Monthly wrap-up: August
It’s the end of August, which feels like it’s the end of Summer. Don’t you hate that?
I think blogging has been going good lately, so I’m adding another topic to the mix; the monthly wrap-up. The name itself probably speaks for itself, but let me explain a little what I’ll talk about in this post.
In the monthly wrap-ups I’ll be talking about the books I got (bought or borrowed), the books I read, the books I found and added to my TBR-list, all blog things, and – when interesting enough – an update on my life.
August has felt very long and very short at the same time, because of personal stuff happening. I won’t dive into that today though, let’s keep it light! But doesn’t it feel crazy that there are only four months left of 2019. How did that happen?!
August in books
Books I read
I actually never counted the amount of books I read each month. So when I made the list of the books I read in August and came up with three, I was surprised. It feels like some books took forever to finish, but apparently I’m doing pretty good!
The books I read are:
Far From The Tree by Robin Benway. I absolutely loved this book and actually cried a bit while reading. You can read my full review here.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriary. Hmm, don’t know exactly what to say about this book. The review is hard to write too, but it’s coming soon!
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. Which was a tough read at first, but ended perfectly. Full review coming soon too!
I’m also halfway through The Book Of Joy, but I guess I should talk about that book in the next monthly wrap-up.
Book I hauled
At the beginning of August I went to the library. I also got a two-month free subscription for 8 e-books per month. I bought a book, and borrowed two. That’s a total of … A lot of books! 📚 Here’s the list:
- The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon: I decided that it’s been a while since I last bought something nice for myself. So a book was needed (as it always is). This was one of the few English books on my list that was in the store.
- Stil a.k.a. Quiet by Susan Cain: I borrowed the Dutch version of this book from my brother. Very excited to see how relatable it is.
- Hoe Gaan We Dit Uitleggen by Jelmer Mommers: This is another Dutch book I borrowed from my brother and it’s about the impact of the climate change and how we can do better. Important book and something I’m really interested in!
- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks: This was one of the 8 e-books that I got for free this month. The other seven were not really interesting enough to download, but I can pass on a Nicholas Sparks novel.
- I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella and Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty are two books I borrowed from the library and already read.
- The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell are two books I also borrowed from the library.
I don’t think I’ll have this big of a book haul each month, but I must say it makes me very happy. 😁
Books I added to my TBR-list
I recently wrote a post that I delete some books from my TBR-list, and here I am talking about the ones I added. 🙄
Thanks to the wonderful books bloggers out there, I added a total of 17(!!!) new books to my TBR-list. I was planning on naming them all, but after counting, I decided against it. (If you follow me on Goodreads, you can have a look)
I do like to give credit for bringing these books to my attention. The self-help books are recommended on Read It Forward. Other books are from various book blogs and bookstagrammers.
August in the blogosphere
This month has been a good one for me. At least when it comes to blogging. 💻I had a hard time having a regular schedule for my blogging, but this month (and I think July too) I’ve been consistent for at least one post a week. Yay for that!
I like to keep going to post one book review a week. Next to that I like to extend more, but I’m still figuring out what that means exactly. Monthly wrap-ups are one of the things I like to try!
With the blog coming along a little better, I’m also trying to be more out there. Cheer on other book bloggers and – dare I say it – hopefully make some friends. The number of book blogs I now follow is bigger than it was before. And because some of them are blogs I look up to, I like to give a little shout out to them:
- Drizzle and Hurricane Books: pretty much every blog by Marie and her sister is worth reading. Like this list of contemporary books!
- Caitlyn Althea: just found her blog because of this post, and I liked it so much that I’ll be coming back!
- Novels & Waffles: this blog has such cute graphics! Also, novels and waffles are the best combo. And her insider secrets to avoid blogger burnout are very helpful!
Wrapping up the wrap up
This is probably the longest post to date. But I liked writing it, so there will be more to come. The personal life update will have to wait till next month, cause I’m out of words right now. 😴
Did you enjoy reading this wrap-up? What would you like to read in the next wrap-up?