August 2018 Recap

After going on three amazing holidays over the course of June and July, celebrating my birthday and taking part in Camp NaNo (even though I didn’t get too far) August felt very much like a ‘nothing’ month for me.

Still I managed to get through eleven books, and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, so August wasn’t a complete write off. I just had a lot of personal things going on and while it wasn’t all bad it kind of put a bummer on August as a whole.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – Four stars

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan – Four stars

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan – Five stars

Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan – Four stars

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Four stars

In Time by Alexandra Bracken – Four stars

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – Five stars

Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken – Four stars

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – Five stars

Beyond the Night by Alexandra Bracken – Five stars

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken – Four stars

August This Month

The Darkest Legacy


As long as I stay ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge I’m happy. I’ve worked out that in order to meet my goal of 125 books this year I need to read 9.75 books each month, and for me that’s an easy goal. Looking back there’s only been more than one month where I’ve read less than ten books.

August GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in August was The Serpent’s Shadow. Again Rick Riordan has written an incredible series; I loved getting to know Carter and Sadie and loved learning more about Egyptian mythology. Granted I wasn’t a massive fan of the love triangle in the second book but I’m hoping we’ll see more of Carter and Sadie in one of Riordan’s other series one day.

The Serpent's Shadow

The worst book I picked up this month was The Darkest Minds. It wasn’t terrible, I ended up rating it four stars which just shows how good all the other books I picked up this month were if this was the worst, but it didn’t have the same emotional impact the other books in the series had, and even with the love triangle I can never not wholly love Rick Riordan’s writing.

The Darkest Minds


My WIP

There’s not much I can really report on when it comes to my WIP, I’m sticking to the plan I outlined last month and at the moment (to my everlasting surprise) it’s actually going OK.

There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before the start of NaNoWriMo but at the moment I have a much better idea of where I want my WIP to go, and as of yet there haven’t been a hundred new plot ideas screaming for attention in my mind. Also I’ve found that using what I’ve come up with before, previous drafts, plot outlines, and character templates, as a starting point makes planning a lot easier.


Life in General

My friend and I went to so many flat viewings. It started off being very exciting, but quickly got tiring. Don’t get me wrong I want to be able to move out, and it’s fun viewing possible places we could one day live, but it’s a lot of effort and energy. So far we’ve seen eight places, and while a couple have come close none of them have been quite perfect yet.

I finally got down to the cinema to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. There are some serious timeline inconsistencies, which I caught even not having seen the first film since it was released, but it’s such a fun, feel-good film you can’t help but leave the cinema smiling.

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

During the August bank holiday I went with my dad to Kew Gardens. It’s a fair trek from where I live so it’s not something I get the opportunity to do every time I’m in London but it’s been ages since I last went and they recently re-opened the Temperate House so why not? Surprisingly my favourite part was actually the Princess of Wales Conservatory, not the Temperate House.

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Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

I didn’t buy many books this month, but let’s just say I’m going to quality over quantity. Or let’s say I’m saving up for next month when so many pre-orders will be arriving on my doorstep.

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Books


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

September is going to be all about new releases, and I can’t wait because some of my most anticipated reads of this year are finally coming out. There’s City of Ghosts and Vengeful, which I know are going to be incredible because they’re written by V.E. Schwab, and Wildcard, which I know I’ll love because after the ending to Warcross you can tell it’s going to be an epic story.

August Next Month (1)

I also have a couple of ARCs I need to get around to, both of which sound amazing so both of which I can’t wait to dive right into.

August Next Month (2)

I am going to be changing my posting schedule in September. Previously I’ve been posting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and every other Friday, but going forwards I’ll be posting on Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday and every other Friday and/or Saturday. So one week I’ll post on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and then the following week I’ll post on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

(It should be easier to understand than I’m making it seem when I actually start posting).


I hope everyone else had a good August, and I hope you all have an even better September as well.

Did anyone else have a book-buying slump this month, or do you end up with too many books every month? Has anyone else seen and loved Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again? Who else is really excited for releases like Vengeful and Wildcard, or is there another September release you can’t wait for? Let me know.

Happy reading!

August Recap

August is over, and with it summer has come to an end though you wouldn’t know that if you were in the UK at the moment.

After YALC and everything else July brought with it August was a quiet month, giving me the time to get through plenty of books and to get started on the many I hauled at YALC. I reviewed eleven books this month, which is the most I’ve got through in a long while. They weren’t all amazing, but there were some exceptional ones.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

I felt really let down by Summer Days and Summer Nights. Despite being marketed as Twelve Love Stories the majority weren’t, and it made this more of a bittersweet read than sweet.


Wesley James Ruined my Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

This was another book I was really let down by. I really didn’t like the main character and couldn’t for the life of me get behind her motivations for wanting revenge against Wesley.


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

After two disappointments this month The Last Magician was a brilliant read. What it lacked in action it made up for with incredible characters, and luckily there’s a second book in the works.


S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

I picked this up at YALC because there was something about the cover that grabbed me, simple but eye-catching. This was a good book, but what made it exceptional for me was the ending.


ARC Review: Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney

This was a book I enjoyed. The concept was interesting and the individual characters well developed but there were too many downsides, namely the world building I couldn’t wrap my head around.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

I’d describe this book as contemporary with hints of magical realism, and an amazing read. Wing Jones was better than I expected, all thanks to the incredible development of Wing’s character.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Plenty of people have read and loved this book, so my hopes for Geekerella were high. I thought this was a cute read, with plenty of fandom and Cinderella references I loved discovering.


ARC Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I thought this book would be a fun contemporary read, so I was surprised by the depth it had. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is probably my top book of this month, and definitely one of my favourite contemporary reads of the year.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

After the hints that Fireblood would have a love triangle I was nervous about picking it up. While I feel like it suffered a little from ‘second book syndrome’ this was still a great read, even the love triangle aspect was well written.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Tarnished City by Vic James

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and Tarnished City more than lived up to my expectations. It took the series to a whole new level and I am so beyond excited for Bright Ruin.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

While I had trouble connecting to the main character, and was a little confused by the format of the story, I am Traitor was definitely an addictive read. I always wanted to know what would happen next.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Recommendations for …

Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus

Top Ten Hidden Gem Books in … Genre


Waiting on Wednesday

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Standalone Sunday

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

The biggest surprise of August was that I didn’t actually buy any books. It felt so strange knowing no Amazon packages would be arriving for me, walking out of Waterstones empty handed despite spending a good amount of time browsing the shelves. Then again I did overspend and overhaul at YALC last month so maybe this isn’t as much of a surprise as I thought.


August Recap '17, #2

#SFATW


August Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are so many highly anticipated books being released next month that it was a real struggle to just pick one for this part of my Monthly Recap. I manage it in the end and I think it’s almost fitting that last month I featured a book by Leigh Bardugo and this month it’s another book by Leigh Bardugo that made the cut.


The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


August ended up being a month of ARC reads, and it seems September will be more of the same. I am steadily working my way through my YALC book haul so my Mid Year To-Read Goal is taking a bit of a backseat for now, but it’s safe to say all the books I have to read during September in between the ARCs are books I already own that I need to get through.

August Recap

August has been the month that summer finally hit England (better late than never I suppose) and now I’m holding my breath waiting for the colder weather to hit because it’s just too hot.

I managed to get through a fair more books this month, I also started taking part in another weekly feature which I am having a lot of fun with, and honestly not much else happened in August for me. Where July was a really busy month for me things seemed to calm down a little in August and I was able to devote a little more time to blogging. There are still a fair few things I want to do for my blog, creating a Goodreads account remains at the top of that list, but eventually I’ll get around to them all.


Reviews

August Recap, #1

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I had no clue what to expect going into this book, and even while reading it I had no clue what was going on, but it was all part of the reading experience. I had so many theories throughout reading More Than This and even though none of them turned out to be 100% correct guessing was all part of the fun.


And I Darken by Kiersten White

There were so many amazing reviews for this book on WordPress so I was really excited to get started on it. And I Darken was completely different to what I expected it to be but not in a bad way. The book focuses on Lada’s life, it was enjoyable reading her journey and I can’t wait to see where she, Radu and Mehmed go in the next book.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


August Recap, #2

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

This was another book which I saw so many amazing reviews for. I got a copy of My Lady Jane from my June Owl Crate box, and I’m so glad I did because I’m not sure if I would have picked this book up otherwise. A humorous retelling of Jane Grey’s life but with a happier ending I was hooked from the first page to the last.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I love Greek mythology so the fact that I hadn’t picked up this book before was a bit of a surprise. I haven’t read The Iliad but I knew how the story would end for both Achilles and Patroclus before going into The Song of Achilles. This book was heartbreaking; even when I knew what was coming I couldn’t quite believe it when it actually happened.


August Recap, #3

An Ember in the Ashes Series

I’ve had this series on my to-read list for a while, and when I received an ARC of A Torch Against the Night from YALC I knew I had to get started on it. I loved both books – the setting, the story, the characters – I didn’t even mind the love square going on. I thought the second book was even better than the first, and I hope the third book will carry on that trend.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I received a copy of this book from HarperVoyager.


P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books before, despite having them all on my to-read list. But when I saw an amazing five-star review on WordPress I immediately picked up P.S. I Like You and started reading. This book is a cute and fluffy YA contemporary, something I’d recommend for a quick afternoon read.


August Recap, #4

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

This is one of the series which I’ve had on my to-read list for a while now, but with the movie being released at the end of September I knew I had to pick up the first book at least. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is a completely unique concept and, although the first book wasn’t as good as the rest, books two and three were beyond amazing.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of August.

Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second if Someone Handed Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

Top Ten Favourite Beginnings and Endings of Books

Top Ten Books with an … Setting

Top Ten Books I’ve Had on my TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Books I Loved Set in School


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured five books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

BloodRose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Waiting on Wednesday #9


Wordless Wednesdsay

I started a new weekly tag this month and posted four Wordless Wednesday features.

Soundtrack of My Life

Wanderlust

Fashion

Best Friends for Life


I haven’t got any set plans for what I’m going to read or do with my blog next month. I have a few ARC reviews which will be posted towards the end of September but otherwise it will be more of the same. I have put myself on a book buying ban, the reasons of which will be obvious to anyone who’s seen my book hauls for this month, so I may get around to some re-reads in September as well.