Monthly Wrap-Up: August

August was a month of lots of reading (13 books again), and also a lot of stress and reflection. Thank you so much to everyone who had such kind words to say when I announced my short hiatus a couple of weeks back. I have been blown away by how supportive this little corner of the internet is 🙂

Now, let’s get into it!!

Books I Read:


The Eye Opener by Indrajit Garai (REVIEW) (3 Stars)

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (4.5 Stars)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (REVIEW) (5 Stars)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (5 Stars)

Noteworthy by Rile Redgate (4 Stars)

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant (3.5 Stars)

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (REVIEW) (5 Stars)

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (4.5 Stars)

The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller (REVIEW) (3.5 Stars)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (5 Stars)

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (4 Stars)

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (5 Stars)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (4 Stars)

I listened to a ton of audiobooks this month, thanks to a great sale over on Audible. I was surprised to see just how many of the books I finished were audio, over physical and e-books.

Physical Books: 3

E-books: 3

Audiobooks: 7

Things I Posted:


The Eye Opener ~ Mini Reviews: Stalking Jack the Ripper & Hunting Prince Dracula ~ The Late Bloomers’ Club

WWW Wednesdays:

August 1 ~ August 8 ~ August 15 ~ August 22


Monthly Wrap-Up: July ~ July Subscription Box: OwlCrate ~ Discussion Post: Does blogging make you feel like you should read faster? ~ Taking a short break…


Getting Personal:

I didn’t post quite as much this month. I got a bit burned out, which is why I took the past two weeks off (and why this post is going up on the 10th of September haha) I have found that taking a short break was necessary for me to get back to enjoying posting on the blog again…and not feeling like reading was becoming a chore.

Other than my blog break, I had a fairly low key month. I got my hair redone (in red this time!). I had a Pride and Prejudice mini series marathon with my friend Taylor. Baby showers, birthday parties, and my monthly tea party 🙂 I sang in a wedding, which was fun, as well as a bit stressful.

I am still going to physical therapy for my neck/shoulder pain. I’ve been going now for around 5 or 6 weeks, and I’m still not noticing much of a difference. I hope it will start to help soon, but I am looking into other treatment options in the meantime.

My September TBR Pile:


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

My Plain Jane by The Lady Janies

I’m going to try to keep the number of books I read this month to a much lower number. I’m at least not going to stress about trying to read quickly. 😉

How many books did you read last month? Have you read any of the books I read? What about the books on my TBR for September? Do you ever feel like you need to take a little break from reading? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,

3 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: August

  1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

    Sorry to hear about your chronic neck/shoulder pain 😦 I had a lower back injury a few years ago and every now and then, I get a reminder of it when I lift something incorrectly or don’t exercise often enough. It’s so annoying.

    I’ve never been able to get audiobooks to work for me, but I can see how a different sort of lifestyle might make them a better alternative. Like if I had a long commute. Maybe one day!

    I think five books a month is plenty! I’ll be lucky if I read so many anymore. I’m not in a slump, but I feel like I’m being pulled in a lot of different directions right now and reading is kind of low on the list of priorities. :/

    Have a great month! ❤

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    1. Thanks! I’m hoping the pain will start to become more manageable with time.

      I wasn’t really into audiobooks until this year. I drive a flower delivery truck, so I spend a lot of time driving and they have been so great for me with this job!

      I’m hoping I can get back down to a more reasonable number of books per month. 5 seems like a normal number right? 😉


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