Wrap Up | August 2021

We said it again yesterday, but this year really is flying back. Only four more full months before the year is over. We talked about our August bookhaul yesterday, so now it’s time to talk about what we read last month. Keep on reading to find out more!


August was a weird reading month for me. I felt it went a bit slower, but I also read a few bigger books. And I was reading quite a few books at once (as usual), so it takes longer before one book is finished. In the end I ended up reading 16 books (5 audiobooks, 4 paperbacks, 3 ARCs, 2 hardcovers, and 2 e-books), so not bad at all! This month I was able to read a few Netgalley books as well (even if I didn’t always read the e-arc, but used the audiobook or read my physical copy). My average rating was a 4.3, so all in all a good reading month. Now let’s talk about the books!

The Extraordinaries – TJ Klune

I’ve been wanting to read The Extraordinaries since I got the e-arc, but as usual I got distracted. After read The House in the Cerulean Sea I decided I needed to read all of Klune’s books and I started with this one. It was predictable, but so much fun. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

Another book that’s been on my shelf for way too long and one that had me asking myself why it took me so long. The characters are amazing and it has such an interesting magic system. I can’t wait to read Blood & Honey this month.

Pet – Akwaeke Emezi

Pet is really a book you just need to experience. It’s nothing like I’ve ever read and definitely deals with some heavier subjects, but it’s so good! This is definitely one I won’t forget anytime soon.

The Ex Talk – Rachel Lynn Solomon

I loved Today Tonight Tomorrow by this author, so when this adult romance was announced I needed it. There was definitely a slow burn relationship. The characters were a lot of fun and this book had me laughing out loud a few times.

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

I’ve heard a lot of people say they loved The Bear and the Nightingale and I finally got around to reading it. It took me quite some time to really get sucked into the story, but I ended up reading this in just about one day. I loved the world and I’m curious to find out more about it in the next book this month.

Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades is a book that’s hard to put down once you start. It’s definitely everything I wanted in a book like this. Be warned that it is a hard book to read and definitely has many triggers. That being said this book was amazing. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what this author does next.

Half Sick of Shadows – Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows was a book that was everywhere before it released and then it just kind of stopped. I was still curious and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. This is a King Arthur retelling and definitely not a happy story, but it’s unique and I definitely enjoyed it.

Immunity – Erin Bowman

Immunity is the sequel to Contagion and while that one had me on the edge of my seat this one wasn’t as intense. I mean Immunity is action-packed and you have no clue what’s going to happen to the characters you’ve become invested in, but the ending was a bit rushed. All in all, I’m glad I read this duology.

Written in the Stars – Alexandra Bellefleur

Written in the Stars is a book I’ve seen all over the place and it sounded like just the book for me.The main characters start off pretending to be together, but we all know how the fake relationship trope ends. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

Changeling – Matt Wesolowski

Changeling  is the next book in Six Stories and once again I’m glad I listened to the audiobook. The full cast and podcast experience really brings the story alive. I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this one and I didn’t see the ending coming at all!

Down with This Ship – Katie Kingman

I love anything that has to do with fandoms and fan fiction, so Down with This Ship is a story I thought was cute. It also definitely shows the downsides from the internet at times. The love triangle in this book is a thing I didn’t really enjoy, but all in all this was a fun read.

The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe – Hannah Moskowitz

The cover and title definitely had me curious and I enjoyed some aspects of the story. The relationship between Ivy and Andie was just a bit much and I wish the main character would’ve realized sooner that she deserves so much more.

Local Woman Missing – Mary Kubica

Local Woman Missing was an intense ride. I listened to the audiobook and loved the full cast experience. While reading I really didn’t have a clue who was behind the murders and was shocked to see it all be discovered.

Six Crimson Cranes – Elizabeth Lim

After loving Spin the Dawn I was really curious about Six Crimson Cranes. This one definitely lived up to my expectations and was such a fast read. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

Like a Love Song – Gabriela Martins

Another book this month with the fake relationship trope. Like a Love Song was such a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the main character and how strong she became throughout the story. It was so nice to see!

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe – Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe was a book I didn’t know I needed until I read it. This book was so special and one I’ll definitely be thinking about for quite some time. What Moon goes through is unbelievable and should happen to know one. That being said Moon is who she is and that’s amazing. This book deals with so many different subjects and one you just really need to experience on your own!

Favorite Book:
Serpent & Dove
Least Favorite:
The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe
Most Surprising:
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe



Somehow August was the month I read the least out of the whole year. And while that is quite sad, I did also read some amazing books! I only read 4 books, one of which was a graphic novel, one was really thin and two eARC’s.

Pet – Akwaeke Emezi

I’ve had this one for a while and it was definitely time to read it. And it was not what I was expecting! I don’t think anyone expected this story because it’s not like anything I’ve read before haha. It was really good though!

The Extraordinaries – T.J. Klune

We finally read this one! You may have already read the buddy review we did, but if not I really enjoyed this read. And I can’t wait to read the sequel! I will definitely read more T.J. Klune books after loving two now.

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I was so happy to get this eARC and I loved this book a lot! Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and I loved the first book. So you can probably understand my excitement and also my expectations haha. Luckily this one did live up to it! And we’re getting a third book, yay!

Quincredible vol. 2 – Rodney Barnes

This was an eARC I’d had for a bit and was excited to read. I really enjoyed the first volume of Quincredible. This second volume was also really good, but not as good as the first one in my opinion. If there will be a third volume I do want to read that!

Favorite Book:
The Hawthorne Legacy
Least Favorite:
Quincredible (sorry!)
Most Surprising: 

So these are the books we read in August. Have you read any of these? Let us know in the comments! Also, what did you read this month? Any new favorites? We always love discovering new books. We’d love to hear from you.

One thought on “Wrap Up | August 2021

  1. I’m reading Six Crimson Cranes and really enjoying it! Seems like you both had a pretty good month 🙂

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