Well it has certainly been a hot minute since I did one of these (April was my last one)! But since it’s already the end of August and I’m actually remembering to do a monthly wrap up on time, I thought I might as well do it. I don’t know about you but August passed in a literal blink for me! I definitely don’t think that I did anything noteworthy this month on both the work and personal life front, and to be honest, if you asked me what I did yesterday I don’t think I’d be able to tell you. It’s been that kind of brain foggy month and well, I’m just trying to keep my head above water and keep moving forward.
On a more positive note, I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 100 books this past Saturday and I honestly didn’t think I’d do it because my reading has been iffy at best this year. Thank goodness for the blog tours I’ve been on because they’ve been keeping me motivated and have given me the push I need to stay reading. Not that I haven’t wanted to read, it’s just that my moods have been all over the show lately and as a mood reader, books don’t usually get read very quickly, if at all, in my current state of mind.
Saying that, this month I managed to read a total of 15 books, not counting the second book I’ve DNF’d this year! Yes, you read that right, the infamous ‘non-DNFer’ has DNF’d not one, but two books in 2020. Like I’ve said before, I’m taking baby steps to DNF-ing more books and well, it’s two more than I DNF’d last year so, yay progress? 😬
⁍ (eARC) Always Only You — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) The Black Kids — read my review!
⁍ (eARC) Fable (Fable #1) — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) With or Without You — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) His Only Wife — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) The Good for Nothings — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) Accidentally in Love — RTC
⁍ (Tour/eARC) The Heart of a Peach — read my review!
⁍ The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea — RTC
⁍ (eARC) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen Children’s Stories) — RTC
⁍ (Tour/eARC) A Wicked Magic — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) A House Is a Body — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) Ignite the Sun — read my review!
⁍ (Tour/eARC) Starcross Manor — read my review!
⁍ (eARC) Losing Control — RTC
I think this is one of my better months of reading and I’m pretty happy that I enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read. It’s so hard to pick a favourite out of these but I can definitely pick my Top Five August Reads and they are:
- With or Without You
- His Only Wife
- The Black Kids
- Always Only You
Pretty much all of these reads were for blog tours and the ones that weren’t were (mostly) eARCs. Which you’d think would mean that I’ve made some headway in shrinking ARC Mountain, right? Sadly, very wrong. I seem to have the same problem browsing on NetGalley as I do when I go browsing through bookstores–I can’t stop myself from hitting that request button almost every single time. What do with me, eh?
On the blogging front, I’ve been slowly getting back to posting more regularly. I feel like blogging is much like exercising or any other habit that you take a break from after going hard at for ages. When you take break, no matter how much needed it is, it always takes a bit of adjustment to get back to a schedule once you start up again. I honestly don’t know if I’ll go back to posting daily (or at least making multiple posts daily), but I’ll try to keep a schedule as much as possible. I’ll definitely be sticking to my weekly memes as much as possible because they’re so much fun! On that note, here are some of my favourite posts from this month:
- #TopTenTuesday: Questions I’d Ask My Favourite Authors
- #5OnMyTBR: Ensemble Cast
- #TopTenTuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies
- Top 5 Saturday: Recommended Reads
- Top 5 Saturday: Underrated Books/Hidden Gems
This month ended roughly but I hope that you are all doing okay and you’re staying safe and healthy. As always, my messages are always open if you need to talk. Giant panda hugs! 🐼🐼🐼
13 thoughts on “August 2020 Monthly Wrap Up!”
Yeah… August was a weird month. Congratulations on reading 100 books!!!! That’s so coool! My ultimate goal, every single year, is to try to read 100 books and I think this will be the first year I will manage that 😀
I hope September will be a good month for you, hun! Both on reading and personal fronts ❤
I -cannot- wait to read Fable. I’ve been hearing such wonderful things. Sounds like a perfect book to read on a rainy day with ocean sounds in the background. Congrats on reaching your reading goal!
Congrats on hitting your Goodreads goal!! How exciting (: Hockey is my favorite sport and so a romance focused around a hockey player falling for someone on his staff? Umm, yes please!! SO happy to hear you liked it!!
Wow, you had such a good reading month, Dini! I know what you mean–August has felt like one of those strange, foggy months. As someone who loves autumn, though, I think I’m guilty of spending my August eagerly anticipating September…
I hope September is another good reading month for you. And congrats on hitting your Goodreads reading challenge goal!
I read The Black Kids and Ignite The Sun this month too! I’m hoping to get ahead on NetGalley this September.
15 books still looks like a great month!
I hope you find the rhythm again for the blogging!
15 books!! That’s awesome! I so want to read The Black Kids. I’ll be spending September catching up on ARCs. I didn’t do so well on my ARC request ban during the summer. Ha! Happy Reading!
Despite your blah month, you definitely had a great reading month! I can’t wait to read Fable. I hope September is a great month for you all the way around!!
Congrats on meeting your GR goal!!! Mine was 10 and I’m at like 160something. haha. Thanks, pandemic. You had a great month and that’s so awesome!! I’m glad and I hope that you have an amazing September! ❤
So many good reads! Fable is one of my favorite books this year for sure!
So many pretty covers! Glad you enjoyed Fable and I’m so sad I didn’t.
Daily posts are so hard to keep up with, it’s easy to burn out. Just do whatever works for you. 🙂
Congrats on completing your GR challenge!
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