August wrap-up & September TBR

Hey guys! So it’s been a really long time since I’ve done one of these posts mostly because I just stopped doing them.  There’s no reason why really. This month I decided to get into it again because I need to try to get back into blogging again…I couldn’t even write two sentences last night and it does have to do with my blog hiatus. But I’m trying to be ok and doing things you love is supposed to help. I also would like to note that I deactivated Twitter because I was spending wayyyyyyy too much time on there and it’s not healthy to spend that much time on any social media so I deactivated it about two weeks ago.

The good news is I started reading again, just not reviewing quite yet.  I’ll get there one of these days. I read several books this month before my blog hiatus happened. And I still  read a few during the hiatus. I only bought two ebooks this month because July was a bit too much with the book buying so a book buying ban was needed. I did also buy two e-reader cases, one for each of my e-readers. My Kobo case broke though due to stress on the case  itself, so that one was necessary. Plus, I’m a bit of a case hoarder.

There’s going to be a lot of scrolling for this post, but I thought that would be easier than having it all bunched up together. Trying something new there because I thought that would help with the spacing issues I had in the last previous posts.

Library ebooks I read:

With the Fire on High, Hearts Made for Breaking and Sea Witch Rising.

Digital Advanced Reader Copies I read:

Winterwood by Shea  Ernshaw, Would Like to Meet, and Chasing Midnight. Reviews for the first two listed here will be coming soon. I have to wait for Winterwood per the publisher’s request. Stealing Home was originally a digital ARC book but I couldn’t comfortably read the PDF book so I bought the ebook format I wanted it in when it came out.

E-Books I bought:

The Boy Who Steals Houses and Red, White, and Royal Blue.

Five star ratings:

Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl

The Undomestic Goddess

The Undomestic Goddess

The Start of Me and You

The Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1)

My rereads were the only ones that got five star ratings this month. They were The Undomestic Goddess, Twenties Girl, and The Start of Me and You. I discovered that the ebook version of The Start of Me and You had unexpected bonus content and that was a pleasant surprise. I had to reread that twice because I read the bonus content during the last five minutes of break one day and had to go back and enjoy it more again. It made me happy especially since we have until January for the second book to come out. So if you need to read the bonus content still, the ebook has it but the book doesn’t! I read the regular version the first time.

Four star ratings:

Risking it all

Risking It All

Chasing Midnight

Chasing Midnight (Once Upon A Curse, #3)



With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

Stuck with You

Stuck with You (The First Kiss Hypothesis, #3)

Hearts made for breaking

Hearts Made for Breaking

Sea Witch Rising

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch, #2)

Three star rating: This does not mean I did not like the book.

Would Like to Meet

Would Like to Meet

Stealing Home

Stealing Home

September TBR

I don’t know if I can plan a TBR. I only have one ARC to read that I know of and I’m currently reading it. I also have a 9/11 series I always reread in September by Karen Kingsbury, and some library ebooks. I want to focus on my books I already own, so ARC books will probably  decline for me. I still have a few reviews to put up in the future though! So don’t worry too much about that.

My Wildest Dream (ARC from publisher)

My Wildest Dream (Whisper Lake Book 2)

 One Tuesday Morning (yearly re-read)

One Tuesday Morning (9/11, #1)

Read Bottom Up (Library ebook)

Read Bottom Up
The First Kiss Hypothesis (Library ebook)
The First Kiss Hypothesis (The First Kiss Hypothesis #1)
Red, White & Royal Blue (ebook I bought)
Red, White & Royal Blue
Of course, I will probably change my mind and not read any of these. But the first two are most likely.

What did your August look like? Feel free to leave a comment below!

18 thoughts on “August wrap-up & September TBR”

  1. Yeah! Glad you’re back and reading again.

    Undomesticated Goddess is probably one of my favorite Kinsella standalones. The Start of You and Me is the only Emery Lord book I have to read. I will probably read it with the sequel, because I am trash. RW&RB was so much fun, I hope you like it. And, First Kiss was my favorite of Mandelski’s series.

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    1. Thanks, I’m trying to be back! I can never leave reading behind for too long, books are like my coffee. I’ve only read The Start of Me and You and Open Road Summer by Emery Lord but glad you got the other ones!

      And I’m glad to hear that First Kiss is good too! I read the second book first and the third one.

      The Undomestic Goddess is probably my favorite standalone too. I liked the older standalones best so far.

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  2. It is good to see your posts in my box!

    Rereads can be so comforting. The only audio books I listen to over and over are Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom but I use them to help me sleep when anxiety wraps me up.

    I hope your rereads are helping you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, they did! 🙂 Especially The Start of Me and You. I’m back in the reading groove now….just been trying to get back into the writing groove. I didn’t think that would be hard to get back again but it apparently is even if I feel fine otherwise.

      I want to get in the Bookstagram mood too. I might try my hand at Harry Potter fanfiction again because that’s how I kept in shape for my newspaper job now after I got out of college.

      That’s a good idea to reread when you can’t sleep! I always read before bed. I wish I could do audiobooks but I’m hearing impaired.

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      1. I didn’t know you were hearing impaired. I’m sorry that was so insensitive of me.

        Rereading is definitely a comfort. I’m glad you are getting back into the reading comfort. Writing is always more intimidating than reading. I feel like I’d long burn out on writing reviews than reading. I could burn through books like a maniac but writing reviews get to you after a while.

        So I’m not surprised. Just take your time. Maybe take your favorites and just bank the ones that inspire you until you have a a few that you can schedule out so you don’t feel pressure to have to do them right away. You have a buffer to do them when you are more up to it?

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      2. Oh, it’s totally cool. I didn’t think you were being insensitive at all, I know it’s not known by many online. I wish I could get into audiobooks, they seem like great inventions.

        And thanks! I love rereading. I’m not really intimidated with writing, there just seems to be like a wall even though I’ve been writing in my journal a couple of times and coloring to get back into it too.

        And thanks! That’s the plan… I can also always stick with mini reviews too. 😀

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      3. Thank you for saying that… I felt bad. I havent done mini reviews but think I might give them a try at some point. I can find myself getting burned out on writing at times and this might help. I worry publishers might not like them as much but not sure if I’m making too much of it.

        I will have to take note the next time you put out a round of them to see how you structure it out

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      4. This is a very good point! And I’m going to definitely save your next mini-review post! When things quiet down in Nov I want to try and hit some back list and this might be a great structure to review those.

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      5. Good luck! I’ve been hitting some back list books and rereads myself lately. I just have two more ARC reviews to write later this year. I already have notes on one of them. Need to make notes on the second one so I don’t forget.

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      6. Lol! That is something else I need to get better at now that I’m reading further ahead in some of my ARCs. The blog tour post I did Sat I actually read last month 🤦‍♀️ and it was way too difficult for a book I really liked lol.

        What blacklists are coming up?

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      7. I have some library ebook backlists I’ve had forever. I keep checking them out. I have Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett and The Kissing Hypothesis by Christina…. can’t remember her last name. Then I want to retry Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

        Good luck! Remember to enjoy reading still too. Don’t pressure yourself too much, your blog and time is for you. ❤


      8. I do that alot too… I have books I recheck out the point they will have been with me for like 6 months lol.

        Writing is what feels like more of a chore sometimes not reading lol. But maybe the mini reviews will help!

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      9. Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’ve had Serious Moonlight checked out on and off since it came out in April. Oops.

        The Overdrive librarians are probably sick of seeing me check out that book but I haven’t gotten blocked from reading it! 😉

        I think there is a cut off time if you check out a library ebook too many times but I am not sure how many that is because I haven’t hit that limit yet. I’ve just heard that from publishers speaking about library ebooks before.

        It hasn’t actually happened to me yet thankfully. Her book isn’t the first book I’ve checked out a bunch. 😀


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