Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

August was a pretty darn good reading month. I managed to finish 13 books–11 SFF books and 2 Romances. While not bad by any means, I’d really hoped to somehow read a lot more and totally smash the rest of my Summer TBR pile, but I think that was an unrealistic expectation on my part LOL. It’s not that I couldn’t have done it…but I did also get distracted by other books again. I think only 7 of the books I read were on my actual list!

I’ll have more of the full details of how I did with the three month long challenge in my wrap up post for 20 Books of Summer which will be coming shortly! (I still have the rest of this weekend~!)

Favorite Reads of the Month:

Well, August I read a TON of great books. Honestly hard to choose just a few or my favorites, but I’ll try. All of these were books that I was looking forward to and my expectations were not let down!

  • An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass. Carol Berg’s new series under a new pen name! Wasn’t sure how I would like this one even though I love Berg’s stuff, but it was great. It does have some of her signatures such as putting her characters through a lot. πŸ™‚
  • Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse. One of my most anticipated sequels of the year and it did not disappoint. This despite one of my favorite characters being absent for the entire book. Also, I really love Maggie. She’s a lovable mess.
  • Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan. Another book I was highly anticipating. This is a new one set in the same universe as her Lady Trent series, which I loved. It’s also an epistolary novel. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this one.
  • The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier. New Marillier! I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her so far, and this was no exception. Great characters, interesting mystery. The character arcs!!! ❀

August’s Book Reviews:

I didn’t really get out any ‘extra’ reviews in August, just strove for my usual 2 per week. Ended up with 8 total reviews posted. Not bad!


The Spec Set by Taya Okurlund – 2.5/5 stars


The Queen’s Advantage by Jessie Mihalik – 4/5 stars


Lace and Lies by Nancy Warren – 4.5/5 stars


Last Bastion by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach – 4/5 stars


Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan – 5/5 stars


An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass – 4.5/5 stars


Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams – 3.5/5 stars


The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – 5/5 stars

Other Posts:

Once again, not a whole lot of other posts going on. Still have my regular scheduled posts happening on M, W, F, and Su–except I did miss a Friday Favorite Five post because I was waaaay behind on things and super tired when it came time to write up a post. It happens. Of these, I’m particularly excited about my Autumn TBR announcement–got something to hold myself accountable again!

Plans for September:

I don’t have any bookish events for September, but I do have a new challenge I’ve set myself–a 30 Book TBR pile for the next three months with starts September 4th. I’ll be concentrating on that and r/fantasy bingo reads since we’re at the halfway point now and I only have about five or six squares marked off so far. Really my plans are to read and hopefully get way ahead in blog posts again so I don’t feel so behind all the time. πŸ˜€ Although, I know I’m probably going to get behind fast because September is slammed with new releases (and I accidentally left a few off of my Fall TBR list, whoops!)

What are your plans for next month? Everyone have a fantastic September!

16 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

  1. ivysbooks says:

    Wow great month! Yay Storm of Locusts is amongst the top. Cant wait for the third one. Hope September is good as well. Happy reading! I look forward to the summer read challenge round up post 😊

  2. Zezee says:

    That’s a good bit of books you got through.
    I did a readathon in August, so I think I’ll take it easy in September and read only a few stuff.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Believe it or not there have been periods where I’ve gone without reading, sometime for 5 or 6 months at a time. I’ve just been on a reading kick that’s lasted…several years now. Welp. 2.5 is still good!

  3. imyril says:

    Yeeeeeeees Turning Darkness Into Light – definitely my August book of the month, it was such a pleasure to dive back into Marie Brennan’s world of academic and political shenanigans!

  4. marydrover says:

    I’m taking September to chill a little because I’ve been hoarding books all year for Halloween, and the TBR list is longggggg, haha. Also because YEAH September is NUTS with releases. I have four just coming today!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Totally get taking a break, I’ve been going strong all year. September is going to be crazy. I don’t even know how many I have coming this month except it’s a lot LOL. Good luck!

  5. @lynnsbooks says:

    I also loved Turning Darkness Into Light. I know it’s a one off but I have my fingers crossed that the author will decide to go for more.
    I’m trying to decide for the next month if I need to push my reviews up to three a week and cut back on something else – probably Top Ten Tuesday or Can;t Wait Wednesday. It’s too easy to fall behind with reviews otherwise.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I’m really hoping she does too. Hopefully if she gets enough positive feedback from this maybe she’ll decide on writing more, never know, it could happen. (I’m trying to think positive, is this how it’s done?)
      Totally feel you on reviews. This happens when you have a sudden reading spurt, then you have a ton of reviews that all have to be scheduled. It’s always something! πŸ™‚

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