August was a fantastic month for me, both in terms of blogging and in terms of real life. A few months ago, I was super stressed and having a rough time, and decided I needed a vacation. I found a deal on Groupon for a trip to the Bahamas that seemed too good to pass up, and last week, it finally happened. It was exactly what I needed. The sum total of my plans going in were, “Well, I can sit on a beach. I can go on a boat. I can drink rum. And if I do all of those at once, then I might be a pirate!” The water was blue, the beaches were empty, the sharks were just chilling in the bay, and the rum flowed freely. And even though I didn’t commandeer a ship, I did read a book about pirates, which is close enough for me.
I went into August hoping to play catch-up on reviewing and on my yearly Goodreads challenge. I made ridiculous progress.
- [8 Aug] The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
- [10 Aug] Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- [12 Aug] Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- [18 Aug] The Crown of the Queen by Jeffe Kennedy
- [18 Aug] Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee
- [24 Aug] The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) by Mary Doria Russell
- [26 Aug] The Immortal Crown (Saga of Kings, #1) by Kieth Merrill
- [29 Aug] The Blessed (The Blessed, #1) by Tonya Hurley
What did you read this month?
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall (and RIP)
And now summer is finally coming to a close. The humidity is dying down a bit, and it feels good to walk around outside. Fall is a time of new beginnings, cozy sweaters (or just pajamas… it’s DC, let’s be real, it is still hot outside), pumpkin spice, and atmospheric reads. Fall is a time for Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, and I can’t wait to get started!
Carl’s reading challenges were some of the first events I participated in when I started blogging, and they were one of the things that really brought me into the book blogging community. Every year, I feel so blessed to be able to take part in them again. And guys, R.I.P. is a great challenge. It’s not a challenge in the traditional sense, and there really aren’t any rules except to have fun and enjoy books/movies/comics/etc. in any of the following genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Gothic, Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Things-That-Go-Bump-in-the-Night. The challenge runs now through Halloween, and I can’t wait to get started!
Here are some of the books I plan to read/feature during the event:
- Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn – post-apocalyptic YA novel with zombies
- Monstress by Marjorie Liu – a graphic novel about eldritch creatures, revenge, and general badassery
- Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee – SF/horror about a lovestruck slave fighting a warlock
- An Oath of Wintersteel by J.M. Guillen – a steampunk Western with Lovecraftian monsters
Are you participating in R.I.P.? What fall reads are you looking forward to?