Another month over! Today is the last day of my summer holidays, which means tomorrow I will officially start my Master’s degree in Writing, Editing and Mediating! I’m quite excited about it, actually, much more excited than I’ve been in years about starting the new semester. It’ll be fun!
August was a very good month for me. I went on an amazing holiday to Malta with four of my best friends, which was probably the most fun holiday I’ve ever been on. Even though I hardly read anything on that trip, I did do a ton of reading this month anyway, mostly thanks to Bout of Books. Basically, I had an all round great time this month! Let’s hope September will be as much fun…
Bought this Month
I’ve had the most humongous urge to buy loads of books for weeks (maybe even months) now, and when I got back from my holiday I finally decide to indulge myself, as a gift to myself after finishing my BA (like I needed an excuse…). I’m very excited about the first seven books, which I’ve been wanting to read for AGES. The other three are books I have to read for one of my courses and they seem very interesting as well. All in all, it’s been a good month for book buying! Bit less of a good month for my wallet…
Read this Month
Like I said before, I did a ton of reading this month! Summer on the Cold War Planet is the only book I read on my holiday (and I didn’t even finish it then…). It was pretty good, the review will be up on Thursday! I loved The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend; so bookish! It gave me the warm fuzzies.
The next couple of books I read for Bout of Books 14. Firstly, there’s Kiss Kiss, which was amazing – Roald Dahl really is a master storyteller, as was proven to me once again by my reread of Matilda (speaking of warm fuzzies…). I normally don’t really read poetry, but I picked up Emily Brontë’s The Night is Darkening Round Me when I was in London because she’s the author of my all time favourite book, and her poems are just as haunting and beautiful as Wuthering Heights – loved it! I listened to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, read by Stephen Fry, which was just amazing, no explanation needed, I’d say. And then there was Redeployment, which I have to read for one of my courses for the upcoming semester. It was okay, but when I was half way through I was kind of done with it.
The last book I read this month was Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, which is a graphic novel, and again a book I have to read for one of my classes. I really loved it! I’ll probably post a review of it in a few weeks or so.
And that was it for this month! Eight books is quite a lot for me, and I managed to catch up on my Goodreads challenge, so yay!
Reviewed this Month
- I finally read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and was absolutely blown away by it. It’s a classic that’s still very relevant today and one I think everyone should read!
- On a considerably lighter note, Sheer Mischief is another wonderful feel good novel by Jill Mansell – I thoroughly enjoyed it!
- And then there was Us, which I didn’t think was as good as One Day but nonetheless another excellent novel by David Nicholls.
Baked this Month
- This month I developed a new favourite recipe of mine: Mojito Muffins! Plenty of mint, lime and – of course – rum: these are a definite winner.
- If you’re looking for a bit more of a classic: I turned my brownie recipe into these delicious Chocolate Brownie Cookies, and they were a hit!
Other Posts this Month
- In this post I told you about my book buying habits, wondered if they have changed for the better and asked you about your opinion on buying books.
- As mentioned before, I spent two weeks in Malta this month, and I wrote a post about it. Obviously.
- The fourteenth edition of Bout of Books also took place this month, and I participated in it! You can read all my daily updates here.
And that’s it for this month! If you want to stay up to date with what’s going on with me, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’d love to have a chat with you on there! Or down here in the comments, of course. I hope you all had a great month!
8 thoughts on “Monthly Recap – August”
Mojito muffins! YUM! You’ve got some great books to look forward to reading! I’ve read the first seven books and I would highly recommend all of them 🙂
They were SO good! Ooh, I’m glad you liked them, that makes me even more excited to read them 🙂 I’m currently reading Crown of Midnight and OH MY GOD is it good!
Can’t wait to hear what you think of the Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, as well as Cress as I love those three books immensely. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recap, and happy reading! ❤
I’m currently reading Crown of Midnight and absolutely adoring it so far! Although it’s giving me ALL THE FEELS as well. Emotional rollercoaster, for sure. Thank you very much for your lovely comment!
Ooh, Malta! 😀 Also now I want to reread Matilda, omg, that book is so incredibly adorably wonderful. :’) AHHHH YOU ARE READING CRESS AND THE RAVEN BOYS!! I HIGHLY APPROVE OF THIS!!
Matilda is one of the best books of EVER. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. THANK YOU CAIT I’M GLAD. I’m SO excited to start reading those! But probably won’t be able to for a while because of the reading I have to do for my modern lit course, which is fun too!
I really love Stephen Fry’s narration of Harry Potter! I actually first listened to it this year and fell in love with it. And those Mojito muffins look really great too 🙂
It is SO wonderful! Although I did have to get used to the high voice he adopts for Harry, haha! He’s such a great narrator, though. 😀 Thank you, Jolien!