Summer Cosy Reading Night books, Harry Potter birthday cake


Come catch up with me and take a look at what I read this month as well as next month’s goals and events.

After such an amazing month of reading in July, I am hardly surprised that August was rather lackluster. Keep your expectations extremely low as you scroll down, there’s not much to see here! I was always consistently reading something (sometimes more than one thing) throughout August, but really taking my time with everything. Additionally, I had a few personal things come up this month that left me with less reading time and, quite frankly, I wasn’t always in the mood to crack open a book. Unfortunately, I have sort of a packed schedule of books I wanted to get to these last four months of the year, so we’ll have to see how I’m able to rearrange those and if I’ll be able to fit them all in!

August 2017 TBR List:
  1. Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker
  2. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  3. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  6. The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
  7. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

 

Murder on the Orient Express with Frostbeard Sherlock candle

 

Actual August 2017 Reads:
  1. Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker
  2. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  3. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  5. Basic Witches, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (in part)

 

The Tempest, Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Monthly Favorites

What a pathetic list, eh? I warned you! So it should be pretty easy to pick a favorite right? Not much to choose from! Wrong. Shakespeare was a reread for me, so we can count that out (even though The Tempest is one of my favorites). I didn’t finish Basic Witches (though I am really enjoying it), so that’s out. The other three were all so different from one another that it’s hard to compare them. I liked each quite a bit! I think it might be a tie between The Name of the Wind and Murder on the Orient Express, actually. The Name of the Wind was to be a buddy read with some of the members of my #TolkienTribe on Instagram. And Murder on the Orient Express was a spur-of-the-moment buddy read with my dear friend and Bookstgrammer extraordinaire, Georgia (@the.bibliofiles on IG). Both of these stories really sucked me in. After reading so many nonfiction books and short graphic novels recently, it was so nice to be swept up in a compelling novel…twice!

 

August Events

I participated in Cosy Reading Night again this month, hosted by Lauren at Lauren and the Books. You can see my TBR video for Cosy Reading Night here. And my vlog of the evening (well, afternoon, in my timezone) will be coming along soon on my Youtube channel as well. The photo at the top  of this blog post is a bit of a peek inside what I was reading, smelling and eating for it! Obviously I couldn’t just have any old chocolate cake… 🙂

Later that same night I put together an Under the Tuscan Sun dinner for two, which was a highlight of the month. The food took a while to prepare, but it was well worth it in the end. Everything was delicious and it was so fun to try out some of the dishes I’d been reading about in Mayes’ book, which I read earlier this summer.

 

Basic Witches book, Quirk Books

 

Basic Witches

I was lucky enough to have Basic Witches sent to me by the fine people at Quirk Books to look over, prior to its release this week. As mentioned, I haven’t had a chance to finish reading it yet, but the start I’ve gotten is incredible! They way it’s written, you can either read it straight through or pick and choose your way, selecting whatever topic strikes you. One of my favorite lines so far is the way the authors describe what this book is all about, in a nutshell, “Whether you wear all black and light candles for luck or you have no truck whatsoever with spells and witchy outfits, if you want to dismantle the cultural conditioning that trains women to be weak and small, you’re in the right place.”

This book strikes me as a guide to using your inner sorceress to be your best you. As I mentioned in my Instagram post, this isn’t a religious book and the spells included are by no means meant to convert you to devil worship or any such, if that’s what you’re worried about. If the idea of incantations has you rolling your eyes a bit, it’s really just the authors’ way of talking about the visualization techniques you can use to help you achieve your goals. Go check it out if this sounds interesting to you!

Looking Ahead

I’ve already finished my Goodreads reading challenge for the year! I’ve read 45 of 45 books, which was my 2017 goal. So cheers to that! But of course, that doesn’t mean I’m finished reading for the year. I’ve got some rather exciting things planned in September and anticipate it being a busy month, so I’m planning to keep my September TBR list short and “reasonable.” We’ll see!

September 2017 TBR List:
  1. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, J.K. Rowling
  4. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  5. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  7. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  8. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)

 

As always, I’d be delighted to have you join in for the #QuillClub challenge week on Instagram this month! September’s theme is one I’ve been waiting a long time to do: Back to Hogwarts. Join in with a photo for each of the first seven days of September, following the prompts below!

 

Back to Hogwarts Instagram photo challenge

 

Also in September is the year anniversary of my Cask & Quill Instagram (Bookstagram) account, which I plan to celebrate in style! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Where does the time go? Well, see the rest of my “What Anna Read in…” series for the answer to that question.

Hobbit Week takes place September 17-23 this year, with Hobbit Day being celebrated, as always, on September 22. You know I won’t let that pass without comment! Keep watch for some hobbity happenings here that week. Not only that, but over on Instagram the #TolkienTribe is cooking up some really fantastic events, which we will be announcing in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

What’s on tap for your reading life in September? Any favorites from August?

 

Anna

 

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