july & august: reading more than just my set tbr | wrap up

Now that August is done and dusted, here is my wrap up post for the past two months! Sorry that this is so late, I’ve been feeling a little bit of a blogging slump recently. Intended to create posts that are outside the realm of reviews but could never really find the energy or the will to actually do it. Might have to pace myself a little throughout the week by drafting posts bit by bit. We shall see since things will be hectic at work these few weeks.

Just a quick statistics check: I read 37 books in July and 35 books in August! With it nearing the end of the year, I’m trying to clear the books off my year-long reading challenges and the 2021 releases that are on the top of my entire TBR. This might be an ambitious task but I think I’m able to succeed?

Table of Content
πŸ’­ July
πŸ’­ August

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year-long reading challenges:
popsugar (♠️) beat the backlist (⚜️) year of the asian (πŸ₯€) around the year in 52 books (πŸ¦…)

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july

Finally finished the series of Heaven Official’s Blessing by Moxiang Tongxiu, and I’m even more obsessed with Xie Lian and Hua Cheng. Living for all the fan arts and the manhua now that I’m done consuming with all the different forms of media. Also, official English translations of all three MXTX’s works are coming out in the next two years. I’m already setting aside money so that I can get all of them. Help πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

ARC:
πŸ’­ these hollow vows – lexi ryan: To free her sister from the fae king, Brie stepped into the world she hates and was on a mission to steal three artefacts. There she meets the Seelie prince who captured her attention from the start and an Unseelie rebel who she couldn’t stop thinking about.
πŸ’­ like a love song – gabriela martins: Quick and romantic story of a Brazilian pop star and her fake boyfriend, a British indie film actor. Initially, Natalie thought this whole scheme wouldn’t work and wasn’t too kind to William because he didn’t fit into her expectations. To prove to the public that she’s over her ex-boyfriend, Natalie wanted someone who is easy on the eyes and charismatic. As they spent more time together fake dating, Natalie finds herself enjoying William’s company.

DNF:
πŸ’­ the tiger’s wife – tΓ©a obreht: Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into the book at all. I think it’s just not something I want to read now, or maybe ever, and didn’t want so spend any more time forcing myself to finish it.

πŸ’­ books read πŸ’­

readathon:
historical romance + popculture + olympic games + myth-take

year-long readathonbook & authorrating
  • darling beast – elizabeth hoyt
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • it happened one autumn – lisa kleypas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • lady isabella’s scandalous marriage – jennifer ashley
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • go deep – rilzy adams
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • autumn the falling leaves fairy – daisy meadows
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • olivia and the masked duke – grace callaway
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • love in the afternoon – lisa kleypas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • when the duke returns – eloisa james
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • a kiss for a kiss – helena hunting
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • heaven official’s blessing – moxiang tongxiu
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • duke of desire – elizabeth hoyt
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  • the staff of serapis – rick riordan
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  • lord of wicked intentions – lorraine heath
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • these hollow vows – lexi ryan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • fire & brimstone – r.l. mathewson
  • ⭐⭐½
    βšœοΈπŸ¦…
  • the girl who drank from the moon – kelly barnhill
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • of princes and promises – sandhya menon
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • then came you – lisa kleypas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️
  • the tiger’s wife – tΓ©a obreht
  • dnf @ 10%
  • a rogue of one’s own – evie dunmore
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️πŸ₯€
  • xoxo – axie oh
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️πŸ₯€
  • broken web – lori m. lee
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • the emperor’s riddle – kat zhang
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the wisteria society of lady scoundrels – india holton
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️
  • the cousins – karen m. mcmanus
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️
  • tweet cute – emma lord
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • ancestor approved: intertribal stories for kids – edited by cynthia leitich smith
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    β™ οΈπŸ¦…
  • among the beasts & briars – ashley poston
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • isn’t it bromantic? – lyssa kay adams
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ⚜️
  • the tower of nero – rick riordan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ⚜️
  • neferet’s curse – p.c. cast & kristin cast
  • ⭐⭐⭐
    β™ οΈπŸ¦…
  • with the fire on high – elizabeth acevedo
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
    ♠️
  • the devil and the dark water – stuart turton
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️πŸ₯€
  • tokyo ever after – emiko jean
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • misfit in love – s.k. ali
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    non-readathon

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
  • bringing down the duke – evie dunmore
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • like a love song – gabriela martins
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    πŸ’­ blog posts πŸ’­

    1. can i balance work and reading? | july tbr
    2. these hollow vows – lexi ryan | arc review
    3. the forest of stolen girls – june hur | review
    4. may and june: falling into the rabbit hole of webtoon | wrap up
    5. a curse so dark and lonely, a heart so fierce and broken, & a vow so bold and deadly – brigid kemmerer | trilogy review

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    august

    As I’ve purposefully made my August TBR more manageable, the mood reader in me pushed to pick up books outside of the set list. With that said, I read more adult contemporary romances and adult historical romances on top of the fantasy books in this month.

    ARC:
    πŸ’­ iron widow by xiran jay zhao: AHHHH!!! This was fabulous. I had the best time reading Iron Widow!! The polyamory relationship that is slowly happening right in front of my eyes surpasses love triangles. Each character is unique on their own. Wu Zetian fears no one, Li Shimin looks scary but is actually a softie, and Gao Yizhi is sweet and supportive. China reimagined in a mecha world is pretty mind blowing too. I mean, thinking about huge moving objects roaming around the Great Wall of China is insanely awesome.
    πŸ’­ the hawthorne legacy by jennifer lynn barnes: One of my most anticipated releases of 2021, and I actually got an opportunity to read an early copy!! Eep!! As far as mystery with puzzles to solve and a huge mansion (and other rich people places) to explore, I loved it. However, I wasn’t too fond of the romance aspect mainly because I’m not particularly enjoy love triangles, especially when two of the three people involved are blood-related.

    DNF:
    πŸ’­ the bone season by samantha shannon: Although I DNF’d this book, don’t panic! I’m going to pick this up again in the upcoming months since I need to read it for my reading challenges. The whole sci-fi aspect totally threw me off when I expected this to be fantasy.

    πŸ’­ books read πŸ’­

    readathon:
    among us + pixarathon

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
  • sixteen scandals – sophie jordan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • devil in disguise – lisa kleypas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the body in the library – agatha christie
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
    ♠️
  • infinite – jodi meadows
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • mister impossible – maggie stiefvater
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • exposed – kristen callihan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️
  • eleanor elephant is completely fine – gail honeyman
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
    β™ οΈπŸ¦…
  • chain of iron – cassandra clare
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    βšœοΈπŸ¦…
  • cemetery boys – aiden thomas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • the dragon egg princess – ellen oh
  • ⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️πŸ₯€πŸ¦…
  • how we fall apart – katie zhao
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the box in the woods – maureen johnson
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    β™ οΈβšœοΈπŸ¦…
  • the sword of summer – rick riordan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ♠️
  • a lesson in vengeance – victoria lee
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    non-readathon

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
  • tempt thy neighbor – teagan hunter
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the bone season – samantha shannon
  • dnf @16%
  • someone wanton his way comes – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • it had to be the duke – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the spark – vi keeland
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • her scottish scoundrel – sophie barnes
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • bossing the cowboy – kennedy fox
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • written on your skin – meredith duran
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • people we meet on vacation – emily henry
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • what a difference a duke makes – lenora bell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • my vegas groom – piper rayne
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • wicked intentions – elizabeth hoyt
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • it happened one summer – tessa bailey
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the importance of being wanton – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • married by morning – lisa kleypas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • a scandalous deal – joanna shupe
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    πŸ₯€
  • iron widow – xiran jay zhao
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the casanova – t.l. swan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • along came a lady – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the hawthorne legacy – jennifer lynn barnes
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the irresistible miss peppiwell – stacy reid
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    πŸ’­ blog posts πŸ’­

    1. keeping it chill in august | tbr
    2. daughter of the pirate king & daughter of the pirate queen – tricia levenseller | duology review
    3. a thousand perfect notes & the boy who steals houses – c.g. drews | review
    4. percy jackson and the olympians – rick riordan | series review
    5. the merciful crow & the faithless hawk – margaret owen | duology review
    6. flame in the mist & smoke in the sun – renΓ©e ahdieh | duology review

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    let’s chat:
    did you DNF any books recently? if yes, will you be returning to it in the future or nah, it’s over?

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