Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in August 🌻 Magical Readathon & a quiet month

August Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 🌻 I cannot believe how quickly the months fly by! When I was doing my internship the weeks felt a lot slower, but now that I’m done so much time has passed already. August wasn’t too exciting tbh, as I’m mostly waiting to hear back about my Master thesis and everyone is either on vacation or doing something else. At least I had the Magical Readathon to keep my company and I could dedicate a lot of time to reading πŸ₯³

Important Resources



πŸ” = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books βŒ› = Digital Arc

πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR πŸ“– = #DevourYourTBR 😊 = Buddy Read πŸ’• = 12 Book Recs by Friends

I read 15 books in August! Most of them (except for 3 rereads) were for the Magical Readathon. I read 8 books for my character’s career and then 4 extra books for Adventure Quests 😊 Rating-wise this was a fantastic month, I only had one 3-star book, everything else was even higher rated! I found two new favorite books (See You Yesterday & Empty Smiles) to add to my best of 2022 shelf and loved the rest of my books as well πŸ₯° I tackled a 800-paged tome (House of Earth and Blood) with Destiny & Malli which was great ❀️ You can also tell that I’m currently at home because I barely used any audiobooks πŸ™ˆ

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I read 6 books out of my comfort zone this month! I loved almost all of the books I read (TWO 5-star and TWO 4.5 star reads πŸ₯³), so I’d say that it was a successful month! I didn’t read any nonfiction this month, but I hope to read Jenette McCurdy’s book next month because everyone has been raving about it! My hold for the audiobook should come in soon 😊

August 1

  • Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ
  • House of Earth and Blood (Sarah J. Maas) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸ˜Š
  • Book Lovers (Emily Henry) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“š

August 2

  • Captured (M.N. Jolley) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š πŸ“–
  • Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars (Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen) πŸ’Œ
  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Becky Chambers) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§


πŸ’« Magical Readathon Wrapup πŸ’«


1. See You Yesterday (Rachel Lynn Solomon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

2. Book Lovers (Emily Henry) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“š

3. The Queen’s Rising (Rebecca Ross) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š

4. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega (Crystal Maldonado) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š πŸ“–

5. Captured (M.N. Jolley) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š πŸ“–

6. Reckless: Silver Tracks (Cornelia Funke) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

7. Crumbs (Danie Stirling) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ [webtoon]

8. Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars (Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen) πŸ’Œ

Adventure Board

9. Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

10. House of Earth and Blood (Sarah J. Maas) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“šπŸ“–

11. Ravenfall (Kalyn Josephson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⏳

12. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Becky Chambers) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§


Other Books

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13. Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ”

14. Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ”

15. Dark Waters (Katherine Arden) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ”


Favorite Books πŸ’•



2022 Out of Comfort Zone Reading Challenge πŸ’— Mid-Year Checkin ~ The Oldest Books on my TBR πŸ“š To All the Books I haven’t read yet πŸ‘€

Blog Tour: 5 Reasons to Read These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall πŸ‘» ~ The Trope Book Tag πŸ’– Enemies to Lovers, Found Family & More!

Reading for 24 Hours πŸ’« feat. Book Lovers & Crumbs #magicalallnighter ~ Joining the #Bookoplathon for the first time 🎲 feat. Finlay Donovan, The Sunbearer Trials & More



For this section I’m sharing my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month πŸ’—


life stuff

August wasn’t that exciting tbh. I thought that I’d already been working on my Master’s thesis and getting to know the people in my research team. However, it turned out that my thesis supervisor is on holiday until the beginning of September πŸ™ˆ I admit, I felt a bit annoyed as they had suggested we’d get started in August and made me think we’d have the first meeting with everyone … with no mention that they’d be away for all of August. I have my spot in the department, but I don’t know who I’m working with and what exactly we’ll do. It’s going to be an online study, so I thought we’d be preparing the questionnaire and recruiting in September. I hate not knowing what the plan is, especially as I have a time constraint as well. I’m planning on finishing the thesis within the next semester (so I don’t need to do another extra semester), but also have to keep in mind that it’s supposed to be a 6-month duration. I wanted to officially apply in October, but with everything being delayed I’m getting a bit nervous. I wanted to take August to relax, but it’s a bit hard when the thesis is in the back of my mind. I’m hoping September will get me some answers πŸ™πŸ»

πŸ’« What I Watched in August πŸ’«

Watch full episode of Money Heist (2022) | Korean Drama | Dramacool Locke & Key Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes

  • Money Heist: Korea (S1) ~ Unpopular opinion coming in, but I loved this more than the original Money Heist πŸ˜„ The storylines are very close to each other, but the Korean version (and especially the characters) felt more intriguing to me and I hope we get more seasons in the future!
  • Never Have I Ever (S3) ~ This show is still so much fun!! I loved getting to see different relationships this season and I’m just so hooked on the story. There are a bit too many love interests for me personally, but I’m still invested! πŸ‘€
  • Locke & Key (S3) ~ I have to say that this is probably the weakest season, because the antagonist isn’t very exciting or complex. Nevertheless, I still had fun with the characters and though that this gave us a great, satisfying ending 😊


looking ahead

September means Autumn & Halloween coming closer πŸ‘€ With how the weather’s looking, we’ll have to wait a bit more for the autumn vibes, but I’m SO ready for summer to be over tbh. I’m still not sure what September will bring exactly, but I hope I get a more concrete plan for my Master thesis, so I know how the workload will be πŸ™πŸ» Other than that I’m technically still on my semester break and I’ll be doing another Readathon 😊 I’m finally joining the Bookoplathon and I’m ready for have a lot of fun with this Readathon throughout the month!

πŸ“š #DevourYourTBR πŸ“š

This month’s challenge is to read books “recommended by other readers“.

Β© DevourYourTBR

  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (Elle Cosimano) πŸ“š
  • Long Story Short (Serena Kaylor) πŸ’Œ
  • The Sunbearer Trials (Aiden Thomas) ~ preorder

🎲 I’m participating in Bookoplathon for the first time! 🎲

Bookoplathon TBR (1)

Check out my TBR in my signup post!! πŸ₯°

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What were you up to in August What was your favorite book? How are you doing? 🌻


33 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in August 🌻 Magical Readathon & a quiet month

  1. Thank you for the shout-out! I’ve loved our HoEaB buddy read SO much and can’t wait to finish it. I’m so glad you liked it so much! πŸ₯° And I can’t wait to hear what you think of Finlay! Also, I hope you get some answers about your project ASAP! 😦 I know that must be so stressful.

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    1. The HoEaB buddy read was so much fun!! I hope you like the rest of the book as well ❀️ I’m intrigued by Finlay Donovan, because there has been so much hype πŸ‘€ I hope I’m hearing back from my project soon πŸ™πŸ»


  2. I see you’re doing a re-read for Small Spaces reread, glad to see you still loved them! I will probably do it to but starting in September until next year, reading the book according to the season πŸ˜€ I guess you’re in Europe for Master’s? My friend is having the same problem, she’s supposed to submit her Thesis soon but apparently her supervisor is away for the whole August πŸ˜…

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    1. I didn’t plan on doing it so soon, but after reading Empty Smiles I had to do a reread πŸ˜„ Ohh that’s such a great idea!! ❀️ Yes I’m from Germany. I know supervisors take vacations in summer, but she didn’t tell us until she was already away πŸ™ˆ I hope everything works out for your friend!


  3. I’m sorry to hear the next steps on your masters thesis was delayed, the wait must feel very tense and I hope you get the news very soon. Then you can feel better. Sending you good thoughts ❀️
    Congrats on reading so many books and I hope you enjoyed your readathons. I’m glad you enjoyed Queen’s Rising more than me πŸ˜…
    That’s great that empty smiles was a new favourite. It lived up to the cover! (you could really creep people out with that cover πŸ˜‚πŸ€‘)!!
    I loved season 3 of never have I ever too! So much fun 😍😍 do you have a favourite character??
    Thank you soooo much for sharing my post. I so glad you enjoyed it!! πŸ’— Have an awesome September Caro!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀️ I’m hoping to finally get some news next week! I had such fun with the Magical Readathon! I was surprised that I still liked The Queen’s Rising because this book had been on my TBR for ages πŸ˜„ Empty Smiles was so much fun and is definitely creepy if you don’t like clowns 🀑

      Never Have I Ever is always so much fun! I find Ben such an interesting character and Fabiola is so sweet as well πŸ₯° I didn’t care for Paxton at all, but this season has really made me grow to like him! What about you?
      Of course! I hope you’re having a good September as well ❀️

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  4. There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing, I’m sorry you couldn’t get started on your thesis and it made August a bit less enjoyable. I hope it will go well in September!
    Ah, Small Spaces #4 is out now? I’m so behind, but my library still doesn’t have the third book, and they still didn’t translate the second book to Hungarian, so I couldn’t even buy it. πŸ˜’ I’m happy it lived up to your expectations!
    Never Have I Ever S3 was really good! I agree though, there were way too many love interests.
    Thanks for sharing my posts!

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    1. Thank you! I’m hoping to get some news next week, so I can plan a bit better πŸ™πŸ» Yes, Empty Smiles just came out! I’m sorry your library doesn’t have it πŸ˜” I have the books in paperback but since it’s released one year later, I’m glad that my library got the e-book for Empty Smiles! It was really good and I hope you get to read it as well!
      Never Have I Ever is always so much fun! Since I don’t like Love Triangles much, I’m also not a big fan of too many love interests tbh πŸ˜‚
      Of course! I hope you’re having a good September ❀️

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  5. Waiting to hear back about your thesis is super nerve-wrecking, I really hope you get a response soon! And wow, so many books!!

    I’ve watched seasons 1 and 2 of Never Have I Ever, but I wasn’t a fan… Maybe I need to give this season a try though… I also find it hard to believe that the Korean version of Money Heist is better than the original since that’s one of my all-time favourite shows, but I might have to see for myself.

    Hope you have a lovely September πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I feel like Never Have I Ever isn’t for everyone, but I think the third season is definitely the strongest so far πŸ˜„ I liked the original Money Heist, but wasn’t as into it like everyone else, so I think this might be why I liked it better!
      I hope you have a great September as well πŸ₯°

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  6. How stressful that everything is so delayed with your thesis work. I hope things move more smoothly in September and won’t make you struggle with deadlines.
    I also have to agree that the final season of Locke & Key was kind of weak, but still offered a satisfying ending. I love that they also left that little backdoor open just in case someone wants to continue it eventually.

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    1. Thank you, Kat! I hope I hear some news soon πŸ™πŸ» I like that we at least got a conclusion for Locke & Key – given Netflix’s tendency to cancel shows early. I wish they hadn’t introduced a new villain, especially one so uninteresting πŸ™ˆ Apart from that the season wasn’t too bad!

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  7. Wow, it looks like you had a great month of reading and it’s amazing how you didn’t have any books rated lower than 3-stars! That’s always a win in my book 😍 I’m sorry to hear that issue with your MA thesis thoughβ€”that’s really frustrating especially when you’ve been so eager to get started. I get how stressful it is not knowing plans but I do hope you get some clarity soon! Thanks so much for shouting my post out πŸ™‚ Have a great September!

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  8. Wishing you have a lovely september Caro! I’m looking forward to reading Subearer Trials, it sounds so interesting. So glad you enjoyed Queen’s Rising, do you have a review up for it? I wasn’t the biggest fan of the author’s other YA fantasy, maybe I’ll like this one better?? πŸ˜…Sorry to hear about the delay in your thesis though, I do hope you can make progress on it, best of luck! ❀

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  9. yay for having an amazing reading month!!!! in terms of quantity & quality. unfortunately for me, i read a lot in august but most were meh reads ): i’m happy that fat chance met your expectations, it’s always great (but rare) to find good books with body positive rep.


    i loved season 3 of never have i ever so much and it’s definitely been a lot of fun following devi through all her love interests hahah but it can definitely be too much sometimes

    i hope everything works out with your thesis and that you have a fantastic september!!

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    1. Thank you! Sorry to hear that you read some meh books in August πŸ˜” Fat Chance, Charlie Vega was great! I didn’t like the author’s other book, but her debut is so well-written!
      Aww thank you so much!! ❀️

      Never Have I Ever always makes me smile! I felt like two love interests were enough, but they keep appearing πŸ˜‚ We’ll see who she ends up with in the next season πŸ‘€
      Thank you! I hope you’re having a good September as well ❀️


  10. Wow 15 books that’s AMAZING! So happy you loved Rachel Lynn Solomon’s latest book. I’m currently reading it and I love it SO much! 😍😍
    Never Have I Ever was such a fun show, I really enjoyed that last season as well and can’t wait to see what happens next.
    I hope everything will be alright with your thesis, here’s to hoping you’ll get some answers this September!
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, it means so much! ❀ Have a lovely month! ❀

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    1. Thank you! See You Yesterday was just SO good and I’m so happy to hear that you’re loving it as well πŸ₯° Never Have I Ever is so much fun and really quick to watch as well! I hope to get some news about my thesis next week πŸ™πŸ»
      Always happy to share your posts! I hope you have a great September ❀️

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  11. I am crossing my fingers for you ❀️

    I love Devi’s chaotic nature, but Ben is definitely my favourite. He had a few layers/shields up but I find him endearing, and I think he is best matched with Devi. I love Devi’s mum and Kamala too!
    Paxton hasn’t been my favourite either but I liked that he brought out different sides to Devi and added conversations to the show.
    I’m excited to see season 4!

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    1. Thank you! I love Ben as well, he’s my favorite love interest – especially as I love academic rivals to lovers!! The family relationships are always great to see as well πŸ₯° I thought Paxton was pretty bland at first, but this season made him so much more interesting!

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