August Wrap-Up // 6 month blogiversary, almost-fame, and too many long books.

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Hey everyone! I hope your August was great. I can’t believe it’s over! Where has this year gone? I feel so old…

Excitingly, my blog turned six months old yesterday!! I’ll have a “celebration” post up in a few days (hopefully) and I will try to think about some fun things to talk about. Until then, I have this survey i would love for you to take! You can also ask me whatever questions you want, either in the survey or the comment section. Also, I hit 200 followers on my blog! I know that this might not seem like a big deal, but it feels like a big deal to me. Thank you thank you all so much!! 

Here is the survey link: (Because I do not know how to embed google links.) https://goo.gl/forms/k8uqmgWjidn7bplr2

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{Bought}

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // I just read and fell in love with this book (here’s my casually self-promoted review) and immediately decided that I had to buy a copy so I could read it to my future children someday.

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters // This book!! I swear I get hearts in my eyes whenever I even think about it, and now it is MINE all MIIINE. (Here’s another not-so-casually self-promoted review)

The Diviners by Libba Bray // YOU GUYS. This is a first edition hardcover and I am ECSTATIC. For the past few months I’ve been mourning the fact that these go for at *least* $40 on places like Amazon. Then last week I found one for $5 on Barnes and Noble. It’s not even used. What is this. Also, there is a newspaper attached to the back cover, which legitimately made my day. My brother heard me shriek when I saw it, and let’s just say he wasn’t as excited as I was xD.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer // I now own three books in this series. I’m slowly collecting all the books used one at a time so I don’t have to drop a ton of money.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Again, hearts in my eyes.

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray // I don’t know when I will actually reeead this sequel, but I promise I will eventually, because it is paranormal historical fiction (!!!) which is the bae. Also apparently this is the Month of Libba Bray, which I am not upset about.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab // It was just sitting on the shelf at the bookstore, all by itself. Also it was $4. Obviously I had to buy it. I’m actually pretty proud of myself; the most I paid for any of these books was $8, and most were under $5. My shelf, on the other hand, is not happy.

{For Review}

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The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente // This is another Valente MG Fantasy, and I could not be more excited. Also, I just want to say it is the most beautiful arc I have ever held in my hands, and I treasure waaay too much. This is a book with a made up adventure all about Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Bronte. I started it already, and it is perfect so far.

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // This was actually one of my most anticipated reads from this year, so I was surprised to see it at the bookstore! It is fantasy set in either Mongolia or a country inspired by Mongolia, and I can’t think of another book with that setting! I’m excited.

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace // Apparently this is magical realism. I’m not sure how I feel about that, and I wish I could actually read a synopsis for once. But it does sound really good, and who knows? Maybe this time I’ll like the magical realism.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // I had to read this because it is by Cynthia Hand, who helped write My Lady Jane, which is the best book ever. So far it’s interesting… but my brief contemporary mood went away before I could finish reading it, and I haven’t picked it up since.

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The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry // Yes, I did read it again, and yes, it is still one of my favorite books of all time. I actually listened to the audiobook this time around and it was amazing!! I loved every second of it. (5 stars, again!) 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // This was disappointing. I think I didn’t like it because it was pretty much just a collection of anecdotes, and while I don’t hate that style, it never grips me emotionally. (2.5 stars)

Because You Love to Hate Me by … // I’ve been excited to read this ever since Marissa Meyer announced it. Actually, hers and Schwab’s were the only stories I was actually looking forward too. I thought the rest were very meh. But as if I needed more convincing, Death Knell has made me jump thoroughly onto the Schwab train. (2 stars) 

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor // I mean, it was really really good, but I guess I’ll never be a die-hard fan of this series. (4 stars)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor // The 2nd book was my favorite in this series. I feel like it built up to something epic, but that epicness wasn’t *quite* achieved in this last book. But I will say Liraz is right up there with my favorite characters of all time. (3 stars) 

Odd & True by Cat Winters // Sisters!! Monster fighting!! I liked some parts of this book way more than others, and it’s definitely not my favorite Cat Winters book, but it was still good. 20/10 would recommend reading In The Shadow of Blackbirds or The Cure for Dreaming first, though. (3 stars, review coming soon!

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge // I seriously read this twice, and I still don’t like it. It’s tragic, as I loved Cruel Beauty. Maybe it’s time for me to move on from Hodge. (2 stars, review coming soon!)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Libba Bray I ❤ you!! This is paranormal historical fiction and I LOVE paranormal historical fiction. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. (4.5 stars, review coming soon!)

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine // 10/10 would recommend reading this instead of Romeo & Juliet. Family politics! Romance!! Intrigue!! Murder! All things that combine in the most exciting way possible. (4.5 stars, review coming soon!

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I read a few fewer books than I normally do this month, and I was confused why until I realized that four of them were over 500 pages and I listened to the audiobook for all of them. xD.

Speaking of audiobooks, I’m actually starting to hate them less. I think it’s because 1) I’ve been listening to them all summer and am better at paying attention to them now and 2) some audiobooks, such as The Scorpio Races and The Passion of Dolssa audiobooks, are amazing. If the narrator is good, then I love them! Do any of you have suggestions for some really good audiobooks or audio narrators?

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(Click on the covers to see the Goodreads page)

An Enchantment of RavensOne Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Black Bird of the Gallows

You guys, these books all look so good. But hype for An Enchantment of Ravens is making me nervous!! I can’t WAIT to read that one especially!

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Did you do anything fun this month? What did you read? What September releases are you excited for?

23 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up // 6 month blogiversary, almost-fame, and too many long books.

  1. Aww, congrats on six months and 200 followers, Lenna! You deserve all of those followers, and more. ❤ I'll definitely take that survey! WOW SO MANY BOOKS, FOR SUCH GREAT PRICES! A Libba Bray fan, I see. 😉 And OOH I'm really intrigued for The Memory Trees, so I hope you enjoy that one! And YAAAAAS An Enchantment of Ravens looks really hyped, but it seems like the hype is real, so yay!

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    1. Thank you!!! That means a lot!
      I know!! It took a lot of conniving and scrupling, but it paid off i guess xD.
      Yeah, it seems like you like Magical Realism a lot, so I hope you like The Memory Trees if you decide to read it.
      I KNOOOOOW IT LOOKS AMAAAAHZING.

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  2. I’m so excited for Enchantment of Ravens, too! Apparently it’s a fantasy standalone, YAS. You had a freakin’ AWESOME month for books!!! I’ve heard the Sleeping Giants (and Waking Gods) audio are really awesome, but I’ve not listened to them (yet). 🙂 GOOD LUCK FOR NEXT MONTH! Hope it’s just as bookish as August was! And congrats on six months. ❤

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    1. Thank you!!
      Yeah, I was super disappointed. I mean I liked it okay, but it just didn’t blow me away. I have that problem with a lot of WWII HF; for some reason most of the ones I’ve read are hard for me to connnect to emotionally. Which is sad, because it’s WWII, which in and of itself is very emotional for me.
      I haven’ t seen the movie, but I want to!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS on six months and all the followers, Lenna! This is so great, I hope you’ll keep on blogging and loving it for a long, long time. It’s been such a pleasure talking to you lately, I’m hoping to continue that for a looooooooong time 🙂 I’ll take that survey for sure 🙂
    I’ve been seeing An Enchantment of Ravens everywhere lately, it seems like it is a very anticipated book for many bloggers – I hope it will be just as good as it seems to be! 🙂
    Hope you’ll have a fabulous september! xx

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    1. Thank you!!!
      I feel the same!! You’re super cool and I’m glad to have met you. 😀
      Yeah, AEOR kind of seems like it is deserving of the hype, but it’s hard to tell until it’s actually released. I so hope it’s good, though!
      Thank you!! You too!!

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  4. Happy blogiversary!

    You always manage to read so much in a month. I’m jealous!

    I’m also super excited for An Enchantment of Ravens and The Language of Thorns. In fact, seeing them in your post reminded me to put them on hold at the library, so thanks for that! 😀

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  5. Ermegerd happy blogiversary!!! That’s so exciting! Is it sad that I don’t even know when my blogs birthday is hahaha OOPS.
    Also that book about the girl on the ship has probably the longest title of ever and I love it!!
    I’m totally going to take your survey! (this comment is randomly pieced together as my brain frays haha)
    Also serioiusly how do you read so many books in a month. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS I NEED TO READ MORE
    I preordered An Enchantment of Ravens so I’m excited for that but I totally forgot that One Dark Throne is coming out WUTTT
    I need to get Language of Thorns toooo

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    1. Thanks!! Haha, you should just make one up. LIterally the only reason I knew is because I went back and had to look at when my first post was published xD.
      Thanks!!
      It’s a combination of reading very fast and staying up late xD.
      I’ve been trying to be patient and just wait for my library to get them, but I kind of NEED them NOW. I wil probably break and preorder them too.

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      1. Haha good idea 😂 I just know that my blog started as something else and I was failing miserably so I had to rebrand and I guess I could take that as my blogiversary😅
        I guess I need to read more when I have time instead of binge watching mediocre TV shows 😂😂
        🙈🙈 I would not have the self restraint haha but the library here in Germany won’t have them in English anyways so it’s a food excise 😆

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      2. Definitely! That would work! 😀
        I am about to cave on preordering them… because I really want them. I didn’t buy Warbringer yesterday even though it was SITTING AT COSTCO and tempting books like that are NOT SUPPOSED to SIT AT COSTCO tempting me by being $11! So I told myself as a reward for not buying that one I could buy LoT xD.

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  6. I’m so so excited for An Enchantment of Ravens.😍 It sounds BEYOND AMAZING. Also congrats on tackling so many 500+ page books! I always wimp out of them…haha, I’m terrible.😂 And I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series a LOT to start with but I got progressively more confused as it went on.😂 So I hear you!

    ALSO HAPPY 6 MONTHS OF BLOGGING TO YOU!! 🍰🍰🍰

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    1. I’m dyyyying waiting 😥 I’ve tried EVERYTHING to get an arc but I guess I’ll just have to wait.
      I’m usually bad at it, but I was determined to finish DOSAB, so I did it. I feel like the series built up epicly in the second book, and then kind of flopped in the third. It was disappointing since I loved Strange the Dreamer so much.

      THank you!!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS MY LITTLE SUNFLOWER OMG so proud I’m crying. I have your survey link open in another tab right now and I’m gonna fill it out ASAP I promise promise promise.
    I did NOT do anything fun this month, as you know 😛 I did read some good books, though, which you also know about!! One book I think I’m excited about coming out in September is Warcross. It sounds great and has a female hacker, and you KNOW I love my girl hackers.
    Also, I think I just might have to pick up The Diviners???
    xx

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    1. Thanks!!!
      Haha, I never do anything fun either. I should really start keeping a journal again so I at least have SOMETHING to say on these.
      Oh yeah!! Warcross will be fun. I’m excited for it too!
      Yes, you do need to pick up The Diviners. I promise it will make your life 10x better. 20/10 reccomend.

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  8. Hi Lenna! Happy blogiversary & congrats on 200 followers! Your blog is so impressive — I always look forward to reading your posts. I’m a blogger too (I have a food blog), and I nominated you to receive the Blogger Recognition Award. It’s really more of a challenge than an award, but I thought it was pretty fun! You can read my post here: http://mysweetpotatolife.com/2017/09/01/the-blogger-recognition-award-my-15-nominations/
    It would be awesome if you took part in the challenge! Once again, congratulations on 200 followers, and happy blogging!
    -Brynn

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  9. Great post, and SO MANY BOOKS THAT I NEED TO READ, what a great haul!! I haven’t read anything by Libba Bray, but really need to, and Laini Taylor’s books are definitely on my TBR, I just got Strange the Dreamer.
    Lu x

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