Wrap Up: August 2019

Happy September! πŸΒ πŸ‚Β πŸŒΎ

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a wrap-up this month because August was without a doubt the worst month of my life, but I’m trying to dive head first into reading and blogging to help take my mind off things. In short, if you don’t follow me on Twitter about two weeks ago I lost my twins due to rare complications that came up 21 weeks into my pregnancy. Now that all my appointments and surgeries are over with I’m physically and mentally trying to pick up the pieces of my life and move forward. One of the ways I plan on doing that is by focusing a lot of my time on my blog and reading. Which means you’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of me from here on out.

So, throughout the month of August before this entire nightmare happened, I read 8 books. I’d like to think despite everything it was a pretty solid reading month and I even managed to find a five star read!

Let’s dive in!

What I read in August

Relic by Bronwyn Eley – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge – β˜…β˜…β˜…
Dreamology by Lucy Keating – β˜…β˜…β˜…
Three Heartbeats Away by C.C. Hunter – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman – β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen – β˜…β˜…β˜…

Reviews for July/August Reads

ARC Review: Relic
Review: Aurora Rising
ARC Review: Mooncakes
Review: They All Fall Down
Review: These Witches Don’t Burn
ARC Review: Swipe Right for Murder
Series Review: The Mortician’s Daughter
Mini Review: Enemies to Lovers Recent Reads


Don’t feel like reading a review?
Here’s my thoughts on each book in one sentence!
  1. RelicΒ – A dark fantasy debut worth checking out.
  2. Serpent & DoveΒ – Witches & enemies to lovers, need I say more?
  3. MooncakesΒ – The paranormal, queer, wholesome graphic novel you need in your life.
  4. Dreaming DarklyΒ – Super atmospheric with a side of the creeps.
  5. DreamologyΒ – Cool concept, weird dreams, unlovable characters.
  6. Three Heartbeats AwayΒ – The softest paranormal love story ever.
  7. Swipe Right for MurderΒ – Β A super original, unique story that will have you flying through the pages in no time.
  8. The Kiss ThiefΒ – Enemies to lovers w/ an age gap and a few eye rolls along the way.

Favorite Read of the Month


Everyone please stop what you’re doing and PICK. THIS. UP.
Y’all can thank me later.

Least Favorite Read of the Month


It’s not that I hated Dreamology, but I had some pretty good other reads throughout the month of August. This was the one I struggled with the most. The concept was interesting but the characters weren’t for me.

Until next time,


21 thoughts on “Wrap Up: August 2019

  1. Nice recap! I’m dying to read Serpent & Dove, but I’ll have to wait until my library gets it. I need to hurry up and read Mooncakes since I was lucky enough to get it on Netgalley! Not sure what’s taking me so long to read it. I’m glad you liked Relic though, because I have to read that soon and I’m hoping I like it.

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    1. Both were sooooooo good! Mooncakes is definitely one that you can fly through in a few hours if you have the time 😁


  2. Alana, I’m extremely sorry for your loss and I wish you comfort and hope in the midst of pain. Also, I’m happy that you liked Serpent & Dove. I’m going to read it soon and I can’t wait to like it.


  3. I am truly sorry for your loss Alana and I hope some beautiful books come across your path soon to give you what comfort they can. I am looking to read more fantasy books so I’ll definitely take a look at Serpent & Dove following your resounding recommendation! Will be thinking of you – take care X x x


  4. You did have a great reading month in August! Lots of good books. I hope September brings so many more good reads and happy moments for you and your family. The entire book/blogging community is here to support you always! ❀️


  5. Oh, Alana – I’m so, so sorry to here that you lost your twins. I hope you know that you have an entire community that’s got your back as you adjust. I know you probably hear this a lot but please know that if there’s anything I can do for you, if you need someone to talk to, I am always here. We’re all thinking of you in this time and praying for your little girls.

    Not that it can really compare [nothing could compare to the grief that comes from losing your children] but last year I lost my pet bunny. Buneary [he was named after a pokemon haha] joined our family when he was only a few weeks old and he was just sure of ten years when he passed away after an operation. I felt his absence like a hole in my chest, it was a very lonely, very sad time. When I was feeling alone I would read books that felt like a warm hug or Christmas morning. I’m not sure if you read classics but the books that saved me from depression were Anne of Green Gables, the Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland. If classic’s aren’t your style you can never go wrong with Harry Potter.

    It’s not much but escaping into a happy book, even for a little while can make all the difference.

    Sending lots of love your way for both you and Gary,
    love Alexandra ❀ ❀ ❀


    1. Thank you for these words, I truly appreciate it πŸ’—

      I’m sorry to hear about Buneary, I know how devastating losing pets can be too. It’s like losing a family member.

      Throwing myself into reading a lot has been helping taking my mind off of everything that happened and I actually have been thinking about jumping back into the Harry Potter world, so who knows maybe I’ll give it a go πŸ™‚

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