Monthly Monkey Mini Review – August

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Hello all! Long-time no blog!! As a lot of you know, I’m currently on a blogging break, so haven’t been able to keep up with content much. And while I’m not giving out my current location (cos, erm, I don’t want to end up in a cage for endangered species) I’ll fill in some of the confusion that I probably should have said before I went away. I am not:

  • In a prison/zoo
  • Dead
  • Stuck on Mars

I am, however, volunteering abroad and doing *a lot* of physical work that’s pretty tiring (Eight Days a Week… okay not really, but SIX days a week is still a lot). Anyway, while I’ve been dealing with all the craziness that is my life right now, I’ve been immensely grateful to those of you who’ve stuck around, sent lovely messages and also to all the new folks who helped me hit 4000 FOLLOWERS yesterday. I am speechlessly screaming right now!!! (and the only reason you haven’t seen a crazy bellowing monkey on the news is cos a lot of the people I live with don’t know about the blog and I don’t want to freak them out- though they’re remarkably cool about living with a great ape 😉 ) Thank you guys so much!!

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Alrighty then- moving away from the vague life stuff, let’s talk about what’s really important here: what the hell have I been reading. Well, *ahem*, I’m still in a slump, so again I only have a few books to talk about right now and they are…

love and gelato

Love and Gelato– I really enjoyed this one. The characters were great- particularly the hilarious main character, whose voice I immediately fell in love with. It was a sweet romance, even if the plot was a bit obvious. Most of all though, I loved how this felt like walking through Florence, one of my favourite cities, and exploring all the beautiful art (and ice cream) it has to offer.

Rating: 4/5 bananas



Callum– this was a waste of time if you’ve ever read the original book (and I highly recommend you do read Noughts and Crosses instead). Literally nothing happens that the reader doesn’t already know and there’s nothing new from his perspective added into the plot. Seriously, just read the main series. Even though it was pretty pointless, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read. It also didn’t hurt that it was short and I got it on overdrive(aka I didn’t have to buy it), so I gave it:

Rating: 2½/5 bananas

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Tiny Pretty Things– this wasn’t a terrible book, by any means, I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. A lot of that came down to the fact that I didn’t end up latching onto any of the character’s stories. Perhaps that was because there was simply too much crazy drama- I mean, that’s kind of what you sign up for with a book like this, still this whirl-twirl-leaps to a whole new level of insane.

Rating: 2/5 bananas


truth or dare

Truth or Dare– oh boy, I could get in trouble for saying what I have to say here, but I’m gonna go ahead and say them anyway cos I truly think this is constructive criticism. There were several choices that I found off-putting before I even began to read the actual book. The first was the author’s choice of pen name; the second and third were the two apologies issued before the book- one of which instructs the reader to maybe try different books instead. After reading this, I wish I’d followed that advice. So many times while I was reading this I wondered why the hell didn’t I just put this down when I had the chance?  Not only are the apologies a major clue that this is going to be jam packed with virtue signalling, yet they also give a fair warning that *everything* is going to be over-explained. From vlogs to issues with brain injuries- this book is more concerned with info-dumping and getting a message across than telling a story. It was written in such a juvenile way that made it impossible for me to care about the characters. I actually can’t remember much about the leads now that I think about it. The only character that stuck in my head at all was Seren, because she was effing nuts (she gets aggressively upset that someone wants to date her, then pissy when he moves on). Truthfully, I should never have dared go near this one 😉

Rating: 1/5 bananas


So yeah, not a great reading month, but I have high hopes for the next one! Anyway, enough about me- how have you all been? Did you have a good reading month? And, as always, have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

44 thoughts on “Monthly Monkey Mini Review – August

  1. Nice to read a post from you! Also I loveeeeee Love and Gelato. I read it last year right before I went on vacation to Europe, and when I was in Florence I was like “hmmm what if I’m standing in the exact spot Lina or Ren was standing… 🤔” 😂 great post tho

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  2. I cannot even imagine how tired you must be! I used to work as a waitress and walking around all day for 5 days a week already made me tired. I imagine your work is even more exhausting. I am glad you are doing well though and CONGRATS on the new follower milestone 😀 ❤ You deserve it so much!

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  3. This blogging post is being tracked by the WordPress police department and it won’t be long before your location will be exposed. After that all 4000 plus followers will travel to that location and throw you the biggest celebration party! 🎉🎉
    Congratulations on this truly monumental achievement. I hope all is going well with you, and I know I am not the only one that will say that I really miss seeing you here. But it was very awesome to see a post from you again! I’m sure those numbers will only continue to grow 😊😊

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  4. Glad to see a post from you. Also glad to hear you’re not sitting on your monkey-backside sipping drinks on a beach.

    Trust once you’re done whatever it is you’re doing, you’ll have a rest period to get back to a regular schedule.

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  5. Congratulations on hitting the 4000 milestone! It’s good to read a post from you again! Volunteering abroad is so cool but it’s also very demanding according to people that have actually done it!

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  6. So lovely to hear from you again!! Many congratulations on the 4000 followers that’s amazing and very well deserved! Love&Gelato sounds awesome and goes right on my TBR. Looking forward to your next post and in the meantime have a great time wherever you are! 😄💕

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  7. You’re still alive! Yay! ☺

    Omg 4000 followers is INSANE!!! Congratulations! You totally deserve it! 😘

    Hope that you’re having fun volunteering, even if it is super hard work. I’m sure it’ll be worth it – the superior bragging rights alone will be immense! 💚

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  8. Congratulations on reaching the milestone! I haven’t read any of these books, but now I know to stay away from Truth or Dare haha 😀
    Good luck with the volunteer work! 6 days a week is a lot of work, so don’t forget to take care of yourself 🙂

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  9. It’s good to hear from you and I’m glad you’ve been well! ❤ ❤ Congratulations on the impressive milestone, this is incredible, yay!! ❤
    I'm happy you enjoyed Love & Gelato, it sounds like such a cute read 🙂

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  10. I kind of started to read “Love and Gelato” and it looks promising, although I find the price for the e-book a little steep ($9 on Amazon). Put the whole thing on a back burner for the time being till there comes a promotion around.


  11. Welcome back, even if you’re still too busy to be around much! 🙂 I hope you pull out of your reading slump soon — though for me, I find that when I’m super-busy IRL reading time is one of the things that suffers most. 😦

    Too bad Truth or Dare was something that ended up the way it did. The cover is neat looking, anyway,

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  12. Love and Gelato makes me think of my trip to Italy, and we ate so much gelato haha. Sounds like it would be a good summer beach type read.

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  13. I bought Love & Gelato last year because I thought it would be fun to read while vacationing in Italy, and then listened to books because I didn’t want to miss out on any landscapes while traveling! Lol. I am going to France this year and while the setting is different, I am still going to try to read it. It sounds like a great summer vacation book! I did read Love & Luck and liked the authors style a lot.

    I’m glad you’re having fun and doing well! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

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  14. Oh no! Not a great reading month! Mine’s been a bit of a slump too, but I kicked it back off with Red Queen – which, while no Alice, wasn’t too bad. Congrats on the 4,000 followers! Can’t think of a blog that deserves it more!

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  15. “Bellowing monkey”…lol. 😂 I’m glad you’re alive! I have Love and Gelato on my TBR as well (like you say, I’ve heard it’s very sweet and easy), and that’s pretty funny about the author issuing a warning for Truth and Dare…normally, someone who’s self-aware wouldn’t get so preachy in a book, but ah well. Happens. Nice post! 😉

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  16. Yay! Congratulations on hitting 4,000 followers! 🎉 As always, I love reading your mini reviews. Hopefully you’ll be able to get back to blogging more in August, if you have more time! 😊

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  17. So I’m guessing Callum is to Malorie Blackman what The Cursed Child is to J. K. Rowling – should never have happened lol. Like the Noughts & Crosses series didn’t rip our heart to pieces… I don’t want to continue reading more lol.


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