Hey Epic Geeks,
Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. Seriously. I can’t grasp that over half of the year is gone. You should check out your Goodread’s goal and see where you’re at. I’m over half done with my goal but I’m still three books behind! Now let’s get into what I read in July!
This month, I started off with extremely high standards. Emma Beware is the first book I’ve hit the big ol’ DNF button on in years. I did a full review of Emma Beware and included a lot of advice on how it could have been improved.
Last month, I started the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab. This month, I continued with book two A Gathering of Shadows. This young adult fantasy is filled with magic and adventure. There are four London’s which aren’t normally traveled between, but guess what we do? We travel. Woo! That’s the base for the books, but to get more in depth, GO READ THEM! The character and world building is amazing and completely worth it.
I finally read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. This is a Middle Eastern fantasy. This own-voice diverse book is just amazing. Though the main nation Miraji is ruled by mortals, there are still mythical beings in the wild. Amani is a wonderful gunslinger and meets the foreigner Jin. Get ready for some rebellion and romance!
Guess what I finally finished; A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I’m a major advocate for reading the book before watching the movie … or tv show in this case. I finally picked A Game of Thrones back up. This time was in audiobook form and I had no excuse not to finish it. I really enjoyed it. If you don’t know A Game of Thrones. it’s an epic fantasy novel told from different perspectives. This gives a great feel for the characters and vastness of the realm. There is death, torture, politics, and eventually, dragons.
Book cover note: How many different covers does this have? Is it only two?
I re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets this month. Why? Because Harry Potter.
I thought I had read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Turns out, I had read the first and part of the second book, but I didn’t remember a lot of it. I’m really glad I went back and re-read the first book. Mafi does a great job in balancing insanity in thoughts with the overall feel of the book. I love the character development throughout. I definitely say read the first book so you can see the greatness in the next books.
Also, apparently it’s being turned into a TV series! I am so intrigued to see how it turns out.
I also read a comic on my kindle this month, but it really wasn’t worth mentioning in this post.
I have a question and a conversation I’d love to start.
What did you read this month?
What do you think about books being turned into TV shows? Do you prefer it over movies?
In the mean time, keep calm and stay epic,