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August’s Monthly Round-Up

Another busy month! The NEWTs Magical Readathon helped me pack a lot of reading in though. I managed to read fifteen books this month, with a total page count of 2780 – that’s about 700 more pages than my average for this year.

I didn’t get off to a great start, DNF-ing my first read of the month: Living a Feminist Life by Sarah Ahmed. I couldn’t get past the introduction – not because it was bad, but just it was heavy on the theory and I expected something a bit lighter and anecdotal. I wasn’t in the mood for something that theory-based.

In the end, I read a lot more than I planned to thanks to some fast-paced and very short books, and had a good mix of three- and four-star reads, and three five-star books this month.

What I Read in August

  • You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tover (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer (Review) – 5 stars
  • His Last Fire by Alix Nathan (Review) – 2 stars
  • Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey (Review) – 4 stars
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini (No review) – 3 stars
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Review) – 3 stars
  • Sweetlings by Lucy Taylor (Review) – 4 stars
  • Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash (Review) – 4 stars
  • Dark Matter by Michelle Paver (Review) – 4 stars
  • Nothing is Okay by Rachel Wiley (Review) – 5 stars
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Review) – 5 stars
  • To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas (Review) – 4 stars
  • AVOKA by Elle Nash (No review) – 2 stars
  • i can remember the meaning of every tarot card but i can’t remember what i texted you last night by Elle Nash (No review) – 2 stars

My Unread Shelf Project read had to be a book voted for by Bookstagram, so I asked for people to vote on between two books for one of my NEWTs prompts, and The Immortalists won.

Upcoming Reads

I try not to do back-to-back readathons or reading challenges because it doesn’t allow me to mood-read as much, but I couldn’t resist taking part in Hogwarts House Battles this month! There are prompts, but the focus is more on the number of pages read so really, you can read whatever you want! I’m looking forward to mood-reading a bit this month, though I’ve obviously done a TBR!

My Unread Shelf Project prompt for September should be a buddy read, but I skipped July’s – part of a series – so I’m catching up with that one by reading Crossfire by Malorie Blackman, the fifth book in the Noughts & Crosses series, and giving the buddy read a miss. I’m also excited to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and Bright Young People by D. J. Taylor.

Missed some posts?

Here’s some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

  • Look, not to be dramatic, but Peaky Blinders is my LIFE. I can’t believe we’ve waited almost TWO YEARS for season five. I spent a week in August re-watching seasons three and four in preparation for the season five premiere. It was a bank holiday weekend when the first two episodes aired – the first on Sunday, the second on Monday – and they were explosive, quite literally! Episode three was last night, so we’re already half way through. I can’t wait to see how this season pans out.
  • I joined my Beyoncé -obsessed friend in watching The Lion King at our local indie cinema. I was hesitant to go as it seemed like a word-for-word shot-for-shot remake of the original and turns out, I was right. They butchered the best song in the film (Be Prepared, don’t fight me on this) and the rest just sounded strange when sung by different actors. I enjoyed it for the nostalgia factor but would have much preferred new songs than a near identical remake.
  • Schitt’s Creek has become my go-to feel-good quick-watch show, and the best thing is that there’s four seasons of it! I love putting an episode on whilst I’m pottering around my room or cooking in the kitchen. Moira has me in stitches every episode!

Making (sound)waves

  • A friend of mine recommended The Man in the Window podcast, which chronicles the crimes of the Golden State killer, and I quickly steamed through all six episodes. It’s horrifying but really compelling journalism and I’d definitely recommend it if you like crime podcasts. I’m open to recommendations too! This was my first crime podcast so I’m interest to see what others are worth listening too.
  • Keeping in line with my re-emerging Peaky Blinders obsession, this Victorian-era City Ambience has been soothing me to sleep most nights this month!
  • Music-wise, I haven’t really been listening to anything new, but Hozier has been in even heavier rotation than usual.

What was your favourite August read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

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