Hi everyone! Another month has gone and with the end of August I sadly wave goodbye to the carefree summer holidays. I’m a bit anxious about going back to work this year which I think is as a result of quite a difficult and traumatic year last year. I’m determined to be positive about it though so I’ve filled my final weekend with lovely plans and I’m looking forward to seeing my colleagues and pupils. Here’s what I read (a lot!) and blogged about in August!
Number of Books read: 16
Number of Pages read: 6,121 pages
Wow! Seeing them all like that makes me feel impressed with myself. That being said I have had an entire month off which involved a little reading and blogging retreat with my bookish bestie, so that’s the reason I read so many. This certainly isn’t a normal month! I only read YA books in August so I’m hoping to mix things up a little in September! I’m still catching up on reviews for these but I’ve posted all my ratings below with links to the review if it’s live or the Goodreads page if not!
- Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak – ★★★★★
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★.5
- Seed by Lisa Heathfield – ★★★★★
- Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla – ★★★★
- Gilded Cage by Vic James – ★★★★
- Tarnished City by Vic James – ★★★★
- Bright Ruin by Vic James – ★★★★
- Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – ★★★★★
- Sadie by Courtney Summers – ★★★★★
- Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★
- Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles – ★★★★
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★
- The Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake – ★★★★
- Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan – ★★★.5
- Tender by Eve Ainsworth – ★★★★★
- The Hurting by Lucy Van Smit – ★★★.5
I read a whole trilogy and finished my Harry Potter audio reread this month – which was a bit emotional. I’ll be reviewing everything from the above list so keep an eye out if I haven’t already reviewed!
Okay so I literally cannot choose ONE top book this month after reading so many. I’ve come to recognise over recent months that books which make me feel very emotional (usually with actual tears) are the ones that stay in my head and my heart as favourite reads. All four of these wonderful books did just that for very different reasons. I adore them. They have imprinted on my heart and moved something inside me to the point where I felt so deeply I cried and cried. All four of these authors are incredibly talented – definitely autobuy authors for me!
If you read my 2018 Goals and Challenges post you will know that I am once again completing a Goodreads goal as well as completing some other challenges. I’m not going to update every single one here so if you want to see my progress in all of them then check out this page!
Here are my posts from this month in case you missed any (I’ve not included my WWW posts but click on the title to find them all)! I’d love to hear what you think about the content I post and whether there is anything you’d like to see more of.
Top 10 Tuesday
Book Tags (feel free to tag yourselves!)
Six for Sunday
July: Bookish Reflection | N.E.W.Ts Readathon TBR | YALC 2018 | YALC Book Haul | My Recent Pre-Orders | Let’s Talk: Being a ‘bad’ book blogger | TBR Lows & Highs #1 | Illumicrate August 2018 Unboxing | Tips for Teachers: New & Old | August Book Haul
The summer holidays are at an end but I’ve had the best 6 weeks off. I’ve seen all my lovely bookish friends at either YA Prom, YALC, on a retreat or at a blogger meet up. It’s been lovely spending time with like minded people and I hope it’s something that is going to keep happening regularly – I know we have plans for it to! I’ve also spent time with my best friend and her little girl who is a true ray of sunshine and had the pleasure of seeing one of my other favourite humans marry the man of her dreams. I’ve been to the Harry Potter studios with my brother (watch out for a blog post) and I’ve dated myself in coffee shops and taken my blogging out into the world rather than locked up in my room. It’s been such a positive, happy few weeks.
I’ll have a bullet journal post next month after having a little break. I’ve also been delving into the world of designing a digital bullet journal so that may feature at some point. Blogging will be as frequent as ever, I have lots of ideas and upgrading to my own url has really motivated me to make new content. You may have noticed a teaching post a few days ago – look out for a couple more of these!
What were your favourite reads in August?
Did we read any of the same books? Link me to your favourite blog post from August!