Sunday, September 4, 2016

August Wrap-Up

I am linking up to both the Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the Sunday Post @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

August was up and down a bit. I kind of lost my reading mojo around the middle of the month, but I have been able to get caught up with my blogging stuff over the last couple of weeks. I love seeing those posts scheduled ahead of time. It makes me feel like superwoman! (Yeah, I know scheduling some blog posts ahead of time doesn't exactly make me a superhero, but just work with me on this one.) I also only took a week to respond to blog comments and I have been able to spend some time reading blogs I love. Yay! I'll get my reading mojo back . . . eventually. 
I have also been miserable because it's been so freaking HOT!! Seriously, I am so over this warm weather. 
As for right now, my parents are in town to visit my husband and me in Italy! I am so excited to show them this beautiful country. So I probably will be out of touch with everything blog related for the next week and a half. The only thing that sucks is that it is still crazy hot. Sightseeing in Rome and Florence during this heat can be exhausting, but it will be worth it. Actually, having houseguests (even my parents) will be exhausting too. But again . . . it's worth it. My husband and I are traveling to Norway in November and I am dreaming of cold weather and sweaters and lots of snow. 

I have read fifteen books this month (plus a couple of unpublished manuscripts for beta reading). This was a really slow month for me, but I am sure things will pick up. 

Favorite book of the Month:
No contest.
Most disappointing book of the Month:

Ugh, I can't even deal with this one. I'll just say this: mental illness is NOT a plot device!

Reviews Posted

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva 
You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Top Ten Tuesday Posts

Gift Card Wish List
Favorite Books This Year
The One with the Mixed Bag
Top Books on my TBR after Two Years
Top Books for LGBTQ Class
The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

Other Posts

Olympics Book Tag
DISCUSSION: Can a Character be too Relatable?
DISCUSSION: Bring On The Tears!
DISCUSSION: I've lost my reading mojo!

How was your month? Do you have anything planned for September? What was your favorite book in August?


  1. I hope the heat dies down! We have been very humid here for a couple weeks but now it's moderated, and it's nice. Hopefully you get some relief for your sightseeing/ visiting.

    Good luck with getting your mojo back, and I agree- having a slew of prescheduled posts is a good thing. :)

    1. Thanks Greg! It was pretty brutal for most of the trip, but then we went to Florence (which was a little further north) and the temps were a lot more manageable. Thank goodness!

  2. It'll be fun to have your parents visit! I hope that they have a fun visit. Fifteen books is a lot! Hope that you have a good reading week! :)

    1. Thanks so much Anna! My parents and I had an awesome visit. :)

  3. Fifteen books is a great month... though I guess it depends on what's normal.

    I guess it's autumn there as well now so I hope it cools down soon. Mind you, sightseeing in Italy sounds amazing. It's the one place I really want to go to!

    And well done on the blog scheduling.... I'm failing badly on that front at the moment!

    1. Deborah, usually I read about 25 books or so, so it does seem low for me. But you're right, fifteen is still a good number. And you should totally come to Italy one day. It's such an amazing place to visit!

  4. We're taking advantage of this warm weather up here in Canada. Because we know how easily it could turn in the blink of an eye. I hope it cools down for your soon! Oh, and Norway in November sounds divine! I hope you and hubs will enjoy!

    Fifteen books is awesome. I read 14 so that's pretty much my normal. :)

    Happy reading!

    1. Joy, luckily the weather has cooled down just a bit. Yay! Fourteen books for August is pretty awesome. :)

  5. You had a good month! Happy September!

  6. Oh man I always feel like super woman when I have posts scheduled!! It is starting to cool down over here so that is good. I need to read Asking For It! Have a great September!

    1. Grace, I feel the same way! I need to schedule some more posts once again. It's such an amazing and productive feeling, right? Asking for It is such a great book. You must read it!

  7. I think that any scheduling of posts is cause for celebration! Hope you're having a fantastic time with your parents!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  8. Great month! I've heard that Asking For It is awesome so glad that you loved it, too!

    my August recap

  9. I wish I could get some more posts scheduled. Have fun with your parents! You can rest afterwards. :)

    1. Thanks Christy! I am definitely in rest mode right now. It was exhausting, but we had such a great time.