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20 Books of Summer Final Update (#ChallengeCompleted) 😉

Alternate Title: August Reading Wrap-Up

Alternate Title 2- Reading Instead of Studying Coz I Gotta Complete this Challenge and I Ain’t Got Time to Waste on Stupid Stuff like Studying

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a post where I talk about all the other books I read because of the 20 Books of Summer 20 Challenge.

In my hurry to finish this challenge, I read books that I didn’t plan to read at all. Lol!!😂 But, hey, I wanted to succeed.

Note: I will be short in reviews. Full reviews may come later.

1: Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis: This book follows the story of Cassidy who is a girl who can see through The Veil. The Veil separated the world of the living and the dead. She has recently, in the first book, discovered her abilities as a Ghost Hunter. In this book, she and her parents and her ghost friend, Jacob, are in New York where Cassidy has attracted a poltergeist and she must “send him on” before his powers grow.

Thoughts: This book wasn’t as exciting as the first one. I had high expectations for this book because I loved the first one a lot but this book disappointed me. I was bored most of the time and I felt like the author was unable to keep up the excitement. It wasn’t bad in any way, it was just not… fun.

2.5/5 stars

2: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: A war among the five factions seems inevitable. In this book, we follow Tris who tries to save her loved ones, takes stupid decisions (what’s new), fights with her boyfriend, deals with grief and treason and tries to figure out the solution to the war problems. Just the typical dystopian drama I guess.

Thoughts: This book was super lengthy considering the fact that not much was happening. I was really irritated at the characters. Tris and Tobias kept on fighting with each other for apparently no reason. Though I must admit it wasn’t boring. It was pretty interesting at times. What I really liked was the narration. Had it not been for Emma Galvin‘s fantastic voice I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book so much. I highly recommend her audiobook.

4/5 stars

3: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (reread)

Synopsis: This book is filled with stories of various Norse Myths. If you are looking for something to give you an inside view of Norse Gods and Frogs Giants, this is the book for you. It has lots of tales starring Odin, Thor, Loki, Frey, Freya, Balder, Thrym, Utgard-Loki, Fenris the Wolf, Hel and whatnot! You wanna know how Loki gave birth to a horse or how Odin lost his eye or how Fenris the Wolf was bound, all is in here.

Thoughts: Since it was a reread, it is clear that I absolutely love this book. I never reread audiobooks but this was the first one that I ever reread and that too within the span of three months. Neil Gaiman’s voice literally brought life to these characters and I felt myself so involved in their stories that by the time I finished it, I was already considering rereading it again. There is nothing in this book that I did not like.

5/5 stars

4: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (reread)

Synopsis: Kronos’ army is planning an invasion on Camp Half Blood. The only way to stop it would be for Percy and his friends to make a dangerous journey through Daedalus’ Labyrinth and reach Daedalus before Kronos’ army can.

Thoughts: This book followed the same concept as most Rick Riordan books- dangerous quest, gods giving meaningless clues in return for life threatening tasks, friends in danger. Oh, and of course, saving the world. This was my least favorite book in this series and I can happily say that my opinion hasn’t changed. It was still super engrossing and it was hard to put it down at times, so it was overall pretty fun.

4/5 stars

5: Black Beauty by Anne Sewell (abridged version (reread))

Synopsis: This book is about the story of a beautiful black horse that stretches from his carefree childhood to his difficult life later. It focuses on human cruelty, value of freedom, enduring hardships, losing friends and ne

Thoughts: This book did a fantastic job at depicting all of the above themes. Black Beauty’s story is the perfect way to know the cruelty of life. From being treated like a gem to coming close to death, this book perfectly portrays the life of a horse along with easily showing how no moment in life is permanent. I am glad I read this book again, I had forgotten a lot of what had happened and it felt like a book that had a profound impact on me.

5/5 stars

6: Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathon Swift (abridged version (reread))

Synopsis: This book follows the adventures of a man name Lemuel Gulliver. He, being a doctor, always craved for adventure. He goes on various voyages that usually end up with him being washed away on strange lands where he is a either a six feet tall giant or a six feet tall dwarf.

Thoughts: I don’t know if it was because it was an abridged version or because the story was written in the 18th century or because I just have a stupid opinion, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much I wanted to. Again, since it was a reread, I didn’t remember much about it but it just felt like a book that I didn’t have any strong feelings towards. I guess maybe it was indeed because of it being an abridged version.

2.5/5 stars

7: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Synopsis: This is a true story about a girl from North Korea. It follows her life in her story from when she thought of North Korea as the best country in the world to her escape from the very same place into China and beyond.

Thoughts: Until I read this book, I never knew that true stories about someone can be so interesting. This girl had suffered through much more than I ever want to imagine. I would be reading this book and I would stop thinking abut everything else. Whatever she went through in her life was too much for anyone. She is an inspiration. This book taught me so much not just about this cruel country but also gave me an idol and I love it with all my heart.

5/5 stars

8 & 9: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown and The Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney (reread of the latter)


The Meltdown: This book follows the crazy adventures of Greg in the cold winter when the kids in the Surrey Street are at war and the Street in itself is a battlefield.

The Wrecking Ball: In this book, Greg’s family is making home improvements. Their house is undergoing construction. But Greg finds out that renovation isn’t as easy and bearable as it sounds.

Thoughts: I loved reading both of these books. It has been around 6 months since I read a Wimpy Kid and it feels super great to be back into Greg’s life. I didn’t expect to enjoy The Meltdown as much as I did and I only read The Wrecking Ball to finish the 20 Books Challenge (GUILTY) 😂. But these books are hilarious and made me laugh super hard.

5/5 stars

Total books read so far: 20/20

Total reviews done so far: 20/20

On this super happy note, I can proudly announce that I completed this challenge on 30th August 😌 (insert huge round of applause and several pats on the back😁)! It was fun and not as easy as I had wrongly predicted. Phew! A stressful month! Now, it’s time to… STUDY 😣.

That’s it. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought about them. Feel free to drop me some book recs in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!