Wrap Ups & My August TBR (caitsbooks.com)

July Favorites, Reading Rush Wrap Up, + My August TBR!

I think I finally did it. I think I beat my reading slump.

It only took me… five months. But I did it!!!

July was a surprisingly good month for me. At this point, I had given up all hope and thought that I would never regain the motivation to read like I had, but then came The Reading Rush.

Readathons scare me. A lot. So I had never done one before. I never liked the idea of pushing myself to read as much as possible, because I thought it would inevitably cause me to burn myself out.

Looks like I was wrong.

Read more to see how I did in The Reading Rush, plus a list of my favorite July reads, and my August TBR!

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Wrath and the Dawn is a beautifully written, mesmerizing retelling. This book will capture your heart.

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

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Review: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
Overall: 4.8/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Would you recommend this book for fans of the first? Yes
Review in a Nutshell: Smoke in the Sun is a beautifully written, magical sequel to a fantastic book.
“Everything in life began with an idea.”

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May 2018 Wrap-Up

Another 10 books read! Honestly, I feel like my reading slump is going nowhere which sucks. But I did read 3 of the 5 books on my May TBR so I’m happy! Two books were rereads though, so I do wish I read a bit more.

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1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Reread) ||  5/5 Stars
2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Reread)  ||  4.9/5 Stars
3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas  || 4.8/5 Stars
4. Allied by Amy Tintera  ||  4/5 Stars
5. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne  ||  3.5/5 Stars
6. Yumi by Renee Ahdieh  ||   5/5 Stars
7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  ||   5/5 Stars
8. Royals by Rachel Hawkins  ||   3.5/5 Stars
9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett  || 4/5 Stars
10. The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh  ||   4/5 Stars

What books did you read this month?

Check out last months wrap up, my most anticipated June releases, or my June TBR!

June 2018 TBR

I did… okay with my May TBR. 3/5 isn’t bad! This month I want to do even better. Who knows, maybe I’ll get all 5/5!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdieh
A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

What are you most excited to read this month?

Also, check out my most anticipated June releases!

Fairytale Retelling Recommendations – Barnes & Noble Classics Edition!

Fairytale Retelling Recommendations!

The Barnes and Noble editions of classics are always so beautiful, so I wanted to show off their covers while talking about some of my favorite retellings!

For Arabian Nights Fans: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath & The Dawn is a breathtaking book based on 1001 Arabian Nights. Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride each night only to have her killed in the morning. When Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride, she has a plan to end his reign once and for all.
For Beauty and the Beast Fans: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
In this Beauty and the Beast retelling, Nyx has been training her whole life to kill the evil ruler she is betrothed to. This book is perfect for people looking for a great romance with beautiful writing.
For The Little Mermaid Fans: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
A dark twist on the classic tale, Lyra is the siren princess, known for killing only princes, and Elian is a prince known for hunting sirens. When Lyra is punished and made human, she must deliver the Elian’s heart to the sea queen or be banished forever.

What are your favorite Fairytale Retellings?