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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Anticipated Book Releases Bookish Lists

August 2021 New Book Releases

AUGUST 3   (SUPER Tuesday!!!)
Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (arc review)
Yona of the Dawn (Volume 31)
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins
The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons
On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia (arc review)

All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc review coming soon)

Black Butler (Volume 30)
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Books of the Month

[August 2021] Book of the Month: Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

Title: Set Fire to the Gods
Series: Set Fire to the Gods #1
Authors: Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Recommended?: Yes

Goodreads Summary: Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.

TBC Happenings

August Happenings!

Getting Back In the Habit…

It’s hard to believe it’s August already. Feels like the summer has been going by super fast. I only have a few weeks left before I go back to work, so it’s time to get back into the habit of things. I need to start preparing for the upcoming school year, whatever that may look like with the state of covid and delta variant we’re in nationally.

I completely got off my sleep schedule, some nights horrendously so. Therefore, I have to start going to bed and waking up early. Otherwise, the first few weeks of school are going to be difficult to get through.

I’ve also haven’t been posting regularly these past few months, a combo of work and life mental exhaustion and days where I was just too busy. The goal is to get back to regular posting and not fall behind on things.

Plenty of Summer Reading Left to Do…

I’d say I’m about halfway through my summer reading list. With a month and a half left of this intensely hot summer season, that still leaves plenty of time to finish reading everything.

I’m currently reading:

  • Carefree Black Girls by Zeba Blay (arc)
  • The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton

The rest of my August TBR includes:

  • Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Fairytales From Verania by TJ Klune
  • Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee
  • Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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