I cannot remember the last time I had a reading month this good. It seems like my choice to finally finish reading some of the books I had started months ago was a very good thing indeed. I have also finally gotten back into the groove of reading and reviewing ARCs – I do hope I can keep the momentum going. Especially because Rachel and I are planning on doing our two-person-ARC-readathon again at the end of September, this time without me being pregnant and not reading. (You are all invited to participate! But it’s super low-key and I am famously bad at reading plans.)
Books I read in August:
- Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh: 3.5 out of 5 stars (review)
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell: 4 out of 5 stars
- Alpha Night by Nalini Singh: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A. K. Larkwood: 4.5 out of 5 stars (review)
- Sisters by Daisy Johnson: 4 out of 5 stars (review)
- Luster by Raven Leilani: 3.5 out of 5 stars (review)
- Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: 5 out of 5 stars (review)
- Saphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4, Catalina Baylor Trilogy #1) by Ilona Andrews: 5 out of 5 stars
- Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5, Catalina Baylor Trilogy #2) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
I also started and DNFed The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix. E. Harrow.
Favourite of the Month:
Quality-wise, The Glass Hotel, hands down. I knew I would love it but also was scared of not being able to properly appreciate it during the pandemic and kept putting it off – I am so glad to have finally read it, it’s as good as I hoped it would be. But my proper favourite is probably Saphire Flames which I kept putting off because I know how addictive Ilona Andrews’ writing is. It’s so good! I had such a blast!
I read ten books, seven of which were written by women and the other three by a husband and wife team. Five books can broadly be categorized as literary fiction, one is a fantasy-scifi hybrid and four are some form of romantic fantasy.