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August Wrap-Up

Another month, another Goodreads challenge completed with four months of the year left to go! Aaaaaaaaaahhhh. I’ll be intrigued to see how far over that 50 book target I can get by the end of December.

So… onto this month’s books! I went in thinking, ‘yes, let’s get these ARCs out of the way and dive into some long-overdue fantasy’. What happened instead? I read only two of the books I told myself to and a whole bunch of other stuff (only one of them being a YA Fantasy and the rest being a lot of Thrillers). Whoops? I can now feel myself drifting into a Gothic novel binge in September and I’m not even mad about it.

Another 6 short stories to add to the ‘Deal Me In Short Story Challenge’ I’m taking part in this year (of which I realise that I haven’t updated the actual post in a long, long time). But according to the very organised book spreadsheet I’ve started keeping (seriously, who am I?) there’s only 28 short stories to go until I’ve hit my goal of 52. If you’ve got any recommendations then let me know in the comments.

1. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez ● rated 3 stars
2. Till September Petronella by Jean Rhys ● rated 3 stars
3. The Summer People by Shirley Jackson ● rated 4 stars
4. The Daemon Lover by Shirley Jackson ● rated 3 stars
5. King Pest by Edgar Allan Poe ● rated 3 stars
6. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving ● rated 3 stars

1. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay ● rated 4 Stars
A traumatic and chilling tale of a family and a group of stangers who must save the world. Highly recommend if you like pain and crazy turns of events.

2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber ● rated 5 Stars
We return to Caraval for more magic, deception and mystery. Told from Tella’s point of view, Legendary is a vast improvement on Caraval and you will not stop reading until you’ve reached the end and squealed in excitement for Finale.

3. Lady Susan by Jane Austen ● rated 3 Stars
An Austen heroine like you’ve never seen her before. Lady Susan, the devilish femme fatale, of 35 years using her charm and vivaciousness to scheme and leave emotional wreckage in her wake (and a trail of men hungering for her).

4. You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke ● rated 5 Stars (ARC Copy)
A brilliantly paced, suspenseful and chilling tale of a woman on the cusp of losing everything and a past that threatens to break free. It starts with a trickle and ends with a bang. Full review here.

5. Believe Me by J.P. Delaney ● rated 4 Stars (ARC Copy)
A brilliantly absurd thriller about an ambitious actress embroiled in a murder investigation where nothing is ever what it seems and there’s no straight road to the truth. Who can you trust?

6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware ● rated 5 Stars (ARC Copy)
Deeply atmospheric, and steeped in the Gothic, Hal Westaway learns that sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water and sometimes it is. Ruth Ware’s best book yet.

7. Love Poems by Peter Washington ● rated 4 Stars
A beautiful collection of poetry exploring various aspects of love, from loss to infatuation to longing. Featuring poetry from the likes of Pablo Neruda, Christina Rossetti, E.E. Cummings, John Donne, Shakespeare and a whole lot more.

I managed to read two out of the four books that I set out to read in last month’s wrap-up, and that sounds like a success to me because I never stick to my list. I’m not too fussed about reading Grace and Fury though I need to because it’s an ARC, and The Poppy War will be read at some point because it sounds amazing.

September has a couple of releases that you know I’m not going to miss and will 100% make sure I read even if it kills me. Those two being Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb and Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. Two of my fav writing ladies releasing new books into the world *bursts with excited squees*. The other two titles on the list are ARC’s due to be released in October. My most anticipated being Melmoth by Sarah Perry, a loose reimagining of Charles Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer. I am quite honestly dying to read this book. I’ve never read a Sarah Perry book but if the book is anywhere near as good as the summary then I know I’m in for a treat (I’m also a sucker for anything Gothic and Perry is a self-confessed Gothic Queen).

1. Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
2. Melmoth by Sarah Perry (ARC Copy)
3. Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (ARC Copy)
4. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

How was your bookish August?
Read any of the books above or choosing to this September? Got a book you think I’ll be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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