Hello everyone! How did August go for everyone? Summer is winding away, and autumn is nearly here! My August was busy with friends in the beginning and work at the end. I read some great books, ate some great food, and I am SO SO excited for September because I have a lot of fun stuff planned in September!
As I’m writing this, I’ve got Black-ish on in background, eating some amazing bakery chocolate cream pie, hot tea… the porch door is wide open and my Lizzie cat is curled up right next to me. Can’t ask for much more than that.
I really can’t emphasize how delicious this chocolate cream pie is. It is the best chocolate cream pie I have every had. I can make my own pies, and they’re good enough, but dang y’all. Small town bakery pies are the best.
Anywho, without further ado – lets talk about books!
The Monthly Haul
I didn’t add a lot of books to the collection this month! That’s a general goal – I have too many books on my shelves in hardcopy as is, and with a goal to move again next spring… lets just say I love my books, but moving makes me think about leaving them all behind.
The Poppy War I bought because it popped up as August’s read for the Apparating Library Book Club. I’d been seeing it around and thought it looked interesting – I’m glad I took chance!
Both Eleanor and Park and Milk and Honey came from a book sale at work. It was the first time that the office hosted a book sale and it was benefiting a local non-profit, so I was all in!
Finally, Contagion was this month’s Scribbler book! The Scribbler book box is one I just can’t quit, and you’ll see why on Thursday.
All the things I’ve been reading
Intro to reading
I feel like I read an odd assortment of books for me, this month. Milk and Honey is the most unusual for me – I’m not a poetry person, generally speaking. I actually didn’t read a lot, especially in the last two weeks. Two books this month were ARCs I read a long time ago, but have only just now been published.
This month’s highlights were:
Dandelion Wine / ★★★★★ – It’s really easy to discount older books, especially when they’re overshadowed by more famous counterparts by the same author. Such is the case with Dandelion Wine, which I thought was the perfect summer read.
Small Steps / ★★★★ – Even though this is a middle grade book, I was really impressed with the content Sachar chose. In the sequel to the famous Holes, he could have gone in a lot of directions, but this one was really good.
Magic and Mischief on the Blog
This was a great blogging month for me! None of my days fell under 20 views, which is huge for this blog, so I’m really happy you all are enjoying the content! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I changed a little bit about the layout. Really, just a little bit – the menu and uploaded a new background. I think it’s very fresh and pretty and I’m really happy with it.
Somehow, early in the month, I also had the time to go back through and update a bunch of old featured images. I wish that I could do this without pingbacks being sent out every time I update the post? Anyone have good suggestions for this?
This month’s most popular post was “Five of My Favorite Book Blogs Who You Absolutely Must Follow“ … and I’m so excited about this! If I can refer you lovely followers to some of my favorite bloggers and help you discover new people, and I am so so happy to do so. In the world of reviews, The Poppy War came out on top – which as a debut and incredible book – I’m really pleased about. Y’all have good taste.
What Have I been Scribbling?
After July, I was determined to get back into blogging and get some stuff written for the next couple months, and I have succeeded in that. Unfortunately, just as I was at the point where I was ready to switch gears back to working on Lady of Shadows (I really hate that title, guys)… work got crazy.
The good news is that when I finish the posts I’m planning to write today, I’ll be activating the heavily discounted Scrivener that was one of Camp NaNoWriMo’s prizes… and maybe I’ll write 1000 words before the end of the month after all.
Adventures in the real world!
We went to the annual birthday celebration for our best friends and their daughters at the beginning of the month, something I usually find a bit awkward (no secret – I’ve told them before, that’s how good of friends they are). This year, it was genuinely fun. Knowing some of their friends a bit better helps, and the kids are getting older, and we got to see some mutual friends we hadn’t seen in a couple years. It was nice!
Otherwise, work largely took over my life.
BUT SO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER. This section will be so full next month, and I can’t wait.
What’s Coming Next?
I have all my posts (minus reviews) already set up for next month. There are tags! An unboxing! And of course discussions and top tens. On top of that, I’m really excited to bring more fun travel postslike I did after we went to Europe in April. I know my travel posts don’t get many views, but I love writing them and am looking forward to bringing you, first, a look into New England’s biggest renaissance faire… and Disney later on.
Oh yes, that’s right!
I’m going on vacation in the middle of the month. There will be a hiatus post, but … you know. Now you know.
In the bookish world, I just finished Vicious so you should see a review on that soon… but as far as audiobooks go, I”m listening to The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, which is a 50 hour audiobook (the longest I’ve ever listened to!) and it will take some time. That may cut down a little on the reviews you see next month, as I do most my reviews from audiobooks, but we’ll see!
What was your favorite read this month?
Did you go on vacation this summer?
How was your August?