August 2018 Wrap-Up

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:

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
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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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Must read

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Pretty good

The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard War Storm by Victoria Aveyard Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 14 by Mizuho Kusanagi Galatea by Madeline Miller The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten The Navigator's Touch by Julia Ember Scythe by Neal Shusterman Damsel by Elana K. Arnold A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis Vox by Christina Dalcher Ten by Gretchen McNeil The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson Toil & Trouble by Tess Sharpe Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Temeraire by Naomi Novik A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

 Try it out maybe?

Scream Site by Justina Ireland A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness Twisted Romance Volume 1 by Alex de Campi

Ugh No

Kens by Raziel Reid Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami


Page Trackers Challenge

In the Page Trackers challenge, I read 10,872 pages in August. [My main updates are on a Twitter thread]

Pages left: 50,280

And I only have 4 months left!!!


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 81/100 books published before 2018

The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) Bad Girls with Perfect Faces The Long Game (The Fixer, #2) Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) A Madness So Discreet Norwegian Wood Temeraire (Temeraire #1) A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1)


16150831Series to Finish 2018 challenge

Progress: 8/24 series

The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) Access Restricted (Word$ #2) War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

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.


Blogger Shame challenge

Goals: 9/24 old galleys

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces A Madness So Discreet Nothing But Sky


2018 Debut Author challenge

Goals: 18/24 debut books of 2018

A Touch of Gold Heretics Anonymous The Light Between Worlds

A Touch of Gold wasn’t that impressive as a Midas retelling, but Heretics Anonymous and The Light Between Worlds are recommended reads!


Audiobook-Challenge--2018Audiobook challenge

Goals: 48/50 books

The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) War Storm (Red Queen, #4) Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) A Madness So Discreet City of Ghosts Norwegian Wood Temeraire (Temeraire #1)

All had brilliant narrators, with the exception of Norwegian Wood.


NG-EW-Sign-Up-Post-Pic.pngNetgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge

Goals: 116/100 galleys

Scream Site These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Kens A Touch of Gold And The Ocean Was Our Sky Heretics Anonymous Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 14 Access Restricted (Word$ #2) The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) Bad Girls with Perfect Faces The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2) The Light Between Worlds A Madness So Discreet Vox Twisted Romance Volume 1 The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1) Nothing But Sky

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!!!


2018ContempButton-300x300.jpgContemporary Romance reading challenge

Goals: 24/21+

Heretics Anonymous


img_20170922_204343_001000.jpgAtoZ reading 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

Vox for V


2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading ChallengeWitches & Witchcraft reading challenge

Goals: 15/16 books

The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

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.


https://www.booksmoviesreviewsohmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CDChallengebadge2016-204x300.jpgCloak and Dagger challenge

Goals: 13/16 books

Scream Site Bad Girls with Perfect Faces The Long Game (The Fixer, #2) A Madness So Discreet Ten

All of them have murder mysteries and are thrillers.


SOS reading challenge

Goals: 31/40 challenges

Nothing this month


PictureDiversity challenge

Goals: 81/31 diverse books

 

Scream Site These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Kens King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) Access Restricted (Word$ #2) Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 14 War Storm (Red Queen, #4) The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2) Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Twisted Romance Volume 1 The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) Norwegian Wood Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)

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.


2018 New Release Challenge logoNew Release challenge

Progress: 105/101 books

Scream Site These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Kens A Touch of Gold And The Ocean Was Our Sky Heretics Anonymous Access Restricted (Word$ #2) Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 14 War Storm (Red Queen, #4) The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2) The Light Between Worlds Damsel A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1) City of Ghosts Nothing But Sky

Completed this challenge too!!!


Paranormal reading challenge

Progress: 54/24 books

The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) War Storm (Red Queen, #4) The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2) The Light Between Worlds The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) City of Ghosts

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.


Gather Together and ReadBook to Movie reading challenge

Goals: 18/8 books

Norwegian Wood Ten

Norwegian Wood and Ten were both adapted into a live-action movies.


What's In A Name 2018 logoWhat’s in a Name challenge

Goals: 1/7 challenges

Nothing new

 


F2F3B347-32FE-476E-A060-460BEA3A704CSwords and Stars Reading Challenge

Goals: 16/20 challenges

Nothing


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had a three short challenges and one month-long readathon for August.

Magical Readathon

Completed all the ‘subjects’ – got 12 NEWTs (8 Outstanding NEWTs, 1 Exceeds Expectations NEWT and 3 Acceptable NEWTs)

Cosmo readathon

I completed only 4 of the 6 prompts

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) The Light Between Worlds A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

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I had planned to read 7 books and I read 8, so this was successful!

Damsel Ten A Madness So Discreet Vox Twisted Romance Volume 1 The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

Series Crackdown

I planned to finish the Red Queen series by reading the last two books and I did!

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) War Storm (Red Queen, #4)


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Favorite Bookish Websites
  TTT: Ways to Escape the Dreaded Reading Slump

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #13

Book Blogger Hop: Aug 3-9
Book Blogger Hop: Aug 10-16
Book Blogger Hop: Aug 17-Aug 23

Stacking the Shelves #25

 


Other news

I made a new August Flynn fanart! (Also if you are interested in getting a print of it, it will soon be up on my Society6!)


How was your August? Looking forward to fall?

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