August Wrap-Up // the month of mostly mediocre reads, creative posts and blog redesign!

Apparently an albatross can sleep while flying. Yes, seriously. I just found out that this bird can doze off comfortably while cruising through the air at a speed of 25km/hr. Talk about sleeping through a journey. (Kinda related, but how are people ever able to sleep in planes? It is the worst kind of torture there is for my neck)

And the “birds as weird intros to Rachel’s wrap-ups” saga continues. We had ducks in June, pigeons and July and the lucky ones this month were albatrosses. I wonder who’ll be next?

Ugh August was definitely not my best reading month. First, I read a lot lesser owing to exams, and even most out of those books were 3 star-ish. Still, I did find something I could call a new favourite, and I reviewed more books than usual so that’s an achievement.

The Supernaturalist
Down to Earth
The War That Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

Rating ★★★ ½

Comments: Hmm, decent. Like the beginning was extremely promising, but the end did not quite live up to my expectations. But overall a solid sci-fi.

Down To Earth by Betty Culley

Rating ★★★ || Find my review here

Comments: Ehh from the coming-of-age point of view, it was brilliant. I wasn’t a big fan of the pacing and the plot line though.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley

Rating ★★★★½

Comments: Its been a while since I enjoyed a middle grade, but I did. There was war, bombs, horses, found family, spies… what’s there not to like?

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)
The Ones We're Meant to Find
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Rating ★★★★½

Comments: Gooood. Really. But I am not going to go into how fabulous, brilliant, outstanding and enchanting this book is here because you’ll begin to (rightly) think I’m obsessed. (also there’s a full review coming right up)

We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Comments: Okay I am cheating with this one since I haven’t finished it yet. But look I am like almost done okay?!

The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He

Rating ★★½ || Find my review here

Comments: Umm I get why lots of people totally love this book, but not for me. Sorry.

So as you can see, it was pretty much a sci-fi month for me. I am proud of the fact that I am making progress on my goal of reading more of genres other than just fantasy *applause please*. Next goal – more of crimes and mysteries.

Big news: I redesigned my blog yet again. I know I know, the proclamation has lost its glamour due to repetition, but then again, I get bored of my current them every few weeks, hence the inevitable change. This time though, I’ll try to keep a check on my itchy fingers.

Content-wise, I think I was pretty much at my creative best in August. I had some great ideas and actually had the energy to sit down and type them out so I am proud of that. Most of my posts this month have been some of my favourites so far (am I… am I actually getting the hang of blogging?) so yay to that!! Here are the links to all my posts along with a small description, and in case you missed any of them you are welcome to check them out!

  1. July Wrap-Up // I used to write something here but I can’t recall what: My first post of the month was all about recapping the month of July. Also there’s some talk about pigeons, so umm yeah.

2. Blog Tour: The Twin Stars by Bridgette Portman [Review + INTL Giveaway]: I review an ARC of The Twin Stars, a YA fantasy with a mc with OCD who gets transported into her own unfinished story.

3. The Young Elites vs The Hype-o-Meter!: A very exciting review post, the first in the Hype-o-meter series with my fellow blogger and friend April. Check out whether The Young Elites is worth the hype according to us!!

4. Books As Road Trips // a random post that emerged out of the void: Okay so I impulsively published this post and I’m actually really happy with how it turned out. Maybe its the ~excellent~ metaphoring on my part (comparing books to road trips?!) but it might just be one of my favourite posts on this blog.

5. 8 Things I Look For In Books // does it show that I am desperate for recs?: I list the things that guarantee that I’ll fall in love with a book in hope that I get some good recs (and I did! thank you guys!!)

6. Blog Tour: Down To Earth by Betty Culley + Moodboard: I review an ARC of Down To Earth, a middle grade science fiction full of wonder and coming of age moments.

7. Book Review: The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He || concept? brilliant. execution? not so much: And finally, I review the recently released The Ones We’re Meant To Find in a loong post. But again, I think its one of my better reviews.

Soo. Quality, check. Quantity, check. Not bad, huh?

Its that time of this wrap up where I shout out all of your posts that I enjoyed reading!!

Sofii @A Book. A Thought reviewed The Ones We’re Meant To Find, and I agree with a lot of points she made!

Erin @Reading on a star lists her favourite book tropes!

Laura @The Corner Of Laura writes about the 6 sins of us readers!

Eleanor @Wishing Upon A Star discusses what makes a book popular!

Kashvi @Elfhame Books reviewed We Free The Stars!

Emily @Frappes And Fiction does the reader problems book tag!

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal reviewed The Inheritance Games, a book that I’m currently reading!

Kaya @The Fictional Bookworm writes a mini review of Murder On The Orient Express! Its my favourite Poirot too!

Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner celebrates 400 followers and gives some pro blogging tips too!

Cherry @Letters To The Lost reacts to 1 star reviews of her favourite books, some of which coincidentally are my favorites too!

Maddie @Inking And Thinking discusses bookish pet peeves!

Cherelle @A Bolt Out Of The Book recommends books based on Marvel movies!

April @Booked Till Midnight pits The Young Elites against the Hypometer!

That brings us to the end of this wrap up!! In one sentence, blogging was good, reading was not. Anyway, happy September everyone!

Which was your favourite read this August? Have you read any of the books I did? Chat with me in the comments, and feel free to link your wrap-ups too!

~ Rachel

27 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up // the month of mostly mediocre reads, creative posts and blog redesign!

  1. Nice wrap-up Rachel! And yeah, well albatrosses are truly fascinating birds I must say! A friend of mine did a project on it back in 3rd grade, and it was super cool (Yes, I am a nerd)
    And I loved The War That Saved My Life as well!


  2. I’m obsessed with your weird bird fact intros – please don’t ever get rid of them! 😂 And I’m glad at least We Hunt the Flame saved you from a month of mediocrity 😉
    And thanks for the shoutout! I’m glad you found my (definitely pro) blogging tips helpful 🤣

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    1. Yay so someone does appreciate my weird intros, thank you for being a bird-erful audience haha! And they probably aren’t going anywhere soon.
      Yes yes it did! Have you read it??
      No problem, your tips should be followed world (blogosphere) – wide lol!!

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      1. Don’t worry, I will owl-ways be proud to be part of your birder-ful audience! 😉
        And no, I haven’t read We Hunt the Flame yet, sadly! 😪 I do really want to get do it, though – you’re not the first person I’ve seen a gushing review from 😄


    1. Ah thank you Maddie!
      Hey we all go through highs and lows of reading okay, so don’t feel the tiniest bit sad about reading a certain number of books, and anyway 3 is a great number! (what were they?? hope they were awesome!)
      No problem, I love your content! Thank you and same to you!!

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  3. On the one hand I’m sorry you didn’t like The Ones We’re Meant to Find, but on the other hand I’m glad we share thoughts about it. 😅
    I really thought I would love it but it ended up being quite disappointing. 🥺
    I hope your September is wonderful ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Hi Rachel! Omg I can relate so much school and exams have been terrible on my life haha, sorry to hear about all those average reads but high five on loving We Hunt the Flame and The War Which Saved My Life, the former’s whose sequel I’m dying for (can’t wait to hear your thoughts) and the latter which shaped my hist fic journey! Eeks sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy The Ones We’re Meant to Find, I feel hopelessly in love with it but indeed it isn’t everyone’s cupt of tea!

    I LOVE the blog redesign so much and thank you for sharing my post, it means a lot for me especially when I’m on semi-hiatus haha! Lovely wrap up and and I’m anticipating the next bird intro! <33


    1. Hello Cherelle! How’ve you been?
      Exams will be the end of me someday istg but we’re still alive and kicking here so kudos to that lol
      Yay We Hunt The Flame duology was definitely the highlight of my month, I hope you pick up We Free The Stars soon so we can scream about it together (but fair warning- keep some tissues handy as I was a complete emotional WRECK after reading it) haha!!
      Hmm TOWMTF did not quite live up to the hype so that was a low, but I do explain everything I felt about it in my lengthy review ( so not going to go into all that again here lol.
      Yess thank you, glad you like the redesign! Thank you so much for reading, and have an amazing month of September 💙


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