My Bookish Month of August 2020

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

First of all: how the hell is it September?! Every month seems to go by faster and I just can’t keep up! August was a good month though. As expected, I didn’t listen to as many audiobooks as I usually do, mainly because I was on holiday for half the month so no daily commute. We’re having a staycation, so I did get to read a lot. As a matter of fact, August has been my best bookish month so far this year, with 21 books read (full-length and a few novellas) and the highest page count (with a few bigger tomes making up for the novellas).

I successfully completed my 20 Books of Summer challenge, and most importantly: I read so many good books I enjoyed tremendously! For my Spanish read of the month I chose La Reina del Sur, which you might know from Netflix as there’s a show based on the book, but unfortunately I liked the premise (and the cover) a lot better than the actual story.

In figures August looks like this:

August
Novels: 6434 pages over 21 books
Audiobooks: 39 hours over 5 audiobooks

And here’s what I did last month, and some of what I’ll be posting this month:

What I read:

The Trials of Koli, M.R. Carey (review to follow on the tour)
Slow Bear, Anthony Neil Smith
Survive, Tom Bale
Home Before Dark, Riley Sager
The Quickening, Rhiannon Ward
The Hunted, Gabriel Bergmoser
The Night Swim, Megan Golding
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
The Seven Doors, Agnes Ravatn
Dead to Her, Sarah Pinborough
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Sliver, Ira Levin
Deadly Cargo (Mydworth Mysteries 5), Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Welcome to the Heady Heights, David F. Ross
La Reina del Sur, Arturo PΓ©rez-Reverte
Little Secrets, Jennifer Hillier
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins
Danger in the Air (Mydworth Mysteries 6), Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
The Raven, Jonathan Janz (review to follow on the tour)
The Wicked Sister, Karen Dionne
King of the Crows, Russell Day (review to follow)

What I listened to:

Written in Blood, Chris Carter
Wakenhyrst, Michelle Paver
Blacktop Wasteland, SA Cosby
Forest of Souls, Lori M. Lee
The Alibi Girl, CJ Skuse

What I read earlier but reviewed in August:

The Witch House, Ann Rawson
The Big Chill, Doug Johnstone
A Ruined Girl, Kate Simants
A Song of Isolation, Michael J. Malone
The Apocalypse Strain, Jason Parent
Dead Wrong, Noelle Holten
Sins of the Father, JG Faherty
The Minders, John Marrs
We Were the Salt of the Sea, Roxanne Bouchard
Epiphany Jones, Michael Grothaus
Faithless, Kjell Ola Dahl
Mr Nobody, Catherine Steadman

Last month I also unboxed the FairyLoot July box and I wrapped up my 20 Books of Summer challenge.

After my last bookish month post I noticed that a lot of you are nosy Parkers, so let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in August πŸ˜„

One tour book, courtesy of Flame Tree Press:

Two eBooks, incidentally two of my most anticipated reads of the year:

And… erm… a few paperbacks: three Spanish books to fuel my Spanish challenge (The Marsh King’s Daughter for a reread and 2 Stephen King novels), the latest Mydworth Mysteries instalment, an oldie hillbilly horror novel, and a gorgeous collection of Ira Levin books (2 of which still have to arrive).

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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