August has come and gone in a blink and so has my reading for the month. I started off with a very ambitious monthly TBR and managed to get through a decent chunk of it. Every book I read helps me to get my large TBR under control. The August 2023 Reading Wrap-up goes over the books I read during the month and my thoughts on them.
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August 2023 Reading Wrap-up
Yona of the Dawn Vol. 39 by Mizuho Kusanagi
What an epic ride this volume was. So much has happened since the first volume and it’s almost impossible to talk about anything without spoiling the series for those who haven’t read it. With lots of action, a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and a long-overdue reunion, this volume had everything I have come to love in this series.
If you have not started reading this series yet, I highly recommend you do.
I loved the anime and was eager to read the manga because I heard it was quite a bit different and the anime skipped a lot of material. I can’t say that I have noticed much or anything different so far from the anime with this volume.
Watching Hori and Miyamura navigate their different personas between school and their time at Hori’s house is quite amusing. They are so cute together despite a number of awkward moments. There is good character development with these two, along with some of Hori’s friends along the way. I cannot wait to continue on with this series.
A full review will be coming soon.
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
I’ve read Green Rider a number of times, but I decided to reread it in anticipation of the next book in the series being released soon.
This is such a rich story that is hard to condense into a mini-review. The adventure that Karigan is unexpectedly thrust into not only takes her across the kingdom but places her in a multitude of dangerous encounters. The numerous people she meets along the way help or hinder her as she races to get an important message to the king. I love the worldbuilding that flows throughout this book and the character development of Karigan, and a few other important characters also helps to propel this story forward.
I really look forward to diving into the rest of this series again and reliving the many adventures that await Karigan and the others.
Look for a full review of this book in the near future.
After the cliffhanger ending of the first volume, I was eager to dive into this one. I was immediately pulled into the story with the beginning action scene and the story continued to hold my attention right to the end. This is a fairly quick-paced volume, as a lot happens in such a short book. While this book does exude a lot of the cozy vibes I loved in the first one, it also has a lot of action, and great character growth as well. Seeing Tsukina really step into her powers was amazing and I look forward to seeing what she and Il get up to in the next couple of volumes.
Look for a full review of this book coming soon.
After struggling a bit to get into the first volume, I found myself absolutely absorbed with this one. There is something so addicting about this zany collection of characters and their antics. I really want to know how the host club not only comes up with all their insane ideas but pulls them off! It’s sort of explained in this volume but it seems like a lot of work to do it. I think that’s part of the appeal of this series, is how strange it all is.
These two volumes were quite fun to read. I’m remembering more and more with each volume why I enjoyed this series so much as an anime. Sure, Usui is still mostly a stalker at this point, but I’m starting to be able to ignore that and enjoy the story for what it is. The arrival of Aoi adds a new level of complexity to the story as a whole. She can be obnoxious at times but helps to really mix things up quite a bit. It’s amusing how the maids can’t help but do their jobs even when on vacation.
Month 2023 reading wrap-up stats
- Books read: 7
- Books purchased: 12
- Books unhauled: 13
- Books gifted: 1
- Books DNF’d: 0
I hope you enjoyed my August 2023 Reading Wrap-up. What books have you read lately?