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August 2020

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and not always feeling like I want to write a full review for each book read (or sometimes I just don’t have much to say about a book). So I was inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit posts, as well as Hannah at So Obsessed With‘s monthly Quick Lit posts, and decided to do something similar as a way to briefly discuss the books I read in a month but don’t write full reviews for.

My reading in August slowed down (I was very busy with all of the new BTS content! Stream Dynamite!), and I read 15 books.

Here is the list of what I read in August that I have reviewed on the blog (the links will take you to to my reviews):

The Shadows, Alex North;

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, Colin Dickey;

Impersonation, Heidi Pitlor;

Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson;

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (this was a re-read);

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir; and

Red Pill, Hari Kunzru.

Here are my thoughts on the rest of the books I read in August:

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, Edgar Allan Poe – 3⭐

I read this while I was reading Ghostland, since it was mentioned at one point in the book, and it was certainly interesting!

Vivian Apple at the End of the World, Katie Coyle (ARC) – 3.5⭐

I thought this premise was so interesting! The story moves along at a good pace, and it really grabbed me with that ending. Now I need to find book two!

10 Things I Hate About Pinky, Sandhya Menon (e-ARC) – 3⭐

I liked this book, but it was not my favourite in this series. I generally like a hate-to-love romance, but in this case, I think because I wasn’t as into these characters, the romance was not as fun for me as others in the series. 

But I liked Pinky’s passion and dedication, and I definitely had a smile on my face when I finished reading!

He Started It, Samantha Downing (e-ARC) – 2.5⭐

I was all ready for this book to be an exciting, tense, thrilling read but honestly, I did not find it all that interesting. It felt like there were long stretches where nothing was really happening – it was just a long, not very interesting roadtrip.

There were some moments in the latter half of the book that grabbed my attention, but for the most part, I found this one dull and slow, unfortunately. And I’m not sure what to make of that ending but I don’t think I liked it.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami and Philip Gabriel (transl.) (library) – 3⭐

This was a quick, interesting read and I liked the insight into both running and Murakami’s writing process.

Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (purchased) – 4⭐

This was good and creepy! I loved the anthology-style, and as a side-note, I’ve been really enjoying the TV adaptation as well.

The Ghost in the House, Sara O’Leary (library) – 4⭐

This was an intriguing little novella that really drew me in. I quite enjoyed it.

The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (purchased) – 4⭐

Another novella! I liked this one and got it because I saw it recommended frequently in discussions of Lovecraft Country. I have more by Victor LaValle in my library to read now!

What have you been reading lately?


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