To All The Books We Read Last Month



To all the books we read last month we’ve got to admit that we’re really grateful because August was an upside-down month for us that had some glorious moments in the most unexpected places.

Last month because it’s now officially September even if only by a small margin we wrote eight blog posts. Seven of which were book reviews and one was an interview with the lovely @angelspearlreads who’s blog you can check out here. At the end of this post you’ll be able to find a collection of links to all our posts, but first…

We have to say thank you to everyone who returned to our blog in the month of August and thank you to all the new people. We can now state we’ve had visitors from 30 countries. The most popular being the United States followed closely by Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Thanks so much to all of you who read, liked, commented and shared. You helped us beat every statistic we recorded in July and we’re still amazed by that! It’s only because of you all that we can grow.

Now, on to our opening statement,

In August we received our Leaving Cert results. Every Irish reader will know what the Leaving Cert is. You know how it works and we’re sure all of you were just as nervous as us when we sat the exams in June.

For those of you who don’t know the Leaving Cert is much like the GCSE’s in England and the SAT’s in America. It’s the exam that determines what college course we get into. Unlike the GCSE’s and the SAT’s however the average secondary school in Ireland sits seven subject exams. Those exempt from Irish only take six and some very clever students can even take as much as nine. These exams vary in difficulty depending on the level the student chooses to take them at, but that’s a whole other conversation.

The reason we brought them up is because we received our results as we said and were disappointed by them. They sent us into a stage where we had to seriously consider our future options. It was difficult and it was frustrating. We feel it would have been far harder if we hadn’t of had books to escape into.

Books like:

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdiedh


Never, in all the books we’ve read did we feel such fear for a girl telling a story. The way Ahdieh wrote it using the night sky as a clock that started off slow and then sped up unexpectedly, was amazing.


The Rose & The Dagger


“Renee Ahdiedh has this knack of making you care very strongly about her characters and their final destination.”

Both of these books were read and reviewed after we received our exam results and they cheered us up immensely. They had intrigue and heart exploding emotions and they had a very large amount of sunlight which is something that made many great moments last month.

The weather in Ireland during August or at least our part of Ireland was amazing! It was sunny and hot although sometimes too hot. Those times led to us hiding out inside away from the sun and of course reading books.

Some of the books we read and reviewed were:

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

children of icarus

“Children of Icarus is at times as twisted as the labyrinth that the majority of the book takes place in and we loved it. It was so good and so wrong at the same time”


United As One by Pittacus Lore


“There were a few moments where Nine made us laugh, but other than that we were emotionally distant from the events of United As One.”

Mr. Eternity by Aaron Thier


“It’s longevity and it’s repetition. It questions whether modern civilizations ever actually learn anything from those before.”

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

tiny pretty things

“Destroy a girl and take her solo, destroy a friendship to hide what you did to take that girl’s solo.”


Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

shiny broken

“It was glorious and it was justified and we think everyone will agree.”


In our interview with @angelspearl we asked her nine questions and one of them was:

What are your favourite books that you’ve discovered because of bookstagram?

She replied “ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan and The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.”


Behind the scenes picture


It’s very important that we note the majority of the captions seen here in this post are out of context and as such we’d love if you checked out the full posts.

Thank you for reading! Please let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on:

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Arkon, Annie and a creator.



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