Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.
It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her summer/maternity hiatus, but you can still go send her some love on Twitter!
new on the blog
- [10 Aug] Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss ★★★★½
- [13 Aug] The Looking Glass by Janet McNally ★★★★
- [16 Aug] To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin ★★★★½
- [23 Aug] City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ★★★★
- [21 Aug] 10 Excellent YA Contemporary Books that Flew Under Your Radar | August Monthly Recommendations
our most anticipated september release
I mean, do I really need to explain this choice? NEW. SCHWAB. BOOK. Plus, like Vicious is my favorite Schwab book, which makes me even MORE excited about this follow-up.
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts from other creators we loved in August!
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books discusses some ways to support international book bloggers
- Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks lists books with fat main characters you can read instead of watching the dumpster fire that is Insatiable
- Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love recommends some upcoming romance books to keep your eyes out for
- Mara @ bookslikewhoa talks about her BookTube pet peeves
- Chloe @ Books with Chloe makes her non-reader sister read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and it’s so pure and lovely
- Rachel @ Rec-It Rachel recommends YA books to the characters of Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again
- Tracy @ Cornerfolds chats about changing YA genre trends
- Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight wonders if and how other reviews bias our own reviews
- Amber @ The Literary Phoenix offers some tips for writing reviews
- Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books asks whether we (book bloggers) think of ourselves as influencers or enthusiasts
- Emma @ Book Break takes us on a Jane Austen tour of Bath
every book read this month
I felt like I had a terrible reading month in August, but actually, it was pretty decent! I read five of these during BookTubeAThon, which happened at the beginning of the month. I managed to complete seven ARCs for #ARCAugust, and I also squeezed in three audiobooks.
Disappointments of the month: Mammoth; Undead Girl Gang
Standouts of the month: Written in the Stars; Blanca y Roja
Also, this audiobook reread of the TATBILB trilogy was exactly what my heart needed.
life & what’s happening
August was, uh, not a great month for me personally. I haven’t talked about this online yet, but I guess this is as good a time as any: I decided to take a semester off school… yay???? It’s definitely the right decision for me right now, for reasons I won’t go into, but it’s still been hard, especially considering I’m so close to finishing my degree. Luckily, my friends and my family have been really supportive and wonderful. Since I’m not in classes, I’ve been working nonstop, which has been nice, since it’s kept my mind occupied (and, like, money is kinda important). So, this month has been a lot of adjusting to this new schedule, but luckily I’ve still gotten to spend time with friends and to read!
Our favorite ‘grams from this month!
Being in love with Atlanta continues to be my brand.
Okay, so I’m writing this a couple days into September, and the Decatur Book Festival happened the first two days of the month. I’ll save my full thoughts for September’s rewind, but I HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND. I’ve felt so disconnected and isolated, and spending time with my Atlanta bookish community made my heart full. And later this week, I’m headed to BookNet Fest in Orlando!!! I. Cannot. Wait. If you’re going, I’ll be on the Mental Health in Fiction panel as well as co-hosting the Blogging Workshop. I’d love to hang out, so let me know if you’re attending!
king of the month
I can’t believe how long it took me to get to Written in the Stars! It was absolutely heartbreaking, but I loved the main character and Aisha Saeed’s beautiful writing. Highly recommend!
How was your reading month in August? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What have you guys been up to since we last talked? Let’s chat in the comments!