Brian Jacques, Jen Williams, Michael McClung, Mick Wall, Oliver Jeffers, S.A. Chakraborty

August: Month in Review

In case anyone noticed, I’ve been away for a while. I started a new job, a new side business, summer happened, and our living situation went to s**t. I still read some, but not a lot, and pretty much everything had to take a back seat while I “did life”.

While I was gone, surprisingly, the blog continued to grow without any help from me. So, if you’re new here – hello, welcome, I’m so happy you found your way here. And, if you’ve been in this for the long haul with me, hello and it’s good to be back!

Just for fun, I’m going to start my return a** backwards with a fat wrap-up of the last three months!

I read 10 books in the last three months. For someone that used to read 10 books, easily, in a month that’s pretty shocking. I guess I’ve been having a reading slump! Quite a few of those were audiobooks – which I was never a real fan of before! They saved my a** when I wasn’t in the mood for a “proper book” though. So, I guess that’s my tip for surviving a reading slump.

Let’s get into it, shall we? 

Goodreads Challenge

I’m happy to announce I’ve completed my Goodreads Challenge! I planned to read 60 books, and, despite my slump, I managed to read 66. And still 4 months of the year to go… Oddly satisfying…

The Copper Promise

Author: Jen Williams | Publisher: Headline

I really loved The Copper Promise. It was action-packed, fast-paced and compelling. The characters didn’t initially grab me, but by the end I loved them. I’m midway through the second book in the series at the moment, The Iron Ghost.

Book Dragon Challenge: a book involving a dragon

Red Wall

Author: Brian Jacques | Publisher: Red Fox

I really wanted to love Redwall. I have such fond memories of reading it as a child. The setting is absolutely magical, but I really just could not get on board with the characters! It was too farfetched. Even if I buy into the concept of warrior mice, how does a fat novice monk that trips over his sandals become a warrior over night? I didn’t love it. It got DNFd halfway through.

Book Dragon Challenge: any book in the Redwall series

When Giants Walked the Earth: 50 years of Led Zeppelin

Author: Mick Wall | Author: Trapeze

Why I keep picking up books by Mick Wall, I really don’t know. The guy is a self-obsessed, obnoxious p***k. I’m not even that big of a Led Zeppelin fan! This was another DNF because, apart from the random flights of fantasy where Mick Wall imagines conversations between band members and so forth, which has no place whatsoever in a non-fiction as far as I’m concerned, it was just totally confusing. Unless you’re a super fan, don’t bother. I still have zero idea what happened in the story of Led Zeppelin.

Book Dragon Challenge: book published when you were a teenager

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Author: Oliver Jeffers | Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Notes for Living on Planet Earth is the sweetest little book ever. I highly recommend it for those with young children. Tears were shed. The audiobook version, in particular, is really very special.

The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids (Amra Thetys Series Book 1)

Author: Michael McClung | Independent

I wanted to love The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids, and it started off really well. Unfortunately, I sort of lost interest midway through. The storyline just felt a bit amateur-hour. It lacked polish. It wasn’t a bad book, the worldbuilding and characterisation were compelling, but I didn’t love it.

Book Dragon Challenge: a book whose author shares my initials

Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson | Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Language of Spells

Author: Sarah Painter | Publisher: Carina

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: S. A. Chakraborty | Publisher: Harper Voyager

I adored The City of Brass. The setting was beautifully drawn, interesting, and different. The characters were a lot of fun and very engaging. The plot was gripping. I’d definitely recommend it.

Book Dragon Challenge: a book with a colour in the title


Author: Cornelia Funke | Publisher: Chicken House

I got bored of Inkheart within about three chapters. I really wanted to love it, but it just didn’t grab me. I know this is one that everyone else loves (there’s a movie and everything!), but I found the characters very one-dimensional. The plot was a little silly. And I just didn’t “get” it.

Book Dragon Challenge: a book with a body part in the title

Dare to Lead

Author: Brené Brown | Publisher: Random House

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Connect Five Challenge

Books I didn’t love… There are a lot of books in this round-up that I either DNFd, or just really didn’t enjoy all that much. There’s no one specific reason why I didn’t enjoy them all. Some, I thought the plot was lacking, others it was the writing style which didn’t really grab me.

3 thoughts on “August: Month in Review”

  1. I’ve been listening to more audiobooks this month too, even though before I rarely read books in that format. But you can do them while doing so many other things, freeing up time. And congrats on completing your Goodreads goal!

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