August was an amazing month for me as a reader. I may have been unable to read as many books as I wanted to or I usually do, but a lot of positive things happened for me as reader and as a blogger.
First of all, I got offered my first ARC ever! Yes, offered as in they asked me. It is really exciting to think about. Besides that, I got more review requests in the last few weeks. This was because Marta from @thecursedbooks on Twitter decided to make a spreadsheet of international bloggers and reviewers and sent it to her contacts in the publishing world. I am really grateful she did this, it gave me a huge confidence boost!
Later, I received an email from Titan Books (I am in their Game Books mailing list) that the novelization of God of War was up for request. I sent back a request the same day and I got accepted. They replied they are sending me a copy, so I believe it will be a physical copy! How cool is that?
To top that, I received a few books from my #bookishwish list, which is the absolute best way to receive any books really. I am really grateful for them.
Many things happened in August, so let’s wrap that up!
An important note: As school is starting for meagain tomorrow, I need more regulation in my posting. Therefore my posting schedule will change from every other day to Mon-Wed-Fri. This will help me with planning ahead. Thank you for understanding.
Books I have read this month
I was offered this book to read and review it and it was so fun to do! I loved the story immensely and I might read more of Kristina Rienzi in the future. You can read my review here.
This book. Amazing. The concept of the story was exactly the kind of dark I was looking for and ofcourse it was brought to me by the queen herself.
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab ★★★★★
I dove in this Middle Grade book right after reading an Adult novel by Schwab. There was a difference in the narrating, but it was a fantastic read like I am now used to from Victoria Schwab.
I am participating in the #CityOfGhostsBlogTour hosted by Noura @ ThePerksOfBeingNoura. My review and another post themed after this book are part of this. My review is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 4th, and I will update this post with the link by then. Keep an eye on my blog AND the hashtag on Twitter for all the posts featured in this blog tour!
I honestly believe my August haul is a record. So many books! But I did tell myself to not buy any more except one or two as a pre-order I have been looking forward too. For now I can enjoy the books I currently have.
When I was in London, I visited several (book)stores and ofcourse I bought some books.
On our first day in London, we went to the Westfield Mall to find someplace to eat and went shopping after. In the hmv I saw these two books with the strangest discount I have ever seen. The Sherlock Holmes book would be over £10, but with any purchase it would be £4,99. Same for the Ready Player One book as it would be £7,99, but just £3,99 when you bought anything else. Turns out, buying two things with that strange discounts works for eachother. We later found out that buying a 5p plastic bag is valid aswell, as it said any purchase. Really interesting way to discount things to be honest and the discount you get was extremely high aswell. Two cheap books for me!
Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling
I found this book in the bookstore at the topfloor of Selfridges & Co warehouse at Oxford street. It wasn’t a big bookstore and all YA was mixed up with other genres in the Children’s section sadly, so I had to skim all the shelves to see if there was something I liked. Then I found this book tucked away between some thicker books (seriously this book is thin, I have a sampler the same size!) and it was only £6! Great deal for a Potterhead like myself.
When I came home after staying with my boyfriend for almost two weeks while my parents and little brother went to Spain, I had some sweet bookmail waiting for me on the counter. My darling neighbour, who also took care of our pets, accepted all my packages. I am glad I came home a few days before my parents did to avoid judgy looks for how many books I ordered.. AGAIN.
Yes, I indeed got two copies of Catwoman: Soulstealer this month, but not on purpose! I ordered the August Illumicrate and I was fairly sure Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson would be in it, so I pre-ordered Catwoman as a paperback. I was disappointed in the first place, but the hardback is absolutely gorgeous with the purple sprayed pages! Also, the link I assigned to the hardback edition above is a link to the Illumicrate Edition in case you got one yourself and want to shelf that one!
Fierce Like A Firestorm (Hibiscus Daughter #2) by Lana Popović
I read the first book a year ago when I got it in a Fairyloot box and until now I didn’t realise how long a year is! Luckily, I can start this book very soon now I have it in my possession.
I participated in a giveaway by Kristina herself back in July, but it only arrived late August sadly. The good news is they did arrive eventually, which is what matters!
I got these books scattered throughout the rest of the month. And to be fair, bookmail is seriously one of the best kind of mail. It makes me really happy to open the package and see a new book and be able to put it on my shelf with the rest.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo
With this book I officially own all released books by Leigh Bardugo and it is the only one of hers I haven’t read yet!
Strange The Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
I won a copy of this book in @Netherreads her #bookishwish giveaway. Thank you so much, Maria!
My #bookishwish of both these books got granted by @mklangley and I am so happy as Schwab is my new favourite author. I am so grateful!
Forsaken Genesis (Deluge Prophecies #1) by M.J. Marinescu
I got offered this e-ARC for review purposes and honestly? I am so excited! The author actually found me, because he followed me on Twitter and he also plays World of Warcraft. It is his debut, so go check it out! I am currently reading it and it is so good this far.
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
There was an insane deal in the KOBO store in the EU that this book was just €0,99! Ofcourse I bought it right away.
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab
This is one cute, but quite spooky ghost story. I was so excited when it was announced and I loved reading it. Looking forward to the sequel!
The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey
I got offered this book for review purposes. This is the first book in the spin-off series of Original Solis Invicti series and it was such a coincidence as I just participated in a giveaway for that series earlier in the week. I haven’t read that series yet, but people say it is a stand alone series in the same world. I am looking forward to reading this!
Next month’s TBR
I am not going to list any books here. I am basically still catching up with my TBR and new releases of August and reading the review copies I mentioned above. Wish me good luck!
Anticipated new releases
Only a few new releases in September I am looking forward to, but that is okay as my TBR is gigantic and still need to catch up with August releases and review copies.
Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones #) by Rebecca Schaeffer, September 4th 2018
This comes out tomorrow! I am really excited, but still need to order it at some point.
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo, September 18th 2018
I won a pre-order of this book back in July and I am really looking forward to reading this story. It seems really cool!
Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab, September 25th 2018
I only just read Vicious, but I am MADLY excited for this sequel! But honestly, who isn’t?
August was an amazing month, but I am feeling like September will be so much better. Who knows? We will find out soon enough.