What I Read in August

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.” 
― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Sadly, my August was not motionless and hot. It was pretty wet and windy. We had a few good days early in the month when I actually managed to get sun burnt while visiting the Japanese Gardens in Tramore which you can check out in my first Weekly Vlog.

Books Read

Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

This is a removed chapter from the final Dracula novel. I think it’s sets a good tone for what the novel is but taken on it’s own it’s a bit meh.

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland

An “enemies to lovers” romance that falls a bit flat. They become friends far too easily and quickly and Reed’s bad attitude disappears pretty quickly.

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

My first Poirot story and I started with the 39th book in the series. I found this one a bit boring too. Poirot’s character grated at me a little and the investigation was a bit tedious to read.

All Hallow’s Eve by Gibbs Smith

Very short collection of classic Halloween stories and poems. I really liked this so it is very short.

The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout

Loved this! It was like a proper old-fashioned urban fantasy with creepy vampire bad guys and hero’s with questionable morals.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Enjoyed this way more than I expected to. I thought it was going to be like Red Queen but it has a bit more depth. One of my favourite things about this book is that it’s a whole story in one which is hard to come by these days with genre novels.

The Professional Part 1 by Kresley Cole

This was kind of a reread… I’ve read the full novel and decided I’d listen to the audiobook but it’s only available in it’s three-part structure here. I love this book but it is heavy on the adult situations so if that’s not something you’re in to avoid this book at all costs!

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8 thoughts on “What I Read in August

    1. I will start from the beginning. I think some one told me Christie started to dislike writing the Poirot books so by the time she got to number 39 she probably wasn’t putting her whole heart into the writing anymore.


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