Monthly Recap: August 2015

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in August:

  1. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)
  2. Need Me by Tessa Bailey
  3. The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  5. Secrets of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
  6. River Marked by Patricia Briggs (audiobook)
  7. Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke A. Allen
  8. Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong
  9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  10. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  11. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
  12. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  13. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (audiobook)
  14. Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

What I Reviewed in August:

  1. One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
  2. The Veil by Chloe Neill
  3. The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  5. The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey
  6. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

Reading & Blogging Updates:

Typing out all the books I read and reviewed this month, I realize that August was a super-charged reading month. I wasn’t any more or less busy than usual so the only explanation I can offer is this: grad school starts in a week and my reading time is going to shrink…a lot. So of course I need to read as many books as possible while I can, right? Right. I’ve also been pretty on top of my reviews lately – six is probably the most I’ve posted in one month since I first started blogging! Fine Print also had the highest traffic its ever had this month, so thank you to everyone who stopped by! Means a lot. 🙂

I visited a local used book shop this month that DEFINITELY didn’t help with my out of control TBR pile…but it had a fabulous selection and I’m weak. Juliet Marillier now has a very strong presence on my shelves, y’all. My UF kick continues as I desperately scramble to complete/catch up on as many series as possible. At the time of writing this post I’ve got half an audiobook left before I’m finally caught up with the Mercy Thompson series. Hooray!

Life Updates:

This month I went to see Hamlet performed live and it was amazing. How do these people talk for so long, so loudly? Stage actors are so impressive, aren’t they? I also had one of my best friends come to stay with me for a few days – which was especially exciting because while I was in undergrad we didn’t really get to see each other much. Fun times were had!

What I’m excited for in September:

  1. Grad school! I’m starting my Master’s of Library and Information Science…which is something I’ve wanted to do since I was like twelve. Long time coming people!
  2. Hip hop! One of the things I’ve decided to do as part of my whole “trying new things” kick is to sign up for a beginner hip hop class at the university. While I’m not a great dancer, I find it really fun and it’s a great workout.
  3. Cooler weather! Need I say more?

How was your August? Did you read any great books or go on any fun adventures? What are you looking forward to in September? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Maraia

    I would be so bad at it, but hip hop dancing sounds like fun! Good luck. 🙂
    Yay for starting your grad program! I hope you love it.

    • After one class, I can safely say that I’m pretty bad at it too! HA! But it *is* a lot of fun and I like the music too, so that’s always a bonus. Thank you! I had my orientation and it went well, first day of classes on Tuesday!

  • Wow, that’s a lot of books read in August! Awesome job 🙂

    I’m very curious to see hera you think of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, will you have a review? Also just received a copy of Lady of Magick, very excited to start it now especially after doing the AceRoc twitter chat with the author 🙂

    ~Mogsy

    • Thank you!! I was feeling pretty anxious about how much (how little!) reading I’d get done in September what with school so I read like a machine.

      I LOVED Walk on Earth a Stranger! My review is all written up but it won’t be posted until the release date. Crib notes version? Very light on the fantasy and heavy on historical details, a protagonist you can’t help but root for, a very real sense of urgency and danger propelling things forward, and a diverse cast of characters. I hope you like it, too! 🙂

  • Jan

    A great month, Danya! A lot of books and lots of good ones, too. I love the photo from the bookstore! Wish I had one close to me. Congrats on starting your Masters. I considered that at several points in my life, but never did. Hope you love it.

    • Thanks Jan, it definitely was! I am usually awful at photography but when I saw how well that photo turned out I knew I had to post it – such a good bookstore, too! I’m excited about grad school but I’m definitely nervous…I’ll let everyone know how it goes in my next monthly wrap up! 🙂

  • You joined a Hip Hop class? That sounds awesome, I don’t even know what that would entail, but it definitely sounds like it would be fun. I’m always thinking I should try new things like that, but then I remember hoe adverse I am to any form of exercise and decide not to. And I’m glad you’re excited for school, when you’ve been planning on doing something for that long it’s both exciting and nervewracking when you actually get to do it.

    I hope September is just as good a month for you (you’ve read loads of books) but I can see you getting busy with school so I hope that goes alright for you as well.

    • YES! I’m not completely sure what it’s going to be all about either, but I had my first class and it was a blast (although I am SO bad, haha). Exercise isn’t really my friend either, but if I languish then I cannot eat whatever I please…and food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, imo!

      I feel like I may have built grad school up too much in my mind, but who knows? Maybe it will be just as awesome as I anticipate! I’m sure you’re right though – probably not a lot of reading (for pleasure) in my near future.

      • I always feel I should do more exercise but I never seem to, I’ve been scraping by with a good metabolism so I am not rolling myself out of the house, but I know that is not something I can do much longer. That and getting out of breath running for the bus is not a good look for anyone. I need to find a fun exercise class and just commit, but new things involving exercise scares me a little.

        You may have been building up grad school a bit, who doesn’t with things they’re looking forward to? Once you get into everything I think you’ll enjoy it, the start of any school thing feels like a let down because you always have the boring information dump of what you’ll be doing to start off.. It’ll suck that reading will have to be sacrificed a bit, though, but that is life, and it’ll totally be worth it.

  • Best of luck for grad school, that is one cool Masters and I know you will be amazing at it. And wow that is a whole lot of books for August, congrats! Your local used bookstore looks absolutely AMAZING so I am sure you will get to do loads of reading in September as well. Hip hop looks amazingly fun but unfortunately I am way too clumsy to ever do it haha, have fun with it!

  • Lynn Williams

    Cooler weather – well, it never really got that hot here which was a bit naff.
    Good luck with your grad school – so nice that that’s been one of your ambitions and you’re getting to fulfill it.
    And well done with your reading – you fit in loads of books.
    Lynn 😀