This Month In Books (August 2018)

This Month In Books (August 2018)

I thought that at the end of every month, I’d do a little round-up of what’s been happening on my book blog and Instagram (since the latter is now dedicated to photos of books, a hobby which is taking far too many hours of my life). I won’t share everything here — after all, I need to give you some reason to follow me on Instagram and my book blog! — but here are a few highlights.


5 most viewed book reviews in August

I’ve decided to separate out the reviews that had the most views and the reviews that had the most likes, since the two weren’t always the same.

  1. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell*
  4. The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr**
  5. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

* This was posted in October 2015, but gets a consistently high number of views, and I’m not entirely sure why.
** Another one from October 2015, but a surprise appearance near the top of my stats. I’m not sure why it’s getting traffic again!

3 most liked book reviews in August

The reviews that had the most likes were a bit of a surprise, because they didn’t seem to bear any resemblance to the number of views. I thought I’d only give the top 3 here, because they were noticeably higher than the others (7 vs 2, for example).

  1. The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
  2. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  3. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

5 best books I read in August

August was a slowish month for reading, especially as I started getting into audiobooks. But, one of those was one of my favourite reads! Reviews of these will hopefully come soon.

  1. Feed by Mira Grant (5*)
  2. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (4*)
  3. Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (4*)
  4. Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (4*)
  5. Half The World by Joe Abercrombie (4*)

5 most popular #bookstagram photos in August

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How dancers do #SockSunday! I’m mostly an Irish dancer these days, though I’ve done ballet for years. (I post dance stuff @fianaigecht, for those who are interested.) This was partially inspired by @bluewaterstones saying on Twitter that they need trained dancers do change their window displays… I volunteer as tribute? 😂 . I LOVE The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – and I recently read an ARC of its sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, which was also Excellent™. I can’t wait to get a hardcopy of that to match this one! Although… I've *just* realised this is the US edition and I've pre-ordered the UK edition of b2. Yikes. I wonder if there's a difference . 📚Challenges📚 #ReadWithRobinAug18 – Day 26 – Friends to Lovers #BackToReads and #BookishFunAugust – Day 26 – #socksunday #GibbsAugustBookChallenge – Day 26 – #shelfiesunday . #bookstagram #books #bookshelves #dance #ballet #arabesque #shelfie #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #socks #tggtvav

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This is the first #bookspiral I’ve ever attempted, and it taught me that anyone who can stack these any higher is probably a witch, because I was fighting gravity the ENTIRE time. Although maybe it would be easier with hardbacks, I don’t know; I don’t own enough of them to have tried it. Anyway, this is my favourite book photo that I’ve ever taken, so the arguments with gravity were worth it. I also stabbed myself in the finger while sewing together those origami stars. Was that worth it? Ehh. At least I can legitimately say blood went into this photo. #QOTD: If you could have one book-related magical power, what would it be? 📚Challenges📚 #GibbsAugustBookChallenge – Day 28 – Book rainbow #BackToReads – Day 28 – Tears were shed (over the hole in my finger… and also over The Song of Achilles, let’s be real) #bookstagram #bookstack #rainbowbooks #rainbow #colourful #books #instareads #lovereading #shelfie #bookshelves #creativebookstagram

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How do you like your fictional musicians: tormented, monstrous, sarcastic, or otherworldly? ALL OF THE ABOVE, obviously. (But sarcastic probably wins for me. James Morgan from BALLAD is my fictional best friend.) #QOTD: Who are your favourite fictional musicians? • • • New followers might not be aware, but I played classical violin for ten years, flute for eight, and piccolo for four. I got into folk when I read THE NEW POLICEMAN at the age of about 10, and the rest was history. Following an overuse injury in 2013 that left me with chronic wrist problems, I now play mostly the tin whistle when I play anything at all (I've got a new set of Syn whistles that I absolutely love). So my relationship with music is a little complicated, because it's tied up with chronic pain and the fact that I can't play the way I used to. But I still enjoy reading about it! • • • Background music is Bach! Mostly violin concerti and sonatas. Also yes I covered my entire floor in music and then had to reunite all the violin parts with their piano accompaniments. I'm committed to the aesthetic. #bookstagram #bookloversday #booklover #bookish #bookworm #bookphotography #books #booksofinsta #reading #atpn #music #musicalinstruments #folkmusic

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Other bookish stats from August

  • I read 17 books
  • of which 3 were audiobooks I listened to while at work
  • and 3 were rereads — 1 of them accidental.
  • I had 1 5* read (apparently only my second this year, though I reread two earlier 5* reads).
  • I bought 3 secondhand books and pre-ordered 2 books that will come out later this year.
  • I’m currently re-reading This Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab (paperback) and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook).

On my book blog, I’m going to do a roundup of my most popular posts on this blog (gotta get that audience crossover), so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, if anything in this post piqued your interest, please check out the linked posts/pictures and consider following me on Instagram or my book blog.

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