August Wrap-Up: Goodbye Summer!

Since I began committing to a blog schedule in August I figured I would also start doing a Wrap-Up post around the end/beginning of every month. These posts will generally highlight the books I read the month before as well as any additional blog chit-chat. I’m sure they will develop over time, but for now we’re going to stick to the basics. I’m unfortunately posting a day late because the last few days have been tremendously busy, but I wanted to make sure I began these wrap-ups before I went on holiday. 🙂

Books Read in August 

I didn’t read as many books this month as I intended to, but the ones I did read were A+ enjoyable and all received high star ratings. I often feel weird giving so many books high ratings, but I think I’ve developed a knack for telling if I’ll enjoy a book or not before reading it. Sometimes a less preferable one will slip through the cracks, but I consider months like August extremely successful and inspire me to continue hunting for more books that I’ll love. Shout out to all the authors I read last month, these books are all incredible and worth checking out asap!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Read my 5-star review.

Bird Box, the first book I read this month, had been on my reading radar for quite a while. The entire book was extremely tense and the simple, straight-forward writing helped paint a picture of a bleak and confused world. Taking away humanity’s ability to see outdoors in a post-apocalyptic world while being haunting by unknown ‘beings’ was a great premise and made for a unique book within a slightly oversaturated genre.

 

Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook

Read my 4-star review.

Snook’s debut fantasy novel about a young boy who finds himself in a strange world was a charming and mesmerising contribution to the fantasy genre. I liked Snook’s world building and colourful descriptions that I instantly found comparable to the films of Hayao Miyazaki. I’m very interested to see where Snook’s writing career takes him in the future!

 

 

Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Read my 5-star review.

As a fan of Gaiman’s novels and short stories, it was only a matter of time before I dove into his famous graphic novel series The Sandman. I loved the beautiful and disturbing artwork and the obscure but enchanting narrative. I’m dying to continue reading this series and will likely be grabbing the next instalment within the next month.

 

 

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Read my 5-star review.

This collection of tales following monster-slayer Geralt is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read this year. Having been the inspiration for The Witcher video game series, reading the books should tide me over to owning a good enough computer to actually play them! I look forward to reading what I imagine will be one of my new favourite fantasy series.

 

 

Let me know if you read any good books during August in the comments! And I’d love to know your thoughts on any of the above books if you were also lucky enough to have read them. 🙂

New Blog Schedule 

As you may have noticed, I finally implemented a blog schedule this month. And surprisingly, I actually stuck to it outside of a day last week when my fiance and I spent the day with my family and yesterday when I was out visiting family again for the day. I think having a schedule has not only made me feel more organised but also significantly lessened the stress of running my blog. Before following along with my three days a week schedule I would lose track of how long it had been since I posted and had no idea what my next post would be about. I need deadlines to keep myself in check, so it’s been smooth sailing because of that. I started my blog back in January and I really wish I had implemented a schedule earlier than I did, but I feel experiences like this help me grow as a blogger. My next goal is to start writing my posts further ahead of schedule so that I have a post scheduled on days when I’m less likely to have time to properly write.

Small September Hiatus

Having said that, the first two weeks of September will be a minor hiatus for me as I’m going on holiday to Las Vegas! My Kindle will be joining me on the plane and beside the pool, so I’m hoping to have a few books ready to review when I get back. So this will sadly be my last post for the next couple weeks, but I will resume posting again after the 15 of September. I might pop in on my blog or on Twitter, but just in case this isn’t possible I wanted to let everyone know why my blog will be a bit of a wasteland for a couple weeks. I’m already looking forward to being back to my regular schedule mid-September!

Thanks to all my new followers and readers and to everyone who likes and comments on my posts. Last month my blog reached 200 followers and I was thrilled to have connected with so many other book lovers around the world. This is such a rewarding hobby and it’s all thanks to everyone who takes the time out of their day to interact with my blog. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

See you all soon! x

4 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up: Goodbye Summer!

  1. Sammie says:

    Somehow, I’ve never read The Sandman series? How did that happen? I’m glad to see you liked it, though. The Last Wish sounds great, too! Congrats on hitting 200 followers, and have fun in Vegas. Win tons of money. 😉

    • Ashley says:

      Sandman is amazing! Absolutely stunning artwork and storytelling. 10/10!

      Sadly I came back with just as much money as I left with (I guess that’s better than coming home with less??). 😛

  2. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    I haven’t read these 🙂 oh, a blog schedule! That’s great to hear. Yeah, schedules can be so good. You can just sort of be calmer about your posts when you have one.
    Oh, I hope you’re having fun in Vegas! I guess you’re coming back next week 🙂

    • Ashley says:

      I’m happy to be back to my blog now 🙂 I missed feeling organised and on top of things with my blog schedule. Back to business! <3

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