The monsoon has been raging on and I have been keeping myself at home, curled up in the sofa, reading. August was a tough month for me, mentally, which meant I walked into the welcoming arms of books to distract me from personal troubles. I am still job-hunting, and when I am not, I keep my mind from spiraling into anxiety by pure escapism. So, naturally, it means that my reading appetite grows during such times. Honestly, that is the only good thing that comes out of me in stress, and the accomplishment of reading goals does make me feel better, so I keep reading. Only thing is, because I was really not in the frame of mind for it, my review writing has slipped off schedule, as has any regular posting. In fact, most of the books I read this month still have reviews to be written, which means I am entering September with a huge review backlog. 😦
Anyway, about my reading this month:
Another awesome month for reading: a total of 33 books – 28 full-length novels, 2 graphic novels, 2 short stories and 1 illustrated novella, and most of them were awesome books, as I show below. AND I FINISHED MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE, WHOO!
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Page Trackers Challenge
Pages left: 50,280
And I only have 4 months left!!!
Progress: 81/100 books published before 2018
Progress: 8/24 series
Finished The Crown’s Game, Word$, and Red Queen series. It must be noted that while Access Restricted seems to be the conclusion of the story and there is no third book being planned at the moment, the author has hinted at a possibility of further stories. Still I marked it as a finished series.
Goals: 9/24 old galleys
Goals: 18/24 debut books of 2018
A Touch of Gold wasn’t that impressive as a Midas retelling, but Heretics Anonymous and The Light Between Worlds are recommended reads!
Goals: 48/50 books
All had brilliant narrators, with the exception of Norwegian Wood.
Goals: 116/100 galleys
While I had to share galley reading time with other finished copies for the NEWT challenge, I still got some good progress on my review copies! Also, I completed this challenge!!!
Goals: 21/26 books
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Vox for V
Goals: 15/16 books
The Crown’s Fate has enchanters, and a bit of a witch hysteria thing going on, while Toil & Trouble is an anthology of stories of witches.
Goals: 13/16 books
All of them have murder mysteries and are thrillers.
SOS reading challenge
Goals: 31/40 challenges
Nothing this month
Goals: 81/31 diverse books
Yona of the Dawn and Norwegian Wood are a manga and a novel, respectively, by Japanese authors;
Scream Site is written has a black girl protagonist (ownvoices);
These Rebel Waves has a predominantly POC cast, and one of the main characters is gay, as are some secondary characters, also one character is disabled;
Kens has a gay main character;
Access Restricted has a Latina main character, and the story has strong themes of institutionalized racism and slavery;
King’s Cage and Warstorm have at least two main POC characters, a lesbian WOC character and a bisexual POV character;
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy has a main aroace character, and secondary bisexual and POC gay characters, one of whom has a chronic illness (epilepsy)
The Navigator’s Touch has a lesbian main character;
Scythe has mixed race characters in a futuristic setting, with one of the main characters visibly of color;
Twisted Romance and Toil & Trouble both are anthologies with majorly queer stories, including sapphic, gay, and ace characters;
The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried has a gay main character, in a relationship with a trans MOC, along with some minor queer characters;
A Spark of White Fire is a futuristic (ownvoices) retelling of Hindu mythology (Mahabharatha) and has a cast of diverse characters of color, and at least two major queer characters (one bisexual and one lesbian);
Shadow of the Fox is an ownvoices fantasy inspired by Japanese folklore.
Progress: 105/101 books
Completed this challenge too!!!
Progress: 54/24 books
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried (undead) and City of Ghosts (ghosts, duh!) are urban fantasies, while The Crown’s Fate (enchanters/witches), The Navigator’s Touch (gods from Norse mythology), The Light Between Worlds (anthromorphic animals, centaurs, etc) are historical fantasies, while King’s Cage + Warstorm (powered individuals) and A Spark of White Fire (gods from Hindu mythology) are futuristic novels. Toil & Trouble is an anthology with witches in historical as well as contemporary settings.
Goals: 18/8 books
Norwegian Wood and Ten were both adapted into a live-action movies.
Goals: 1/7 challenges
Goals: 16/20 challenges
Besides these year-long challenges, I also had a three short challenges and one month-long readathon for August.
Completed all the ‘subjects’ – got 12 NEWTs (8 Outstanding NEWTs, 1 Exceeds Expectations NEWT and 3 Acceptable NEWTs)
I completed only 4 of the 6 prompts
bout of books 23
I had planned to read 7 books and I read 8, so this was successful!
I planned to finish the Red Queen series by reading the last two books and I did!
How was your August? Looking forward to fall?