Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #25



  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
  • Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa
  • Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca


  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy


  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Spy by Paulo Coelho

I’ve read quite a number of books this month — more than my usual, that is. And I am really happy to say that I’ve also completed my Goodreads reading challenge this month. So yay for me!

It’s very refreshing to read romance books once in a while because most romance books are such light and fun reads, like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’ve read mixed reviews about this book, but still decided to pick it up because I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers trope! The fake dating trope was just a plus in this novel. I really enjoyed reading this and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

For my second book this month, I picked up The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena which was such a fast-paced and unputdownable thriller novel. I just couldn’t help but stay up late at night reading this. Shari Lapena’s writing-style is very easy to read and it’s perfect if you are a beginner at reading thriller novels. I also really enjoyed the plot twists that I didn’t see coming! Rated it a 4 out of 5 stars!

I have also started a new manga and it’s no other than Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo! I keep seeing this around the book community and I heard nothing but great things about both the manga and the anime, so I finally jumped into the bandwagon. I really enjoyed the concept of this and Anya is very very cute (UwU). I got to read volumes one and two, so I’m hoping to read the others in September. Rated both volumes 5out of 5 stars!

The third novel that I finished this month was a Japanese literature that I’ve been eyeing for a long time and I’m really glad that I finally read it. It’s Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa. This book warmed my heart in ways I couldn’t put into words, and as an avid listener of the Books Unbound podcast, Sweet Bean Paste is definitely an oatmeal book for me. I really enjoyed it and gave it a 5 out of 5 stars.

This month I also listened to the audiobook of Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones. This has been on my TBR since I’ve heard about it from one of my favorite booktubers, but couldn’t find a physical copy. So I finally decided to just read it via audio which was such a fun experience for me! I listened to it in one sitting while waiting for my husband’s long-ass meeting to be over. The audiobook was just 3 or 4 hours long. I gave this a 3.5 rating. Though I enjoyed listening to this, I think there were less mannequins and it just didn’t turn out the way I expected.

I have also read quite a chunker by picking up Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is the second book to the Caster Chronicles series which was published more than a decade ago, I guess! Whenever I think about 2010 and realize that it’s already more than a decade since, I still couldn’t believe it. Lol Anyway, I enjoyed this book and will continue on with the series, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the first one, but I hoping the third book will give me that perfect witch vibe that I got when I read the first book a year ago. Gave it a 3.72 rating!

The last book that I was able to finish in August is Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric Larocca and I just don’t know what to say about this book! It’s creepy and disgusting and confusing and just plain mental and I loved it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars because I wanted more! I think this is one of those books that I wouldn’t mind if it had more pages!

So that’s it! Currently, I’m still getting my way through Stolen by Lucy Christopher and listening to the audiobook of I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy.

How many books have you read? Any new favorites?


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