August Wrap: my slumpiest month in years!

September 11, 2020

Another late monthly wrap… oops.

Man, I don’t know about you all, but August was not kind to my reading and creative flow. Despite picking up a few graphic novels & manga at the end of the month, this still was the least I’ve read in any single month in FOUR YEARS, and I feel pretty lackluster (or downright negative) about most of what I did read. August is always one of my least favorite months of the year, anyways, but add in some personal struggles, grief, stress, and more… yeah. I’m glad August is over. (Not that September started off too much better, but I’m hoping for the upswing soon…)


books read: 14 (1 DNF, 13 completed)
average rating: 3.5/5
pages read: 3,282

pie chart depicting 21.4% authors I have read before, 78.6% new-to-me authors pie chart depicting formats read: 7.1% print, 7.1% audio, 85.7% ebooks
pie chart depicting 7.1% re-reads, 92.9% new reads pie chart depicting genres read: 7.1% historical fiction, 21.4% science fiction, 7.1% nonfiction, 21.4% contemporary, 14.3% fantasy, 14.3% horror, 14.3% romance


✨ = review copy | 🔁 = reread | 🤗 = buddy read
🎧 = audiobook | 💻 = Kindle Unlimited |
 📜 = poetry
🌻 = BIPOC rep | 🌈
= LGBTQ+ rep | 🌺 = disability and/or MI rep | 💞 = fat rep

✨ graphic novels, manga, etc.

50891359My Riot by Rick Spears & Emmett Helen (ill.)



mini review

Some important topics, though I’m not convinced they were always handled well.

52874283. sx318 sy475 Omni, Vol. 1: The Doctor Is In by Devin Grayson & Alitha Martinez (ill.)



mini review

Super diverse and exciting, with a delightfully new (to me, at least!) concept.

44018869The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 by Kōsuke Ōno



mini review

Absolutely hilarious and a new favorite manga series!

52854406Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga by Rainbow Rowell, Sam Maggs, & Gabi Nam (ill.)



mini review

Honestly way better than the original novel, and that’s coming from someone who the original novel meant a lot to, years ago!

49203394Barely Functional Adult: It’ll All Make Sense Eventually by Meichi Ng



mini review

Not what I expected, and honestly a bit disappointing, but I LOVED the sections on therapy and imposter syndrome!

49407627The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova



mini review

Not my favorite, but cute and definitely one I’ll recommend for kids!

50891498Odessa by Jonathan Hill (Odessa, #1)

❌ DNF ❌


DNF explanation

Miserably boring.

adult & new adult

48716987Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park



rant review

This followed through on approximately NONE of the promises it made.

52787932. sy475 Unboxed by Briana Morgan


mini review

Spooky and fun, but I wish it had been longer.

45023611The Roommate by Rosie Danan




So good, so sex-positive, so fun.

31451267The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season, #3)




This series just keeps getting better and better!

49086167. sy475 The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright


rant mini-review

Poor writing, awful characters, and too many problems to count.

54290559. sy475 Go Deep by Rilzy Adams




Nobody is more disappointed than I am, trust me.

 young adult

nothing this month! 🤯

 middle grade

22456292The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (again)


RTC (despite having originally read this nearly TWO YEARS ago… #fail)

Just as delightful the second time!


Click here to be my Letterboxd friend!

American Mary (2012)



I hadn’t seen this in years, but it was honestly even better (and bloodier) than I remembered. I love the underlying theme and, no spoilers, but I will always root for survivors getting revenge.

Host (2020)


Not gonna lie, this was totally worth the hype. I would love to see more filmmakers use shorter horror film formats like this because it’s just so damn punchy and intense.

The Platform (2019)


I still don’t know what to make of this movie.

Let Us Prey (2014)



This is probably the 8th or 9th time I’ve seen this, and it is easily one of my favorite films of all time. 


(Yup, still just these 2 same games all the time. I need to branch out a little.)



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More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. Aw, I’m sorry you had a slump month, Destiny! Those are pretty rough. But I’m glad you got to reenjoy some PJO and some horror movies! Revisiting things you love and finding you STILL love them is such a good thing. 😊

      I hope your September is kinder to you!

    1. love you, sweet friend. sending you my heart still and always. also.. the way you single-handedly just made me want to read the roommate. your power! 💕xx

    1. I’m obviously super late @ responding & commenting on things, but hi Destiny, I love you! Thank you so much for sharing my post! ♥♥

      I’ve been wanting to read THE ROOMMATE so bad after seeing that you loved it! After spooky season, I’m putting it high on my TBR!

    1. Aw I am so sorry to hear August was very slumpy for you. I do hope September ends up being better for you. I am excited to read you review on The Roommate. I have been hearing about that one. I put it on hold at the library. I can’t wait to get to it.

    1. Sweetie!! ❤️✨ here to wish you the most beautiful September full of the best readings. I hope you feel much better this month and beat that annoying reading slump, meanwhile take good care of yourself 🥺🥺🥺🥺

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