September Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

September is over and it’s once again time for a monthly wrap-up. I hope you had a great month and got a lot of reading done! In September I managed to read 12 books with a total of 4,453 pages and on average I gave them 3.75 stars. I’m very happy with that but I also went back to uni this month, so the last few wrap-ups of this year will probably be a little shorter!

If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon // 3 stars

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The first book I read in September was ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon. She’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors because all her books are just such quick and enjoyable reads. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books I’ve read so far but I still enjoyed it. There were just a couple of things that bothered me. The book was very slow around the middle and there are a couple of scenes that could’ve just been taken out of it. The plot was also quite predictable and the female main character was way too annoying and naive for my liking.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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Since I felt like a reading slump was heading my way, I then decided to reread one of my favorite new adult romance books, ‘Ugly Love’. I absolutely adore this book and loved it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. I finished it within a few days and it definitely prevented me from getting into a reading slump.

Click here to read my full review!

Binge by Tyler Oakley // 4 stars

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I usually don’t read books by youtubers but I found this one at a second-hand book store for a few bucks and just had to check it out. I absolutely used to love watching Tyler Oakley’s videos and even though I’m not really interested in what he’s uploading at the moment, I still think he has a great character which really reflected in this book. In it he shares stories about his life and some of them were incredibly hilarious. This book was really entertaining and overall, I have to say that this is actually a youtuber book that is worth buying (as long as you have seen his videos before).

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon // 4 stars

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Like I’ve said before, Paige Toon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors and towards the middle of the month, I once again felt in the mood for an entertaining and quick romance read. Since Toon often mentions characters from earlier books in her novels, I decided to read them in the order in which they were published and ‘Pictures of Lily’ was next on the list. I really enjoyed this book and read it within only two days. There weren’t any major things that bothered me about it, I only wish the ending would’ve been a little longer and we would’ve gotten to read more about Lily and the man she chose in the end.

Begin Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Begin Again was the first ARC I read this month and I was super excited for it. I’d already heard a lot of good things in advance because this is a book that was originally published in German and has finally been translated into English. I really enjoyed ‘Begin Again’ and it was such a quick read! I loved the characters but unfortunately had a little bit of a problem with the writing style. I think there was still some room for improvement but this one was one of the first novels she’s ever published, so I’m sure she’ll get better and better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Begin Again’ will be published on October 10th.

Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken // 4 stars

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I decided to read another one of my ARCs right after the last one and definitely didn’t regret my decision. This was also a very quick read and I absolutely loved the story. Unlike ‘Begin Again’ this book was extremely well written, but Rachel van Dyken has already published a lot of books and you could clearly see that. The characters were great and overall it was very entertaining read. I’ll definitely check out its sequel once it comes out.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Fraternize’ was published on September 12th.

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg // 4 stars

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It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I didn’t completely fall in love with the first two books, I still wanted to finish the series. At the beginning of the month I then found a copy of it at a used book store and just took it as a sign that I had to immediately read it. Just like the first two parts, this book was a very quick and fun read. I read it within a day and even though there were some things that really bothered me, I’m still glad I decided to finish this series and think it was a good conclusion to it.

If you want to know more about the things that bothered me (and what I enjoyed), click here to read my full review!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // 3 stars

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I was looking for another quick read and stumbled upon this book on my sister’s bookshelf which only has a little more than 200 pages. I managed to read it within a few hours and it ended up being a really cute story that I definitely enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me was that it was extremely predictable. After the first 50 pages I already knew how the book would end.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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The ‘Silber Trilogy’ is a series I’ve been meaning to read for several years now but that I always kept forgetting about. I absolutely loved the ‘Gem Trilogy’ by Kerstin Gier and was really hoping this series would just be as good as her other one. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but after finishing it I already knew that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other trilogy. I did like the idea of the book and also fell in love with some of the characters but it kind of bothered me how similar the main character was to the one from the ‘Gem Trilogy’ and that it felt a little like she was a copy of her.

Dream On by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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‘Dream On’ is the second part in the ‘Silber Trilogy’ and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one. It was once again a very quick read and this time I also started to really connect to the characters! I was really glad I actually decided to continue this series and was excited to see how it would end.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier // 2 stars

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‘Just Dreaming’ is the third and last part of this trilogy but unfortunately, it was my least favorite part of the series. I had a whole list of things I was hoping would happen in this book but none of them did. Instead, the first 90% of this book were incredibly boring and I would’ve definitely put the book down if i hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of this trilogy. That’s why i decided to give the novel 2 stars! 1 star for the last 10% of the book, which were really interesting and gripping, and the other star for some of the characters that I’d fallen in love with while reading the books.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook // 4 stars

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‘The Hanging Girl’ is the third ARC I read this month and my first ‘scary read’ of the year. It was the first one of  Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I also really enjoyed the book itself and the story just kept me at the edge of my seat. There were some amazing plot twists in it and I literally didn’t see any of them coming. Overall, I loved the book but was a little disappointed by the characters since they felt a little flat and I didn’t connect with any of them. Still, this is the perfect book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller.

Click here to read my full review! ‘The Hanging Girl’ will be published on October 3rd.

How many books did you manage to read in September and which of them was your favorite? 🙂

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

 

My review:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” 

Colleen Hoover did it again, she made me completely fall in love with one of her books. She now is officially one of my favorite authors ever and I just love her writing style so much! She could probably write about diarrhea and I would still read it and love it. (I know that’s the worst example ever but I just couldn’t think of anything better.)

Ugly Love was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was grinning like an idiot at so many points of this book and then there were the sad parts of the book that kinda broke my heart and almost made me cry. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt so connected to the lovely protagonists Tate and Miles and even though I wanted to know how their story would end, I also didn’t want the book to end and wanted their story to go on forever.

Without creating a new world, inventing new creatures or starting World War 3, Colleen managed to write a book that was so incredibly gripping that I read it within a few hours and just couldn’t put it down anymore. Like I’ve said before. her writing style is awesome and she’s also the queen of changing POVs. I kind of hate it when authors change the POV but Colleen has done it in all three of her novels I’ve read so far and she just always makes it work so perfectly. She always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.

I actually don’t have anything else to say about this book. This review isn’t very long but I just realized that there’s usually so much more to write about a book if I have something to criticize. But there’s nothing negative to say about Ugly Love and so I don’t have anything else to add to this review. This book was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone who likes romance and contemporary.

I just have to give Ugly Love 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to read another one of Collen Hoover’s books!

Have you already read ‘Ugly Love’ and did you like it? 🙂