Every Book I Read (Sorta)-August 2021

So this was the month of my first themed TBR. Greek setting/myth retellings. I pretty much failed. Kind of like how my cat sat on my book’s dust jacket and completely ruined it.

Le sigh.

So here’s the books I read or didn’t finish cause the library took them back before I was done.

Yeah, that happened to.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The story about what is, essentially, a robot and her relationship with the world around her. This book wasn’t blowing my mind, but I was only halfway through when the library reclaimed it. I am back on the waiting list for it for now. But it was a solid 3 star read for me, for what I read.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

It’s a book of essays and chapters about the things and thoughts that bring the author comfort when he’s struggling. I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of quotable lines in it, which is great if your looking for that pearl of wisdom to hold to through a dark day. 4 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

If you don’t know by now, this is the story of Percy Jackson, a demigod, who is charged with finding Zeus’ lightning bolts. As usual, the book is much better than the movie, but I only gave the book 3 stars. No particular reason. It wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great. So yeah, 3 stars. I have heard the series gets better though, so I may continue it.

I just don’t know.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A retelling of the Iliad, this is the story of Patroclus and Achilles. And I didn’t like it. I know, unpopular opinion. I just didn’t like the overly flowery prose. I couldn’t get past it. Drove me nuts. Sorry folks, I gave this 1 star and DNF’d it.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The story of the Minotaur’s sister. It just wasn’t for me. I may try to read it again in the future, but for right now, it’s a no for me. 1 star.

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide to Science’s Most Puzzling Discovery by J.P. McEvoy, Oscar Zárate

This is the illustrated story of quantum physics. I love physics. I did not love this. It took me two months to read. Two months! The Horror! I did end up giving it 3 stars, but I can’t remember anything I read, so there’s that.

Now on to everyone’s favorite part of the post, the stats! As always, the stats come from The Storygraph. Want to see yours? What are you waiting for? Go join!

Moods

Well, apparently I was feeling emotional this month, as I picked three emotional books. I also picked three adventurous books, so you know, all’s normal there.

Pace

The pace of my books was split evenly between the three categories. I kind of love that.

Page Numbers

One book under three hundred pages? Only one? I must up my short story intake! Or, I could not view this as a failure and look at it as if reading five books over three hundred pages is a positive thing, because it is.

Fiction VS. Non-Fiction

I read two non-fiction books this month! Two! This far out strips my usual reading average of none!

Genre

This month was an interesting mix of genres. But what does literary mean? Is that just fiction that they are struggling to find a place for? Because I thought Klara and the sun was Sci-Fi, but it was listed as literary. Oh well.

Ratings

In a shocking move by me, I have no five star books this month. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I may be broken. Also a non-fiction book got four stars! Well, dang.

And there you have it everyone! My books and stats for the month of August! I don’t think I did too bad considering I was out of town for two weeks and had no time to read.

Go me!

But I failed at my TBR, so maybe not go me?

Oh well. Them’s the breaks!

WWW Wednesday-August 4th!

Well hello there!

Any excuse to use that gif, honestly.

It’s WWW Wednesday! This bookish meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I had so much fun doing it last week that I thought I’d give it a try again this week.

All you have to do for this meme is answer three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? And what do you think you’ll read next?

Onto the questions!

What are you currently reading?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I stated reading this one, like, today. As in, I got five pages into it when I remembered that I had this post to write up so I can tell you absolutely nothing about this book. Go me! I can tell you based on what I have read that I am excited to continue it.

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide by J.P McEvoy & Oscar Zarate

This is an informative read that I picked up on Kindle Unlimited a while back and actually just started getting into reading it. It’s very informative. And the illustrations range from actual art to copies of actual pictures from history. It’s pretty neat. Also, yes, I am that kind of nerd.

What did you recently finish reading?

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The story of a boy who thinks he’s just a regular, if troubled, kid who finds out he’s a demigod and then has to go on a quest? Yes, I will read that. Except I didn’t like this book. I didn’t hate it either. It was just meh. I looked up some reviews online and found out the series does get better, but I don’t know, should I continue it?

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Do I know if I’ll actually read this book next? I have no idea. I’m a mood reader with a TBR. It doesn’t always work out. But this is one of my book club’s pick for August, so I do need to read it. Might as well be sooner rather than later, right?

And there we go, a nice new empire, I mean list of books for WWW Wednesday. What are you reading?