Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Wrap-Up

It's September! September. Already. How did that happen? I haven't loved 2017 in general but I'm still not sure if I'm ready for the year to be nearly over at the same time. Still, enough angsting over the passage of time.  Here is a round-up of the books I've read this year and the different blog posts I've written, videos I've uploaded and how well I'm doing in my reading challenges. Enjoy.

Books read in August

1. See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
2. Mind the Gap by Phil Earle
3. Passing For White by Tanya Landman
4. Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
5. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
6. If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
7. Ferryman by Claire McFall
8. Sawbones by Catherine Johnson
9. Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
10. #NotYourPrincess edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
11. The Crash by Lisa Drakeford
12. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
13. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
14. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
15. Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell
16. Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor
17. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
18. Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle
19. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Total read in August: 19
Total read in 2017: 83

That's quite a lot of books read in August. I'm really pleased. Early on in the month I tweeted that I hadn't read that many books by POC authors and I made a bit of a point reading more by them.  Adam Silvera, Jasmine Warga, Catherine Johnson, the anthology #NotYourPrincess and The Good Immigrant, and Alex Wheatle.  All of these books made August reading pretty amazing. There was some really awesome writing in there.  I also wanted to finish up some non-fiction books that I'd started earlier on in the year but never completed, which is why I have The Power of Habit, Everday Sexism and Furiously Happy on this list.  

But what was my favourite book I read all month...?

August Book of the month


Sawbones by Catherine Johnson

I really loved quite a few books that I read in August. It was a really strong reading month.  But Sawbones by Catherine Johnson just really captured my imagination. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved all the medical procedures. I read this book utterly excited and captivated and I wanted to read more.  I'm thrilled to have the sequel already so as to not have to wait very much longer.



Books reviewed in August

A Change Is Gonna Come by Various

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
None of the Above by IW Gregorio
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Mind the Gap by Phil Earle and Passing For White by Tanya Landman
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

It makes me happy to see a decent size collection of reviews for this month. And an interesting selection of titles too.  They are all contemporary except one lone historical novel (Passing For White by Tanya Landman) but that's not so surprising, is it?  


Other posts in August

#YALC Books on My Radar
July Wrap-Up
Ayisha Malik on A Refuge for A Change Is Gonna Come
New Additions to My Netgalley Shelf
Why Representation Matters To Me
Ferryman by Claire McFall Extract
Semi-regular Giveaway
Top Ten Tuesday Back To School
Reading With My Boys

A Coming Out Post
Ch-ch-changes
Saying Goodbye
Weight Loss

Allllll the non-review blog posts during the month of August. These are my favourite types of blog posts to write so it was very fun this month. My favourite blog posts to write this month included Reading With My Boys and Why Representation Matters To Me. My most well-received post? A Coming Out Post.

Booktube videos in August

LGBT YA Mini-reviews
Super Quick Book Haul
Poetry Haul
September TBR

A decent showing for booktube videos this month. I'm hoping to at least maintain this amount if not do slightly better in the upcoming months. We'll see.


My progress in reading challenges:


British Books Challenge

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
Mind the Gap by Phil Earle
Passing For White by Tanya Landman
If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
Ferryman by Claire McFall
Sawbones by Catherine Johnson
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
The Crash by Lisa Drakeford
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Wishbones by Virgina Macgregor
Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Total in August: 12
Total in 2017: 33

Ooh. I had no intention at the beginning of the month to read this many books by British authors. It was just a happy coincidence. A couple historical novels, two non-fiction titles, a lone paranormal romance (!!) It's an interesting collection of books, that's for sure.


Read My Own Books 

Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell
Finally! I've finally read one of my own books this month.  I can't remember the last time that's happened.  This is a recent purchase and this section was originally put into my monthly wrap-ups in order to bully me into reading older books I'd bought myself and put off reading.  Still, I'm counting this. 


Netgalley


If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
#NotYourPrincess edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland


What have you been reading and loving in August?

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