2021 August Wrap Up – Tops & Bottoms

I’ve missed a few of these, even before my hiatus. I think it was becoming too much to review every single book – especially since I’ve been reading between 17 and 26 books a month since February.

We’ll start out with the stats (❤️) then I’ll explain what I’ve planned for the rest of my Wrap ups going forward.

Stats

Total Books Read: 26
Genres Read Most: Romance (11), Fantasy (4 – more are Fantasy Romances), Graphic Novels (4), Horror (2), Thriller (2)
Average Page Length: 290.9/day
Total Pages: 9,019
Average Star Rating: 3.69

Star Break Down

5⭐ – 4
4⭐ – 12
3⭐ – 8
2⭐ – 2
1⭐ – 0

Age Category

Adult – 8
New Adult – 4
YA – 14

Publication Year

New 2021 Releases – 20
Backlist – 6

Source

Library – 10
ARC – 2
Own – 6

LGBTQIA+ Rep

Sapphic – 5
Absent – 21

Standalone/Series

Standalone – 11
Series – 15

*finished 3 more series this month

Authors

POC – 5
Gender – 3 (man), 22 (women), 1 (multiple authors)
Own Voices – 7

*I am so disappointed with this number – and sadly my TBR for February looks it may not be much better. I will need to keep that in mind when picking out my books for March!

Books

So after realizing that I was getting overwhelmed with the number of books I was reading in a month, I decided to follow in Lianne (Literary Diversions) footsteps and talk about my two top and two bottom books of the month. This way I can talk about books that I really want to focus on and spread the word about. Every now and then I might put in an honourable mention, but other than that a lot more manageable!

Now, let’s get started!

Tops

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

I absolutely loved this one! I’ve been praising it to everyone who’s been asking about favourites! I will be so surprised if this doesn’t end up on my Top 10 of 2021!

You can read my full review here, but, surprise, I gave it 5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ ARC
✔ Diverse Reading (Latinx & LGBTQIA+ rep)

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

This is another one that will 100% be on my Top 10 of 2021! The intro paragraph of the synopsis on Goodreads 100% had me dying to read this and it’s 100% why I love this book! It screams Get Out meets Gossip Girl. It was suspenseful, emotional, impactful! I still can’t describe why I loved this so much, other than it was just like nothing I’ve ever read before, with the perfect vibes! I am dying for Faridah to write more!

Again, surprise, I gave it 5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Diverse Reading (Black & LGBTQIA+ rep)

Bottoms

I am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki & Yoshi Yoshitani

I loved Starfire growing up so I was hesitant to read this one after being disappointed with other favourites. But after loving Poison Ivy’s YA version and enjoyed it, I had hoped this one would be a repeat. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and I ended up not enjoying it. There was a lot of nothing happening, and the few pages that had action in it, was very short lived and predictable. I wanted more action, more powers, more superhero. The art work was nice; however. Cartoonish and bright, despite the goth main character. This one ended up being 2⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Diverse Reading (Sapphic rep)

The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

I finally pick up The Selection series. Enjoyed the first three. Started The Heir, which follows a different character, and I just stopped caring. The elements that I enjoyed from the first three were no longer there. Honestly, there was just a lot of feeling of “rich, white people problems”. Eadlyn was spoiled and selfish and I had no concerns for her story, since it couldn’t compare to what the original main characters went through.

Another 2⭐ one.

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Backlist

How’s everyone else doing? Can you believe it’s September already?!?!

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