Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in August 🌞 I finally got accepted for a Master Course!!!!!

August Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms β˜€ Β It’s already the end of August again (what even happened this month, time flew by again!?) and you all know what that means for me: time to get ready for fall πŸ‚πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ This summer was a lot more bearable for me (except for some weeks in August when it was super hot) so I enjoyed reading outside on the porch and soaking up some sunlight, but the majority of me is ready for the colder weather and autumn feels!! Time to drink tea and hot chocolate again without melting, time to soak in the bath with my book again, time to huddle into cozy blankets and sweaters πŸ₯Ί I’m also excited to be reading more spooky, atmospheric books soon and cannot wait for all the Halloween Readathons to come later in October!

Coming out of my inner pumpkin to finally talk about Halloween again πŸ‘»

Important Resources

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πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = Here and Queerathon

🐯 = #YARC2020 ✨= #StartOnYourShelfathon βŒ› = Digital Arc

I read 12 books in August and had a lot of fun participating in two Readathons: the month-long edition of the Series Crackdown and another Round of Tome Topple! I finally read a couple books from my TBR again (Kingdom of Souls, Beastly Bones, The Will and the Wilds) so I’m slowly catching up with the #StartOnYourShelfathon reading challenge that I’ve kind of been neglecting this year in favor of library loans. I also found two favorite new books this month, the most favorites since April!! Of course, I loved Beastly Bones – book 2 in the Jackaby Series – because it has my beloved characters and this amazing world I love ❀ Then, I also adored You Say It First, a contemporary book that was recommended to me by Marie, who literally has the best recommendations πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• So all in all, it was a good reading month though I was kind of feeling a bit slumpy in the last week of the Readathon due to all the new university adulting things I had to do! This Wrapup I’ve also started including my reviews for the books I read, as I wanted to like them for a while now! AsΒ  some books are mentioned several times, I only linked the review the first time πŸ“š

OC Update

I’m simply not reading as many books towards the challenge like I did in the earlier months of the year, but I read 3 books in August that I liked! One was an adult sci-fi graphic novel belonging to a series that I’m slowly making my way through and enjoying a lot. Another was a fantasy story that very much read as New Adult for me, so I decided to include it here as well! The highlight was of course Beastly Bones, the second book in the Jackaby series which is a mix of mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy! I loved this one just as much as the first book πŸ’ž

OOCZ_ August

Beastly Bones (William Ritter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ✨

Saga Vol 3. (Vaughan & Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

The Will and the Wilds (Charlie N. Holmberg) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ✨

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SC Round 10 (3)

It was the Round 10 anniversary for the Series Crackdown so it was a month-long event instead of 10 days! I had a lot of fun reading for the Readathon, though especially towards the end of the month I changed up my TBR and read less than I wanted to. I ended up reading 7 books that could be counted towards the challenge and fulfilled almost all of the prompts! I’m especially happy to finally have continued with the Jackaby series and read Broken Throne – the Red Queen Novella Collection I kept putting off – but I also liked continuing with some graphic novel series πŸ’•

1. Beastly Bones (William Ritter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ✨ ➽ Review

2. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Sandhya Menon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸ― ➽ Review

3. Broken Throne (Victoria Aveyard) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

4. Saga Vol 3. (Vaughan & Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

5. The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Katie O’Neill) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌈 βŒ›Β βž½ RTC!

6. Tunnel of Bones (Victoria Schwab) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒΒ βž½ Review

7. Kingdom of Souls (Rena Barron) ⭐ ✨ ➽ RTC!

tometopple12Tome Topple Round 12 (1)

I was excited to participate in another round of Tome Topple but things didn’t go according to my TBR once again πŸ˜… I read 5 books, a reread of the Illuminae series (which was great even the third time around!) and Kingdom of Souls & Broken Throne, two books that were very close to 500 pages πŸ“š However, I failed to read ACOWAR again. I got about 120 pages into it and then put it down again, because I wasn’t that into it. I feel like I should have read this back when I finished ACOMAF because now I’ve kind of moved on from the characters and writing style a bit. Still, I want to slowly read it over the next couple of months, I just won’t binge-read it.

7. Illuminae (Kaufman & Kristoff) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ” ➽ Review

8. Gemina (Kaufman & Kristoff) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ” ➽ Review

9. Obsidio (Kaufman & Kristoff) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ” ➽ Review

Broken Throne (Victoria Aveyard) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

Other Books

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10. You Say It First (Katie Cotugno) β­β­β­β­β­Β πŸ’ŒΒ βž½ RTC!

11. Loveless (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

12. The Will and the Wilds (Charlie N. Holmberg) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ✨ ➽ Review

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Favorite Book πŸ’•

whatiposted

The Bookish Baking Tag πŸͺ feat. my opinions on baked goods β˜€ Reading Challenge Checkin πŸ“š Here&Queerathon, YARC, LibraryLove & StartOnYourShelfathon⭐

β˜€ August Readathon TBR’s πŸ“š Series Crackdown & Tome Topple β˜€Β Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 🐺 Paris, Magic, and Banter

β˜€Β The TBR Tag πŸ“š Giving you a glimpse at my Goodreads TBR πŸ‘€ β˜€Β Review: Beastly Bones by William Ritter 🦴 A paranormal field day β˜€Β Getting Back to Writing #7 // Finishing the second round of Revision!

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

I got accepted for a Master’s program!!!!!! SCREAMING!!!! I was honestly tired of all the waiting to hear back from the universities I had applied to because I got a fair amount of rejections. But then I got accepted to my top choice university!! I’m so grateful that it worked out so well and that the first acceptance I got was from the university that was on my #1 spot anyways πŸ’• But as happy as I am, I’m also terrified πŸ˜₯ I have so many things to organize now (especially finding a flat, please send some good vines) that I know where I’ll be studying and it’s very overwhelming. I don’t know anyone in the city I’m moving to (my main support system being farther away now) and I’m not sure how to connect with others with COVID still going on. At least classes are split between online and in-person, so I hope everything goes well πŸ™

I posted a writing update … but didn’t do much revision – again. I was feeling very refreshed after my vacation at the end of July, so I started August great. I don’t have that much to report except for the acceptance letter, but the month was quiet and good. I prepared for line edits and finally updated my progress on the blog, but the last two weeks I’ve even too preoccupied with apartment hunting and preparing for university to tackle line edits. I’m sad that I haven’t even started, especially as in the future classes will take up a lot of my time again. However, I’m doubtful about my ability to edit my own writing style and make it better, so that’s why I struggle to get started. Hopefully, I can tackle this in September! πŸ“

Things that made me happy 😊

  • Watching so many great TV Shows πŸ“Ί My friend and I watched the last episodes of Lucifer Season 3, then the fourth season, so we could finally watch the first part of the newly released fifth season! Lucifer is one of my favorite comfort shows so watching it again was amazing and made me so happy πŸ’• I also finally picked up watching Trollhunters again. I watched the kind of sequel 3 Below first – I adore that show so much! – but before being able to watch the new Wizards show – all shows are connected somehow – I needed to watch the first show. Trollhunters is definitely fun, though not my favorite of the Tales of Arcadia franchise.Β 
  • Participating in Readathons πŸ“š Like I said, I did the Series Crackdown and Tome Topple Readathon this month. I was super excited for my TBR – though it did end up changing – so I started off the month feeling really motivated to read!
  • Visiting a volcano park with my family πŸ’₯ I didn’t do too many exciting things this month, but I did make a little day trip with my family to a cool volcano exhibit which was super interesting! As a child, I used to be obsessed with learning about volcanos, so this was a nice trip down memory lane πŸ₯Ί

looking ahead

The Fall Content is incoming!!! One of the most exciting things of September is finally working on autumn-inspired content for my blog again. I LOVE writing seasonal posts for winter and fall, so I’m super excited to do all the Tags and themed recommendation posts πŸ‚πŸ’ž I love that the weather is now getting colder and I can do the things I love the most: cuddling under blankets with my books, drinking tea and taking a nice bath! I won’t be joining any Readathons in September, as I want to take things a bit more slowly and there weren’t any I was 100% interested in signing up for.Β  I will however be participating in #goodreadance2020 (see below)! I’ll just be reading as much as I want and planning upcoming content (I’m currently working on setting up some posts for later in the year, as I have no idea how much time I’ll have when my Master’s program stars) πŸŽƒ I’ll also continue apartment hunting and planning for the move to my new city and the Master’s program at my new university! It’s still a scary prospect, but being as prepared as I can always calm me down and provides me with a good plan for this big change.

Me getting ready for fall πŸ‚

Goodreads Spring Cleaning Challenge 🌷 #goodreadance2020

When I saw that Shealea was announcing a Goodreads Spring Cleaning Challenge for the whole month of September, I was super excited!! I love organizing and planning things, so this sounded right up my alley! The idea behind the challenge is to clean up your Goodreads shelves and update/change everything that you’ve been wanting to do for a while. For more information (including how to sign up and what other challenges you can take on) please read Shelea’s announcement post on her brand new blog 🌻a

My Goals for the Challenge πŸ’•

  • Clean out my Goodreads Shelves again (I did this already this year, but I like to go through my Want to Read Shelf regularly and remove any books that I’m no longer interested in reading. If I’m still unsure about a book it moves to my Maybe Shelf, which I also need to clean up)
  • Unhaul any physical books I no longer want (I have some books that I simply no longer want to read and I’m being bold this time. I’ll be unhauling books that no longer spark any joy or interest in me and see if I can get them to someone else. Some books I might do a Try a Chapter for, to see if I still want to keep them)
  • Format and Edit my old reviews (In 2020 I did a new format for my Goodreads Reviews which I love, but I only got around to editing my old 2019 reviews into it. 2016-2018 still has reviews in the old format and I have been wanting to change that. This also includes editing some of my old reviews which are a bit more ranty/snarky as that’s no longer a writing voice I want to have for my reviews.)
me trying to tackle the spring cleaning

Top 3 Priority Books for September ❀

  • The Silvered Serpents (Roshani Chokshi) βŒ›πŸŒˆπŸ―πŸŒΊ
  • Bookish and the Beast (Ashley Poston) πŸ’Œ
  • The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (Lauren James) βŒ›

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What were you up to in August? What was your favorite book this month? I hope you’re staying safe β˜€

 

36 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in August 🌞 I finally got accepted for a Master Course!!!!!

  1. A huge congrats again on getting accepted to a master program 🀩 πŸ₯³πŸ€© πŸ₯³ I’m so excited that you got into your top choice!! Hoping that moving, new classes and friends is going to be a great adventure and that everything goes well πŸ’– Also, a volcano exhibit?? That sounds so cool! It seems like you had an all around great month in August and you had time to read a lot too πŸ™‚ Hoping that September delivers the best, coziest fall vibes we all deserve haha

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    1. Thank you so much, Pauliina! πŸ₯° 🎊 I’m currently in the planning stage for this new chapter of my life – I’m a bit nervous so I appreciate your well wishes πŸ’ž Oh yes the volcano exhibit was amazing!! I had so much fun doing a little day trip πŸ˜„ Thank you! I hope you have a great, cozy September as well filled with amazing books πŸ₯°πŸ‚

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  2. I’m SO ready for Halloween!!! 😍
    You’re so sweet and amazing, I honestly love your voice and your blog. 😊✨
    You read so many amazing books! I’m dying to read You Say It First, it sounds adorable. ❀️
    Thank you SO much for mentioning so many of my posts, you’re an angel and it makes me happy that you liked them πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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    1. Same, I’m so excited to get spooky!! πŸ‘» Aww thank you so much, Sofii that means so much to me πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— You Say It First was such a nice long-distance romance, I hope you’ll read it someday πŸ₯° Always happy to mention your posts, they are always a delight to read πŸ’•

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  3. First of all, congrats! It is absolutely fantastic that you got accepted for a master course, especially as it’s in your top choice university!! You’ve had an AMAZING reading month and I hope September is going to be a great reading month too! You made me want to read the Illuminae series so so badly. I love Saga and I really want to read Loveless. Lucifer is one of my favorite series too but for some reason, I’m not enjoying the fourth season as much as the other ones… Thank you so so much for mentioning my post, you’re soo sweet!

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    1. Thank you so much, Joss!! I’m so happy to have heard back from them, it was a huge relief πŸ₯° Thank you! I hope you have an amazing reading month in September as well πŸ‚ The Illuminae series is great and the format so unique, I highly recommend them ⭐ I also hope you enjoy Saga & Loveless!
      I love Lucifer so much and just finished the first part of Season 5! I have to agree though that the fourth season might be my least favorite. You’re welcome 😊

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  4. I’m so ready for fall weather too! And I’m so glad you found so many great books in August (including Loveless, hooray!!). I just got my hands on the first two volumes of Saga, so I’m excited to dive into that series too. Oh, and thanks so much for sharing my posts! ❀

    CONGRATS ON YOUR MASTERS ACCEPTANCE!!! I’m so excited and proud!! I hope everything goes smoothly for you, and I’m sure you’ll blow them all away with your brilliance ❀

    Also, a volcano park?? That sounds so cool!

    Good luck with all your plans for September – sounds like you’ve got some exciting things on your plate! Happy reading, and happy (almost) fall! πŸ‚

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    1. So excited for fall πŸ‚ August was such a fantastic reading month and I’m so happy to have loved so many great books! I hope you enjoy Saga, it’s a super interesting sci-fi series πŸ˜„ You’re welcome πŸ’•

      Thank you!! πŸŽŠπŸ’— I’m a bit nervous, but I hope everything will go well! Thank you for your support πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­πŸ’– The volcano park was honestly amazing! Thank you! I hope you have an amazing September (and fall) as well! πŸ‚

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  5. congrats on getting into you first choice, caro!!!! that’s amazing, and i’m so in awe of you πŸ₯Ί i have no doubt that you’ll do so well in your master’s program! and i’m still on the fence about whether i want to participate in goodreadance HAHAHA. on one hand, i really need it, but on the other, i’m SO lazy to and i’m not sure if i have the time :/
    i hope you have a great september and enjoy all your september reads, caro!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• I’m a bit nervous about this new chapter of my life, but thank you for your kind words πŸ₯° #goodreadance has honestly reignited my passion for organizing and it has been really helpful so far! Maybe you could just have a small list of goals to tackle 😊
      Thank you! I hope you have a great September as well πŸ‚

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  6. Congrats on getting into the Master’s program you wanted the most!! And best of luck on apartment hunting – it does sound very scary that you’re moving away from the people you know, but I know you’ll find new friends in no time. πŸ™‚ Also, good luck on your September challenges! I’m very much looking forward to your fall content!! I love seasonal posts, though we’ve “only” planned spooky content for the second half of October. I’m also looking forward to reading The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, I’m hoping it’ll be as good as it looks. Thank you for giving our posts a shout out, Caro! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Veronika! πŸ’• I’ve actually managed to find a flat 🎊 It was a long time searching with not many results, but I’m so relieved to have finally found a place to stay 😊 Thank you! I love doing more seasonal content, be it spooky or fall-themed. I cannot wait to see your spooky content! πŸ‘» The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker seems like the perfect Halloween read πŸŽƒ You’re welcome πŸ’—

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  7. Congratulations for getting accepted into your first choice Master’s program!! ❀❀ That’s so exciting and amazing! ❀ Well done!

    It looks like you had a great month! You read a great amount of books, and a lot of them were 4 stars or more, so that sounds lovely! 😊 And the volcano park sounds really cool!

    Good luck with everything you’re doing in September! πŸŽƒ

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    1. Thank you so much, Xandra!! I’m so relieved to have finally heard back from them πŸ’• I definitely read some great books this month, my favorite being You Say It First, such a great romance book πŸ₯° It was amazing and a lot of fun!
      Thank you! I hope you have a lovely September πŸŽƒπŸ‚

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  8. I just realised I forgot to leave a comment but congrats on your masters course acceptance!! That’s so exciting! It also seems like you had a pretty good month and I hope everything goes well with you in September!
    And congrats on winning the book blogger award too – you honestly deserve it so much!

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  9. congratulations on getting accepted for your master’s program!! i am sending you as many positive vibes as i can so you can find a good flat soon! i really hope everything works out & you can still be connected with your friends and family despite living away.

    also, 12 books is amazing! and congrats on making such good progress on your readathons!

    september means start of spring around here and it’s so hot already it’s been hard to function. but i am looking forward to halloween nonetheless; it’s a holiday i’ve been enjoying more and more over the years, because even though i am not necessarily a fan of spooky things, i always feel inspired to read more fantasy/mystery during this time of the year, and my TBR says thanks, hahah.

    i am glad to hear you enjoyed you say it first so much. i tried reading 99 days by the same author, but ended up DNF-ing it, as i really was not attached to the characters and found myself eye-rolling at their decisions. i found the premise of you say it first interesting, though, so i might give it a chance nonetheless.

    thank you so much for the shoutout, caro! hope you have an amazing september!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Lais!! I’ve actually found a flat now and I’m so happy to have that sorted out! πŸ₯° August truly was an amazing reading month! I had actually never read anything by the author before, but You Say It First was such a great read for me 😊

      Oh no, sorry to hear it’s already very warm where you are, but at least you get to enjoy Halloween! I can’t handle too many spooky things, but I like reading all the atmospheric fantasy books πŸ₯°

      You’re welcome! I hope you have a great September as well! πŸ‚

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