Hi everyone! August was a pretty strange month for me. The beginning of the month feels like it was ages ago, and I also just got back from my holiday yesterday. We visited Friesland (a province in the North of the Netherlands) for 10 days, which was a real challenge for this agoraphobic girl who has a bit of a phobia for highways, but I did it!
I have to say that I’m kind of proud of myself. Looking back on how I felt going on holidays last year I can really see how much I’ve grown over the past year anxiety-wise. Things are still hard, but I’m getting there. Thank God.
As for my reading, I didn’t end up reading that much. I started off the month strong by basically reading a book a day because I was super motivated for #ARCAugust (remember my TBR? HA!), but I quickly burnt myself out and fell into a bit of a reading slump… Reading 11 books definitely isn’t bad, but compared to the goals that I set myself it’s just a tad disappointing. Hopefully my reading will be a bit better next month!
To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin – I ended up reading this book in a day and I really enjoyed it (full review).
Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles – I was surprised about how much I loved this anthology, because I normally don’t love anthologies (full review).
The Heat is On and The Winner Is… by Charise Mericle Harper – This series was a lot of fun, but reading these two back to back wasn’t a good idea. It just became a little too much.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson – This book has been on my TBR for a while now and I’m really happy I finally picked it up because I adored it. It also made me stop and think a few times. Amazing voice, and an amazing writing style.
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram – This is an incredibly important book, and it was incredibly good, too. I sobbed at the end.
Lumberjanes: the Moon is Up by Mariko Tamaki – I don’t always love novelized versions of different kinds of media, but I loved this. It was so much fun!
Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little – I read this not too long ago and I already can’t remember most of it… I remember thinking it was cute, though. Just not great.
Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss – This was such a cute story and I loved it very much. I immediately wanted to reread it, and that says a lot.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman – I decided to reread Girl Out of Water because I remembered loving it a lot, and I can now safely say that it is one of my favorite contemporaries ever (full review).
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I reread this because of the movie and I really enjoyed seeing all of the little details I’d forgotten about, but I do like the movie a bit better.
I started Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein at the beginning of the month and while I was definitely excited getting into it, I just didn’t end up liking it very much. I’m now over halfway through but I just can’t find the motivation to finish it…. I’ll probably end up DNF’ing it, to be totally honest.
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz on the other hand is really good! It’s quite a short audiobook so I should be able to finish it quickly, but because it deals with some very heavy topics I decided to take my time with it. I think I’m about halfway through the book now.
So, that’s everything I managed to read in the month of August! Now tell me; what was the best thing you read this month?