August Wrap Up //2020

I didn’t make a tbr for August but I decided I’d just choose my book based on my mood, and maybe choose from my birthday books. As it turns out, I was in a reading slump for about half of the month. My reading rhythm really slowed but I’m definitely back now and out of the slump. My blogging also suffered a bit, I didn’t really engage with the community much…

But some great stuff happened this month as well. I finally got Animal Crossing and it’s been so much fun! I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in forever, went to the beach, went to the gym regularly, and spent some quality time with my family. Also, I created a bookish twitter account – dragonspaprbak, and it’s been fun.

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August Wrap Up:

August was exhausting, but it also feels like it went by quickly. Right now, I’m just really excited and simultaneously scared about my master’s degree, but one thing is certain – I am so done with this job and I can’t wait for the 30th of September, my last day of work!

My days off were pretty great! I went to the beach a few times, and I even went to the zoo (pictures to come)!

I didn’t really follow through with my intended tbr other than with a couple of books. On my blog I wasn’t quite as active as I originally intended either and there are a few posts (including lots of reviews) that I didn’t write or post in July that I ended up not writing or posting in August either. Maybe in September?

I broke my book buying ban because I’m weak and have no self control and I bought three books: The Promised Neverland vol. 01 by Kaiu Shirai, Pet Sematary and Under The Dome by Stephen King (I got a Portuguese pocket edition which has the book divided into two volumes, though I only got the first because I didn’t realize that it was divided at the time – so that’s a book I’ll buy in September).

I also bought three journals, a really cute mug and a bamboo travel mug from the zoo.

I also participated in two readathons. First, the usual SeriesTF2019 readathon, in which I finished the Strange the Dreamer duology and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. [TBR & Wrap Up]

I took part in the BoutofBooks readathon for the first time. [TBR & Wrap Up]. It was fun but I was tired and lacking motivation, it didn’t feel like I was doing a readathon. So, I’m not sure it was really that worth doing…

As I mentioned in my post What to Read Next?, or why I’m not setting a tbr next month I’m just going to take a break from readathons and reading challenges in September. I’m going to focus on reading what I want, whatever it may be for however long it may be – but still remain active in the blog with all sorts of posts, I hope.

Here are the books I read this month,

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  • The Promised Neverland vols. 01 – 10 by Kaiu Shirai – average 4 stars rating for each
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – 4.5 stars [review]
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – 3.5/4 stars [review]
  • The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker- 4 stars
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 4.5 stars [review]
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King – 4 stars [review]
  • Never Turn Your Back on An Angus Cow: The Life of a Country Vet by Dr. Jan Pol – 4 stars
  • Spice & Wolf L. N. vol. 13: Side Colors III by Isuna Hasekura – 4 stars [review]
  • Spice and Wolf L. N. vol. 14 by Isuna Hasekura – 4.5 stars [review]
  • Spice and Wolf L. N. vol. 15: The Coin of the Sun I by Isuna Hasekura – 4.5 stars

My favorites were The Promised Neverland manga, Wilder Girls and the Spice and Wolf volumes. Muse of Nightmares and The Silence of the Girls were also very good. I’m very glad I read all of these books this month, I really enjoyed all of them very much.

August Wrap Up

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For some reason, it’s been incredibly difficult for me to write this wrap up post and so it’ll be a short one.  

August was essentially my last month of holidays because now I intend to focus on responsibilities and Adult Things™ that I will further discuss in another post which will also feature some of my goals and expectations for September. 

I didn’t post a single time in August. I kept thinking about it but when I actually sat down to do it, it just didn’t happen… 

Annnd, I went to see Ant-Man and The Wasp and I LOVED IT. I watched a few other movies this month that aren’t really worth mentioning, which includes The Shining. I didn’t really enjoy it and I can see why Stephen King hates it. (The soundtrack was on point, though.)

Books Read & Some Reviews:

  1. Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher – 3.9 stars
  2. Feast For Fools by Rachel Caine – 3.5 stars
  3. Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine – 3.5 stars
  4. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine – 3.5 stars
  5. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King – 4.5 stars
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell – 3.5 stars
  7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 stars
  8. The Taylor by Leigh Bardugo (short story)

 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher: I really enjoyed this book but it was at the same time very disappointing. When you hear about a book that features a kidnapping and possibly Stockholm Syndrome, you think about something dark. This book was none of that though. I found the kidnapper unrealistic in personality, motives… he just didn’t work for me as a character. Everything else was fine, not great but fine, but it did take a bit to get used to the second person pov kind of writing style. 

Feast For Fools, Lord of Misrule and Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine: These are books #4 to #6 respectively of The Morganville Vampire series, which I have decided to stop reading. They were entertaining and they were mostly what I expected them to be. They are pretty average, Id’ say, but a fun summer read. 

I picked these up from my local library along with the book #7 Fade Out. These books followed a narrative and had a common conflict that made sense but from the synopsis of the following books, it seems the series became a bit episodic and just features the good and bad things that happen daily in the vampire town of Morganville, Texas…. and I’m not interested in reading that… especially since the series has 15 books. 

Animal Farm by George Orwell: (I didn’t plan on reading this but I had the opportunity to read it when I was staying with one of my friends and her mother near the beach for a few days. )

I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and I was surprised with the ending and the general evolution of the story and I thought the writing as great and the whole idea behind it was just fantastic. 

 

 

August Wrap Up!

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It’s the end of another month. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s September already. This year is going way too fast. This was my last month of holidays and I can’t say I read as much as I wanted but it wasn’t a bad month, in general. 

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  • Monstress Vol 1 – Awakening – 4 stars
  • A Darker Shade of Magic – 4.5 stars
  • Strange The Dreamer – 5 stars
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – 3.5 stars