Wrap-up: August 2016

August 31, 2016 Wrap-up 5

packedshelvesThe end of August has arrived, so it’s time to look back on the month.

I read thirteen books this month, including two audio books and three graphic novels. It doesn’t feel like I’ve read that much recently though, due to a big re-read of Queen of Shadows, to prepare for book five in a week or so. Not that I’m counting down the days, or anything.

If you’re wondering why my shelves look half-empty, it’s because I’m about to move house. You never realise just how many books you have until you need to pack them all into small boxes!

It’s about a week until the Brisbane Writers Festival starts! I’ll be volunteering this year on Friday and Saturday afternoons. If you’re coming to the LoveYA event at the Brisbane Square Library, please come say hi to me! It’s going to be a lot of fun, with some brilliant authors this year.

This month, I joined in with both the #AusYABloggers group’s blog hop, as well as the Bout of Books read-a-thon. Both were a great opportunity to showcase a load of books, but also to discover new book lovers via social media.

I was delighted that Bloomsbury invited me to be part of the Bone Season Advocate team, to help promote the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. Book three doesn’t come out until March next year, so there’s plenty of time to get reading the first two books – The Bone Season and The Mime Order. I really enjoyed this steampunk-ish dystopian series set in England, and I hope you will too!

We didn’t get a chance to record any podcast episodes this month – Philippa has been away and very busy with her studies, and I am moving house. Sadly, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for getting together to record, but we’ll get to it as soon as we are able. I am also ridiculously behind with reviews. I have awful blogger guilt 🙁

Coming in August

A Darker Shade final for IreneOur book club book for July/August was be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. We have both read this book and will get around to discussing it, we promise! In the meantime, please feel free to let us know what you thought.

I’ve already mentioned some of the fun stuff coming up in September, but there are so many awesome books coming out in the next few weeks, how will anyone have time to do anything but read?!

Happy reading for September, everyone!

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

5 Responses to “Wrap-up: August 2016”

    • Angelya

      Thanks Freda 🙂 Yes, I enjoyed reading the HP book, although the story is kind of weak. A lot of people have very strong feelings one way or the other! Have you read it yet?

  1. Tracy

    I love catching a glimpse of the bookshelves of others. Seeing a hard copy of ‘Avery’ and ‘The Vagrant’ on your shelving gives me untold amounts of happies.

    August books wrap-up!

    Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (audio, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham who are SUCH a great narration duo, reread (relisten?) in anticipation of A Torch Against the Night release)
    Avery by Charlotte McConaghy (reread, in anticipation of Isadora)
    Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy (reread, in anticipation of Isadora)
    Isadora by Charlotte McConaghy
    Make Me series (books 1-3) by Beth Kery
    My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand (audio narrated by Katherine Kellgren who is AMAZING)
    Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (audio)
    Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (got my pre-order copy early from publisher)

    I’m sure my September wrap-up will look something like:

    Picked up fill-in-the-blank-title, didn’t get past 20 pages (because of Empire of Storms book hangover)
    Picked up fill-in-the-blank-title, didn’t get past 20 pages (because of Empire of Storms book hangover)
    Picked up fill-in-the-blank-title, didn’t get past 20 pages (because of Empire of Storms book hangover)
    Picked up fill-in-the-blank-title, didn’t get past 20 pages (because of Empire of Storms book hangover)

    That woman absolutely wrecks me!!!! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

    The Bone Season advocate team sounds really cool. I just checked that book out from the library and added it to my enormous pile at home. Hoping to give it a go at some point. 🙂

    • Angelya

      Thanks, epic comment as usual xD

      If you want to see what the bookshelf looked like before, there are a few pics on my instagram.. https://www.instagram.com/anni.treetops/ 🙂

      I’ve actually just started A Torch Against the Night this morning and thankfully, they have a bit of recap at the start to remind me. Haven’t got time for two re-reads in a row!

      So what did you think of Isadora? I don’t want to read your GR review since you marked it spoilery, but did it live up to your expectations?

      I’m expecting a mega-hangover from EoS as well! There are so many awesome books coming out this month – I’m sure you’ll find something to pick up before too long. Very jealous that you’ve already got your copy…
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      • Tracy

        Super bookshelf happies, thanks for the link! Books on other peoples shelves that match my favorites just strengthen my belief of our potential friendship.

        I did not love Isadora the way I absolutely adored Avery and Thorne. I would say it was just okay. I think my big issues were that I didn’t connect with Isadora the same way I did with Ava and Finn as the female protagonists (totally my kind of female characters to live through), and because of that, I didn’t enjoy the romance between her and Falco. It just didn’t do it for me like the other pairings had.

        The book was well done and things wrapped up nicely but it ended up being a lot of split POV that a lot of similar series go through once you get to the end. So if new main characters are introduced, you don’t get as much quality time with them. All of that combined means it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations considering how very much I loved the first two books. But Isadora was never going to be a character like Ava/Avery and Finn so I should have probably toned down my ridiculousness about it.

        I foisted my early copy of Empire of Storms onto a friend & coworker who likes the series. I told her she has a long weekend to accomplish the read through so that I have someone to throw my feelings onto next week who actually knows the characters. Right now I am reading an adult science fiction novel and a short smutty e-novella series to get my mind nice and distracted from EoS before delving into another YA fantasy book that I’ll end up deeming as insufficient for no reason other than my mopey disposition. 🙂

        I’m sure I’ll survive. I’ve been through 7 Sarah J. Maas books already so there is proof that survival is likely.

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