August Books Wrap Up | BookTube


It’s now Deaf Awareness Month, but first! I need to do my August wrap up.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to my August books wrap up. Really quick before I continue with my books–in my previous video, I said I was going to Seabeck and doing a road trip. Seabeck, thumbs up! I really enjoyed it, had a lot of fun, a good experience. Definitely going again. The road trip… Didn’t happen. My friend got sick, so we’ll do it another time. Just, if you were wondering, how was it? It didn’t happen. Now with that out of the way, Deaf Awareness Month. I will try to get a video up soon in relation to that. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.

This month, I read only five books, so it probably will be pretty short. Let’s get into it!

1 Thyme of Death.jpgThe first book I read is Thyme of Death. It’s a pun that doesn’t really work in sign. It’s basically a crime novel about a woman who moves to a town–she used to work in law, and decided she was done, didn’t want to work in law anymore. She moved to a small town in the middle of nowhere, and now works at a herb store. She bought it and runs it now. Then a murder happens, blah blah blah. Your standard crime novel. It’s one of those novels where the author is contracted to write like one per month or something, like write a lot. So… It’s fine. But. I probably won’t continue the series.

2 Only Human.jpgNext, Only Human. This is the third book in the Themis Files series. The first book is Sleeping Giants. Obviously, because this is the third book, I can’t really say much about it, but I did like this book. I…think the first book was oh yeah! I really liked it, it’s new, a fairly original idea, but as the series went on, it’s okay. It’s still interesting, yes, but it doesn’t have that same feel as the first book, which is normal for a series.

3 The Innocent.jpgNext, The Innocent. It follows Matt, an ex-con who was put in jail because he innocently tried to stop a fight, and ended up killing someone. So, nine years later, after being let out of jail, he’s with his wife and trying to restart his life. Then he gets a strange text from his wife’s phone, and then his life is chaos after that. If you like mystery, crime, thrillers, this is a good read for that. I gave it three stars because it was average. It wasn’t like oh, this is amazing! But it’s not terrible either.

4 General Dann.jpgThe next book I read has a really long title, The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog. I got this book a while ago when my family went and bought, got a big pile of books. This was an uncorrected proof, so it was free, sure why not? Grab it. I didn’t realize this was the second in a series, but when I read it, okay, I think you can probably read it as a stand-alone. This book was a little bit weird. But not terrible? It’s set in the distant future, an apocalyptic future, where the… A lot of cities are underwater, the water rose. And people are desperate, there’s constant wars… It follows a few specific people, mostly Dann and his adventures. I don’t know. It’s alright, I guess? One thing that really bothered me when I was reading this, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s an uncorrected proof, or because it was done on purpose, but it had NO chapters. Just one loooooooong chapter. So that bothered me, no break ups, nothing. I don’t know if that was done on purpose, if it was, well done.

5 Sword of Summer.jpgNext, I *finally* read Sword of Summer, which is the first book in the series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Yes! It was written by Rick Riordan, he was the one who wrote Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. This is part of that huge universe now. Greek gods, Roman gods, and now Norse gods. Yes. Magnus Chase is from a line, his father is a Norse god. Something happens, he basically–it says from right at the beginning, he’s dead. He’s dead for pretty much most of the book. Yeah, most of the book. But, this being Norse mythology, he’s not exactly dead. I don’t really want to say too much because this is just fantastic. If you liked Percy Jackson and all of those books, you probably will enjoy this too, and you learn about Norse gods too! I want to add, people have told me in later books, there’s a gender non-conforming character, and some diverse representation, so thumbs up. I’m excited to see that. In the first book, there was none. Nothing, not really anything. So I’m hoping to see more.

That’s it for the books I read last month. I know it’s not a lot, but there was a lot going on. So, let me know if you’ve read any of these, want to read any of these down below. Also, let me know now if there’s anything you want me to do for Deaf Awareness Month so I can plan that before the month ends. Well, that’s it for me.

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Hello there! I'm Rogan, a queer deaf guy who has a passion for leadership and advocacy. I create YouTube videos about a lot of different topics - being deaf, queer, reading, language, and whatever else interests me!

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