August 2017 Recap & What’s Coming Next

Books that I rated between a 4.5 and a 5:

The Long and Winding Road Beard Science Lonely Hearts Short STay Family Man

Books that I rated between a 3.5 and a 4.5:

Grin and Beard it Buns Eliza Fever Pitch Siege Torment of Renegade X

Books that I rated between a 2.5 and a 3.5:

 Sunset Park Breath of Fire

The High’s & Low’s!

I love that I’m generally a happy reader.  I know that seems like it’s coming out of nowhere but when I look at this list of books, and my previous months, I love that most of the books I read I enjoyed wholeheartedly.  I don’t think it’s that I pick great books, I think it has more to do with my mind frame when I read them.  I’ve always wondered if my latent psychic ability is empathy, and maybe that’s why I enjoy most reads?  Like, is it easy for me to empathize and understand a wide variety of characters, and that’s why I like almost everything?  Maybe this is a Flights of Fancy post in the making…

Anyway, it looks like September was the month of catching up with series.  I’m current with the Kingmaker Chronicles, Hidden Valley by Alice Clayton, and Heidi Cullinan’s Love Lessons series.  I also knocked out almost all of the Winston Brothers series.  I only have the most recent one left, Beau’s book, and I listed it below because I’m hoping to read it in September.  Even most importantly, I read the final Bear, Otter and The Kid book, and basically it wrecked me.  I’m so sad to be saying goodbye to that family.

I also read Eliza and her Monsters, which was very good, and I read the second installment for our Shadow and Bone readalong, which will be posted tomorrow.  It was a very good month with only two underwhelming books.  I’d say that’s not a bad month.


Next Month Reads

On the Schedule

Phobia Renegade X Moxie Ruin and Rising The Unsuitable Heir

The Potentials

Savage Song Dark Duet Beard in Mind Devils Cut Abroad

For September my plan is to jump back into VE Schwab with her Monsters in Verity duology, which I’m so excited about.  I’m also planning to read Devil’s Cut, which is the conclusion to the Bourbon Kings series.  I anticipate good things from it.  Again, I want to read Beard in Mind, because I want to be ready to ride the release of book 5 with all of you wonderful bloggers.  AND, then my friend Angie pointed out Abroad to me and now I can’t get it out of my head.  It’s diverse on multiple levels, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be sensational.

I also already scheduled the third and final read for Shadow and Bone.  I’m nervous about it, because I wasn’t 100% happy with where we left Alina after book two, but I’m committed.  Then there’s The Unsuitable Heir, because I don’t miss K.J. Charles.  I requested Moxie, because I love a good rebellion story!  I’m hoping it’s fantastic so I can push it on my daughter.  😀

Of all those scheduled I’m most excited for The Phobia of Renegade X.  This is one of my favorite series and we wait so long between installments.  I need someone out there to catch up on this series so I have someone to talk to!


How as your August?  Did you manage to read most of what you anticipated?  What were your duds?

How about September?  I’d love to hear what you have on deck for next month.

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

14 Responses

  1. That’s an interesting idea, how empathy can mean you enjoy most books you read. I know that sometimes I go into a book with a certain mindset— a certain ideal I want the book to live up to– and thus can walk away from a pretty decent book feeling like it was awful just because it wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

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  2. How has August gone by so quickly! I swear it was only last week I was reading your last recap post 😛 It’s awesome that you enjoy most of the books that you read. I think it’s quite possible that empathy plays a large part in it. Reading is about stepping into a character’s shoes and experiencing a different life through them. When you have the gift of empathy, living their life through them becomes a lot easier and means you enjoy the book a lot more because you’re fully immersed in it.
    I hope September is as equally a good reading month for you!

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  3. I 100% believe that a huge part of the enjoyment of books stems from the reader’s frame of mind when reading it. I’ve started books and could not get into them just because I read them at the wrong time in my life, and I’ve come back to those same books at a different point and devoured them.

    As always, great post!

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