My Bookish Month of August 2023

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

I can’t believe August is over! It seems like five minutes ago I was still looking forward to my summer holiday and now it’s September 😱 We kicked off our holiday with one of our chickens dying on us (RIP, Bien-Cuit), which was not great. I know it’s “just a chicken”, but it was our chicken and she was really sweet. Since her companion, Bleu, is a bit of a scaredy-cat and chickens are not meant to be all alone, we decided to expand the family. We got one laying hen and two bantam chickens and spent the rest of our holidays trying to keep the peace between the old hen and the new ones 😂 They are for sure the most monitored chickens in the history of the world 😂 Meet Brünhilde (you can still see the dinosaur in that one, can’t you 😂) and Wylma & Dot, our fluffy bantam Wyandottes, who prefer sitting on the roof of their shelter instead of under it.

My bookish month was fab! I had a few duds, two anticipated reads from favourite authors (Downing and Feeney) didn’t quite meet expectations, and one sequel (Carrick) didn’t either, but I did enjoy most of what I read and listened to. I continued blog-hopping, but I did take a break from blogging and reviewing and social media and it did me a world of good.

Honourable mentions to Death of the Black Widow, A Fatal Affair, The Orchid Hour and The Dark Half but these were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures August looks like this:

Novels: 8443 pages across 23 books
Audiobooks: 53 hours across 9 books

And here’s what I did in August and some of what I’ll be posting in September:

What I read:

Ruby, V.C. Andrews
Pines, Blake Crouch
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Death of the Black Widow, James Patterson & J.D. Barker
The Silence, Katerina Diamond
The Revels, Stacey Thomas
Case Sensitive, A.K. Turner
Sun Damage, Sabine Durrant
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
The Deep, Deep Snow, Brian Freeman
A Fatal Affair, A.R. Torre
The Vagus Nerve Gut Brain Connection, Wendy Hayden
Microbio, Fernando Gomez Echeverri
A Twisted Love Story, Samantha Downing
House of Roots and Ruin, Erin A. Craig
The Abrupt Physics of Dying, Paul E. Hardisty
The Illusions, Liz Hyder
Sirens, Joseph Knox
Kill Creek, Scott Thomas
The Orchid Hour, Nancy Bilyeau
Labyrinth’s Heart, M.A. Carrick
The Secret Hour, Scott Westerfeld
White as Snow, Lilja Sigurðardóttir (review to follow)

What I listened to:

The Liar, Nora Roberts
A Dinner to Die for, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
A Quiet Retreat, Kiersten Modglin
The Dark Half, Stephen King
Thornhedge, T. Kingfisher
Crash Land, Doug Johnstone
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
They Came to Baghdad, Agatha Christie
Good Bad Girl, Alice Feeney

What I read earlier but reviewed in August:

Delicate Condition, Danielle Valentine
All the Little Liars, Victoria Selman

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in August (and please try not to judge 🙈😂):

Two finished copies for the Orenda collection, two historical fiction novels, the new Cassie Raven, two fantasy novels and two thrillers I had to buy after loving the first in the series:

One 99p deal, one anticipated read that didn’t quite meet expectations, two NetGalley eARCS and three Orenda eARCs:

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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