Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well over the past month, wherever you are and whatever the restrictions are like in your country. Things are kind of semi-normal here which is nice, as it’s my birthday next weekend. Celebrations will obviously be pretty low key but I usually have pretty chill birthday plans anyway, I’m just happy that we’re not in full lockdown anymore and that I can actually go somewhere for my birthday!
For anyone who is new to the blog over the past month, the #RockMyTBR challenge is a challenge originated by Sarah K at The Book Traveler, which I’ve kind of adopted for myself over the past few years. The challenge is a relatively easy one, you just pick a list of backlist books from your TBR (so books not published in the same year that you’re reading them) and read them during the course of a year. I always pick 12, a book for each month, and then every month I post an update of all the books I’ve been reading. In August, I read 6 books, so slightly more than my average of five over the lockdown period, but I did have a few carry-overs from last month to finish. Here’s what I read:
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant:
One of my August Netgalley reads, though I did read a fair chunk of it in July. This ended up being a massive disappointment, I was expecting a fantasy Les Mis and instead what I got was an alternate history Les Mis with some incredibly basic inaccuracies about the time period. It’s such a shame because I was really looking forward to this one. I read it from 19th June-10th August. Here is my review of it:
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin:
My August #RockMyTBR read. I was kind of worried about this one because I didn’t love her second book, Foul Is Fair when I read it back in February but I enjoyed her debut so much more! Basically it’s the wives of Henry VIII but in a high school setting, and it was super funny, super feminist and really challenges the expectations of what readers think they know about these historical queens. I read this one from 1st-11th August (which is pretty fast for me!). Here is my review of it:
The Empire of Gold (Daevabad #3) by S.A. Chakraborty:
One of my audiobook reads for August, though again, I read a fair chunk of it in July. I was a little let down by this one to be honest, I enjoyed it but it took me far longer than I expected to get into it and I kind of felt it was a lot longer than it really needed to be. I loved the characters and the world though and I was relatively satisfied with the outcome of this trilogy. I read this one from 28th June-16th August (told you it was long!). Here is my review of it:
Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters #1) by Rebecca Schaeffer:
My other physical book for August, this one was chosen for me as my August Pick-It-For-Me by the Goodreads Book Club I’m in, the YA Addicted Book Club. I really enjoyed this one, a short, fast paced fantasy read, packed with morally grey characters was just what I needed after reading a lot of chunky books over July and August! I read this one from 12th-24th August. Here is my review of it:
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron:
My other Netgalley read for the month. I’m not usually a massive fan of Cinderella but I really enjoyed this retelling, I liked that it did something different with the fairytale and aimed to examine and smash patriarchal structures, even if it was sometimes in a quite heavy handed way. It was also awesome to see a Black, lesbian girl take centre stage in this story. I read this one from 10th August-24th August. Here is my review of it:
Sightwitch (Witchlands #2.5) by Susan Dennard:
My other audio read for August. I really wasn’t a fan of this audiobook, yes, I suppose it was quite sweet to see how Kullen and Ryber met but I didn’t really feel I got anything out of this story and mostly found the narrative quite confusing. Honestly if I hadn’t been told I needed this to understand Bloodwitch, I probably wouldn’t have read it. I read this one from 17th August-2nd September. I decided not to do a review of it, it was pretty short and I don’t have much to say other than I didn’t like it.
So that’s what I read in August, here’s what I have coming up for September:
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson
My current read, it’s the September Book of The Month for the YA Addicted Book Club, and was also one of the Pick It For Me suggestions I got last month. I’m really enjoying this one, it’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while actually! I’m about halfway through, give or take which is pretty good considering I only started it last week.
Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game #3)-Amanda Foody
My Netgalley read for this month. It was a bit of a slow starter but the story’s really picked up now, thankfully! I’m not sure if I love this one quite as much as King yet, but there’s still a lot more to go so I’m imagining there’s a lot more action and twists to come.
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3)-Susan Dennard
My audiobook read for this month, I’m hoping that I enjoy this one a lot more than Sightwitch. It’s Aeduan’s book and I’ve always found him quite an interesting character, so I have high hopes for it.
My #RockMyTBR book for September, I’m really excited for this one as a Robin Hood retelling where Robin Hood is a woman is something I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so this book where Maid Marian takes up Robin Hood’s mantel seems right up my alley!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-VE Schwab
I’m not expecting to finish Queen of Volts before the end of the month as it’s quite a long one (about 600 pages) but if I do, then this will be my next Netgalley read. This is possibly my most anticipated read of the year, so I’m really looking forward to finally getting stuck into it, either later this month or early next month.
I’ve gone for another ambitious TBR, but since I finished all the books on my TBR last month, I figured why not! How is everyone’s Goodreads Challenges going? I upped mine to 50 and I’m at 34 at the moment, so I’m pretty pleased, I think this year is going to be my best reading year yet (which is good because it’s certainly not going to be the best year for anything else!). Let me know in the comments how you guys are getting on!