All of the Books I Read in August!

I feel like I say this almost every month, but I truly feel as if this month has flown by. This month was incredibly productive for me (but not for my tbr). I started a new job that I love, I moved into a new house (and moved states!), got my Idaho driver’s license, got insurance, registered my car, and on and on. I got a lot of stuff done this month because I had to, and all of these items took precedence over my reading time. This might be my lowest month in reading terms all year. I don’t mind, of course, because all of the other things I did–like binge-watching Orange is the New Black–were more important. However, the books I read this month were high in quality. Without further ado, here are all of the books that I read in August!

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

Summary: The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to. At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus. I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried. Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either. He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around. He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him. The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think. Falling. Hard.

My thoughts: This is a cute sports romance that I’ve read a few times over the years. I think this was my third time reading it, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I’ve read so many books that I forgot the minor plot points, so I was lucky enough to experience this book as if for the first time. It made it much more enjoyable! It’s a friends to lovers college sports romance with loads of plot twists and cute moments that made me laugh out loud. Last time I checked, this book was available on Kindle Unlimited and I have linked it right here on Amazon!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A classic! While I disagree vehemently with all of the horrible things that JK Rowling has said, I still like HP. I found the ultimate hack: there’s a playlist on Spotify for free that has a woman reading all of the books aloud without putting money in Rowling’s pocket. I listened to this audiobook whilst driving around Boise (to and from work, running different errands for my boss, and making my way around town!) and it made the driving more entertaining. If you have a Spotify account, I recommend finding this on the app and listening if that tickles your fancy. Also, there are some other audiobooks that are free to enjoy if you know how to find them!

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid Illumicrate Edition

Summary: In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered. But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother. As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

My thoughts: This book moved me. It was haunting and it will stick with me for a long time. The Illumicrate edition of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I have photos of this edition on my bookstagram (@high.lady.of.the.book.court) if you’re curious as to how beautiful the edition is. This book had so many topics covered, from light and dark to deep and gut wrenching and horrible but necessary. It was a very mature book with how many dark plot points there were, but it was done respectfully. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Summary: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony. The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made. And love makes fools of us all.

My thoughts: This is such a good book. This is my second time reading it, and I’m enjoying it way more than the first time I had read it. The enemies to lovers plot line, the characters, and Lou being absolutely hilarious? Chef’s kiss. I’m still currently reading it at the time of this blog being posted, but I know how it ends and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Blood and Honey and Gods and Monsters are the last two books in the series, so I’m excited to see how it ends! I have a feeling that I’ll be finishing the series before the end of the month.

These are all of the books I have read during the month of August! It’s a smaller amount than normal, but understandably, I’ve had a lot going on. I love my new job, my new home, and Idaho in general. I liked all of the books I read this month and I can’t wait to see what else I read for the rest of the year. In all honestly, I have a bunch of book mail on the way before the end of December, so I’ll be doing an extensive post towards the end of the year about my reading experience in 2021! If you have any recommendations, please drop them in the comments below. And, as always, thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Kaitlin

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