*Well hello friends. It seems I got lost somewhere in the never ending summer activities. And, honestly, I needed a break. I feel much better about spending time here and I can’t wait to add all of the book reviews I’ve been saving up. I have such a hard time writing reviews that I always feel super intimidated by them. But I decided that the only way I’ll get better is with practice. Anyway, grab a cuppa and read on for my August wrap up and my September TBR.
August Wrap Up
August was a doozy of a month! I struggled through a reading slump and then when I wanted to read I just didn’t have the time. Plus, it was NEWTs so I felt pressured to read. I ended up finishing 6 of the 7 books I needed to read to become a Librarian. So I didn’t pass my NEWTs but its ok! The whole thing starts over again in April and I’m so excited to take my OWLs next year. I wonder what career I’ll pick?
Rebel Spring ⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: Morgan Rhodes
I liked this book a lot more than the first one (Falling Kingdoms). The characters are much improved. The plot is way more complex than I originally thought it was going to be. The writing style is still not my favorite, but it has improved a ton since the first book.
The Fellowship of the Ring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s been 16 years since I first read this magical story and I loved it every bit as much this time around. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was letting myself be intimidated by this book and I kept putting off reading it. I was 13 the first time I read it. I’m not sure why, at 29, I was feeling intimidated. At least I finally got started on my reread.
The Wicked Deep ⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: Shea Ernshaw
This was a sweet little romance. I loved Hazel and Bo. Their relationship was amazing, but I feel that the author left out a lot of depth and complexity. I wish the book had been a bit longer so that I could really get into the story.
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Days of Blood and Starlight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: Laini Taylor
My favorite book this month! I love this book so much. I feel that it is the perfect sequel to Daughter of Blood and Bone. There is so much heartbreak but it was written so beautifully. I loved every second of this book!
Children of Blood and Bone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: Tomi Adeyemi
It took me a long time to get through this book, and it wasn’t because I didn’t like it! I hit a reading slump literally in the middle of it so I took 4 days off from reading it. It was such an amazing story though. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in December.
History of Magic
Empire of Storms ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By: Sarah J. Maas
This book was so good! There was so much going on and Aelin’s plots were the most complex yet. I love how Sarah is so good at creating such complex story lines. I love making all of the connections between characters and places and times.
The Assassin’s Blade
By: Sarah J. Maas
This was the book I didn’t finish this month. I started it on the 30th and we just got super busy. I literally had no time to read. I’m really liking what I’ve read so far though. It’s not hard to read and it’s great to get a peek into Celaena’s life before Endovier. I’m still reading it and with any luck I’ll be finished with it either on the 3rd or the 4th of September.
So, that’s my August wrap up! Even though I didn’t get to all of the books on my tbr it was still a really good reading month.
August book haul.
If you want to you can see the list of books I bought in the month of August right here. It’s a link to my Goodreads and I always make a new shelf for all the books I bought the previous month.
Since I love readathons so much I just couldn’t help myself when I was invited to do another Harry Potter themed readathon for September. This one is called Hogwartsathon and it’s hosted by @laureads_ and @niffler_reads on Instagram. The official hashtag is #hogwartsathon.
Platform 9 3/4: A sequel
Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff
Welcome to Hogwarts: A book over 394 pages
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Sorting Hat: A book with your house colors on the cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Ghosts of Hogwarts: A contemporary
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Mr. Ollivander: A book over 2 years old
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Diagon Alley: A book with a lot of hype
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Flourish and Blotts: Random book from tbr
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Bonus: Forbidden Forest: Book with dark themes (only read this if you complete all other prompts)
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
May the odds be in my favor.
I’m very determined to read all of these books this month. I’m on a book buying ban so I want to make the most of it and really knock some books off my unread shelf. I’m so tired of buying more books than I know I can read or will read so it’s time to start some new habits.
What are you hoping to get to this month?
P.S. You can always find me on Instagram @thecozyshelf!