Wrap Ups

August Wrap

August 31, 2018

Another month is coming to a close, and it’s time to show you guys what I read this month! I’m changing up my haul layout a little: if I have a review for the book, you’ll be able to click the STARS for the review link! (Titles will still take you to Goodreads.)

I think this may have been my worst reading month all year. I think doing back-to-back-to-back readathons at the end of July messed me up, plus I get seasonal depression at the end of every summer (I hate summerβ€”#sorrynotsorryβ€”and I’m ready for it to end) which didn’t help matters.

That said, I still managed to read 15 books, almost all of which were ARCs, so yay for a pretty successful #ARCAugust! Now I’m just hoping my reading picks up drastically in September…

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August Reads…

EMOJI KEY:
🌺 = Book-Tube-A-Thon
πŸ¦„ = #ARCAugust
🌻 = POC rep
🌈 = LGBTQ+ rep

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1. Next Year in Havana β€” Chanel CleetonΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒ»
2. Heretics Anonymous β€” Katie HenryΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆ
3. Bad Man β€” Dathan AuerbachΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†Β πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒ»
4. Sadie β€” Courtney SummersΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„πŸŒˆ
5. City of Ghosts β€” Victoria Schwab
Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„
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6. Clockwork Prince β€” Cassandra ClareΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†Β πŸŒ»πŸŒˆ
7. Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked β€” Christa CarmenΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†Β πŸ¦„
8. To Be Honest β€” Maggie Ann MartinΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„πŸŒ»
9. Rule β€” Ellen GoodlettΒ β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†Β πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆ
10. Gerald’s Game β€” Stephen KingΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
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11. Toil & Trouble β€” Jessica Spotswood & Tess SharpeΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„πŸŒ»πŸŒˆ
12. The Siren and the Specter β€” Jonathan JanzΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„
13. Heir of Fire β€” Sarah J. MaasΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
14. Keeper of the Bees β€” Meg KasselΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β πŸ¦„
15. Afterimage β€” Naomi HughesΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†Β πŸ¦„


Other Reviews Posted this Month…

Escaping From Houdini
The Opposite of Innocent
Mirage
Summer Bird Blue
Devil in Ohio
Our Stories, Our Voices
Sparrow Hill Road
A Conjuring of Light


Movies Watched this Month…

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My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month…

Books Still On My β€œMust Read” Listβ€”and a Poll!
How I Make (or Break!) My Reading Moods
Blog/Social Media Shout-Outs!
New Blogging Goals!
Series I Need to Continue/Finish (with an update!)


My Favorite Posts from OTHER Bloggers This Month…

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious: How to Decide Which Reviews to Post On Your Blog?
Liza @ DuskAngelReads: Ultimate ReadAThon Guide!
Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch: 10 Spreadsheet Hacks to Step Up Your Blogging Game
Annemieke @ A Dance With Books: Do I Read the Books I Haul?
Taylor @ NerdNarration: #SundayShelfie β€” Check Out My Brand New Shelves & Series!


STATS:

AVERAGE RATING FOR THE MONTH:Β 4.1/5
FORMAT:
Β 47% PRINT, 47% EBOOK, 6% AUDIO
PERCENTAGE OF AUGUST TBR COMPLETED: 50% completed, 11% in progress,
39% not attempted


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41 Comments

  • Reply Eliza Eames August 31, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for including the ReadAThon Guide!! 😊😊

  • Reply Alyssa August 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

    You still did great! Last month was my worst reading month for me (summer is so busy, all the time!). Looks like you had some awesome reads! I can’t wait to be able to read Toil and Trouble. πŸ™‚ Good luck next month and happy reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 1, 2018 at 1:21 am

      Aw, thank you Alyssa! i’m sorry August wasn’t a great reading month for you either. Something about summers, man! I hope you love Toil and Trouble though and that you have an amazing month of reading ahead of you in September πŸ™‚ Come on, fall!!

  • Reply thebibliophagist90 August 31, 2018 at 11:44 am

    You did read some great books! I did awful this month as well. I’ve been so busy with my older son starting school next week and moving. I also am doing a beta read and have 2 more beta reads lined up…all on top of a proofreading job I begin this week. Life gets in the way sometimesπŸ˜”

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 1, 2018 at 1:25 am

      Thank you! Aw, I’m sorry it wasn’t a very good reading month for you. πŸ™ That sounds like that would keep anyone super busy!! At least you were still doing awesome productive stuff, though, so don’t feel bad! <3

      • Reply thebibliophagist90 September 1, 2018 at 1:54 am

        That’s very true! I just hope September is better😁

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads August 31, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Awesome wrap up! πŸ™‚ Hopefully September will have more awesome books!

  • Reply pinotandpages247 August 31, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I loved Sadie too!! πŸ’•

  • Reply justonemorepaige August 31, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I love your emoji key!!! What a great (and adorable) idea. Also, I see that you loved Next Year in Havana – it’s one that I’ve been back and forth on reading. Should I go for it?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

      Aw, thank you! πŸ˜€ I just love breaking things down like that. And yes, I absolutely adored Havana. As far as recommending it, if you like books with a lot of political commentary, absolutely! It comes across as this sweet, romantic story, but when you start reading it, it’s actually very heavily focused on the political climate of Cuba in the 50s and today, as well as what it feels like to be an immigrant in exile from your home. It’s very poignant and sad at times, but the writing is stunning and there is just so much valuable commentary in there, especially given that it’s based on the author’s family’s own experiences.

      • Reply justonemorepaige September 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        Thank you!! That sounds absolutely awesome. Much deeper than I originally thought it was. I definitely think I’ll try it!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

          Yes, it was sooo much more serious and deeper than I expected, too! In a good way. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Nerd Narration August 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    *Sees you’re bothered by the 15 books you read and want to “drastically” improve upon soon*
    *Looks down at my own list of 7 completed reads this month*
    *Cries from comparison*
    Lol I’m TOTALLY just kidding, but seriously girl give yourself a break you kicked some serious literary booty this month! You’ve been upgrading the blog, creating new memes, posting every day, reading AND reviewing more than most of us, all the while attending school and raising a little one.
    TLDR? You did great this month! Dust that pressure right off your shoulders! πŸ˜‰ <3

    • Reply Nerd Narration August 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Oh and thank you SO much for giving my new meme some love! You’re the best booster ever! <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Awww, nooooo lol! Please don’t feel bad, I didn’t even think about it when I worded it that way. I honestly think any amount of reading is amazing. <3 Hahaha and thank you so so much for the sweet words. You always know just what to say! β™₯

  • Reply Madam Mim August 31, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Also hate summer and also happen to see it end!

    • Reply Madam Mim August 31, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      *hate! Not happen! πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Briana | Pages Unbound August 31, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Aw, I enjoy summer! But autumn is a great season too! Mostly I don’t like winter…

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Aww, winter isn’t my favorite, either. πŸ™ I love fall most, then spring (despite the pollen that kills my allergies), then winter, and summer is my least favorite. I will say there’s something pretty miserable about winter once mid-January or so hits and the “holiday high” wears off…

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious August 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    15 books is still really good and I am SO PROUD of you for doing so well with your ARC August goals!
    Thanks so much for linking my discussion post, too! xoxo

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress August 31, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    15 books is an amazing number, I don’t think I’ll ever read that much in a month πŸ˜… Your review for Toil and Trouble really put the book high on my tbr!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Aw, thank you so much! I really should have worded it better in my post because even though 15 is a little lower than my average, I honestly am so proud of anyone who reads even ONE book in a month, because you know, we live in a crazy world and it can be really hard to find the time/energy to read sometimes! πŸ˜‚ Seriously. And thank you, that makes me SO happy to hear about Toil & Trouble. I hope you enjoy it β™₯β™₯

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense September 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I’m really looking forward to Sadie and Toil & Trouble. I’m saving both books for October because witchy/thrillers during that month are a given. I also really enjoy the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie. It’s just so sweet and exactly what I needed. I hope you enjoy September and that fall comes quickly for your part of the world!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Yesss, great plan! I hope you love them both. Sadie and T&T were both honestly top reads of the year so far for me. I’ll be shocked if they don’t make it into my “best of” list at the end of the year. And YES to what you said about TATBILB! It was such a wonderful sweet experience. Thank you Alicia! I hope September treats you well β™₯

  • Reply Heather Cilley πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™ (@SPEWYouVoldy) September 1, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Your month looks like it was an amazing one!! Congrats girl!! I need to get on my Throne of Glass re-read! I’m falling behind. I am so happy you loved To Be Honest! I cannot wait to pick it up soon! <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:39 am

      Thank you lovely!! I am enjoying the TOG series so much. I know I’ve gushed to you some about it but seriously, Heir of Fire was phenomenal and I’m so glad I decided to start the series this year.

  • Reply Annemieke September 2, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for sharing my post. <3 You did super well on arc august!
    I'm kind of done with Summer now too. Bring on Autumn (and October haha).

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 5, 2018 at 9:26 am

    You might’ve read less during August but, girl, LOOK AT THOSE STARS.
    Obviously you still had a brilliant reading month since you gave all the high ratings!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      That’s true, I did have really high ratings in August! You’re right, thank you β™₯ Sometimes I think I get caught up in the “how many” and forget to look at the “how GOOD”

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 10, 2018 at 2:16 am

        Exactly! I found I did the exact same thing, which is why I’m going to change my wrap-ups a bit and start including those ratings, haha. I’m bound to read less from now on, so I still want to feel like what I’m reading is at least GOOD. :’)

  • Reply Sammie September 6, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Your worst reading month is still better than mine! Sorry to hear about your seasonal depression, though, and I wish you a fast winter and help things along. πŸ™‚ You can send your extra summer here; we’d be happy to take it. Lots of great books this month. I’m pretty sure my TBR is weeping from all the extra pressure you’ve put on it. You should be ashamed. πŸ˜›

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Aw, thank you, Sammie! Lol yes, I will happily send you the rest of this warm weather and usher in the cold, please! As far as your TBR goes, well, I *should* be ashamed, but I’m actually quite proud πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

    Say hello! β™₯

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