Thursday, 1 September 2016

Monthly Wrap Up: August '16

Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I haven’t really stopped in August, which has meant there’s been little time for blogging. It’s been extremely sad being away from the book community for so long, but hopefully I’m back now with a little more time and better Wi-Fi (fingers crossed).

As much as I love August, I’m excited for September. I’m finally going back to York for university to complete my final year (I’m surprisingly keen to start this ‘adult life’ business) and Empire of Storms comes out which is great because I desperately need more SJM writing in my life, lest I read my copy of ACOMAF to smithereens.

Onto bookish things!

Top 3 Books

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas (5 stars, 10/10, 100, love with all my heart)

Book Haul

Note: this list *excludes* those books that I got as part of my birthday book haul, which means August was pretty successful in terms of hauling. My TBR can be heard for miles groaning in a corner as more books get added to it daily.

I won all of these from a giveaway run by Faber and Faber. I know nothing about any of them really, and have only heard of a few. I still can’t believe how lucky I was to win them, thanks Faber and Faber!

I ran a Twitter poll to choose what to buy on my Kindle next after being in a ACOMAF reread-induced book hangover, and Anna @ A Literary Potion told me that V. E. Schwab was one of her favourite authors so I decided to give this one a go. To read my review of it and all the other books I’ve read this month, check out my Goodreads!

We’ve all seen this cover. We all know it wouldn’t have been long until I sold a kidney to get a hardcover copy. Luckily, I didn’t have to as Amazon dropped the price down to £6.50 and really how was I supposed to resist?

I bought all of these in India! I’ve been searching for a copy of An Autobiography for ages so I’m really pleased I found that. Also, the others are the beautifully designed Agatha Christie Signature editions and were all surprisingly cheap: 200 rupees each (about £2)!

Personal Update

  • I finally turned 21! I celebrated with a load of my bestest best friends at Brighton Pride and saw Carly Rae Jepson and Alesha Dixon and it was brilliant.
  • At the time of writing (and probably of publishing), I am in India. Our trip started on the 12th August in Delhi and since then we’ve been to Agra, Varanasi, Udaipur, Bikaner, and Haridwar.

3 Popular Blog Posts

5 Posts I’ve Loved

  • Ava @ Bookishness and Tea has written a brilliant post compiling all of her previous posts to do with book blogging tips which is incredibly helpful for all bloggers
  • Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook has written about her mixed feelings about ACOMAF (containing spoilers) which was a really interesting read for me because I was so completely blinded by love and made rereading it a more rounded experience
  • Anna @ A Literary Potion started blogging! Yaaay! Anna is wonderful and you should all check out her first post here
  • Jess @ Delve into Dystopia wrote a review of the Throne of Glass series so far, and it perfectly summed up my feelings about the series
  • Clare @ A Little Blog of Books wrote about how book blogging has changed her reading habits which for me was really relatable and I think is a good read for anyone who is thinking about starting to blog about books.

Having written this post, I realise just how many books I have bought this month and therefore how many books I have to get through. With that in mind, I’m off to go start a new read…

I would love to know your thoughts on any of the books I’ve read or bought this month, as well as hear about how your Augusts were in general and also in reading terms. Let me know by commenting below!

Love to you all,