August 2022 reading wrap-up

Every month is an opportunity to explore new worlds and learn something new through reading. With an enormous TBR to choose from, I have an almost never-ending supply of books to choose from. I always make sure to set aside time every month to read, picking up a book almost every day. I found a lot of time to delve into reading in August, allowing me to get through quite a few books. Reading a number of different genres also helps me read a ton, as I rarely get tired of reading because I am always reading something different. This August 2022 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read during the month and my thoughts on them. I hope it inspires you to pick up one of these books, or any book for that matter, and enjoy some time reading.

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August 2022 reading wrap-up

Snow White with the Red Hair Vol. 17-20 by Sorata Akiduki

I don’t know how much I can say about these four volumes without giving much of the story away. Much like the previous volumes, I was sucked into the story quickly and loved seeing the characters go about their daily lives and on adventures around the kingdom. I enjoyed the portions where the focus shifted away from Shirayuki and Zen to give Mitsuhide and Kiki some much-needed attention  – even if their part didn’t quite go as I expected and hoped it would go. One thing I hope to see as this series continues is more of the King and Queen, as their presence has been very minimal, which makes sense but even so I would love to see more of them, especially the Queen. I look forward to diving into the next volume when it comes out.

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

The second book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. Much like the first book, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. However, this is also one of those books where I struggle to share exactly why I loved it so much. This story has so much going for it, between character development, world-building, and everything else. I think one of the biggest parts I enjoyed is how much more of a presence the Chimera have in this one, even if they make Karou’s life less than perfect for the entirety of it. Of course, the Seraphim side of the story also adds another layer, though, for the most part, I feel like I like them less than the chimera for a number of reasons. There are so many facets to this story that I really can’t touch on all of them without spoiling the story for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. All I can say is if you haven’t read this series yet, then you need to do so because it is truly fantastic.

A Brief Guide To The Greek Myths by Stephen P. Kershaw

I’ve always had an interest in Greek Mythology. This book covers the main Greek myths that many of us are familiar with, such as the origin of the Gods, the Iliad, and the story of the Minotaur. As the title suggests, these are brief looks at these myths and while each chapter does cover a bit of information on each of these myths, I don’t feel like I learned anything new. The book was also very dry to consume. Overall this one was okay. It may be better for someone who doesn’t know much about Greek myths and is looking for a place to start learning about them.

Unnamed Memory Vol 1: The Witch of the Azure Moon and the Cursed Prince by Fuji Furumiya

This was a book that I had had my eye on for a while and I finally got my hands on a copy and decided to give it a try. It was not only the cover that drew me to this book but the description as well. I had high hopes for this one. I feel conflicted about this one. For the most part, the story felt flat, the writing was very basic, akin to a rough draft and I never felt any real attachment to the characters. There were also parts here the story and writing were truly fleshed out and I felt like at those moments the book had the potential to get better but then it would swing back into its previous state. This one has some potential to improve over the next book or two but I’m not sure if I will read them or not – if I do I won’t rush to do so.

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

This was a book gifted to me by my friend’s mom. It sounded like it would be an interesting read. I haven’t read many books set in Scotland, so this is a nice change of pace from my normal reading. The book did start a bit slow, but looking back on it I think it did a great job of showing the lackluster life of Breen and how miserable she was under the thumb of her toxic mother and unfulfilling life. Things picked up from there, especially as Breen makes the journey to discover her heritage and improve her life in many ways.

I enjoyed the varied cast of characters that were in this story, including Marco, Sally, and the others from Sally’s bar. These added a little flair to this book. Add into that all of the people from Breen’s ‘hometown’, there was a great mix of characters and places to enjoy. Seeing Breen not only come into her own, embracing her new life, and find her way in a new world was great. I also can’t help but love characters who are/become writers and authors as part of their overall story.

I will say, there were times when I didn’t feel like I was loving the story and yet I didn’t want to put down the book either. It was kind of a conflict of interest in a way, but I’m glad I stuck with it and finished this book. I do feel like the books will continue to get better as the series continues, so I look forward to seeing how things progress.

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

I have read this book a couple of times now but it’s one that I keep coming back to – perhaps because of current world events or because I simply enjoy reading the story. If you have ever wondered what would happen if the United States was hit by an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) then this is the book to read. It’s hard to imagine exactly what would happen if all technology suddenly stopped. Many have gone through natural disasters where power or water may be out for a few days or even weeks, but imagine one minute there is power and your vehicle works, and the next it’s gone. No more jumping into the car to drive to the corner store, no more turning on the lights or cooking in your oven, no more hot water for showers.

That’s just the beginning of the problems the town of Black Mountain faces after an EMP knocks out the grid and every piece of technology. Their lives have changed forever. It’s a story of the quick degradation of society, how people panic once they realize it’s not a normal blackout, and how quickly neighbors can turn on their neighbors when it’s clear everything has changed. It’s easy to see how and why people would react in such a way, but what keeps this story going are people like John Matherson and the others in his community, and those trapped there because of the EMP, to work together to keep some semblance of normalcy while they work to restore what has been lost – no easy accomplishment given how dependent many are on technology to get even the most basic things done.

There is so much packed into this book about survival in the hardest of times. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend that you do. I know it will be a book I return to again because the story keeps drawing me back.

Blue Flag Vol. 8 by KAITO

This was the last book in the series. I have enjoyed this short series quite a bit but this volume was quite a bit different than the others – not in a bad way, but it felt disjointed from the rest. Even so, I think it did a good job of wrapping up the story and showing the characters in the future living their lives. The final chapter did stand out even more because the format was so different from the rest of the book.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, as the title alone really caught my attention. How often do you find a book with a 100-year-old main character? I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, as I went in blind outside of knowing the title. This was such a fun read from start to finish. The bulk of the story happens in the present, with a nice sprinkling of the past mixed in to bring Allan’s full story to life. The people he meets along the way add even more to the story, and this goes for those in the past as well.

There were parts near the end where the past and present stories seemed to blend into one and on occasion, I wasn’t sure which part of the story I was listening to. Overall, this was such a fun little read and I’m excited to dive into the sequel to see what is next for Allan and his companions.

August 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 11
  • Books purchased: 3
  • Books gifted: 10
  • Books purged: 4
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my August 2022 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in August?

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