Knowing ahead of time how hectic my month was going to be, I didn’t set a TBR for myself. I knew I’d just be disappointed in my reading for the month if I did, but I know that sometimes it’s okay to skip making goals for yourself. So, in lieu of comparing my monthly goal to my actual accomplishments, I’m just going to share my thoughts on what I did read this month.
As I was out and about so much throughout August, I spent a majority of the month catching up on the podcasts that I’d been neglecting. I find it easier to listen to podcasts while doing something like running errands and driving between cities than I do listening to AudioBooks. Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to a good AudioBook and there’s nothing wrong with listening to one in the car. It’s just that I personally prefer podcasts while driving because it’s not as important to pay attention to the words. I’d much rather pay attention to the road than an AudioBook. If you’re able to split your attention better than I am, kudos to you!
On top of driving around more than usual this month, I spent a full week in the UK and thus took full advantage of my vacation to explore a new country. If you ever have the chance to explore parts of the UK, I can’t recommend enough doing the hike to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. It’s absolutely stunning up there, even when it’s foggy. Sure, I didn’t finish anything during my week in the UK, but I definitely enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I can catch up on any reading I “missed out on” later, it’s not worth missing out on experiences just to read a good book.
Total books completed: 3
- Elfin by Quinn Loftis (The Elfin, Book 1)[2.25 stars]
- The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by the McElrys and Carey Pietsch (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels, Book 2)[10 stars]
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson [5 stars]
Dedicated Blog Posts:
- Everblaze by Shannon Messenger
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wan
- Neverseen by Shannon Messenger
- The Wicked King by Holly Black
- A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
- Elfin by Quinn Loftis
- Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross
- The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by the McElroys & Carey Pietsch
I had high hopes for this story but it let me down. While I can understand how this book about elves and the war between good and evil/light and dark can be addictive or someone’s cup of tea, it wasn’t mine. If you’re looking for an easy 2000s-eque story about elves and magic, this might be a decent book to try. If you’re looking for a more modern take on elven characters, I’d recommend trying the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities itself being the first book in the series).
Murder on the Rockport Limited!:
Detailing the second arc in the balance campaign, we once again get to see Taako, Magnus, and Merle being hilarious as they save the day. D&D might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy fantasy and comedy, I think you’ll love this series. If you’re not a fan of graphic novels, why not give the podcast a try?
Sorcery of Thorns:
In this world of magic and mystery, you get to tag along with an amazing cast of characters. Elizabeth may have grown up in a Great Library, but she grows as a person so much through this story I feel like I’ve been with her her entire life. If you’re a fan of magic, demons, and books about books, I think you’d like this one. Rogerson did a fantastic job of making the story come to life and it left me wanting more.
While I’m content with the fact that I got any reading done this month, I know it wasn’t my best month for reading stories that I loved. July was an exceptionally good month for reading new stories and though I know I can’t expect every month to be that way, I can’t help but feel a little sad at the amount I read that I didn’t love. I found myself starting more books than I finished (which is why this list is so small). Still – that’s okay. I’m not the kind of person to give up on a book super easily, even if I’m not enjoying every second of it. This means that a bunch of the books I read won’t have the highest rating ever. But at least I gave them all their fair shot.
How do you feel you did this month? Did you set goals for yourself? Or did you just enjoy the last full month of summer (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that is)?