Corinne’s August Reads

Corinne’s August Reads

Summer is coming to a end but you should never stop reading. Who knows, you could end up hooked to amazing stories or sharing the adventures of incredible people. Do you need ideas or recommendations? Corinne shares her August reads for you to find some new amazing stories to get lost in!

1. A court of thorns and roses – Sarah J. Mass
I absolutely loved Throne of Glass. I read the five books in less than three weeks and they were amazing. The author had also written a trilogy. I bought the first book and was left a bit hungry for more when I finished it. Thus, I rushed into the closest book shop and got myself the two following tomes. Devoured in less than a week! They are so good! I loved everything in the story: the characters, their diversity in so many aspects, their personalities, the plot line, all the funny and snappy dialogues, the originality of the story, the sexy moments. E-VERY-THING! Really! So much so that I read them a second time! And I often go back to reading some scenes of the book. When I finished the books, I felt a bit sad: I lived something amazing and then it was over. I could not recommend the series more!

2. Three dark crowns – Kendare Blake
Amazon recommended this book for me. Probably because of my previous purchase. Why not after all. The summary sounded rather interesting. The story would be dark and thrilling. Well, no. To be honest, I read the book until the end because I thought the plot would get better, the story faster or something would happen. Well, not really. Such a disappointment. The story is super slow. It might be due to the fact that the three main heroins are in three different places and we change location each chapter. Since we have to focus on three different people living in three different cities, I guess it’s hard to make something happen. Also, some kind of revelation is made at the very end of the book but it was so predictable. I know a second book is in the making and out of curiosity I would like to know what happens next but if you haven’t read the first book, just don’t bother.

3. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
I came across this book really randomly. I was at Waterstones and wanted to discover new books. The summary sounded interesting so I bought it. To be honest, the book did not impress me at first. I felt like the depiction of women and their sexuality was an absolute cliché. Really. Although the plot line was focusing on two women, they were not leading it. I felt like they were just here to give a purpose to the men of their surroundings. However, I was kinda wrong. As we get more into the story, both girls go from passive to active subjects. They fight, they get involved, they change. Furthermore, the originality of the plot line makes this book really different from everything I read and I loved the new take on magic: BioChromatic based on colors and breath. Overall, I really liked the book.

4. The darkest mind – Alexandra Bracken
I have bought this one based on good reviews I had read. Note for later: good reviews are not everything. They sounded super excited about the book. The book didn’t impress me. I thought it was really predictable and quite basic in the storyline. I didn’t feel there was anything original and different from things I had already read. Indeed, I felt like reading a book adaptation of X-men with just a difference: abilities are not due to a mutation but to a disease. I felt like the story was really slow and that the revelations I was given were just not enough for me to keep on reading. Which I still did because I don’t like to leave a book unfinished. I won’t buy the second one though. The book’s target is a younger audience which is also probably why I didn’t really like it.

5. Red queen – Victoria Aveyard
This book was a rather good surprise. I read it after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved it so much I was not sure I could find something as good. This series didn’t not get me hooked as much but I still loved it. The plot is rather original. I also loved the plurality of the characters. They always surprise you, which makes the story unpredictable. However, I sometimes felt like the treatment of the heroin by other characters was unfair. They make her look as an egoist, manipulative and power obsessed person who does not care about collateral damage that her actions may cause. As a reader, I understand how hard taking each of her decisions was. Yet, it upset me her entourage didn’t. If you love dystopian stories that mix magic, politics and wars, then the book is for you!

Did you read any of them? If so, what did you think? Any huge book crush? What books have you been reading lately? Any title that you absolutely loved? What is on your reading list?

Thanks for reading.

 

See you soon,
Love,
Corinne

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75 Comments

  1. August 30, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books before, but some definitely sound pretty interesting! I need to start making more time for reading in my daily life.

  2. Terri
    August 30, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I was just looking for some book recommendations for my holiday actually, so thanks! 💗

  3. Kayleigh Zara
    August 30, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    This is an amazing reading list, I love two of the books mentioned but the red queen and darker mind both sound like something that I’d really enjoy x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  4. Grace
    August 30, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I love reading book-related blog posts, it’s great to see what other bloggers love reading! Although I wish I spent more time reading, I used to read so much when I was younger! These books sound great though, may have to give them a read from your recommendations!

    Grace x
    http://loveellenagrace.blogspot.co.uk

  5. August 30, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I really want to get back into reading after reading a fair bit this summer. I have the game of thrones series that is collecting dust that i want to give a go. I also have loads of books that I haven’t touched since buying them stored away somewhere. The court of thorns and roses seems great!
    Lois x
    http://www.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

  6. August 30, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    All of these have been on my TBR for forever, it feels like – just more incentive to get to them quickly, I guess 🙂

  7. August 30, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I’ve never heard or read any of these books before but I like the sound of them! I need to read more all year round as I tend to read a lot in summer but never in other parts of the year. I recently read Behind Closed Doors and thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Kate Xx http://www.luxekate.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. August 30, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I’ve never really read any of these books, nor have I ever heard of them but they seem interesting! I do want to discover more new books though so I might consider a few of these! x

    sami / samiyah.co.uk

  9. August 30, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    A court of thrones and roses sounds right up my street. I just don’t read enough these days which is upsetting but I’m going on holiday soon so it’s the perfect opportunity to get into a good book and I might give this a try xx

  10. August 30, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    This was such a good post! I’ve been looking for some new books to read and I will definitely be checking some of these out, thanks for the recommendations!! X

  11. August 31, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I actually haven’t read any of these. That’s perfectly fine because I was looking for some good reads to add to my reading list. Thanks for sharing AND giving a little background on each!

  12. Jen Walker
    August 31, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I haven’t read or even heard of any of these books. I’ve become such a picky reader lately with limited time to read, but I’ll definitely have to look into some of these!

  13. August 31, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books but I did hear a lot about them. As I don’t usually read fantasy I would really like to give it a go. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  14. August 31, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I’ve heard about the Red Queen before and your review makes it sound like a good read despite its flaws! Haven’t heard of Throne of Glass before but it sounds like the type of thing I’d enjoy. I’m glad you wrote about some disappointing books along with the good!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  15. August 31, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I haven’t read any of them but the Red Queen sounds nice!! I hate when I read books that turn out to be crap. That’s how I felt about Nocturnal Animals lol

  16. August 31, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Only one I’ve read of these is Red Queen, which I didn’t really enjoy, but I’m glad you liked it. Enjoyed your reviews, and your photography is amazing!
    Amy x

  17. August 31, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    They all sound so good! I really enjoy reading, I just wish I did more of it. I’ve added these books to my Amazon wishlist for when I get round to getting more.

  18. August 31, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for some new reads! I feel a great hunger for books now because I haven’t got a new one in a while. The first one sounds amazing! I love book series because I don’t have to feel sad after finishing one book – there’s more than one! I’ll surely be checking it out!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

  19. August 31, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet but I am always on the look out for new books to read! There’s nothing better in Autumn then curling up with a good book! X

  20. August 31, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses and Red Queen. Loved both of them as well! And I am currently reading Three Dark Crowns and I’m on page 40 but I feel like I couldn’t go any further. I don’t like how they’re all in different places and we have to understand so many things that’s going on. Now that I’ve read you review too, maybe I should give up on it? But I hate abandoning book >.<
    x Ain

  21. August 31, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I was looking for new books to read and these sound right up my aisle. Especially ¨Red Queen¨ and ¨A Court of Thorns and Roses¨ they sounded so spectacular and I just want to grab one of them and sit by a fire. Great post!

  22. August 31, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    IVe never heard of any of these books before but I’ve been on a mission to try and read a lot more this year so I might have to check some of these out 💖

  23. August 31, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I love a good read! So to see so many greats books all in one post is brilliant!!

  24. August 31, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing your honest reviews about these books. I need to get some new books for hols so will take this post into account so I read s different genre, Chloe #TeacupClub

  25. August 31, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these, but Warbreaker sounds an interesting book to read.

  26. August 31, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I am so glad you offered these reviews. I was going to buy Three Dark Crowns. Now I probably won’t.

  27. August 31, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Oooo nice. I just love to read. I’ll have to add these to my list. They sound like good books.

  28. September 1, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Looks like some amazing books of quality content will sure bookmark this and check them out later.

  29. September 1, 2017 / 1:32 am

    I have not read any of these. I’m currently reading one book and have a book club book I need to finish. I got slowed down over the summer and hope to catch back up into reading.

  30. September 1, 2017 / 1:54 am

    I wish school allowed me more time for pleasure reading, I miss it! I have always been a fan of historical fiction – specifically the time of Kings and Queens!

  31. September 1, 2017 / 5:40 am

    I enjoy reading book recommendations before investing time selecting new novels to read. I’ll need to check out Throne of Glass and then the book that follows it. Thanks for these great book reviews!

  32. Akamatra
    September 1, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Those seem like great reads. I am revisiting some of the classics this summer but in kindle format which I’ve come to love

  33. September 1, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Some of these sound great – been looking for a new set to read but my list of to read books is ever growing!!! Next up is the game of thrones set!

  34. September 1, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I am so out of the loop when it comes to books, I hadn’t heard of any of these yet! I did hear a lot of people freak out over books by Sarah J. Maas so I guess I’ll have to go give those a try!

    x Envy

  35. Agentszerozerosetter
    September 1, 2017 / 10:24 am

    I love reading so much! Unfortunately I am so busy lately… no more lot of time for this beautiful passion… My fave are classical authors of 1800, their books sounds so fashinating! Your list is interesting, have to check out for them!

  36. September 1, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I have been looking for some new books to read this fall! I will definitely be adding these to my list!

  37. September 1, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    These look like some pretty amazing books. I love to read but I haven’t really had time for it anymore. I will devote more of my time to it though. Definitely need to check these out!

  38. September 1, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Interesting list of reads! This is something I wish I had more time to do – reading! Hopefully when life calms down for me, i.e. moving in the new home, pregnancy, holidays – that I will have more time to read! Will have to keep your list of books in mind!

  39. September 1, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Wow, these books look so interesting. I didn’t really have much time for reading in August, but I’ll try to make it up in September.

  40. September 1, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I will have to check out a few of these! A court of thorns and roses is really speaking to me.

  41. Saidy
    September 1, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I am such a bookworm, i haven’t read any of these before but i will now!! Thanks for the post

  42. Benita
    September 2, 2017 / 1:53 am

    I haven’t read any of these books. Unfortunately I haven’t done any reading, ihave bought several books this summer, hopefully I will get around to them

  43. September 2, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Wow, you are amazing to have read these books. One of my colleague also recommend to me to read also A court of thorns and roses, So here are another list of books that I can check out.

  44. September 2, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I haven’t read any of those but the Red Queen sounds like an interesting one. Sadly, I love reading and I haven’t been reading much! I’ve been working so much on my blog and focusing on working out in the evenings that I haven’t picked up a book. Mostly reading blogs and tips on how to succeed in this online world! Does that count? haha!

  45. September 2, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I have two books to read. I already have started but still, have long ways to go.

  46. September 2, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Great list of books to read. I haven’t had to much time lately to read but will keep your picks in mind.

  47. Quen
    September 2, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I love the Victoria Aveyard series!! Thanks for sharing. This definitely helps me pick my next read!

  48. September 2, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Working in the library I have found a few of those books in the system. I have been recommended A Court Of Thrones before. Now I am going to have to check it out for sure.

  49. September 2, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Those books look like interesting reads. I’ve actually not heard of any of them! I should get back into the habit of reading for pleasure more!

  50. September 2, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I haven’t read these titles, and I still have a stack of books that are halfway read through! Yikes. I LOVE books and grew up on frequent library visits each week, always coming home with armloads of books. I used to spend hours upon hours reading. These days, I’m trying to manage too much and don’t get that down time to read as much. But when I do, it’s so fun!

  51. September 2, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing these books! I haven’t read any of them unfortunately, but Red Queen seems like something I’d like. Hopefully I’ll be able to make time to read it soon xx

  52. September 2, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Interesting list of books. I’m not much of a novel reader. I used to read too many, but then it took too much of my time and I decided not to any more, one fine day. Of late, the only novels I read are as Dan Brown comes up with new ones!

  53. September 2, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Those books seems interesting to read. 🙂

  54. September 3, 2017 / 2:20 am

    I’m fascinated on how you can spare time reading more than one book in a month. You actually inspired me!! Internet and mobile use is too rampant its different to cozy up with a book. Good selection by the way

  55. September 3, 2017 / 8:18 am

    You made me so guilty as I haven’t been reading recently. Ok, I should say, I’m only reading wattpad novels written by my friends, but not proper novels like yours!

  56. September 3, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I have read the ‘Red Queen’ and I have to agree that the plot is original although I was disappointed by the three dark crowns, as like you thought that the plot was too slow. I will have to check out the others though!

  57. September 4, 2017 / 3:37 am

    I usually go for memoirs b/c i learn from the author’s life mistakes while learning about their life

  58. Rebecca Swenor
    September 4, 2017 / 3:51 am

    These all seem like interesting reads that I will have to read for myself. The Sarah J. Mass series I am going to have to read because of how you explained them being so good. Thanks for sharing these reads.

  59. September 4, 2017 / 3:59 am

    Haven’t read any of these. Will look for one of then to start with.

  60. September 4, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    This is a good a reading list. I have not been reading much lately. I have been doing a lot of listening books. It makes my long car rides a little better.

  61. Kiwi
    September 4, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    These are some interesting points. I love thriller books and these are intriguing.

  62. September 4, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    these are sound amazing! I love these genres so they seem right up my alley. going to have to download on my kindle!

  63. September 5, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    oh my! I’m lucky if I even get to read the news… two minions! Def checking out.. all of those books looks like something id totally read!

  64. September 5, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Have you read The Shadow Of The Wind? It has a European flavour as it’s set in Barcelona, has lots of twists, and is a romance/detective/mystery/quest in one. Might banish the disappointment mentioned in this post 😀

  65. abbeylouisarose
    September 5, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I’m really intrigued by Warbreaker! I feel like I’d have been just as frustrated as you if the female leads had been such weak characters all the way though, but I’m glad that the author turned it around! This sounds like something I’d really like to read! Sarah J. Mass is an author which one of my friends is always raving about, so I had better pick up something from her series sooner rather than later after seeing your recommendation too!

    Abbey 🌸💕 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  66. September 5, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    thanks for the post! I haven’t heard of any of these books. I’m going to check them out.

  67. September 6, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Taking your recommendations to heart! Will prolly skip the second one because it sounds so slow paced, but checking out the first and last options this weekend!

  68. September 6, 2017 / 5:32 am

    Great book recommendations. I haven’t read any of them yet. But I would definitely want to read the Darkest Minds. Added to my Amazon wishlist. Thanks!

  69. sophie
    September 6, 2017 / 7:22 am

    These are some of the great reads! I would love to read these too! Hope I would get some time to invest my time reading these! Thank for sharing!

  70. September 14, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    ACOTAR and the other two books have gone into my top 5 faves! I was hooked instantly after a friend lent me the copy of the first book and within a week, I had bought the other two following books. I’m such a diehard Rhysand fan it’s unreal! 🙂 Thank you for the reviews on the other books, I wanted to see what Three Dark Crowns & Red Queen was like.

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