August Wrap-Up: Overachieving, Giveaway & September TBR

Hello, friends!

It’s the last day of the month today which can only mean one thing…

It’s time for another wrap-up. In this post, I’ll be sharing the books I read this month, which ones I’m planning on reading in September as well as some of my favourite non-book related things I’ve enjoyed this month.

Books

I read 8 book this month! GO ME!

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Literally everyone recommended this one to me. Maybe that’s why I was slightly disappointed. It was good, but I didn’t connect to Cath as much as wanted to (Levi and Reagan were great though!) 
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: I took me a while to get into this one, but it was well worth reading to the end. (Review to come!) 
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanger: Depressing read but filled with raw, realistic, and genuine emotions. Very good representation of mental illness.
  • Our Story Begins by Elissa Brent Weissman: Recommended reading for aspiring (children’s) authors and illustrators.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The book that started it all.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: My least favourite HP book, but, come on, it’s still HP so…
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: A rough, emotional story about being okay with who you are and choosing to be more happy than not.
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: Another great book by my favourite author about daring to live and love, even on the very last day (RR: 4,5/5)

AND…

I completed my Goodreads Challenge!! Am I an overachiever or what?

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Obviously, 30 books wasn’t a particularly ambitious goal but I’m still proud of myself. I think I only read 4 books last year, so I guess you could say I’m out of my reading slump. And I have my blog to thank for it!

Speaking of… I’m very close to 400 followers!! Thank you so much to everyone who follows me, reads my posts, and/or leaves a comment. You’re all amazing ❤

To celebrate your amazingness, I’ll be hosting a giveway once I hit 500 followers. And there’s more! If I hit 500 before Christmas, I’ll dig deep into my wallet and do a BIG giveaway.

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Bookish Posts

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Tags/Awards

Favourites

Movies & TV-shows

I’ve only got two favourites this month, both TV-shows.

The first is Riverdale. I know, I know, I’m late to the party. The second season kicks off in October but I’ve only now just seen the first season. Confession time: I tried to watch it a couple of months before and saw the first two or maybe three episodes before I stopped. I just couldn’t get into it. But then, after many people recommended it to me, I gave it another shot and I’m so glad I did. I’m in love with all of the characters, Betty and Judhead being my favourites (Go Bughead!)

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but I’ve also got a special place in my heart for Cheryl and Kevin.

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I don’t care what anyone says: I think Riverdale is a good show with a solid mystery plot line, some teenage drama, and beautiful aesthetics. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t recommend watching the trailer. Watch THIS video. It’s pretty perfect.

Second is GAME OF THRONES. I mean, obviously. I’ve put in under favourites but I have to say season 7 definitely isn’t my favourite out of all of them. I understand there were only 7 episodes but everything felt really rushed, which lead to quite a few wonky time lines, plot holes, and deus ex machinas. But the DRAGONS, though…

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WORTH IT.

And Daenerys is QUEEN. Don’t fight me on this one.

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TBR

Since I read twice as many books as I thought I would this month, I’m going to be a bit more ambitious this time around and chose six books.

How was your month? Did you read as many books as you hoped you would? What are you reading next month? Let me know in the comments!

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37 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up: Overachieving, Giveaway & September TBR

  1. I never get to reading 8 books a month.. 6 is about my maximum. I’ve read this Rainbow Rowell novel as well and knew she wasn’t the author for me.. I didn’t understand the chapters in between and I missed some real, normal, romance ;-). The problem with forever piques my interest here.. I look forward to your review of that one!

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  2. I didn’t read as much as I wanted, even if I managed to finish eight book and a graphic novel. But I’m still fourteen book behing my goodreads challenge’s schedule 😦 I’m glad you liked Fangirl, even if not so much. It’s one of myfavorite, mostly because of Cath.

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  3. I also had didn’t love Fangirl as much as everyone else did. I had trouble getting into the book and I accidentally DNF’d it. However, since DNFing it I have not had the urge to pick it back up.

    Also, I fucking love Riverhead. Bughead is life lol. The show is so good and I’m interested to see where it goes next.

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  4. Woah you had an amazing reading month! I loved Fangirl when I read it, I was sad to see your 3 stars 😦 However, I’m glad you see you rated My Heart and Other Black Holes and They Both Die At The End so highly, they are both on my TBR and can’t wait to read them! I’m finishing off my Harry Potter re-read at the moment, on the 6th book, nothing changes, I still love it! Have a wonderful reading September 🙂

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  5. I wasn’t a huge fan (pun intended) of Fangirl either, I enjoyed it but not as much as I thought I would and like you I couldn’t connect with Cath.
    I also managed 8 books this month! It’s the most books I’ve read in a month this year so I’m super happy! I’ve no idea what I’ll be reading in the next month, I never really plan it but I’d quite like to get to Lola and the boy next door! 🙂
    Also congrats on 400 followers!!! 🎉

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  6. Oh yay, you had such a good reading month, Lauren, congrats! I can’t wait to read your review on The Serpent King, I really loved this book – I cried ahah 🙂
    Congratulations as well on your Goodreads challenge and on the 400 followers – this is SO GREAT, you deserve every single one and so, so much more than that, you’re amazing ❤
    I hope you'll have a fantastic September! xx

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  7. You read two of my faves (TSK, Fangirl) and I see one I have been meaning to get to (Black Holes). I love Riverdale. I cannot wait for next season. I read three of the books on your TBR (Dimple & Rishi, The Outsiders, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. ) All are fabulous! Hope you love them too.

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    • I definitely recommend Black Holes. It’s a sad and rather bleak story, yes, but a very important one to raise awareness.

      I can’t wait to get started. I hope I’ll like them as much as you do 🙂

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  8. Congrats on finishing your challenge Lauren! That’s awesome 😀 I feel a little bit the same about Game of Thrones, but I totally think the issues are because of the fewer episodes. Ah well. Still enjoyed it and my OTP became a thing so I’m happy hahaha!!

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    • Thank you!

      Oh, definitely! I’m sure they wouldn’t have had as many storyline problems if they’d had just one or two more episodes. It makes me worry about next season (which will only have 6 I believe) but we’ll see 🙂

      Hahaha I think most of us love them together (even though we shouldn’t) 😉

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  9. I read 20 books this month WHICH IS WHAT I normally read like 8 books in a month but that’s because It was my summer holidays and I got to relax!! So glad you enjoyed The Serpent King! It WAS JUST SO GOOD! AGH well done on your GR challenge! THAT IS AWESOME. And what 4 books last year? How did you actually survive?! TELL ME! and The Problem With Forever is good…if you like fluffy romances (which I don’t REALLY LIKe but they’re nice…i guess?)

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  10. I was a bit disappointed with Fangirl as well! I didn’t really connect with Cath as well, but I know there’re tons of people who absolutely enjoyed it. Have you read any other Adam Silvera’s book, which one should I start with?

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    • I know and I think that’s why I was a bit disappointed. I’d heard so many good things about it. But, oh well, we can’t all enjoy the same things, right? 🙂

      Yes, I’ve read all of his books! Hmm…it depends on what you like.

      More Happy Than Not is his first book. It’s about a boy who’s gone through great lengths to suppress who he really is. It’s speculative fiction because it includes something called Leteo Institute which suppresses memories. It’s a heavy book because it deals with social issues and accepting who you are.
      History is All You Left Me is all about losing your first love and understanding what kind of person they were after they’ve died. If you don’t like romance, I wouldn’t start with this one.
      Lastly, there’s They Both Die at the End, which is another heavy read. Yes, death plays a big role, but I’d say it’s a book that will inspire you to live more bravely.

      If you want more details, I’ve got reviews on all three books up on the blog. I hope you’ll give one of them a chance and love it as much as I do! 🙂

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