August 2016 Wrap-Up

August 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello, good people of the Internet!

I can’t believe that it’s already September. Somehow this year has completely flown by and I’m already way too excited about Halloween, even though it’s not for another two months. Don’t judge.

Anyway, I’m coming to you today with my reading wrap-up for the month!

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE by Guy Abrahams1. ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE by Guy Abrahams
I read this book for review and was pretty underwhelmed with it, to be honest. When I agreed to review it, I was under the impression that the book would get into depth on exactly how artists can influence the projection of climate change. However, the book was more about specific exhibits in the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE exhibit and didn’t really connect with me, as the details were scarce and I couldn’t constantly refer back to the artwork in my digital edition.

2 stars

Leave Me by Gayle Forman2. Leave Me by Gayle Forman
This is another book I read for review this month. I adore Gayle Forman and was thrilled to be able to read her debut adult novel. Leave Me follows Maribeth Klein, an over-worked and under-appreciated wife, mother of twin, and magazine editor. When she has a heart attack and is slowed down, she does what she once thought was the unthinkable– she leaves without a trace. If you want to see my full review, click here. That being said, I absolutely adored this read!

3.5 stars

Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen3. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
I read this book for work, so I won’t go too far into depth for all of you who aren’t metrics nerds like me! Basically this book was a basic run-down of what works on social media. I found it to be a bit too basic for my liking, but I would recommend it if you’re just starting out in online analytics or content marketing.

2 stars

Everybody Writes4. Everybody Writes by Ann Hardley
Another book for work! So the same disclosure as I wrote above applies here. This book was essentially a basic writing guide– think high school English but funny and much more relevant to your everyday life.

3 stars

5 forever in blue5. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
The end of an era! I participated in a summer read-a-long with three of my favorite Booktube ladies: Jenessa, Emma, and Chantal. Over the course of the summer, we read all of the original Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and hosted live shows after we finished each one. Minus the continuation of the Lena-Kostos love downspiral, I really enjoyed this book and thought it did justice for a series so close to my heart. It was so much fun to re-read this series as an adult!

3.5 stars

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance6. Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (DNF)
I cried over this book. Not because of how beautifully written it was (and trust me, it was), but because I was so disinterested in it and I forced myself to try and finish it. Somehow it pained me to admit that I couldn’t finish a book– I think I’ve only done that one other time in my life. I even made a video where I vented about these feelings, which you should check out if you struggle with anxiety or self-confidence problems. Not sure how to rate a DNF book. Let me know in the comments what you do!

Tiny Pretty Things7. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Goodreads Author)
I read this book for my Mom Book Club (a monthly book club I have with my friends Sara and Gervan– none of us are mothers, LOL! We just named it that because we tend to mother our friends). They had pretty mixed feelings about the book, many of which I agreed with, but I thought it was such a fun read! This book follows four young women as they are fighting to be the best at their dance academy. It seems pretty fluffy, but there’s a lot of violence and mystery involved. I wasn’t thrilled with how the story ended, but it definitely kept me interested enough to want to read the next book in the series!

4 stars

I had a good month in terms of the number of books I’ve read but a pretty mediocre month in terms of the quality of those books. I really enjoyed a few of them, but there wasn’t anything I was absolutely obsessed with. Oh, well– onwards!

Question of the Day: Do you rate books you DNF? If so, how do you rate them?

Until next time,
Abby

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