Reading Wrap-Up: August 2019

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We’re time traveling again — August feels like it absolutely flew by! September is here now, and it’s time to look back on the books that I read last month. It was a great month for reading, despite two DNFs, and I have found some new favourite books of the year!


Books I read

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (review)

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James (review)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund (review)

Mooncakes by Susan Walker and Wendy Xu

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Wonderland: An Anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Jade War by Fonda Lee

I managed to read eleven books this month (!!!), and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with myself! Not only did I actually complete my N.E.W.T.s, I read so many great books. Highlights of the month were City of Lies, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The House of Salt and Sorrows, Priest of Bones, and Jade War (see? Lots of great books!). 

I’m a little behind with reviews at the moment, but they’re coming soon — watch this space!


Books I DNFed

What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini

American Royals by Katherine McGee

I ended up DNFing two books this month. Both were contemporary YA, which is not my usual genre of choice, but I was still so disappointed! What She Found in the Woods was billed as a thriller with a heavy romance element, but it just couldn’t keep my interest. American Royals looked like a great read, but I think it would have worked better as an adult book rather than a YA one.


Books I bought

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang (review)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (review)

The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Zodiac by Romina Russell

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan

I bought a lot more than I was intending this month! Fortunately, I’m doing okay in terms of my TBR, with two books already read and reviewed last month, one old favourite long since finished, and another read this month. This is a great list of books, if I do say so myself!


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A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton

Wonderland: An Anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez

I received a lot of amazing books this month! I have been trying to cut down on review requests, but I just couldn’t resist some of these. A Little Hatred is high on my September TBR, as is Deeplight!


That’s it for this month! Let me know if you read anything great in August, have read any of these books, or see some from your TBR!

8 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-Up: August 2019

  1. I’m glad you had a good reading month too! I’m currently dying to get to City of Lies.

    “I bought a lot more than I was intending this month!” is your mantra at this point haha.

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  2. So many good books! I’m in the middle of Jade War right now, and I should be reading The Dragon Republic soon. Curious about your thoughts on Gideon the Ninth. I’ve got an ARC of The Merciful Crow I got at SDCC but I haven’t the faintest idea of when I’m going to read it!

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