Taylor Swift was right: August DID slip away like a moment in time.
I’m starting to feel like a broken record with these wrap-ups, because August was really just…another month. A month of waiting, of alternating between numb to everything that’s happening and getting so angry I want to scream, a month of wondering if we’ll ever get through this. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go through this 2020 Issues carrd and find out ways to help. And to anyone in the US, I beg you to make sure you and your loved ones are all registered to vote.
At the end of July, I mentioned that I was going to try posting less often to see if that would bring back some of my blogging motivation. It…hasn’t really. I’ll probably still be posting less than twice a week for the time being, though I don’t know exactly what my plan is. Everything in my life right now is basically one big ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyways…in August, I read 11 books, with an average rating of 3.6 stars. Much better than July in terms of number of books, though worse in terms of quality. Hmm. Hopefully, September (how is it already September??) will change that, since I’ve checked out approximately 5 million books from my library and have a lot of reading to do!
Books I read
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell ⭐️⭐️/5
Genuinely disappointed that I disliked this book, which I fully expected to love. I’ll have a mini review up eventually, but basically: it was slow, I didn’t really care about any of the characters, and I didn’t understand the magic??
Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Luen Yang ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Mini review here. My first foray in the Avatar comics weren’t quite as satisfying as I’d hoped…but I still plan to read more of them. (Also, there are so many more than I thought there were!)
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Mini review here. This YA urban fantasy with elements of Chinese folklore was fun and imaginative, though sometimes a little too ~quirky~ for my taste.
Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
Mini review here. A sweet romance told all through text messages! I had a good time reading this, even if it did leave me wanting a little more.
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
Mini review here. A lovely, ghostly story with #ownvoices ace and Lipan Apache representation! I enjoyed the characters and the story, even if the writing left something to be desired.
Always Human by Ari North ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I read this sci-fi romance as a webcomic back in the day when it was still being released, so it’s very exciting to get to read it as a physical book! You can go read it on Webtoon starting here, but the book is also beautiful — and if you do read it, you should also listen to the music alongside it!
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Learn more about the US justice system, they said. It won’t make you want to tear your hair out, they said. Even though I learned a lot about the prison system and the death penalty in college, it’s still interesting to read about real world cases and learn more about the ongoing fight for justice. Although everything about it is incredibly infuriating and exhausting.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Mini review here. I feel like this middle grade book is already a modern classic, and I’m very glad to have finally read it. My heart is so full!
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Mini review here. A beautiful book in verse about growing up and identity that made me feel all the feels. I recommend this one on audiobook!
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I did it, I read the book everyone was telling me to read! And it was beautiful and heartbreaking, just like you all promised. I can’t wait to read the sequel! Mini review to come.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Brown Sisters #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
The sequel to Get a Life, Chloe Brown was freaking adorable and Talia Hibbert is officially one of my favorite romance authors. I would protect Zafir Ansari with my life. Mini review to come!
Hmm, I’m struggling to think of what even happened this month. August wasn’t the most interesting time in my life, that’s for sure. I worked a lot. I read a lot, obviously.
I still have folklore by Taylor Swift on repeat. Since my family decided to keep our Disney+ account for another month, I watched Hamilton for…the fourth time, I think? I also watched the musical Newsies (the 2017 stage version), which I knew almost nothing about going in, and I came to the conclusion that Jeremy Jordan is a gift to humanity.
A couple days ago at work was Independent Bookstore Day, which was delayed from April. The store where I work is able to have in-store shoppers, and even though it certainly wasn’t up to the level of last year, it was still a fun and busy day! One of the things I miss most right now is having, you know, events and things to look forward to, so it was nice to have that little bit of almost normal for a moment.
Oh! I won a giveaway! I’ve never won a giveaway before. Not only that, but it was from one of my favorite authors, Shannon Hale
who now follows me on Twitter it’s fine I’m chill. Eight-year-old Margaret, who built her entire identity around loving The Goose Girl, would be freaking out (let’s be real, twenty-three-year-old Margaret is freaking out). So now I have two new books that I’m very excited to read: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton!
The unfortunate news is that I have officially run out of space on my bookshelves and I have no idea what to do.
August blog posts
I posted much less than usual in August, but in case you missed anything…
And sadly, I didn’t do as much blog hopping as I would have liked, though I still did find some wonderful posts around the blogosphere that you should check out if you haven’t already!
🍉 Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies recommended books based on mood, which is a fantastic and underrated way of recommending books in my opinion.
🍉 Kay @ Hammock of Books talked about being a biracial reviewer and what #ownvoices means in relation to that — a wonderfully written and thought-provoking discussion!
🍉 Chana @ Paper Procrastinators listed all the books she’d die in, which I found incredibly relatable because I too would not make it in a fantasy world.
🍉 Abby @ Beyond the Read celebrated Women’s Equality Day by recommending books by female BIPOC authors, including some books that I also loved and others that are on my TBR!
🍉 The Orangutan Librarian ranked the “worst” fantasy tropes from great to the actual worst, which was very entertaining.
🍉 Fatma @ The Book Place recommended backlist books by Black authors, none of which I’ve read yet but all of which I want to now!
🍉 Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks talked about fake engagement in blogging, why she doesn’t like it, and tips for building genuine connections.
🍉 Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea wrote a brilliant intro to book blogging, which I want to make everyone read to appreciate what we bloggers do!
Since I’ve been not great about reading blog posts lately, please comment with any post(s) from August that you’re proud of, and I’ll do my best to check them out! ❤
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (eARC; release: Oct. 13)
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
- The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (eARC; release: Sept. 22)
- Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (eARC; release: Oct. 20)
- The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen (eARC; release: Sept. 22)
- Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass (eARC; release: Oct. 20)
- Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Wow, the color scheme of the books I’m reading are even kinda fall-themed. That’s pretty cool.
How was your month? What did you read in August? What blog posts from the past month should I check out?