August Wrap Up and September TBR!

I have previously received PR products from Penguin and HarperCollins. This review includes mention of books published by Penguin and HarperCollins, which are all marked with [PR relationship].

This post also includes ads, in the form of mention of books I was gifted. These are marked as “AD, gifted”

Another month gone already! My reading is going to be a bit slower from now on, for reasons I discussed in my most recent blog post, so please check that out for a little update if you haven’t already read it!

Moving on… what did I read in August?

Books on the July TBR: 10
Books Read in July: 8
Books Read from the TBR: 8
Books Read Not From the TBR: 0
Left on the TBR: 2

I’ve been super bad with Libby lately, which is where the “not from the TBR” books usually come from. I don’t plan what to listen to, but I usually try to listen to something. But this month for some reason I’ve just not had much time to listen to audiobooks! So all my books were either eBooks or physical copies this month.

  1. Dominicana – Angie Cruz. 3.5 stars.
    This wasn’t quite what I expected, for a few reasons I detailed in my review! I did still get a lot out of reading it, however, and I would recommend it. Be aware before reading it, it deals with themes of domestic abuse, racism towards immigrants, and rape (marital and underage). You can find my full review here.
  2. [PR relationship] After Dark – Haruki Murakami. 4 stars.
    This was one of the books I read for the Murakami Reading Group this month! I enjoyed this more than previous Murakami. The narration perspective was something that particularly stood out to me in this book. I wrote a quick review on GoodReads.
  3. (AD, gifted) Summerwater – Sarah Moss. 3.5 stars.
    I was gifted a copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for posting an honest review.
    I’m not quite sure if this is a novel, or a series of short stories. An argument could be made for either! Throughout the book we get to see into many different houses and lives, as each section focuses on a different character, but all the characters are residing in the same cabin park. I found it really interesting, and you can read my (ad, gifted) review here.
  4. (AD, gifted) The Mountains Sing – Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. 4.5 stars.
    I was gifted a copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for posting an honest review.
    A historical fiction about the Viet Nam War, this book follows one family through several generations. I found this book really educational and I definitely want to read some nonfiction around the Viet Nam War now. Naturally, as a book about war, it’s not always an easy read, but it’s also extremely heartwarming in many places. You can read my (ad, gifted) review here.
  5. (AD, gifted) Strange Flowers – Donal Ryan. 3 stars.
    I was gifted a copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for posting an honest review.
    Another historical (sort of) fiction, set in Ireland. It’s not set that long ago — mid 20th Century for the first parts — so whether it’s historical or contemporary is a bit up for debate. I just never know where the cutoff is! I personally found the Biblical references a little confusing, as I’m not familiar with the Bible at all, which detracted from my reading. Find my full (ad, gifted) review here.
  6. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde. 4 stars.
    A classic that it took me far too long to get around to! If you like gothic, mystery and the supernatural, this is a book for you. I enjoyed it, despite the waffle, and wrote a rather rambly, not very put together GoodReads review, if anyone happens to be interested in those.

  1. [PR relationship] Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami. 3.5 stars.
    I’ve been reading a lot of Murakami recently and I think I should probably spread out my reading of him a bit! His books are starting to blur into one in my mind. I wrote a brief review of this and my more general thoughts on Murakami and how this fits in with the other works of his over on my GoodReads.
  2. (AD, gifted) The Appointment – Katharina Volckmer. 4 stars.
    I was gifted a free paperback of this book by the publisher, Fitzcarraldo Press, in exchange for an honest review.
    This is definitely not a book for everyone, so let’s start with that. It’s satirical, and extremely dark in its humour, and not for younger readers. The style is really unique, as is the form, but the content is equally as experimental. It was a fascinating reading experience, and I’m still trying to figure out if I actually liked it… You can find my review (AD, gifted) on my blog.

Also on my August TBR was [PR relationship] 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, both of which I started in August, but didn’t finish, so you’ll spot them in my September wrap up! I’m very happy with how I did. My September TBR is going to be smaller than usual because as I mentioned in my last post, I now have a new job, which will mean less time for reading. I am caught up on ARCs for now though, woo! I have one more ARC review scheduled for later this month, and there’s one book waiting on my NetGalley shelf, but that review won’t be coming out for a while longer yet as it’s still a way away from its publication and I like to read and review closer to the publication date.

My September TBR is…

  1. [PR relationship] (To finish) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  2. [PR relationship] (Book 2 of) 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami. (Murakami Reading Group)
  3. [PR relationship] Birthday Stories – Haruki Murakami (Murakami Reading Group)
  4. Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
  5. [PR relationship] Beloved – Toni Morrison
  6. After Me Comes the Flood – Sarah Perry
  7. [PR relationship] The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

I may well get round to reading more than these books, which would be great! I don’t want to put any pressure on myself though, because I find it really tiring settling into new routines and I don’t want to burn out. Having said that, one of the books on that TBR has a review scheduled to come out tomorrow so I’m clearly doing something right…

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