Let’s Rewind: August 2021

Hmm… I wonder if last year’s August was as good as this one for me… probably not.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


August was such a rejuvenating month for me. What can I say? I had fun and I enjoyed it. I mean, yea, I had some really low moments and even a health scare, but it ended on a high note and the health scare turned out to be an unnecessary worry, so great month! 😀

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“Lords and Ladies” by Terry Pratchett

Here’s another one I read a while back and have waited too long to chat about.

It’s the fourteenth novel in the Discworld fantasy series, which takes place on a flat world that lies atop the backs of four elephants that stand on the shell of large turtle floating through space.


Genre

Fantasy

Series

Discworld, book 14
Witches, book 4

Pubbed

1992

From Goodreads

It’s Midsummer Night – no time for dreaming. Because sometimes, when there’s more than one reality at play, too much dreaming can make the walls between them come tumbling down.

Unfortunately, there’s usually a damned good reason for there being walls between them in the first place – to keep things out. Things who want to make mischief and play havoc with the natural order.

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Book Haul #76: Not Since June

Time for a huge book haul because I haven’t done one of these since June. I hope you’ll see something here that interests you.


Purchases

Physical

As always, the majority of these were bought because I love the cover. For example, the Language of Flowers, which tempted me every day that I went in to work at the bookstore. I’ve had my eye on Black Sun for some time now both because of the cover and because the many rave reviews got me curious. And again Cinnamon and Gunpowder has appeared in my haul post. I initially borrowed a copy from the library, but I fell in love with the writing after a few pages and HAD to get my own copy, specifically this edition because of the cover.

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Let’s Rewind: July 2021

2021 is just chugging along. I see that it’s trying to be a better year than 2020 was, but the hiccups along the way are unavoidable since people are VERY intent on being asses. Anyway, let’s talk about July.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


July was a fun month for me, although that wasn’t reflected on my blog. I got into a blogging slump in July and was not motivated to post much (which is why I’m VERY behind on review posts) or to even visit other blogs. I was just tired of it all, so I took a break from blogging toward the end of the month and now feel refreshed, thankfully. Expect several posts in the upcoming weeks and for me to catch up on other blogs as well.

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Top 5 Tuesday #55: Hyped Books on My TBR

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 hyped books on my TBR

(How many hyped books are on your TBR?? What are your top 5 that you need to read first??)


I went a little overboard choosing books to feature for this topic. I have quite a number of hyped books on my TBR since I do get caught up in the excitement surrounding books and become interested in them whenever I read a review that sings them high praises for being awesomely great or totally rips them apart for being terribly horrible. Either way, I’ll probably add the book to my TBR out of curiosity. Well, here are 8 hyped books I’d like to read at some point.

PROJECT HAIL MARY BY ANDY WEIR

I read his Martian and really liked it so I placed this one on my TBR since the high praises for it got me interested. Plus, I keep seeing it mentioned that Project Hail Mary is similar to The Martian, which is okay for me.

CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER

I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard of it and still I procrastinate on doing so, smh. I’ll get to it eventually. I have a feeling that Miller may become one of my fav authors.

AMERICAN GODS BY NEIL GAIMAN

I actually attempted this last year but DNF’d it because I wasn’t feeling it. I’ll try again before I decide whether to unhaul the book.

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Top 5 Tuesday #54: Hyped Books That Hooked Me

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 hyped books I love

(Tell us all about the hyped books that you love and think deserve the hype!!)


I’ve read several hyped books that have fallen flat for me often because I read the book expecting too much from it or because it’s praised for something it is not. But there have been times when I read an overly hyped booked that paid off. It’s such a wonderful feeling when I read such a book. Here are a few hyped books that worked out for me.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (illus.)

This is one of my favorite graphic novels. It’s a silent middle grade fantasy story, so it’s told using only pictures, and is about a man trying to find a safe place for his family to live due to a large threat in his home country. In that way, the story touches on immigrant experiences despite being a fantasy story. It’s such a great read, and I love the illustrations as well. I should reread it soon.

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Let’s Rewind: June 2021

We’re already halfway through the year. I won’t express surprise at how quickly time is passing since it insists on maintaining a galloping pace when I’m not paying attention. It’s a tricksy thing, time. It loves to sneak past us, faster than light, and leave us bewildered about where it’s going and what we’ll be doing when we get there.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


June. It was fun. I did things, saw people, and felt exhausted by the end of it. There was lots to celebrate since it was Pride month and Juneteenth became a federal holiday, but… I don’t know. I guess I was exhausted or something because I only celebrated these things in very minor ways.

A break was needed, so I was happy for the few outings I went on — visiting a different town with friends to hang out and shop books and visiting Las Vegas with family to… basically look around, walk until tired, and then give in to the time difference and sleep.

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Half-Year Book Tag: 2021

Aha! And here I am with another book tag to check in on my reading progress so far in 2021.

This one is the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.


Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2021

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

Again, I’ll have to start this off with In the Garden of Spite because I liked it that much. Plus, all the other stuff I loved are part of a series. In the Garden of Spite is a historical thriller about a female serial killer.

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag: 2021

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a book tag that I feel as if I don’t know my blogging self anymore. Zezee with Books LOVES book tags! I should be doing one every week! But I can’t even remember when last I declared a book tag week. Things are getting out of hand here.

Well.

June is almost over, so I intend to do the usually end-of-June book tags that help me reflect on my reading progress so far.

I’ll start with the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, which was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.


Best book I’ve read so far

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

It’s historical fiction about a female serial killer and it’s a superbly fantastic, though at time disturbing, read. It is a thriller that borders on horror, and it is very well written and atmospheric and immersive too. It is a great read that I highly recommend. (See my review here.)

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Book Haul #75: Head to the Library

And so we’ve come to the last part of this book haul — the library books. I almost went overboard with these too. It was my first time entering a library to borrow books since the pandemic, and I was both excited about it grabbing everything that caught my eye. But I cooled myself and managed to walk out with just a few books. Yeahie me!

Here’s what I got.


Library

PHYSICAL

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