Monthly Wrap-Ups

2021: August Wrap-Up

Reviews Posted

I’m now all caught up with writing reviews. I was way behind before due to procrastinating and struggling to find the right words to say. So half of this month’s reviews ended up being of books I read in July. But the good news is I’ll be back on track come September.

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson | ⭐⭐
Ignite by Sara B. Larson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
I Promise by LeBron James, Illustrated by Nina Matta | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

August reading was so so. There were some good bookish moments but also frustrating ones. So imagine my surprise when All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews stole the show as my favorite read August.

The previous book of hers I read last year was good but really frustrating, so I was somewhat hesitant to read this book yet still drawn to do so because of Crews’ storytelling capabilities. This turned into a great read with a beautiful enchanting romance.

Image via NetGalley

Blog Posts to Check Out

Here are some great posts from fellow book bloggers you may be interested in reading. These are fun, thoughtful, and informative content that stood out to me and particularly enjoyed.

Blogging Struggles: How Do Bloggers Stay Motivated? | Eleanor @ Not-So-Modern Girl

4 THINGS THAT MAKE ME DNF A BOOK written by Briana | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound
SHOULD LIBRARIES GO FINE FREE? written by Krysta | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

Sunday Smiles ~ Sister Act Spectacular | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Lyrical Lines | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Black Cat Appreciation Day | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book

10+ ESSENTIAL (AND FREE!) BLOGGING TOOLS TO GROW A SUCCESSFUL BLOG written by Marie | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

New Bookshelf

I finally around to rearranging furniture to make space for another bookshelf. I really like the finishing of this one; it’s so smooth and sturdy. My books look great on it. Nearly all my books now have a home. It’s wonderful.

More Paintings

I’ve been trying to get back into painting because it’s really fun and relaxing.

This month I painted a fictional character I like named Rimuru in his slime form from the manga/anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (a great reincarnated in another world fantasy).

An acrylic fan art painting on white 9 x 12 canvas of Rimuru from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime in his slime form blushing.
I also made a Hamilton painting accompanied with a jam sessions to the soundtrack. Both are going on my wall. It turned out better than I thought it would and now I want to try doing more silhouette paintings.

Acrylic fan art painting on an 9 x 12 canvas of the Hamilton musical logo.

More Book Hauls

I did not one but two book hauls all within a month or so, which is not the norm for me. One was all physical books (my preferred way to read) and the other all ebooks. All of which I have not read any of as I’m saving them for the upcoming fall season. While I’m constantly finding new intriguing books that I really want to read, I mostly was able to stick to books from my tbr than new book finds.

How was your month? What books did you read and which were your favorites?

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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2 replies on “2021: August Wrap-Up”

Thank you! I just had to get Six Crimson Cranes and can’t wait to read it. I have it on my fall tbr.


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