Well, guys, the summer is coming to an end. I can’t say that I’m upset. My soul craves fall. This morning was a little brisk and I could feel the change in the air. I just hope it stays that way. But before we get to all of the fall goodies, I need to do my August 2023 wrap up. So, let’s get to it.
August wasn’t the best reading month. I started of the month with a book I should have dnfed, so it really slowed me down. But I finished the month off with a book that I had a lot of fun with.
All attempts to probe the mysteries of Belasco House have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity–but now a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death.
My Rating: 1/5
My Full Review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2023/08/23/hell-house-review/
Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general–also known as her tough-as-talons mother–has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.
But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.
With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter–like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.
She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.
Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.
Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda–because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die
My Rating: 4/5
My Full Review: Coming Soon
Rhinos at Recess
Jack and Annie are on the playground at recess when they feel the magic tree house calling them. They sneak away and are whisked off on an adventure to South Africa, where a majestic rhino needs saving with a hovering helicopter, watchful park rangers, and the chilling presence of poachers, rescuing one of Earth’s greatest giants in the sprawling savanna won’t be easy. Jack and Annie are going to need a little bit of magic for this mission Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?
My Rating: 3/5
My Full Review: I’m revisiting all of my favorites from my childhood. The Magic Tree House was at the top of my list. I enjoyed Rhinos at Recess, but it wasn’t my favorite from this series.
I Survived Hurricane Katrina
The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone?
My Rating: 4/5
My Full Review: I love these books. They give you a lot of information in a condensed package. I remember Hurricane Katrina but there was a lot of stuff I had forgotten. This was a great way to recap on modern history.
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories
Grab a flashlight, crawl under the covers, and dive into the twisted, unexpectedly hilarious world of Rowley Jefferson’s imagination. You’ll meet zombies, vampires, ghosts, and much more in these comically terrifying tales.
Rowley’s spooky stories might leave you laughing, but beware – you could end up sleeping with the lights on!
My Rating: 4/5
My Full Review: I’m trying to compile a list of Halloween books for kids, and this is going on my list. It was a lot of fun.
The Total Money Makeover
You CAN take control of your money. Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.
Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.
By now, you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Hey, if you’re tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, take a look at this–it’s the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to:
- Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt–meaning cars, houses, everything
- Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
- Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement
My Rating: 5/5
My Full Review: I read this for work. I have to say he has some really good advice. I really enjoyed this one.
Awaken the Giant
The creator of acclaimed personal achievement programs and the author of the bestselling Unlimited Power reveals the proven steps to self-mastery. Robbins shares the secrets of his exclusive “Date with Destiny” seminars, describing how unconscious beliefs control our behavior and how we can make immediate changes to accomplish our goals. Charts and graphs.
My Rating: 2/5
My Full Review: I didn’t get a lot from this one. It just didn’t work for me.
Baseball Superstar Aaron Judge
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge became a fan favorite in his rookie season with the team. This title’s reader-friendly text, critical thinking questions, and bright design will attract young baseball fans.
My Rating: 1/5
My Full Review: This told me that Aaron Judge is a baseball player with the Yankees. That’s it. Plus, the audiobook was weirdly slow.
An adventurous and heroic little mouse, with very human qualities, searches for his lost friend, the lovely bird Margalo.
My Rating: 3/5
My Full Review: I remember reading Stuart Little in the past, but I wanted to reread it. But now the character seems a like a brat. It just wasn’t as magical as I remembered.
So that’s my August 2023 wrap up. What did you read this month?