August was a very exciting month for me! It was busy, as usual, but some good things happened, the most important of which was Quill and I finding a new place to live! Due to his job being a lot further away from our current flat, we’re having to move a bit closer so his commute isn’t so long. We found a house at the beginning of the month, and have been sorting out all of the paperwork for it. I’m so excited that I’m considering doing a house tour vlog! Maybe lifestyle vlogging will be my new thing.
My company has started paying for fitness classes, so I’m now doing one of those a week as well as a Pilates class. I’m feeling pretty good about all of that right now. If I can get my running back up to scratch, I’ll feel even better!
Another thing my company is paying for is a monthly session on mindfulness. I’ve always wanted to try meditation but if I’m doing it on my own I get distracted, so these sessions have been quite helpful in helping me clear my head and help me to stay focussed for the rest of the day. Having a guide is really useful, it turns out!
Over the bank holiday weekend, Quill and I went to the New Forest. We were ambushed by a lot of horses and donkeys on multiple occasions, and we ended up doing a 16km walk on one of the days. I had a great time down there, and would definitely like to go back in the near future.
On a more negative note, the climate change and Brexit stuff that’s happening is stressing me out. I’m actually losing sleep over it because I feel so powerless to stop it. The Amazon is burning down and no one seems to really care, and the UK government has been suspended because one man wants it to.
I somehow read a total of 18 books in August, which is absolutely mad. Here they all are in the order that I read them. As you can see, things started off really well with The Poppy War, but then I read some really average reads, unfortunately. I still enjoyed my reading for the most part though!
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
- Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill ★ ★ ★ .5
- Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill ★ ★ ★ .5
- Sea Witch by Sara Henning ★ ★ ★
- The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte ★ ★ ★
- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen ★ ★ ★ .5
- What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini ★ ★ ★
- Clockworks by Joe Hill ★ ★ ★ ★
- Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill ★ ★ ★ ★
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power ★ ★ .5
- Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé ★
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware ★ ★ ★ .5
- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan ★ ★ ★ .5
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ★ ★ .5
- The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth by Thomas Morris ★ ★
- Pulp by Robin Talley ★ ★ ★
- The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green ★ ★ .5
- Suggested Reading by Dave Connis ★ ★
Book of the Month & Giveaway
The Poppy War was definitely my favourite book of the month! Nothing was going to even come close, so it’s no wonder a lot of my other reads felt a bit lacklustre. From September onwards, I’m going to be giving away my favourite book of the month (or, in this case, it’s sequel) because I want to share the love with you all! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is separate to my Twitter giveaway, so if you like you can enter twice! You’ll only win one copy though.
As you can see, I read 18 books in August. Format-wise, I listened to 2 audiobooks, read 1 ebook, and 15 physical books. This surprised me a bit because I normally read more ebooks than that. But I guess I was focusing more on physical ARCs for #ARCAugust.
I read a good mixture of genres, which I think really helped to keep me reading. Mixing things up always works! I read 3 fantasy, 4 horror, 2 non-fiction, 4 thriller, 2 magical realism, and 3 contemporary books. My favourite reads from those were the fantasy books and the horror books, but that’s slightly skewed because the horrors were a reread. The thrillers were pretty great as well! But I didn’t love the magical realism books – I gave them 1 star and 2.5 stars.
My average rating was a solid 3.1, which I guess I’m happy with. It could be worse. I would have liked to have found some more favourites, but I’m happy with the ones that I read. And really nothing was going to beat The Poppy War.
As I said, we’ll be moving house in September, so I’m expecting most of the month to be taken up by sorting out our current flat and carting furniture around. Thankfully, we have some crossover between our moving in and moving out dates, so we will be able to take our time with it. I’m trying to keep the rest of the month as free as possible so I don’t get too stressed!
I’d like to try to keep up with the blogging, as I am slowly getting back into it, and I’m trying to sort out some kind of balance between book blogging and Booktubing. It’s actually quite difficult to do!
Reading wise, I’ll be taking part in the Contemporary-a-thon. I was considering daily vlogging it, but it takes place during the week that we’re moving, so I’m not sure if that would work out, as I’m not sure I’ll have the time or internet access! But we’ll see.