Monthly Novel Rewind: August 2018 | So long, summer!

Posted September 4, 2018 by Madalyn || 12 Comments

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

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!

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.

next month

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!

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12 responses to “Monthly Novel Rewind: August 2018 | So long, summer!

  1. I’m hoping to read VICIOUS this month so I’m not left in the dust when VENGEFUL is out and *everyone* is talking about it on Twitter! I know it’s gonna be good … but for some reason, I just don’t pick up books that are highly praised because I’m afraid I won’t like it! But that’s just silly. Ahhhh, I’m so sad you didn’t like UNDEAD GIRL GANG as much as you thought you would. I loved Lily Anderson’s debut novel.

    Don’t worry about what other people have to say about you taking a semester off — you know yourself best!

    • Yessss! I’m rereading Vicious this month in preparation for Vengeful. I would be interested in picking up other things from Lily Anderson, because although the plot of Undead Girl Gang wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy her writing! Thanks so much, Amaris. <3 I hope your September is off to a great start!

    • Written in the Stars was incredible, and I’m mad at myself for letting it sit unread on my shelf for so many years! I hope you enjoy all of those as much as I did. Happy reading in September!

    • Ahhh, I’m jealous! They sold out too quickly for me to get my hands on one, but I am on the waiting list. Thanks, Kaleena! I hope you have a wonderful September!

  2. I told myself that I would read Vicious before Vengeful came out…still haven’t done it.

    How was The Proposal?? I got that one after I get through all these Oxtober 2 releases (ugh).

    And nothing wrong with taking a semester off! School will always be there.

    • Vicious is so good! I’m rereading it to prepare for Vengeful, and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. The Proposal was just as cute as expected! Also, I FEEL YOUR PAIN re: October 2nd releases. We’ve got this, haha. Thanks so much, Amber! Happy reading this month!

  3. I hope you get what you want and need during your semester off. School will still be there, when you are ready/able to return. But seriously, you are making me insanely jealous with all these festivals. I hope BookNet is awesome.

  4. Oh thank you so, so much for sharing my post, this means a lot! <3
    It seems like you had such a great reading month, so many awesome looking books here! I really want to read Blanca & Roja, I'm thrilled to hear it was one of your favorites this month <3
    I'm sorry that personally, it hasn't been that great and I hope that that semester off will be good and school will be there and ready when you can get back to it. I'm sending you positive vibes for this September! <3

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