Wrap-Up: August 2018

IMG_20180821_202020.jpgHi 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. current

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?

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8 gedachtes over “Wrap-Up: August 2018

  1. Marie zegt:

    I am so happy to hear you had a good time on holidays and about your progress, anxiety-wise, so happy and proud of you Laura! ❤ ❤ It also seems like you've read some great books, that's amazing – I can't wait to read Darius, it sounds like my kind of book 🙂
    I hope you'll have a fantastic month ❤

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  2. Avery @ RedRocketPanda zegt:

    First of all WELL DONE for going on your trip! That’s amazing ❤ I have some agorophobia, its not something I often talk about but i can understand how difficult trips and stuff are so I'm super proud!

    Also 11 books may not have been your goal but its still a LOT of books to read in one month so you still did great!

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  3. Lara @ Words With Lara zegt:

    WOWZERS! Go you for reading soooo many books! And also go you for confronting a fear and going on that trip!! My favourite book this month would definitely be The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. I’ve been binge reading them this month and I’m currently half way through the third and seriously, if you haven’t read it then you NEEED to!

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  4. May @ Forever and Everly zegt:

    I’m so happy for you beating a bit of your anxiety and going on that trip! It’s great to hear that you’re making progress anxiety-wise ❤ And I'm happy to hear you liked Fresh Ink — I've heard good things about it — and of course, Darius was amazing and I'm glad we both loved it ❤

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