Monthly Recap: August 2017

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Hi everyone! Today we’ll be talking about what we read, reviewed, posted, and other IRL happenings!

We are coming up to the busiest months for all us. Whether we are busy with school, work or just everyday regular life happenings, we will always make time to read! So let’s take a look into how our August went:

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Hi y’all! It’s JM! This month, I joined the #ARCAugust challenge, and I’ve had a great reading experience this month. I’m not accustomed to being able to read 6 books a month (that’s 1 book extra), but I’ve had great titles to read, so I guess that helped. *laughs* Here are the books I read:

  1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman // YA Contemporary. Biracial, art-loving teen learns to love herself amidst having an emotionally abusive mother. // ★★★★
  2. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock // YA Contemporary. A girl and a boy pretends that they’ve been best friends for years for a homework and ends up complicating their lives. // ★★.5
  3. Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio // YA Contemporary. Male main character tries to write his own book about how to become a main character almost as awesome as he is. // ★★★★
  4. Warcross by Marie Lu // YA Fantasy and/or YA Sci-fi. Biracial, female bounty hunter ends up in an international gaming tournament after accidentally hacking into the opening games. // 
  5. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno // YA Contemporary. Best friends trying to cope up from the fact that graduation and going to college is about to separate them from each other. // 
  6. How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat // YA Contemporary. Female MC with social anxiety tries to cope up from her best friend moving away for school. // 

Hey bookworms, Jesse here with what I have been reading this past month. I’ve read 14 books! Definitely was a big month for me. I took part in some read-a-thons like Summer TBR Wipeout and ARC August to help knock some of these books off my list. Here were some of my favorite reads of the month and you can check the rest of what I read on my GoodReads.


They Both Die at the End // My most recent read is also one of my all time favorite reads as well. This book broke me, made me ugly cry, and put me back together again to rip me to shreds at the end. Loved it!

Buried Heart // I fell in love with the Court of Fives series hard. This one is the finale to the trilogy and I can’t express in words how wonderful it was. Such an underrated series that I highly recommend.

Empress of a Thousand Skies // I love me some kick ass sci-fi. That is exactly what you get from this book. It was a fantastic debut with Asian and Filipino influences. A great start to the series!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3 // If you’re a ranger fan like myself, then you need to read these graphic novels! They breath new life to such an occult classic. A++

Fireblood // Ahhhhhhhhh! This series guys is phenomenal. One of the best sequels I have read in a long time. Slowly climbing it’s way up into my all time favorite fantasy series. Check it out!


Hello everyone; it’s Liv! I’m here today to tell you about all the books I read this month. I didn’t read that many books because I had quite a lot going on!

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo// ★★★★/5
  • Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik// ★★★★/5
  • The Color of Water by James McBride// ★★★★/5

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Hey bookworms, it’s Jesse here. This month was definitely a doozy. Between the non-stop working and the family time it was quite the struggle to find some me time. Sadly, as I write this, I am in bed with a nasty cold. Life has finally caught up to me. But enough of my whining. I went to a watch a couple movies such as: Annabelle Creation and Girls Trip which I highly recommend both! I went to Canada’s Wonderland (amusement park) with the boyfriend and best friend. AND FINALLY I ENDED THE MONTH WITH MARIA FROM BIG CITY BOOKWORM AT THE TAEYANG CONCERT!

Taeyang WHITE NIGHT TOUR in Toronto


It’s JM again! This month, the only event that I pretty much anticipated was the 2017 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival. This is an annual event hosted by National Bookstore (A.K.A. the Barnes and Noble of the Philippines) and Raffles Makati where they feature artists, poets, writers, and readers through panel discussions, book signing events, and a book fair! This year, I was lucky enough to be invited as a panelist in a discussion called Keeping Up With Current Literary Trends: Open Discussions About Diversity, Cultural Representation, and Other Bookish Disputes. (That’s a mouthful, I know.) I posted a recap of this over at my other blog, and you may check it out here.

I also got the chance to meet (and interview!!!) Pierce Brown, the #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Red Rising Trilogy and for a list of 5 things I’ve learned about him and his books, you might want to check out my interview post here.


LIV: Hello everyone! This month was absurdly busy! During August 3-4, I saw my favorite musical Great Comet on Broadway! I also met Gretchen from chicnerdreads which was amazing. I also flew to Oklahoma to help my brother move in for college. While there, I saw Ed Sheeran in concert for the second time! He’s such an amazing singer; I am so lucky to have seen him live. I also started school on the 22nd.


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  • Jesse // There are so many bookish things happening this month. First is the Indigo YA Fall Preview, then HCC Frenzy is hosting their fall preview with special guest authors Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli, and Julie Murphy!! So excited!
  • JM // September’s a most awaited month for Filipino Readers because of the Manila International Book Fair, so I’m pretty much excited for that. Also, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will be coming to Manila for a signing event this month, so I guess I’ll have something to post about that experience, so stay tuned!
  • Liv // I actually don’t have any book events coming up! Where I live, I don’t have many. My only event coming up in September is that I’m attending a dinner theatre production of The Addams Family at the end of the month!

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How was your month? What was the best book you read this month? What do you think of the different format?  Let us know in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: August 2017

  1. Love this post! It’s so crazy how I wish I could’ve read all those great books you’ve read and how I could’ve gone to the Readers and Writers’ Event here in the Philippines. BTW, I LOVED THE EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES AND I AM OVERLY EXCITED FOR THE SEQUEL!!!

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