It’s time for a (delayed) look at my August reading life!
Like I mentioned in my post looking back on the first half of 2021 (+ July), I want to start posting monthly wrap-ups again! I don’t plan on doing separate haul posts anymore, so instead, I’ll be including my favorite hauls in my monthly wrap-up posts.
First, what I read:
- The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by Eric LaRocca ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- An absolutely incredible collection of stories that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I finished. Check out my review here!
- So Much for Love by Sophie Lambda ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- A brutally honest graphic novel about toxic/abusive romantic relationships – and the healing process after getting out.
- How to Keep House While Drowning by K.C. Davis ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- K.C Davis is one of my favorite tiktokers and this is a short little book about finding the intersection of mental health, self-care, and a clean home. It’s on KU and I loved it a lot!
- Sensor by Junji Ito ⭐⭐⭐
- As usual, Junji’s work is fun but somehow almost always misses the mark just a little bit for me. This one’s a cosmic horror manga and while it wasn’t perfect, I recommend checking it out.
- Displacement by Kiku Hughes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- An incredible graphic novel about a modern teen being taken back in time to experience the internment camps her grandmother was located in. This broke my heart a whole lot.
- Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala ❌ (DNF)
- I expected more from this, but at the point I made it to, the stories were mostly so incredibly mundane and boring that I couldn’t bother continuing.
- Be Gay, Do Comics edited by Matt Bors ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- An entire graphic novel anthology of queer stories by queer creators! Mostly autobiographical and really enjoyable for the most part.
- Giant Days, Vol. 14 by John Allison ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- I finally finished the series! I was so sad to say goodbye, but I was even more sad by how lackluster the ending of this volume felt. That said, definitely still pick it up if you’ve been putting it off!
- Abel by Katee Robert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- I’m gonna be honest: I need people to stop sleeping on this series. I loved this book so much more than any of her other books I’ve read and it featured one of the best depictions of the best-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope I’ve ever seen, plus phenomenal polyam rep.
- Children of Demeter by E.V. Knight ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- So, so glad I was sent a copy of this bizarre, suspenseful cult horror story! I’ll be posting a full review for this one soon, but needless to say, I recommend it highly.
And now, for some of my favorite hauls from August:
- Come With Me by Ronald Malfi (review copy; adult horror)
- Cackle by Rachel Harrison (review copy; adult horror)
- Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (purchase; YA… contemporary? hist-fic? it’s kinda both)
- Don’t Turn Out the Lights edited by Jonathan Maberry (purchase; MG horror antho)
- Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (purchase; adult horror; READ)
- Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds (review copy; YA nonfic)
- Chasing Ghosts by Marc Hartzman (review copy; adult nonfic)
- Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper (purchase; adult horror)
- Someone to Share My Nightmares by Sonora Taylor (review copy; adult horror collection)
- Red X by David Demchuk (review copy; adult horror)
- Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger (purchase; YA fantasy)
- Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel by Ruta Sepetys (review copy; YA hist-fic)
- Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson (review copy; YA paranormal fantasy)
- Usher’s Passing by Robert R. McCammon (purchase; adult horror)
- Fanged Dandelion by Eric LaRocca (purchase; adult poetry)
- Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven (purchase; adult fantasy romance)
- Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay (purchase; adult horror collection)
- Hollow Skulls and Other Stories by Samuel Marzioli (purchase; adult horror collection)
- Mordew by Alex Pheby (review audio copy; adult fantasy)
- Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (review copy; YA contemporary romance)
And finally, a little August life update:
August was a good month for me! As many of you may know, I had surgery at the end of July, so August was primarily about self-care and recovery, and it went smoothly. I had some nice time off from work, got back into the swing of reading and creating bookish content here and on my bookstagram, and – for whatever inexplicable reason, I don’t know – apparently underwent a metamorphosis into the kind of person who enjoys cleaning and organizing things? Seriously, I did a 180 towards the end of my recovery period and became obsessed with cleaning. 😂 It’s been pretty nice.
(In all honesty, I think following K.C. Davis/@domesticblisters on TikTok helped a LOT. She focuses a lot on removing the moral aspects from cleaning and learning how to stop feeling like a failure when your home isn’t clean, and in turn, getting rid of the shame and guilt associated with NOT cleaning has somehow made me want to clean a lot more. It’s pretty great!)
How was your August? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?
— destiny ♥