August has been quite the busy month! Fall is technically here, but it still feels like summer – not that I’m complaining, it’ll be freezing again soon enough, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts! Even with the ridiculously hot weather that really did not put me in a reading mood, I did manage to get through a number of titles, including starting on the Lore Olympus series which I’d been planning to read for a while. I’m so ready for September – there are several books I’ve eagerly been waiting for all year, but first, let’s take a look at my August!
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 94/150
Before we move on to the wrap up, a couple of announcements!
This month, I reached a major milestone on my blog – I crossed 50000 all time views! I had no idea I was anywhere close to this number so it was such a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much to everyone who reads and follows my blog!
Secondly, in the interest of maintaining a good balance between blogging, daily life and health, I am going to be slowing down a little on the blogging front for atleast some time as one of my major goals is to reduce my daily screen time. For now, that means I will post two book reviews a week instead of three and my posting schedule will also change slightly to accommodate this. I haven’t finalized which days those will be on yet, but all other regular posts such as WWW Wednesday, Let’s Talk Bookish and wrap ups will continue as before.
Book of the Month
After he loses his entire family during a cholera epidemic in Canton, Robin Swift is brought to London by Professor Lovell and trained to be fluent in many languages in preparation for the day he will join Oxford’s prestigious Royal Institution of Translation, better known as Babel.
As the center of the magical art of silver-working, Babel is at the heart of the British Empire’s power. But though Robin loves Oxford and his studies there, he begins to realize that all this pursuit of knowledge will inevitably be used in the service of the Empire, against his own homeland of China that he left so many years ago. Things come to a head when Britain plans to wage an unjust war with China and Robin must decide how far he is willing to go to bring down Babel and if violence is necessary to fight back against this corrupt and powerful institution.
Books I Read in August 2022
- Babel – R. F. Kuang (ARC) (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- The Last of the Seven – Steven Hartov (ARC) (🌟🌟🌟1/2)
- A Dreadful Splendor – B. R. Myers (ARC) (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- The Last White Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York (Tudor Rose #1) – Alison Weir (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Book of Night (Book of Night #1) – Holly Black (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- All For One – Lillie Lainoff (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Lore Olympus: Volume Two – Rachel Smythe (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- My Imaginary Mary (Mary #2) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- The Last Daughter of York – Nicola Cornick (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Lore Olympus: Volume One – Rachel Smythe (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- She Who Became The Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1) – Shelley Parker-Chan (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Asterix the Legionary (Asterix #10) – Goscinny & Uderzo (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Asterix & the Chieftain’s Shield (Asterix #11) – Goscinny & Uderzo (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
- Asterix & the Olympic Games (Asterix #12) – Goscinny & Uderzo (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Other Posts & Reviews This Month
Have you read any of these books or do you plan to? What was your reading month like? Let’s chat in the comments below!