August was a considerably calmer month than July, which I am incredibly grateful for. Although, I didn’t get around to doing nearly as much as I planned to, bookish things that is; in life, I just wanted to relax and I’ve certainly being doing that – that’s probably evident in my sporadic blogging last month! I’ve relaxed a bit too much, and now I have several reviews to catch up on! I’d love to say I’m all organised now and ready to get back on track for September, but I don’t want to lie to you! It would appear I am more organised during term time, I even missed my own blogiversary – yep, Keeper of Pages turned 2 on the 18th August and I completely missed it! I did, however, read 12 books this month, one of which was The Stand by Stephen King, so that in itself was an achievement. Let me not ramble on, let’s wrap up August…
The standout books of the month were:
The Damned by Tarn Richardson
The Stand by Stephen King
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Read, and recommended, this month:
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
The Weaning by Hanna Vincent
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Thin Air: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver
Imperfection by Ray Clark
Read this month, but weren’t for me:
I Can’t Begin to Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Other bookish posts this month:
Some posts around the blogosphere I’ve enjoyed this month:
Marija @ Inside My Library Mind shared Sansa Stark’s Reading List – Marija composes reading lists for, and inspired by, different characters. Not only is this a fun post, but I’ve realised I am Sansa, I always thought I was more Arya, but every book on Sansa’s list appealed to me, so much so, I ordered a copy of How To Be Both by Ali Smith. My first September book purchase is curtsey of Sansa Stark!
Zuky @ BookBum shared ‘Cliche phrases in blurbs that make me avoid a book‘ – I really enjoyed reading about what makes Zuky NOT want to read a book! Also, this is one of those posts where you want to scroll through the comments to see what other cliches are a big no no for people. I also really enjoy Zuky’s monthly wrap up posts, because she, not only wraps up her reading, but also updates you on her life, and I feel like her life is so much more interesting than mine. You can catch her latest wrap up post here.
When it comes to nonfiction, Ren @ What’s Nonfiction? is the place to go, she has single-handedly reignited my loved of nonfiction. I love how detailed and informative her reviews are. I loved her book review for The Vienna Woods Killer by John Leake.
I loved Eva @ Novel Deelights review for Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough. We buddy read this book together and my thoughts basically echoed hers, we both found this one a disappointing read. Eva doesn’t usually review books she doesn’t enjoy, but she made an exception for this one as it was one of the books on her ’20 Books of Summer’ list – can ya’ll tell Eva she should post more reviews for books that didn’t work for her, they’re equally as good and informative as those for books she has enjoyed!
Every month Beth @ Bibliobeth and I buddy read a book together, and I love Beth’s book review for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – her love for the book really shines through in her review, and I’m so glad I got to share this reading experience with her.
Jess @ What Jess Reads is like my reading double, not only are we journeying through all Stephen King’s books together, we have almost identical taste in books! To be more exact, she’s reading my TBR and helping me prioritise it. I really enjoyed her book review for My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, it’s got me so excited to read my copy.
Also, Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads and Reviews is fairly new to the blogosphere, she has been part of the bookstagram community for ages and has finally created a blog to accompany it. We also have really similar taste in books, so I’m looking forward to all her reviews. She already caught my attention with her book review for Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone – I love dark humour in novels, and I’m looking forward to reading this one!
There were so many more posts I enjoyed this month, but I don’t want to make this section too long, but I’ve enjoyed seeing other bloggers share posts they enjoyed around the blogosphere so I wanted to do a little sharing too 😊
Criminally Good Book Club:
Looking for an online book club? Come and read some criminally good books with us over on Instagram – @criminallygoodbookclub. In September, we’re reading a former Richard and Judy book club pick:
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.’
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …
And that’s a wrap, folks!
What were your reading highlights of last month?