month, July was quite a slump for me - because sadly I only finished reading 6 books (so far). My reading pace was rather slow this month, but I was helped a bit by #BCIDReadathon and also The Giver Quartet which are fairly thin books. Since this is a scheduled post, I think by now I will also be finished with Son, the last book in The Giver Quartet; but I will post the review when I got back from my holiday. On the other side, I'm happy I get to read all my TBR that I listed in last month's wrap-up. As for the non-review posts, I finally made a comeback on Top 5 Wednesday after missing out for a month - although I didn't get to do all of this month's topic. And I also listed some books that I'm planning to read in August - I really hope I can finish A Game of Thrones quite early, so I can pick up more books.

Non-Review Posts in July:
August TBR:
(I might have more books coming in next month, so this list can change and is quite flexible)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin (currently reading) 
The Chronicles of Audy: 21 by Orizuka
 Simple Thinking about Blood Type 2 by Park Dong-Sun
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I think the most memorable thing that happened to me this month was the fact that my face was in the newspaper! First time it happened in 22 years. If you read my Movie Adaptation Review for The Fault in Our Stars, I said that I participated in DetEksi Jawa Pos' book club to discuss the book and the movie we watched together. After the discussion, we had a photoshoot and also had dinner together. And on 16th July, I was pretty amazed seeing my face and my name in a newspaper. Only because it never happened before in my life. So that was a great experience and I'm really thankful for this amazing opportunity :))

So, I'm currently on a holiday trip and will be back in about a week or so - hopefully my trip will be interesting enough for me to make a post about it. I guess it's okay for once in a while to write something non-bookish in this post. And I hope everyone is also having a great time spending holiday, either with your family, friends, or maybe at home with books? ;) Have a great day! Bye!

 
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