I Finally Remembered How to Read (Again) // August Wrap Up

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Remember me????

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Okay but seriously: big ooooof!

Now that we’ve gotten that out the way… In case you’ve, understandably, forgotten who I am: Hi it’s Lauren (aka the World’s Worst Book Blogger/Reader). It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been here or read a book. In fact before this month I’d read like 4 books total, but one of those books was Daisy Jones and the Six, so whatever right? Nothing else matters. Anyway, I don’t even know WHAT happened but during August I suddenly decided I want to read again? This was mostly thanks to graphic novels because boy did I read A LOT of those. 

So…. let me try and remember how to be a book blogger again as I attempt to talk about them!!

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* = from netgalley/the publisher

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

Mooncakes Heartstopper Sheets Avant Guards

*Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu || ★★★★★ ||This features a queer mc who is a witch and hard of hearing and her love interest is a non-binary werewolf! LIKE!!!! No, but seriously this was really fun and pure with great relationships and family dynamics. The art was stunning.

Heartstopper, Vol 2 by Alice Oseman || ★★★★★ || DO I EVEN NEED TO SAY ANYTHING?? So soft. So cute. So pure.

*Sheets by Brenna Thummler || ★★★★☆ || This was super atmospheric. It was definitely more character driven because not a lot happened, but I’m fine with that. [cw: death]

The Avant-Guards, Vol 1 by Carly Udsin & Noah Hayes || ★★★★★ || I just really love team sports dynamics and this was so perfect! I need volume 2 stat.

Fence Vol 1-3

Fence Vol 1-3 by C.S. Pascat || ★★★★★ || I BINGED ALL 12 ISSUES OF THIS SERIES IN ONE NIGHT. My constant state reading it was just like heart eyes and screaming. I can’t believe I have to wait for the next volume???

Bingo Love The Tea Dragon Society The Tea Dragon Festival

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin & Jenn St-Onge || ★★★★☆ || This made me cry so much??? My heart hurts. [cw: homophobia]

The Tea Dragon Society & *The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill || ★★★★★ || Literally the most purest graphic novels to ever exist??? If you’re feeling stressed or anxious read these. I loved them both so, so, so much. The Tea Dragon Festival definitely lived up to The Tea Dragon Society and I love how it incorporatedx the use of ASL in the art. Speaking of, Katie O’Neill’s art owns my entire life and I will consume anything she creates. ALSO I WANT A TEA DRAGON.

Heavy Vinyl Bloom Spectacle

Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueva || ★★★★★ || I’m 100% sure the premise of this comic was made entirely for me?? Badass girls who work in a record store in the 90s who have a ~ secret club ~ ??? Hell yes thank you pls !! Plus we get a f/f relationship and Maggie and Chris are so adorable !!! I need volume 2 stat.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau || ★★★★☆ || I loved this!!!! Ari and Hector were so soft and pure. My only issue was I felt like some of the pacing was off?? Like there was such a good slow burn build up and then everything felt a bit rushed??? But it wasn’t a huge issue, I just wish we had more!! I also now really want baked goods.

Spectacle by Megan Rose Gedris || ★★★☆☆ || This was pretty good!! I wasn’t able to get completely attached to the characters, but I appreciate the sister dynamics between Kat and Anna and I’m intrigued enough by the mystery and ending to continue.

BOOKS

To Drink Coffee With A Ghost In an Abset Dream Evidence of the Affair Monuments

*to drink coffee with a ghost by Amanda Lovelace || ★★★★★ || As long as Amanda Lovelace keeps writing poetry, I’ll keep writing it. I connected with this collection a lot and so many of the poems made me cry. [cw: abuse, mental health, death, grief, self harm]

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire || ★★★★☆ || Whilst I didn’t enjoy this as much as the other three books in the series (mostly because I was confused) I still loved it and this series means so much to me and reading it feels like coming home. I can’t wait for the next book!!

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid || ★★★★☆ || Only Taylor Jenkins Reid could have the ability to fuck me up in a novella that’s told completely in letters.

*Monuments by Will Kostakis || ★★★★★ || I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!! Will Kostakis is one of my fave authors and people ever. It’s a lowkey fantasy set in Sydney that features a gay MC and his love interest is a gay indigenous Australian!!!! It’s essentially about these Gods that are represented as giant statues and after being hidden for years they’re being hunted and the characters have to try and keep them safe and obviously things go badly. If you’re a casual fantasy reader like myself then I think you’ll LOVE this. It gave me serious Percy Jackson vibes. Please check it out!

Red White & Royal Blue The Foxhole Court The Raven King The King's Men

Red, White & Royal Blue by Case McQuiston || ★★★★★ || Literally cant express in words how much I loved this and ya girl does not normally read contemporary-romances but omggg this was so good!!! So many iconic lines and moments. I loved the relationship between Alex and Henry so much I’m so soft, but also I loved the friendships?? Like the whole gang of June, Nora, Bea and Pez?? Iconic. I need more of them in my lifeeeee. Ellen is also the best mum ever, that powerpoint presentation?? I yelled. Also, I really wish the world this was set in was what our current world was like. It definitely was such a nice lil escape and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Foxhole Court (★★★★☆), The Raven King (★★★★★) & The King’s Men (★★★★★) by Nora Sakavic || Y’ALL WHERE DO I EVEN START????? I binged this series in like a week and I’m not sure I’ll ever be ok again. Have I mentioned that I love team sports dynamics??? because OH MY GOD I LOVE TEAM SPORTS DYNAMICS. I love my fucked up kids so much. I would DIE for Allison Reynolds. Andrew and Neil??? I’m WEAK. FOXES FOREVER. [cw: uhhh everything???, rape, abuse, violence, death, non-consensual kissing, non-consensual drug use, drugs, alcohol, homophobic slurs, abelist slurs, not so great mental health representation]

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I haven’t really done anything too exciting to share with you all, unfortunately. I’ve mostly been playing The Sims.

I’m in the second semester of my Cert IV Web Design course now and I’m pretty stressed out, but I’m pushing through the best I can and hopefully I won’t have an actual break down before the end of the term 😂 Just kidding ….. unless….

I’ve been desperately trying to find a job and the other night I found out I finally have an interview! It’s for Lush and I’m extremely nervous. I’m not expecting to get it only because I know Lush has a reputation for hiring extremely extroverted people and that is …not me, but I’m gonna try and see what happens! I’ve been doing lots of research about what happens at their group interviews and it’s definitely going to be an interesting experience from what I’ve seen online, haha. I’m honestly kind of happy I was just shortlisted for an interview considering my lack of experiences and how much trouble I’ve had trying to find a job.

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CAN SOMEONE CRY WITH ME OVER TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM? I think Lover is up there with 1989 for my fave Taylor album. My favourite is definitely Cruel Summer (and The Archer). I also LOVE Paper Rings and Miss Americana And The Heartbreak Prince.

Here’s some other songs I’ve been loving in August:

I fell in love with Badflower this month. They remind me of an angry/darker Waterparks.

The new 5SOS song is SO GOOD! I really hope this means they’re going back to a more grittier sound. I loved Youngblood but it was missing a lot of what made me fall in love with 5SOS.

and my out of control August Faves playlist on Spotify:

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Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Also, how have you all been? I’d love to hear what you’ve all been up to and what you’ve been reading!!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day. 

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27 thoughts on “I Finally Remembered How to Read (Again) // August Wrap Up

  1. welcome back!!!!!
    ok, i adooore what you’ve read, especially heartstopper and red white and royal blue!! i have yet to read fence, but i’ve read the captive prince trilogy this summer and i loooove this so much! same for bloom, i should get to it really soon!
    well, that was a crazy month, congrats to you!

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    1. thanks so much!! they were both so amazing 😍😭 and i haven’t read captive prince yet, but i’ve heard so much about it and it’s definitely a series i want to try and read soon. i can’t recommend fence enough! i’m guessing it’ll be pretty different to captive prince, but it’s so so good!!

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  2. YAYYYY WELCOME BACK LAUREN!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ AHHHHHH CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SCREAM ABOUT THE ALL FOR THE GAME SERIES?! I JUST CANNOT. THIS SERIES. AOIJFOAEIJFOEI. I’m so keen to re-read it again sometime soon – I have a billion quotes from it written down in my notebook & every time I read them I just want to pick up the series again!

    ALSO HOW GOOD IS TAYLOR’S NEW ALBUM?! Taylor’s vocals in Cruel Summer are really something else, and Paper Rings is so cute & wholesome – I can’t stop listening to it! I also really love The Archer & Cornelia St 😍 Nish & I also just made a Lover Book Tag so if you’re keen, consider yourself tagged 😉

    Sorry for this extra long comment but ONE LAST THING I SWEAR – good luck for your interview at Lush!!! Let us know how it goes ❤️

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. IM SO HAPPY I FINALLY READ IT EVEN THOUGH I AM RUINED FOR ALL OF ETERNITY. I think I would have read it quicker but I kept rereading all my highlights and annotations and I want to do it again.

      YESSSS 😍😍 and ooh I saw that tag on your blog, definitely intrigued and am going to bookmark it for a future post!!

      Thank you so much 💖

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      1. Ahahaha yes it’s so hard not to do that, there are some KILLER quotes from that series! And I just love all the characters so much & it’s so rare for that to happen AND GAH I NEED TO RE-READ IT SOON!!

        Yayyyyyy so excited to see what your responses to the tag are 😍 I know I said it before already but I’m so excited that you’re back & can’t wait to see what posts you have scheduled for us!

        💛 Ngoc

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  3. Oh, I am a busy freelancer, mom, wife, and I have a hard time finding time to read! Shame on me! (I wake up at ungodly hours to write, workout, and work), so by the time our son is in bed, I’m conked out. I love your post and your effervescent voice. It’s inspired me to at least go pick up a short story collection to read. Sylvia Plath’s “Johnny Panic and The Bible of Dreams. I have a few stories in there to finish. Thanks!

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    1. That is totally understandable that you don’t have much time to read! I don’t do anything close to that and struggle 😅 I definitely have loved getting back into it this month though and I remembered how much I love it. Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you enjoy your reading time ☺️☺️

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  4. AH WELCOME BACK LAUREN ❤ ❤
    I'm so happy to see Heartstopper there, I need to buy volume 2 as soon as I can, I just adore these characters so so so much ❤ I also read Bloom earlier this year and ahhh I loved it so much as well, such a soft read ❤
    YES Taylor Swift, I'm also obsessed with her brand new album and we have the same favorite songs ahhhhhhhhhhhh yay ❤
    Wishing you all the best for the interview, Lauren, you will do fantastic! ❤
    Sending you all the love x

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  5. WELCOME BACK, I’VE MISSED YOU❤❤
    Oh, I was so happy when I saw on Twitter that you were reading again and WOW, you read SO much. SO SO MUCH! Congrats! I’m actually curious about a lot of those graphic novels, like Fence and Heartstopper.
    I’m intrigued by the last book in the Wayward Children series; I wonder how everything will wrap up and if we’ll see any old characters. I agree with you, it wasn’t my favourie either but they’re always fun to read.
    Glad you enjoyed Red, White and Royal Blue. I seem to be the odd one out and only person that did not like it.
    I’ve never heard of the All for the Game books before that twitter list thing but after seeing how fast you read and enjoyed them I am a bit intrigued.
    I’m wishing you all the best with your course! And I knew you would add some Taylor Swift in there hahahaha
    I hope you have a fantastic September too ❤

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    1. THANK YOU ANNA 💖 💖

      I’m so excited for the next Wayward Children book!! I think if I reread In An Absent Dream again I could potentially understand it more? Maybe I was affected by the fact that I put it on hold and it was one of the first books I read coming off my reading slump. I can’t recommend Fence and Heartstopper enough, they’re so much fun!!

      I’m sorry to hear you’re not enjoying RW&RB 😩 I wasn’t sure I would either, but something about it just got to me. And All for the Game is great, but I think it’s something that’s definitely not for everyone? It’s really character driven and the writing is pretty dry at times. The first book was a bit of a slog to get through and after I finished it I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it as much as everyone else, but the 2nd and 3rd books were incredible. The characters and their relationships and dynamics is what really made me love it. Plus I love sports so that was one of my favourite parts.

      Hahahaha, gotta include my girl Taylor every chance I get 😂

      I hope you have a great September too 💖

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  6. Ahhh I’m so happy your back!! Your blog was one of the first I’ve ever read and definitely inspired me to make my own. Glad to see you posting again :)) Lovely wrap-up! I’ve seen so much Mooncakes hype, so I definitely need to grab myself a copy of that when it releases! Plus, I feel like The Foxhole Court is popping up all over the place, and I too LOVE team sports dynamics so ahhh another series to add to my TBR!

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    1. oh my goshhhh 😭😭 this comment has made coming back so worth it and is definitely going to help keep me motivated! i’m so happy i was able to help inspire you 💖 but omg yes Mooncakes was so soft and pure!!! Also defs recommend the All for the Game series if you love team sports! It’s like not the greatest written book or anything but the characters are brilliant and I love them so much!

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  7. Hey welcome back Lauren! You got so much good reading done! So happy you love Fence (now I have to get you to read Captive Prince 😈) and Red, White and Royal Blue! I love how obsessed you got with All for the Game! That series is so fucked up but you can’t look away – also ANDREW 😬I love him but he scares me lol

    Welcome back! and good luck with your job interview 💕

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    1. I LOVE FENCE BUT IT ALSO RUINED MY LIFE! hahahaha i definitely plan on reading captive prince at some point (the fantasy elements scare me tho 😅) aND OH MY GOD RIGHT??? like there were times when i was like “jfc andrew this is not ok” lmao like the series is so messy but i love my children so much 😪😪

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  8. Welcome back from hiatus! I haven’t read any of the books you read in August, but their certainly on my radar. I’ve been great things about The Foxhole Court and Fence. Good luck with the job interview!

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  9. Welcome back! I took a year long hiatus and came back a few months ago and I felt like I FORGOT EVERYTHING. So I wish you all the luck lol

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