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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Sรกenz (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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!ย 

Love and happy reading,

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up!! I had an excellent reading month for the month of July and I read a grand total of 13 books! So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Books I Read:


Life of Pi by Yann Martel (4.5 Stars)

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews (5 Stars)

A Soul Full of Stars by Bree Lauren (5 Stars)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (5 Stars)

Everything is Awful by Matt Bellassai (3.5 Stars)

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (4 Stars)

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (REVIEW) (5 Stars)

Educated by Tara Westover (5 Stars)

Mary B by Katherine J. Chen (REVIEW) (3 Stars)

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan (4 Stars)

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (REVIEW) (5 Stars)

Crash Override by Zoe Quinn (4 Stars)

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (3 Stars)

So, I feel like I started off the month super strong with mostly 5 star reviews, and then it sort of trickled off into less stellar books. There were are few really great books from this month though!

Physical Books: 6

E-Books: 2

Audiobooks: 5

Things I Posted:


Suitors and Sabotage ~ Olivia Twist (+Once Upon a Bookclub Unboxing) ~ Love & Gelato ~ Mary B ~ My Lady Jane

WWW Wednesdays:

July 4 ~ July 11 ~ July 18 ~ July 25


Monthly Wrap-Up: June ~ June Subscription Box: OwlCrate ~ The Sunshine Blogger Award #2 & 3 ~ Blog Tour: Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups ~ The Literary Dinner Party Tag

I enjoyed the posts I did this month. I have been toying with the idea of adding in another Book Review day per week, since I have been consistently reading so many books. What do you think?ย 

Getting Personal:

This month was a fun month, mixed with a lot of just normal, boring life! I had some pool hangouts with friends. I went to two different 4th of July parties. I had my monthly Tea Party with my girlfriends. I went to the zoo with friends. And I went to see the Whitney biopic – which was super good, and super sad! I highly recommend it!

I also went to lots of doctor appointments. For those of you who don’t really know me, which is most of you, I have been having chronic neck, shoulder and back pain for about the past 6 years. I see a massage therapist every two weeks, as well as a chiropractor. My massage therapist told me that she really thought I should go see a specialist of some kind because she is just maintaining me so I can function, but she isn’t really helping me to get better.

Long story short, I was referred to see an orthopedist by my general practitioner. They had me get an MRI. They said I have a herniated disc that is compressing one of my nerves, and they have referred me to a physical therapist. I feel like there is more going on than they have found so far, but they told me to give it 8 weeks before we make any more steps.

So, some ups and some downs, and hopefully some answers soon! I’ll keep you updated as I find out more about my neck situation.

My August TBR Pile:


Physical Books:

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz


The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

There are some repeats on this list from last month. Dragonfly in Amber is going to remain on this list until I get my act together and actually finish it! I really hope that will happen by the end of this month. Truly Devious is going to be a buddy read with a friend of mine, and we decided on this month! I’m excited to get to My Plain Jane and Stalking Jack the Ripper, as I’ve heard so many good things!

How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? What about the books on my TBR for August? Let me know down in the comments!ย 

Love and happy reading,