During the month of August, I focused on review copies for the August ARC Challenge. I didn’t do too badly, reading 10 books this month, 9 of which were ARCs. I recap the books I read during this month and share my thoughts on them, along with my September TBR.
You’ll have to excuse the lighting, I started filming around 4:30 pm and it started getting dark later in the video lol!
Subscribe to my Youtube channel!
Books I read during August:
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – 5 Stars
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 5 Stars
- Stray by Rachael Craw – 4.5 Stars (Review)
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregario – 4 Stars (Review)
- The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward – 4 Stars (Review)
- Afterlight by Rebecca Lim – 3.5 Stars (Review)
- Lullaby by Bernard Beckett – 3 Stars
- Pandora Jones Reckoning by Barry Jones – 3 Stars (Review)
- Demon Road by Derek Landy – 3 Stars
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – 3 Stars (Review)
My September TBR:
During September, I’m going to be focusing on fantasy reads instead of contemporary. I need a bit of a break!
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!
Latest posts by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence (see all)
- The Last Tale of the Flower Bride Review: A Gothic Dark Fairytale - May 3, 2023
- The Issues I Had With It Ends With Us - March 4, 2023
- Nona The Ninth Review: A Challenge to The Brain Cells - January 13, 2023
Great month you had! I really need to read the Queen of Shadows, just as soon I finish reading the rest of the Throne of Glass series! I just tagged you for the Rabbit Ears Book Tag!
My recent post The Sunday Post Meme (31)
Ohhh thanks for the tag Ronyell, I will check it out! I\’m behind on tags at the moment lol
I've got Ink and Bone too! I'm on QOS right now (and am not allowing myself to look at reviews until it's all over, with about 250 pages to go. Basically, though: AELIN AND ROWAN! They need to buck up. And Chaol, in my opinion, needs to buck out. Pretty sure Cait, or someone else, said that Chaol and Dorian should be in a romance together, and this is basically perfect.) and can't help but feel like those other review books I need to get to are never going to be reached, but! I've only got three review copies on my shelf, so it should be manageable! They are being sorely neglected, though.
So excited for you to read Goodbye Stranger, Jeann! After your comment on my review on it, I'm really keen for you to read it and then to see what you think. I hope it's an excellent discovery, and that the consequences that the characters face are realistic and well done for you. Happy reading!xx
My recent post The early mornings in which I write.
Oh my gosh, I hope you enjoy QoS Romi, it sounds like you are loving it! I totally know what you mean about the review books, don\’t worry I have a huge backlog as well. I\’m definitely keen on goodbye stranger now Romi! Thank you <3
5 stars to Uprooted! I really need to pick that one up. And soon. I've heard amazing things and it sounds like something I would definitely love.
Great reading month, Jeann! I hope September will be just as good, if not better. Love your September TBR. Most of it I can't wait to read myself especially Lair of Dreams. I waited years for it. Enjoy!
My recent post Me and My Bookshelf (34): August Book Haul
It was such a wonderful book Haraiah, definitely an unexpected new favourite! Thank you so much, I have lots of big books to tackle this month.
LAIR OF DREAMS IS GREAT!!! I hope the rest of your TBR is just as awesome! Though some of your August book set incredibly high standards.
My recent post ARC Review: Vengeance Road
I'm looking forward to reading it Bec! Oh man, it's taken me a week to read The Mime order and I'm still not even half way…we'll see how I do this month o.O
So many awesome books mentioned! I have a few of these on my TBR but haven't had the chance to pick them up or buy them. I've had Mime Order since it came out but it's so big that I don't want to get caught up in it and forget my other books, but I need to get to it at some point. Armada is a lot of fun too.
Yeah, I'm reading Mime Order at the moment but I'm kind of enjoying the big book trend at the moment!
You gave Queen of Shadows 5 stars woaH. I'm not worried about ships but more about certain characters *cough* Dorian and Chaol *cough* so it's reassuring to hear that everyone ends up happy 😀
I think I want to read more fantasy this September too! Maybe it's because summer is ending and that cutesy sunny contemporary need is fading haha.
My recent post Extremely Long & Emotional Review: Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed
IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING and I'm just so glad everyone turns out happy in the end! Hahah yeah, I'm a bit over contemporary for now.
You've gotta be kidding me! Uhm no. YOU GOT SO MANY BOOOOOOOOOKKKKKS T.T
My recent post Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
It was freaking amazing Yani!
You did a great job with your ARCs! Looks like you had a lot of great ones too! Love your fantasy TBR for September. I have Reawakened too but don't think I am getting to it this month so I look forward to hear what you think – Hae a great month ahead!
My recent post Review ~ Has to Be Love
Thanks Grace, it was such a fantastic month of reading! I'm looking forward to the reads this month.
My recent post Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Spoiler Free Review: EPIC, BADASS & OFF THE CHARTS
So many pretty books, Jeann! So glad you loved Queen of Shadows–I probably have to wait til the weekend to get it. Boo. :/ Uprooted was a pretty great read for me as well! Same goes for None of the Above!
I've heard THE BEST things about Ink and Bone, as well as Reawakened and I can't wait to get to them myself! <3
My recent post Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hehe thanks Aimee! I hope you get it soon, it is amazing! I LOVED UPROOTED. I just couldn't believe how good it was!
GAH, I am so excited that you loved Queen of Shadows!!! I agree too that like, there are two books left so ships have a long way to go 😉 And Uprooted sounds SO GOOD. I am going to have to buy it myself I think soon. But not the U.S. edition because it isn't as pretty. You had a seriously great reading month! I am not hanging around to find out what you think about The Rest of Us Just Live Here, because I am reading it now, and I am sad about the 3 stars 🙁 But, my fingers are crossed that I will enjoy it more!
I haven't read ANY of your TBR books actually! But, I do hope you enjoy them and have an equally good month!
My recent post Villain Squad, I Order You to Conquer (And Giveaway)
Oh my gosh, it was freaking amazing. The fandom is going crazy about it, some people hate what happened and others loving it. Man Uprooted is SO GOOD! I want to read it again lol. Yeah, The rest of us just live here was quite odd for me. Thank you Shannon, you too!
I'm finally going to read QUEEN OF SHADOWS so this means I won't be behind of you guys now XP AND YOU HAVE LAIR OF DREAMS OMFGGGGG. I can't wait to know what you think of that one, my dear. I really hope you love it (as much as I do!!!)… there are some new characters that are amazing, although you may twitch a little bit when it comes to the love triangle 😛
My recent post Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – MY FATTY STORY
YESSS I'm so excited you're finally reading it Faye! Tweet me what you're thinking! I can't wait to read Lair of DreamS!
My recent post BookTube Video: August Wrap Up & September TBR
I still want the Potion book and Maas new one. Gosh you're so lucky you got a copy!! I'd be happy with just an egalley
My recent post Loved It: Too Hard To Handle by Julie Ann Walker
I hope you get to read them soon Braine!
I'm excited for your September TBR! I read The Fixer last month and loved it. It's so addictive. I'm also super jealous that you have Lair of Dreams. My library doesn't seem to want to order it, haha. *waits impatiently*
Glad to hear you enjoyed The Fixer Maraia, and I hope you get to read Lair of Dreams soon! I\’m excited about all these books too 😀
I hope you have a wonderful September, girl! Looks like a lot of great books ahead for you. 🙂 I have to say that Ink and Bone is one of my favorite reads this year. 🙂
Thanks Danielle, I\’m really looking forward to reading Ink and Bone!
I really enjoyed Reawakened! The concept was pretty cool and I adored the love interest! He was super charming and funny.
AND I LOVED LEGACY OF KINGS! I can't wait to see your opinion on the book. It was such a glorious read with awesome characters and plot twists!
My recent post Channelling my inner super villain
Ohhhh I\’m so excited to read both of those books Mishma, especially Reawakened after Faye\’s review! It sounds awesome!
I need to read my copy of Mime Order once and for all. Also, Diviners. Finally. Ha.
Happy reading, Jeann!
Hahah I totally get what you mean, I actually preordered Mime Order and haven\’t read it yet!
So happy you'll be reading The Mime Order—it's a great book 🙂 I don't think I've read any of the others yet, but I really want to get to Lair of Dreams this month. I am SO happy it's finally out!
I know, I just picked up Mime Order and really enjoying it so far! No info dumping from Bone Season, yay!
Yaaas to a full month of fantasy, your choices looks amazing as well! I get burnout from contemporary as well, so it's always nice to take a break and read the fantasy books that I want to read.
Wonderful video as always. Woop woop to QoS!!! I need to start Potion Diaries soon, but I've heard some mixed reviews, glad you enjoyed it overall though!
I\’m so excited about these fantasy reads, it\’s my true love hehe. Thanks Joy! I did like Potion Diaries, it was a fun and refreshing surprise!
You DID do well this month! 🙂 Eeep, SO glad you liked Queen of Shadows! Three days!? Not bad for such a massive book 😉 Okay, considering the hype and…okay, kinda negative things I've read about it, is making me SO NERVOUS. I'm going away to the UK in a week or so–and I'm TRYING to save it for the flight, but I don't know if I'm strong enough. haha. 😉 Lovely recap — I seriously love your vlogs <3 🙂
My recent post The Secret Life of a Book Blogger
Thank you so much for watching Kara! I know, it seems like the opinions are pretty divided on QoS! That would be the perfect time to read it, so you can\’t accidentally stumble upon spoilers and you\’ll have to just sit and read 😉
Ink and Bone is SUPER good and I've been coveting A Legacy of Kings so I hope you like that one too. 😉 AHH REAWAKENED!!! SQUEE. I hope it's good!!
So many amazing books to read Cait! MAN INK AND BONE I\’ve been stalking it on TBD so I\’m glad it\’s finally here! <3
Ooooh, look at all those FANTASY books for September! I tend to skip between them as well 🙂 Lovely video recap!! GLEN ahahhaa he was so funny, though! Absolutely loved him lol. And yeah, Lullaby was so philosophical and interesting. Hope September goes well for you 😀
My recent post Some 2016 Releases I’m Excited For (Part 1)
Yessss Fantasy is my true love hehehe! LOL Glen was hilarious, but man he really got annoying after a while! Thanks Emily <3