WRAP UP: August 2014

August was a great month – mainly because I spent the majority of it in Italy! I also discovered nutella ice cream is a thing (!), read a ton of books (a ridiculous amount) and had a small break from blogging (because I'd scheduled posts for while I was away). Here's my wrap up:

Books I Read This Month
  1. Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  3. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  4. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  5. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  6. The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
  7. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  8. Deathless by Cathrynne M. Valente
  9. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  10. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  11. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  12. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  13. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  14. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  15. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
As you can see, I read a LOAD of books this month. This is why it should be holidays all year round. Plus, all of the books I read were brilliant (mostly because I was saving all the books I was really anticipating for my holidays).

Summer Bookish Bingo Final Update

(Hover over for original). I think I did pretty well – I only missed off three!

Blog Posts Written This Month

1. Putting Together My Holiday TBR
2. DISCUSSION: I Am a Mood Reader
3. REVIEW: We Were Liars
4. 10 Reasons to Read Mistborn
5. BOOK COVER LOVE: All-Time Favourites
6. MINI REVIEWS: August 2014
7. BOOK HAUL: August 2014
8. DISCUSSION: The Value of Creativity
9. REVIEW: Deathless

For the most part, I'm happy with the quality of the posts I wrote this month. My favourites of which being my discussion about 'The Value of Creativity' and '10 Reasons to Read Mistborn'. Although, the majority of posts I wrote this month were ones scheduled for September…

Blog Posts I Loved From Other Blogs
Hawwa posted her review of Code Name Verity
Lucy sorted characters into Hogwarts houses
Kelley posted about writing in margins
Mel listed her top ten books she's not sure she wants to read
Georgia shared some books she picked up this month
Sandra discussed illustrations in books
Stacey showed us the books she has picked up recently

How was your August? I have to say, in terms of reading/blogging, mine was pretty amazing.


  1. What GORGEOUS photos! Italy must have been amazing. Sometimes I find it super hard to read when the landscape is busy being all beautiful and scenic. And what a landscape your photos have! It is my dream to one day own pointy trees. Seems like an important thing to have.

    Also, I loved WE WERE LIARS. It is all kinds of fantastical.


    1. Thanks! It definitely was distracting! Though I was reading Mistborn and this series is literally the most gripping trilogy EVER.

      And yep "all kinds of fantastical" is one way to put it! ;)

  2. Reading in Italy sounds quite amazing. I'm now off to read your Mistborn post as I am teetering on whether to just buy it or borrow.

  3. NUTELLA ICE CREAM it's so delicious :D I went to Italy last year and I ate it so often, haha.

  4. Pretty photos Ruby, and that bingo card is so cool! Thanks for linking to me too:) All the books you've read this month look brilliant (and yay, We Were Liars!). I'm still yet to start The Final Empire (I know!! *hangs head*) as I'm binge-reading ARCs at the moment. Will read asap so I can fangirl with you;)
    My August was okay - I hadn't been blogging often before summer but I've gotten back into the swing of things now, and as I didn't go on holiday this year I spent so much time reading! I checked GR and somehow I've read twenty five books... Though I'll admit around ten were graphic novels, so not very big, haha:P
    Gee :)

  5. Definitely agree that there should be all-year round holidays, Ruby! I love reading whenever I want - and I love your selection of books for the Summer!

    I picked up 'We Were Liars' today and can't wait to start it! I'm so glad you liked everything you read - it's always good when that happens.

    I'm now going to see whether you can ship Nutella ice-cream to the UK...

    -Sophie :) x

  6. We need to have more months where we can read a ridiculous amount of book agreed. I love your photos as usual. And going to Italy was probably my favorite part of the my month when I went in December.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists

  7. I LOVED We Were Liars! :) Absolutely adored its writing, sobbed for an hour into my pillow at the end, and was pretty much in awe the whole day afterward.

  8. This month I read my first Brandon Sanderson book. It was Steelheart! If you loved the Mistborn series, I'm pretty sure you're gonna love Steelheart. Great post and wow, u read a lot this month!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz


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